We need your help to share God's truths. Please support the ministry work of Reasons for Hope*Jesus

Hebrews 11:34-36 describes the faith-driven exploits of five unnamed heroines: Esther, Ruth, Deborah, Jael, and the Widow of Zarephath.

Heb 11:34-36  …escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.   Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:  And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Esther Escaped the Edge of the Sword

Esther was a Jewish girl among the Hebrew captives in Shushan, the capital city of Persia.  She was raised by a relative, Mordecai, and she was gifted by God with great beauty.  King Ahasuerus chose Esther to be his queen, not knowing her ethnic background which Mordecai instructed her to not divulge.  

Shortly after becoming queen, Esther discovered that a high-ranking official named Haman had been plotting to destroy all Jews, and had convinced the King to decree that it would happen on a certain day throughout the kingdom.  Mordecai urged Esther to share her identity with the King and plead with him to spare the Jewish people from Haman’s diabolical plan.  However, even the Queen could not approach the King except by invitation or the person would be killed — unless the king would hold out the golden scepter.  

Mordecai told Esther that she had to take the risk. If she did not, she and all her people would be killed.  He told her that she had been placed in her position for such a time as this (Est 4:14), implying divine providence.  

Esther and her maids fasted and prayed for three days and then Esther bravely approached the king on his throne.  King Ahasuerus did extend the golden scepter to Queen Esther and he listened as she described the plot of wicked Haman.  Then the king hanged Haman on the gallows he had prepared for Mordecai and allowed the Jews to defend themselves, which they did without losing even one casualty.  So by faith, Esther “escaped the edge of the sword,” and is anonymously inscribed in God’s Hall of Faith.

Ruth was Made Strong Out of Weakness

Ruth is one of the most unlikely of all heroines in the Bible because she was a Moabite  The Moabites were descendants of Abraham’s nephew, Lot (Genesis 19:36-38).  The Moabites were the despised enemies of Israel and were excluded from the worship or assembly of the Lord (Deut. 23:3).  

During the chaotic times of the Judges, as God was chastening His people with famine, a Jewish couple (Elimelech and Naomi) moved to the country of Moab in disobedience to the Lord’s will.  One of their sons married Ruth. The other married Orpah.  After a few years, Elimelech and both of his sons died.  Naomi and Ruth went to Israel, to the region of Bethlehem, but Orpah did not.  This was during the barley harvest.  

Though raised in paganism, Ruth chose to believe in the God of Israel.  As a young widow in Bethlehem, Ruth went out to glean in the barley fields.  The book of Ruth describes the beautiful account of Ruth meeting and marrying Boaz, a kind man who would become her kinsman-redeemer and husband.  (This foreshadowed the loving redemption of Christ for His bride, the Church)

The union of Boaz and Ruth produced a son, Obed, whose son would be Jesse, the father of David. David was the shepherd boy who slew Goliath and became the King of Israel and the most famous ancestor of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, called “the Son of David.”  So by faith, Ruth the Moabitess became the great-grandmother of King David and an ancestor of Jesus!  

Deborah Became Valiant in Battle

Deborah lived in the days of the Judges.

Judges 4:4.. “Now Deborah, a prophetess, the wife of Lapidoth, was judging Israel at that time.”  

At this time, Israel was cruelly occupied by King Jabin and the Canaanites, under the domination of general Sisera and his army.  Deborah believed God was telling them to rise up in revolt against this enemy.  She challenged a man named Barak to lead an army of Israelites into battle.  Barak responded, “If you will go with me, then I will go; but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” (Judges 4:8).

Deborah responded, “I will surely go with you, nevertheless there will be no glory for you in the journey you are taking, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”  Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh. (Judges 4:9)

God blessed the courage and obedience of Deborah, and so by faith, she “became valiant in battle,” and an unnamed heroine of God’s Hall of Faith.

Jael Turned to Flight the Armies of the Aliens

Jael was a brave lady we read about in Judges 4. The Lord was giving Israel the upper hand in the skirmish between Deborah and Barak against Sisera and his Canaanite army and so Sisera fled.  

Judges 4:17… “Sisera had fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber, the Kenite…and Jael went out to meet Sisera and said to him, ‘Turn aside, my lord, turn aside to me; do not fear…’”                                  

Jael covered the exhausted general with a blanket, gave him a drink, and led him to believe that she would provide him with safety, shelter, and secret lodging.        

Judges 4:21  “Then Jael, Heber’s wife, took a tent peg and took a hammer in her hand, and went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple, and it went down into the ground; for he was fast asleep and weary, so he died.” 

This may sound horrible, but Judges 5 tells that Deborah and Barak sang a song of high praise of Jael.

Judges 5:24-27 “Most blessed among women is Jael, the wife Heber the Kenite; blessed is she among women in tents…she stretched her hand to the tent peg, her right hand to the workmen’s hammer; she pounded Sisera, she pierced his head; she split and struck through his temple. At her feet he sank, he fell, he lay still; at her feet he sank, he fell; where he sank, there he fell dead…” 

 Jael was another unnamed heroine of the faith as she… “turned to flight the armies of the aliens”…Heb. 11:34.

Women Received Their Dead Raised to Life Again

This is likely an anonymous reference to the widow of Zarephath who is mentioned in 1 Kings 17.  After Elijah told wicked King Ahab and Queen Jezebel that it would not rain for 3 ½ years, God told the prophet to go to Zarephath in Sidon and dwell with a widow and her young son there.  Because of the drought and subsequent famine, the widow was about to starve, but God through Elijah worked the miracle of flour and oil that kept replenishing by divine power.  

After that, the widow’s son became sick and died.  Devastated, she turned to the man of God.  Elijah carried the boy to his room, laid him on the bed, and cried out to God in prayer.  

1 Kings 17: 21-23 “And he stretched himself out on the child three times and said, ‘O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him.’ Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.  And Elijah took the child and brought him down from the upper room into the house, and gave him to his mother.  And Elijah said, ‘See, your son lives.’”    

The widow of Zarephath was one of the women who received their dead raised to life again. Heb. 11:35)

Unnamed but Well known to God

God is very much aware of everyone who serves Him and everything done in His name, for His glory, for the good of others, and for the gospel’s furtherance.  Even the lowly sparrow does not fall to the ground without His knowledge. And a cup of water given in His name will not lack His reward.  

 Heb 6:10  “For God is not unjust to forget your work and labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister.”

“Every deed recorded. Every deed rewarded.”

*******

Jesus is the Reason this Ministry Exists

Thank you to all who contributed in 2020. Your generosity is a blessing and encouragement to us.  We did not meet expenses in 2020 and still need your help to continue our global outreach in 2021.  Our mission is to glorify God by equipping, encouraging, and empowering YOU to understand the Bible and grow in faith. If our online resources have blessed you, we hope you will support Reasons for Hope* Jesus. Our ministry outreach has grown significantly and. . .

Please support Reasons for Hope* Jesus with a donation of $5, $10, $20, or more. A donation of any amount is needed and greatly appreciated.

CLICK TO DONATE
to Reasons for Hope*Jesus(a 501c3 Ministry)
Use a Credit Card or PayPal for safe, secure giving.

*******

***A Hidden Message in Psalm 23?***  

Hidden in the six verses of Psalm 23 are 11 names for Jesus.  When you subscribe to our newsletter, we’ll send you The Names of God in Psalm 23 PDF that reveals all 11 names and Scripture verses of comfort and hope (link will be sent in your confirmation email).

A Room with a View of Eternity—The Last Will & Testament of Jesus Christ   Take a seat at the Master's table. Learn about the riches He gives to all who are His. This book will bless and encourage you, give you hope, and help you live in the joy of your salvation and the riches of Christ that are yours.

 

The Top Ten Got Questions? in 2020

  1.  The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
  2. The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
  3. Did The Wise Men Arrive 12 DAYS AFTER JESUS’ BIRTH? Or Was It Much Later?
  4. What is the Significance of the Wise Men's THREE GIFTS? And were they kings? 
  5. How are the Shepherd’s Rod and Staff Different?
  6. What Does It Mean to TASTE & SEE That God Is Good? (Psalm 34)
  7. What do the 12 stones UNDER the JORDAN River mean? (Joshua 4)
  8. Is Leonard Cohen’s “HALLELUJAH” a Christian Song?
  9. How was Jesus Like a Worm? What’s the CRIMSON (OR SCARLET) WORM? Psalm 22
  10. Is my TATTOO a sin?

This is not a Got Questions? article. But it's so popular it ranked among the top pages viewed:

More Popular Got Questions & Articles

Was Jesus CRUCIFIED on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
Where did OT Saints go at death? ABRAHAM'S BOSOM
If BAPTIZED as an Infant, Do I Need to Be Re-Baptized?
What Does it Mean to Be A CHILD OF GOD?
Which OT Book Did JESUS QUOTE Most Often?
How Did the Wise Men Know This Was the Messiah and KNOW TO FOLLOW HIS STAR?
What Did Jesus Say About HEAVEN (and HELL)?
How long did JOB SUFFER?
Three Heavens? Where is the THIRD HEAVEN?
What are the “I Will ” STATEMENTS of Satan, God, and Jesus?
SIN, INIQUITY, TRANSGRESSION? How are they different?
Should we call HIM JESUS? Or Yahweh? Or Yeshua?
Is Satan’s Real Name LUCIFER?
JESUS WEPT. Why? 
Is There a Remez (HIDDEN MESSAGE ) in Revelation 7? Why is Dan Missing?
Is It a Sin to Drink ALCOHOL?
Is SUICIDE an Unforgivable Sin?

Something ALL Christians must know:  IVDARR

Reasons for Hope* Jesus video banner

TOP TEN Videos from Reasons for Hope* Jesus
  1. Memorial Day BAGPIPES TRIBUTE: Amazing Grace
  2. Christian Version of Leonard Cohen's HALLELUJAH
  3. RISE AND SHINE and Give God the Glory, Glory!
  4. WERE YOU THERE When They Crucified My Lord?
  5. PAUL HARVEY: THE BIRDCAGE
  6. PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: A SOLDIER'S PLEDGE
  7. JOHN WAYNE ~ WHY I LOVE AMERICA
  8. THE LEGEND OF THE CANDY CANE - A Christmas Story to Share
  9. TASTE AND SEE that the Lord is Good ~ Psalm 34
  10. Hark! the Herald Angels Sing -- CHARLIE BROWN Christmas

*****************

We need your help to share God's truths. Please support the ministry work of Reasons for Hope*Jesus
Reasons for Hope* Jesus

SubscribeNow!

Yes, send me answers to interesting and challenging questions about Jesus and the Bible.  Help me get equipped and be encouraged so I am empowered to know, live, and share my faith.  <*}}}><

 

Get equipped with knowledge!

Be encouraged in hope!

Live empowered with love! 

You have Successfully Subscribed!