If you currently read or have ever read the Holy Bible, you probably have a few favorite characters that have inspired you in one way or another.
And while there are numerous heroic guys like Moses, Aaron, Daniel, Joseph, John the Baptist, and the Apostle Paul (in light of the fact that every human is flawed…except for Jesus, of course), there are also many members of the ‘fairer sex’ who have been fantastic role models for us as well.
SomeBiblical ladies were heroic by exercising their absolute commitment and obedience to God. Other women demonstrated enormous courage, faith, and wisdom under fire. Some females werepowerful mouthpieces for Jesus. Other ladies were used as vessels to reveal the transformative power of God’s love.
Here is a list of the 7 female Biblical women I think are true heroes:
1.Ruth the Moabite
Ruth was a Moabite whose husband died before she ever gave birth to a child. However, she loved her mother-n-law Naomi (also a widow) dearly. Ruth vowed to stay with Naomi, and to make Naomi’s people her people, and to take Naomi’s God as her own. Ruth left her homeland of Moab to follow Naomi back to Bethlehem. She eventually met Boaz, a relative of Naomi’s former husband, and she married him. As a result, King David and Jesus descended from their family line. Ruth not only showed a commitment to Naomi, she also demonstrated obedience to God.
Esther was a beautiful, orphaned Jewish girl who was adopted by her cousin Mordecai after the death of her parents. She was later chosen by King Ahasuerus to be the queen of Persia and she was a God-fearing woman amongst a pagan empire.
Esther learned that the Jews were to be executed by Haman, a wicked adviser to her husband. Yet, even she risked death if she approached the king without being summoned by him. So, she fasted, prayed and came up with a plan to reveal Haman’s evil scheme to the king. She prepared a special banquet for the king and Haman where she foiled Haman’s evil plot. As a result, she delivered God’s people from slaughter. It was the courage and wisdom God gave her that helped save the Jewish people from total extinction.
3. Mary Magdalene
Mary Magdalene was delivered from seven demons and she developed a personal friendship with Jesus Christ. She financially supported Jesus’ ministry and she also witnessed His crucifixion and burial. The Sunday after His death, she went to the tomb early in the morning only to discover His tomb was empty. She was the one who reported the good news to the other disciples. In fact, Mary was the first personto see the risen Christ, even though she didn’t recognize him right away. Her encounter with Jesus’ mercy revealed the transformative power of God’s love for sinners.
4.The Samaritan Woman at the Well
The Samaritan woman at the well is a significant hero in her own right…because she became the very first evangelist for Jesus Christ. Her encounter with Him not only compelled her to confront her painful past, but it empowered her to become an incredible mouthpiece for Him as well. While society had given up on her, Jesus worked through her to draw people toward Him.
Deborah was a prophet and judge to Israel and she was known for her wisdom, courage, and her passion for justice. Deborah is the only female judge mentioned in the Bible.
Hannah wanted a child badly but she was barren for many years. She never gave up on her dream as she continued to pray for God to give her a son. In her prayers, she promised to dedicate her child to God’s service. After the birth of her son Samuel, Hannah kept her promise. She took Samuel to the priest to be raised in the Temple and she continued to have influence over him. Samuel grew up to be a wise and respected judge for the nation of Israel.
7.Mary, Mother of Jesus
Mary lived in Nazareth, was still a virgin, and was engaged to Joseph when an angel appeared to her, announcing she had been chosen to give birth to Jesus the Messiah. Mary submitted to God’s will and gave birth to Jesus in the town of Bethlehem. She was not only Jesus’ physical mother, but she also participated in His ministry. Mary was present at His death on the cross. She was a humble servant and she wasvery devout to God.