Five Frequently Overlooked Women in the Bible
by Sandra Glahn
Hagar, Genesis 16 – An enslaved woman from Egypt serves Abraham and Sarah. When harsh treatment drives her away, God sees and hears her. And she names him The God Who Sees. God will see you, too.
Huldah, 2 Kings 22 – When young King Josiah orders repairs of the Lord’s temple, the high priest finds a scroll. As the scribe reads it, the king mourns. Then he sends a delegation to the prophet Huldah to hear from God. Women have a voice in the Kingdom of God.
Vashti, Esther 1 – King Ahasuerus “under the influence” orders that his wife Queen Vashti show off her beauty to the crowds—objectifying her. She refuses and is exiled. Her courage paves the way for Esther to become queen. Sometimes we are called to stand up against wrong-doing though we may not see the results ourselves, even if it hurts. God has a reason. Trust Him to work it out.
Mary of Bethany, John 11–12 – While the disciples refuse to believe Jesus will die, Mary anoints His body for burial. When Judas challenges her actions, Jesus defends her worship. Do what you are called to do regardless of naysayers.
Junia, Romans 16:7 – The apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome, “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was” (NIV). There are apparently two kinds of apostles—Jesus’ twelve disciples and those who are “sent ones” who proclaim the gospel. Junia, among the latter, is one of the first in a long line of church planters who risk their lives to spread the word. Women in ministry matter. Live your calling to spread the gospel.
Dr. Sandra Glahn is a professor at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is the general editor of Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible, which received a five-star Christianity Today review and was named a FOREWORD Indie Awards finalist. Website: aspire2.com Twitter: @sandraglahn Facebook.com/sandraglahn