“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
She is the mother of King Lemuel, most likely who we know as Solomon.
She is more precious than rubies.
“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies.”
She is trusted by her husband.
“The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.”
She is faithful to her husband.
“She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.”
She works willingly with her hands.
“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.”
She is resourceful.
“She is like the merchants' ships; she bringeth her food from afar.”
She rises with purpose.
“She riseth also while it is yet night, and giveth meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens.”
She considers before making decisions.
“She considereth a field, and buyeth it: with the fruit of her hands she planteth a vineyard.”
She is physically strong.
“She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms.”
She shines her Light.
“She perceiveth that her merchandise is good: her candle goeth not out by night.”
She is diligent to labour.
“She layeth her hands to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.”
She reaches out to others.
“She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea, she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.”
She is covered by the Blood of Jesus.
“She is not afraid of the snow for her household: for all her household are clothed with scarlet.”
She is clothed in service.
“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.”
She serves with her husband.
“Her husband is known in the gates, when he sitteth among the elders of the land.”
She delivers the Gospel.
“She maketh fine linen, and selleth it; and delivereth girdles unto the merchant.”
She is spiritually strong and honourable.
“Strength and honour are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.”
She speaks kindly.
“She openeth her mouth with wisdom; and in her tongue is the law of kindness.”
She has no time for idleness.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.”
She is blessed and praised.
“Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her.”
She excels by Wisdom.
“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.”
She makes choosing to fear the Lord a priority.
“Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the LORD, she shall be praised.”
She leaves a legacy.
“Give her of the fruit of her hands; and let her own works praise her in the gates.”
The Virtuous Woman serves as an example of what we should strive to become with the help of the Lord.
Ezekiel 19-20 | Mark 4 | Psalm 76-77
“Also he gave him the copy of the writing of the decree that was given at Shushan to destroy them, to shew it unto Esther, and to declare it unto her, and to charge her that she should go in unto the king, to make supplication unto him, and to make request before him for her people.”
She was placed there at a specific time for a specific purpose.
“For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
God creates divine appointments.
Where we are right now is for a purpose!
She asked her people to fast and pray for her.
“Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”
She was brave.
She was even willing to die if that was the will of God.
She was used of God to save her people.
Esther is also an example of how God can empower us to do great things for His glory.
Ezekiel 17-18 | Mark 3 | Psalm 74-75
“And the king loved Esther above all the women, and she obtained grace and favour in his sight more than all the virgins; so that he set the royal crown upon her head, and made her queen instead of Vashti.”
She required nothing when it was her turn to go unto the king.
“Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai, who had taken her for his daughter, was come to go in unto the king, she required nothing but what Hegai the king's chamberlain, the keeper of the women, appointed. And Esther obtained favour in the sight of all them that looked upon her.”
The king loved her more than all the other women.
So much so that she obtained grace and favour in his sight.
She received the royal crown which made her queen.
She was obedient to Mordecai.
She still had not revealed that she was a Jew.
“Esther had not yet shewed her kindred nor her people; as Mordecai had charged her: for Esther did the commandment of Mordecai, like as when she was brought up with him.”
Esther also serves as an example that we are able to obtain grace and favour in the sight of our King.
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another.”
He will also promote us if only we are willing and obedient unto Him.
Ezekiel 15-16 | Mark 2 | Psalm 72-73
“And he brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle's daughter: for she had neither father nor mother, and the maid was fair and beautiful; whom Mordecai, when her father and mother were dead, took for his own daughter.”
She was also known as Hadassah.
Her uncle, Mordecai, raised her after her parents were dead.
When the king appointed his officers to gather together the fair young virgins of the kingdom, Mordecai brought her up to the palace.
“And the maiden pleased him, and she obtained kindness of him; and he speedily gave her her things for purification, with such things as belonged to her, and seven maidens, which were meet to be given her, out of the king's house: and he preferred her and her maids unto the best place of the house of the women.”
Many maidens were brought before King Ahasuerus, yet it was Esther who pleased him.
God had ordered her footsteps and placed her exactly where she was for a specific reason, exactly when she needed to be there.
She had not yet shown or told that she was a Jew.
“Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it. And Mordecai walked every day before the court of the women's house, to know how Esther did, and what should become of her.”
Esther serves as an example to us that God will direct our steps and use us according to His purpose if only we will surrender our lives to Him.
Ezekiel 13-14 | Mark 1 | Psalm 70-71
2 Kings 4:26
“Run now, I pray thee, to meet her, and say unto her, Is it well with thee? is it well with thy husband? is it well with the child? And she answered, It is well.”
She had prepared a room for Elisha to stay in while he passed by.
This is where we get the term “prophet’s chamber”.
Because of her faithfulness to care for the man of God, she was blessed abundantly.
2 Kings 4:16-17
“And he said, About this season, according to the time of life, thou shalt embrace a son. And she said, Nay, my lord, thou man of God, do not lie unto thine handmaid. And the woman conceived, and bare a son at that season that Elisha had said unto her, according to the time of life.”
She was given a son, just as Elisha had said.
Her son developed a health issue.
2 Kings 4:18-20
“And when the child was grown, it fell on a day, that he went out to his father to the reapers. And he said unto his father, My head, my head. And he said to a lad, Carry him to his mother. And when he had taken him, and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died.”
She knew where to go to find help.
2 Kings 4:21-22
“And she went up, and laid him on the bed of the man of God, and shut the door upon him, and went out. And she called unto her husband, and said, Send me, I pray thee, one of the young men, and one of the asses, that I may run to the man of God, and come again.”
She desired for the Lord to intervene in her situation.
2 Kings 4:32-33
“And when Elisha was come into the house, behold, the child was dead, and laid upon his bed. He went in therefore, and shut the door upon them twain, and prayed unto the LORD.”
She had laid the child upon the bed that she had prepared for the man of God in faith that she would see him healed.
Elisha came and sought the Lord to help him.
2 Kings 4:34-36
“And he went up, and lay upon the child, and put his mouth upon his mouth, and his eyes upon his eyes, and his hands upon his hands: and he stretched himself upon the child; and the flesh of the child waxed warm. Then he returned, and walked in the house to and fro; and went up, and stretched himself upon him: and the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. And he called Gehazi, and said, Call this Shunammite. So he called her. And when she was come in unto him, he said, Take up thy son.”
She was given back her son, and worshipped the Lord at the feet of the prophet.
2 Kings 4:37
“Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the ground, and took up her son, and went out.”
The Shunammite Woman also serves as an example that our faithfulness to the Lord and His work will result in blessings and miracles taking place within our lives.
Ezekiel 11-12 | Ephesians 6 | Psalm 68-69
2 Kings 4:8
“And it fell on a day, that Elisha passed to Shunem, where was a great woman; and she constrained him to eat bread. And so it was, that as oft as he passed by, he turned in thither to eat bread.”
She perceived that Elisha was a man of God.
2 Kings 4:9
“And she said unto her husband, Behold now, I perceive that this is an holy man of God, which passeth by us continually.”
She must have seen him often to know that he passed by their way frequently.
She saw the opportunity to do something for him that would honor the Lord.
2 Kings 4:10
“Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.”
She and her husband made a room specifically for Elisha to stay in when he was in town.
The Shunammite Woman serves as an example to us of how important it is to honor those who faithfully serve the Lord.
If we will honor God’s people, He will honor us.
Ezekiel 9-10 | Ephesians 5 | Psalm 66-67
2 Kings 4:5
“So she went from him, and shut the door upon her and upon her sons, who brought the vessels to her; and she poured out.”
She owed a great debt.
2 Kings 4:1
“Now there cried a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets unto Elisha, saying, Thy servant my husband is dead; and thou knowest that thy servant did fear the LORD: and the creditor is come to take unto him my two sons to be bondmen.”
She knew where to go to get help.
2 Kings 4:2
“And Elisha said unto her, What shall I do for thee? tell me, what hast thou in the house? And she said, Thine handmaid hath not any thing in the house, save a pot of oil.”
Elisha told her to do something illogical.
2 Kings 4:3-4
“Then he said, Go, borrow thee vessels abroad of all thy neighbours, even empty vessels; borrow not a few. And when thou art come in, thou shalt shut the door upon thee and upon thy sons, and shalt pour out into all those vessels, and thou shalt set aside that which is full.”
She chose to obey what the man of God said.
She risked all she had.
2 Kings 4:6
“And it came to pass, when the vessels were full, that she said unto her son, Bring me yet a vessel. And he said unto her, There is not a vessel more. And the oil stayed.”
The oil stayed because she had faith.
God provided a solution to her problem.
2 Kings 4:7
“Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, Go, sell the oil, and pay thy debt, and live thou and thy children of the rest.”
She allowed God to guide her to the right people.
She chose to obey in faith what she was told to do.
She saw the Lord provide exactly what she needed.
The Widow With Oil serves as an example to us that it pays to ask the Lord to guide us and willingly obey in faith even those things which seem irrational.
Where God guides, He provides.
Ezekiel 7-8 | Ephesians 4 | Psalm 64-65
1 Kings 17:15
“And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.”
She was a widow who was in the process of making the last meal for her and her son.
1 Kings 17:8-9
“And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.”
The Lord had commanded Elijah to come to Zarephath for one purpose…so a widow could be used of God to sustain him.
When he saw her gathering sticks he asked her to fetch him some water. She obliged his request, which showed she was willing. He the asked for a morsel of bread, yet she had not a cake to feed him.
1 Kings 17:12
“And she said, As the LORD thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”
She was honest about her condition, and he responded with a hopeful promise of what would happen if she trusted what the Lord said.
1 Kings 17:13-14
“And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son. For thus saith the LORD God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the LORD sendeth rain upon the earth.”
She went and did as he said, and saw the Lord sustain not only Elijah, but also her, her son, and everyone in her house.
1 Kings 17:16
“And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the LORD, which he spake by Elijah.”
The Widow of Zarephath serves as an example of the many promises God has made to us if we will simply obey and trust in Him.
Ezekiel 5-6 | Ephesians 3 | Psalm 62-63
1 Kings 10:1
“And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to prove him with hard questions.”
She traveled a great distance to see Solomon arrayed in the greatness of his wisdom.
1 Kings 10:2
“And she came to Jerusalem with a very great train, with camels that bare spices, and very much gold, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.”
She was curious whether what she heard was true or not.
1 Kings 10:3
“And Solomon told her all her questions: there was not any thing hid from the king, which he told her not.”
She heard all his answers to her questions and was astounded as the vastness of his wisdom and wealth.
1 Kings 10:4-5
“And when the queen of Sheba had seen all Solomon's wisdom, and the house that he had built, And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel, and his cupbearers, and his ascent by which he went up unto the house of the LORD; there was no more spirit in her.”
She came seeking wisdom, for she had heard Who gave Solomon his.
She found what she was looking for indeed was true.
1 Kings 10:6
“And she said to the king, It was a true report that I heard in mine own land of thy acts and of thy wisdom.”
She bestowed gifts to Solomon, and received even more in return.
1 Kings 10:13
“And king Solomon gave unto the queen of Sheba all her desire, whatsoever she asked, beside that which Solomon gave her of his royal bounty. So she turned and went to her own country, she and her servants.”
Jesus Christ even referred to her when certain of the scribes and Pharisees asked for a sign from Him.
“The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.”
The Queen Of Sheba serves as an example that when we seek the Lord, we are certain to find Him and much more…abounding Wisdom.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.”
Ezekiel 3-4 | Ephesians 2 | Psalm 60-61
1 Kings 3:27
“Then the king answered and said, Give her the living child, and in no wise slay it: she is the mother thereof.”
She was one of two women who claimed to be the mother of the same child.
1 Kings 3:16
“Then came there two women, that were harlots, unto the king, and stood before him.”
They both appeared before King Solomon so that he in his wisdom could judge who was the true mother.
1 Kings 3:17-18
“And the one woman said, O my lord, I and this woman dwell in one house; and I was delivered of a child with her in the house. And it came to pass the third day after that I was delivered, that this woman was delivered also: and we were together; there was no stranger with us in the house, save we two in the house.”
She spoke of her need to be vindicated as the mother of the child.
1 Kings 3:19-21
“And this woman's child died in the night; because she overlaid it. And she arose at midnight, and took my son from beside me, while thine handmaid slept, and laid it in her bosom, and laid her dead child in my bosom. And when I rose in the morning to give my child suck, behold, it was dead: but when I had considered it in the morning, behold, it was not my son, which I did bear.”
The other woman claimed that the child was hers.
1 Kings 3:22
“And the other woman said, Nay; but the living is my son, and the dead is thy son. And this said, No; but the dead is thy son, and the living is my son. Thus they spake before the king.”
Solomon wisely suggested that the child be cut in half, revealing who was really the true mother.
1 Kings 3:26
“Then spake the woman whose the living child was unto the king, for her bowels yearned upon her son, and she said, O my lord, give her the living child, and in no wise slay it. But the other said, Let it be neither mine nor thine, but divide it.”
She was willing to lose her child in order to save his life.
The true harlot mother serves as our example that we must be willing to suffer great loss in order for the greatest desire of our hearts to be used for God’s glory.
Ezekiel 1-2 | Ephesians 1 | Psalm 58-59
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