EXCITING WOMEN

 

I began this message, preached on Mother’s Day, by asking the congregation to name some “exciting women” over the last fifty years. Then I asked them to name some exciting women throughout history.  God has made women to be exciting, and by following some of the examples of the following women, women (and men) today can be exciting as well (in  a good way).

 

EVE – THE FIRST WOMAN

 

Eve was unique. She was first. That made her exciting.

Every woman is unique. That makes her exciting!

 

Genesis 1:27 - So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

 

Psalm 139:14 - I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

 

Genesis 2:18 - And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.

 

Genesis 2:21-24 - And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; [22] And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. [23] And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. [24] Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

 

RAHAB – THE FORGIVEN WOMAN

 

Rahab had been a prostitute.  She was forgiven.  I believe that the scarlet cord she let down represents the shed blood of Christ, sacrificed for her sin.  Every woman can find forgiveness in Christ. That’s exciting!

 

Joshua 2:1 - And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there.

 

Joshua 2:10-13 - For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. [11] And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you: for the Lord your God, he is God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. [12] Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the Lord, since I have shewed you kindness, that ye will also shew kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: [13] And that ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death.

 

Joshua 2:18 - Behold, when we come into the land, thou shalt bind this line of scarlet thread in the window which thou didst let us down by: and thou shalt bring thy father, and thy mother, and thy brethren, and all thy father's household, home unto thee.

 

Joshua 6:25 - And Joshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father's household, and all that she had; and she dwelleth in Israel even unto this day; because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.

 

 

DEBORAH – THE FORTIFIED WOMAN

 

Deborah was a woman who was fortified with courage.  Deborah led in a time when the men of Israel were generally at a Spiritual low.  Many a courageous Christian woman has led the way when the men wouldn’t do it.

 

Judges 4:1-4 - And the children of Israel again did evil in the sight of the Lord, when Ehud was dead. [2] And the Lord sold them into the hand of Jabin king of Canaan, that reigned in Hazor; the captain of whose host was Sisera, which dwelt in Harosheth of the Gentiles. [3] And the children of Israel cried unto the Lord: for he had nine hundred chariots of iron; and twenty years he mightily oppressed the children of Israel. [4] And Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, she judged Israel at that time.

 

Judges 4:6-7 - And she sent and called Barak the son of Abinoam out of Kedesh-naphtali, and said unto him, Hath not the Lord God of Israel commanded, saying, Go and draw toward mount Tabor, and take with thee ten thousand men of the children of Naphtali and of the children of Zebulun? [7] And I will draw unto thee to the river Kishon Sisera, the captain of Jabin's army, with his chariots and his multitude; and I will deliver him into thine hand.

 

Judges 4:8-9 - And Barak said unto her, If thou wilt go with me, then I will go: but if thou wilt not go with me, then I will not go. [9] And she said, I will surely go with thee: notwithstanding the journey that thou takest shall not be for thine honour; for the Lord shall sell Sisera into the hand of a woman. And Deborah arose, and went with Barak to Kedesh.

 

Judges 4:14-15 - And Deborah said unto Barak, Up; for this is the day in which the Lord hath delivered Sisera into thine hand: is not the Lord gone out before thee? So Barak went down from mount Tabor, and ten thousand men after him. [15] And the Lord discomfited Sisera, and all his chariots, and all his host, with the edge of the sword before Barak; so that Sisera lighted down off his chariot, and fled away on his feet.

 

RUTH – THE FAITHFUL WOMAN   

 

Ruth would not forsake her mother in-law or her new found faith in the Lord God of Israel.  She stuck faithfully to Naomi.  She ended up being one of the ancestors of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Ruth 1:16 - And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God:

 

1 Corinthians 4:2 - Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

 

HANNAH – THE FERVENT WOMAN   

 

Hannah was fervent in her prayers.  God answered.  It is exciting to think of what God has done in answer to many a godly woman’s prayers.

 

1 Samuel 1:12-13 - And it came to pass, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli marked her mouth. [13] Now Hannah, she spake in her heart; only her lips moved, but her voice was not heard: therefore Eli thought she had been drunken.

 

1 Samuel 1:14-16 - And Eli said unto her, How long wilt thou be drunken? put away thy wine from thee. [15] And Hannah answered and said, No, my lord, I am a woman of a sorrowful spirit: I have drunken neither wine nor strong drink, but have poured out my soul before the Lord. [16] Count not thine handmaid for a daughter of Belial: for out of the abundance of my complaint and grief have I spoken hitherto.

 

1 Samuel 1:17 - Then Eli answered and said, Go in peace: and the God of Israel grant thee thy petition that thou hast asked of him.

 

1 Samuel 1:20 - Wherefore it came to pass, when the time was come about after Hannah had conceived, that she bare a son, and called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of the Lord.

 

THE FIRST WOMAN

THE FORGIVEN WOMAN

THE FORTIFIED WOMAN

THE FAITHFUL WOMAN

THE FERVENT WOMAN

 

 

 

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