What is special about the Bibleís godly
What marks them as godly?
Monday Morning Ladiesí Bible Class
April - May, 2006
This study is in progress. You will
note different levels of explanation, but the study should be
self-explanatory and helpful. Godly women are so needed today, and the
need is even more dramatically evident with the current stress on feminism
in our culture. This current cultural feminism not only runs counter to
the Bible, it destroys genuine femininity and inner beauty that God
created in women.
Thank you, Tod Kennedy
A godly woman is a woman who lives like God wants her to live as
revealed in the Bible.
Dependable, Faithful (Ruth 1:16-17)
Hardworking (Ruth 2:7, 17)
Helpful and generous (Ruth 2:18)
Teachable (Ruth 3:5)
Loyal love or kindness or devotion and this brings about patience
(3:10) Hebrew word is hesed Ruth 1:8, 2:20, and 3:10). This word is elated
to the word godly or kindness in the OT. Hasid related to hesed.
Excellence (3:11). The word is chayil and is the same word in
teachable, [Obedient] (Esther 2:10, 20)
humble, not pushy [She listens] (Esther 2:15)
others (Esther 4:4)
careful (Esther 4:11)
wise, and understands timing (Esther 4:15-16)
plans, patient, right timing [Wise] (Esther 5:3-4,
not pushy (Esther 7:3-4)
plans, wise, careful on dealing with people (Esther 8:5)
and caring (Esther 8:6)
understands protocol and manís leadership (Esther 8:7-8)
understands authority and her own leadership place (Esther 9:29, 32; 10 in
which she is not even mentioned.
1 Corinthians 11 and
the Woman as a Follower and Reflector
Comments on 1 Corinthians 11. Woman reflects manís glory and so
demonstrates femininity and followership. Concentration on inner beauty.
The man is the leader and reflects Christís glory. The woman
follows and reflects the manís glory as he reflects Christís glory. This
is that inner beauty or feminineness. So, both man and
woman reflect the character of the Father and the Son. Here
this ties into the godly
Femininity seems to be very important for the
woman, as leadership is for the
man. I do not think this means bossy or dictatorship in the man.
What I would like to do first, is not worry about veils or hair,
but what is this trying to demonstrate. I am thinking of verse 3 and 7 and
15. Headship or leadership (under the big category of authority) seems to
me to be prominent. As Christ reflects God the Father's glory (or real
character), so the man reflects Christ's glory (or character) and the
the man's glory which is Christí reflected glory (or character).
This passage seems then to be teaching the understanding of image
of God, authority, man's leadership, woman's followership, being feminine.
This is especially important in marriage. Sara and inner beauty also teach
this in 1 Peter 3.
Priscilla history (Acts 18:2, 26; Rom. 16:3; 1 Corinthians 16:19; 2
Married to Aquila. Fled Italy to Corinth because of Claudius decree
to ban Jews from Rome. Priscilla and Aquila were prominent believers in
Corinth and Ephesus. Priscilla and Aquila had a church assembly in their
house when in Corinth. They later left Corinth with Paul and sailed to
Ephesus. Paul soon sailed to Antioch, but Pricilla and Aquila remained at
Ephesus. Not too long after that Apollos, a Jew from Alexandria arrived in
Ephesus. He was an OT believer in Jesus and not yet informed about church
doctrine. Priscilla and Aquila privately instructed him in the doctrine of
Christ and church age doctrine.
Aquila is her leader, but Priscilla is so knowledgeable in doctrine
and well related to her husband, that she had a great part in explaining
the Scriptures and men did not feel threatened by her. Note that her name
is mentioned first. What is implied about Priscilla? She his humble,
learned, accepted Aquilaís headship and authority, not a pushy woman, wise
enough to help Apollos privately so as not to embarrass him or make an
issue of her abilities and knowledge, and took up challenges of Christian
What do we learn about Pricilla?
Strong and accurate knowledge of Bible doctrine.
She had to be teachable in order to be so respected, trusted, and
used in ministry.
She accepts Aquilaís headship and authority and because of that she
is very useable in ministry.
Good relationship with her husband marked by no competitiveness and
a devotion to him and his ministry.
She is a humble person.
She is not pushy or bossy.
She is wise and balanced in her ministry.
She knows how to help and teach others without embarrassing them.
Rahab is mentioned in Joshua 2:1, 3; 6:17, 23, 25; Matthew 1:5;
Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25.
Rahab was a Gentile and a prostitute.
She had no family tradition of faith in the Lord that we know of.
The Lordís fame went on ahead of the Israelites and she believed in
the God of Israel.
She had heard the news of Israelís escape from Egypt and of the
Lordís deliverance, protection, and guidance (Joshua 2:9-11)
She hid the spies and did not reveal their hiding place (Joshua
She accepted the reality of Israelís God; she believed in his
existence and also believed in his graciousness and justice (Joshua
She was also wise enough to ask the Israelites to spare her family
(Joshua 2:12:13). Joshua did spare her and her family (Joshua 6:16-18,
Rahab said yes at the point of hearing about Israelís God.
Rahab believed in Israelís God.
Rahab then put her faith into action by hiding the spies and asking
for the safety of her family.
Rahab married Salmon, an Israelite. They had a son named Boaz who
married Ruth (Ruth 4:20-21; Luke 3:32). Rahab was a great, great, and more
greats grandmother of Jesus.
Rahab is recorded as a faith hero in Hebrews 11:31. By faith
indicates that she trusted Israelís God and he became her own God.
James records that Rahab also exercised day to day faith (we in the
church would say Christian life faith) after her faith (we would say
eternal life faith) in Israelís God by her taking in the spies, hiding
them, and sending them safely back. She had first believed in Israelís God
and then because she believed in him, she also protected his people at
great risk to herself.
What characteristics do we see in Rahab?
Alert and thinking about life around her and its consequences.
Believing in Israelís God at the eternal life justification point
and also at daily life points. She took the newsóthis is the one and only
true Godóthought about it, and applied it by faith. She apparently had
become a believer in Israelís God before the spies even came to her.
Faith living shown by the way she trusted God when the spies came.
Courageous and showed initiative in receiving, hiding, and sending
Trustworthy in that she, even under pressure, did not reveal the
hiding of the spies to the authorities.
Wise in being able to hide the spies and then getting them out of
the city with the information they needed, and wise in seeking assurances
that her family would be delivered with her.
History of Sarah.
Sarai is her original name. It is found in 13 verses between
Genesis 11:30-17:15. This name means princess. Changed to Sarah in Genesis
17:15 and means noble woman (1 Peter 3:1-7).
Genesis 11 and 12 have the story about Sarai leaving Ur with
Abramís family and traveling to Canaan. She had no children. She left
family and all things familiar to go with her husband and his relatives.
She demonstrates her loyalty to Abram and her followership.
In Genesis 12, Abram has Sarai claim to be his sister. Abram was
acting in unbelief, yet Sarai put up with him and did as he asked. This
showed devotion to Abram.
Genesis 16 has the story of Hagar. Though Sarai followed the custom
of the times in helping to ensure Abram an heir, she also was exhibiting
unbelief in Godís promise that he would provide an heir.
In Genesis 17 God stated in more detail the promised covenant that
he began in Genesis 12 and 15. He instituted circumcision as the sign of
the Abrahamic covenant (Genesis 17:11). God changed Saraiís name to Sarah
(Genesis 17:15), and promised that the line of descendents would go from
In Genesis 18 God said that Sarah would have a son in her old age.
She laughed at this and then denied that she laughed. Unbelief has again
shown itself. In Genesis 18:12 and 13, the verb, to laugh, is tsachaq. The
name Isaac will be related to this. God has a way of making jokes with us.
In Genesis 20 Abraham and Sarah say that Sarah is Abrahamís sister.
Abimelech was the most righteousness of the group.
Genesis 21 is the story of Sarah and the birth of her son Isaac.
Her sorrow and sense of failure were turned into laughter (tsechoq,
laughter). Isaac is the Hebrew word yitschaq, he laughs. Her faith and
hope bear fruit. Yet, she also has a bad attitude toward Hagar and Ishmael
and tells Abraham to drive them out of the household.
Genesis 22 recounts the story of Abraham taking Isaac, the long
awaited heir, to a mountain in Moriah to offer him as a burnt offering.
Sarah probably did not know what was in his mind, since neither did Isaac
know. But her obedience, or better yet her devotion to Abraham, caused her
to offer no objection.
Sarah dies in Genesis 23 at the age of 127.
What do we learn about Sarah that can help us?
She was devoted
to Abraham and therefore loyal and submissive (1 Peter 3:1, 5). She showed
this by leaving her family and all that was familiar and traveling to
Canaan and then to Egypt. She further demonstrated devotion by agreeing to
say she was Abrahamís sister to both the Pharaoh and to King Abimelech.
Peter comments on Sarah when he speaks of her quiet submission and inner
beauty in 1 Peter 3.1.
She believed Godís
promises in spite of
circumstances (Hebrew 11:11). She believed that she would, though barren,
have the promised son. This would be very hard for a woman to believe. She
also trusted God when they left for Canaan, and again when Abraham let her
be taken in harems. Faith must have characterized her life.
Sarah also possessed inner beautyóthe gentle and quiet
spirit that so becomes a lady (1 Peter 3:4-5).
Times of failure are common to all
believers. Like us, she had times of unbelief, jealousy, and bitterness.
Bitterness comes when faith leaves because there is no confidence and
nothing to depend upon. Remember her attitude toward Hagar.
Mary the Mother of
History of Mary
Mary was in the royal
line of David through Nathan
and David in Luke 3:23-31. Joseph was the son-in-law of Eli (Maryís
father) and Luke gives Maryís genealogy, while Matthew gives the lineage
of Joseph, the legal line through the man back to Solomon and David. This
was an honored line.
She was a virgin,
and was probably under 20 years old (Matthew 1:23, 25; Luke 1:27, 34).
Mary was engaged to
Joseph (Matthew 1:18 and Luke
The angel Gabriel visited
Mary while she was engaged to
Joseph and living in Nazareth. He told her that God had favored her to be
the mother of the Messiah. She soon gave birth to him just as the angel
said (Matthew 1:18-25; 2:11; Luke 1: 26-37; 2:16).
Mary showed her desire to
serve and please the Lord by
answering, ďI am the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to
your wordĒ (Luke 1:38).
Soon after, Mary visited Elizabeth. Elizabeth confirmed that Mary
was to be the mother of the Lord (Luke 1:41-44). At this time we see
Maryís faith in Godís word that the angel spoke to her (Luke 2:45)
When Mary heard Elizabeth confirm Godís grace, she praised the
Lord for using her to bring the Messiah into the world (Luke 1:4-55).
This is called the Magnificat.
Mary and Joseph obeyed
the Lord, the Mosaic Law, and the Roman law (Matthew 1:24-25; 2:12-14,
19-23; Luke 2:1-5, 21-24, 39-42; and others).
Notice that Mary, though highly honored by the Lord and the
heroine, followed Josephís leadership at every point he made a
decision. For example, when he told her they must quickly flee to Egypt
(Matthew 2:13-14) and then again when Joseph took her and Jesus back to
Nazareth when the danger was over (Luke 2:19-23). This would be quite a
disruption for a new mother.
Mary accepted Jesusí
destiny. She observed him
speaking and doing miracles (John 2:1-12). Mary saw the terrible treatment
he received from the Jews and then the crucifixion (John 19:25-27).
Mary had other children
after Jesus was born. James,
Joseph, Judas, Simon (Matthew 12:46-47; 13:55; Mark 6:3; 15:40; Luke
Mary was among the 120
people gathered in the upper
room awaiting the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 1:12-14).
How does Mary help womenówives, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, and
She was a woman of God
and a woman of the word. Mary
had a close relationship with God and she knew the Old Testament. We know
this from her responses to Gabriel, to Elizabeth, to Joseph, and her hymn
of praise. And along with this she also seemed to take initiative in her
own spiritual life and that of her family. She walked with the Lord
through the pregnancy, life, ministry, suffering and death, resurrection,
and ascension of Jesus.
Mary was humble.
She did not expect this great honor or did she brag about it, or become
sinfully proud. She never exhibited a tendency to be bossy or pushy or
arrogant, which someone greatly honored by God and people are tempted to
Mary placed herself at
Godís disposal (bond slave in
Luke 1:38). She said yes, to Godí will; and she did not know what lay
ahead, but she wanted Godís will in her life.
She followed Joseph,
her fiancťe and then husband. She did not attempt to control or boss
Joseph, even though she was the main player in this historic drama. Why?
Because she was strong in the Lord, strong in herself, and strong in her
role as a woman.
She did not interfere
with Jesusí ministry, though she must have had great pain because of his
treatment by others, and then the final terrible days of the arrest,
trials, and crucifixion. What mother could take this injustice?
She remained a close
follower of Jesus. She was in
the upper room on the day of Pentecost with the other 119 people waiting
for the promised Holy Spirit.
How do you rate Mary? Was she a godly woman? Was she a godly mother? What
can you learn from her?