Scandalous Women of the Bible | Day One
By: Brittany Green
One of my favorite things about the Lord is His desire to use broken people. The Bible is a story filled with messy people and scandalous stories, redeemed by a Savior. And it’s an incredible thing the Lord wove powerful and scandalous women into His story of redemption. He didn’t leave them out!
We live in a time that women fight continually for their rights, equality, and lives to be acknowledged. Most of us have grown up hearing the jingle: anything boys can do, girls can do better. However, in Bible times culture, women had the sole purpose of raising children and helping with the housework.
They were seemingly unimportant.
But that’s not how God sees women. All throughout Scripture, the Lord fights for, cares after, and gives purpose to women. Time and time again, He used simple ladies to take part in restoring the relationship between God and His people.
In the same way, the Lord desires to use you in spreading the Good News of Jesus.
For the next two weeks, we’re going to study scandalous women in the Bible who lived out scandalous faith. Some of them had crazy pasts, while others had boring lives until God showed up. My hope is that you’ll lean in and learn more about how God is pursuing you and using you because of how He used and pursued these women. That’s the scandal of grace in it all.
Ready? I know I’m pumped!
Let’s start off with probably the most well-known woman in history: Mary. What a gal!
Read Luke 1:26-55.
Maybe you’ve heard this story a million times or it’s brand new to you. Either way, I hope you appreciate how scandalous this moment was for Mary’s life! She’s a young girl, only engaged to be married, and an angel (like a real angel, whaaaat?!) shows up and tells her she’s going to birth THE Son of God.
I think I’d run away....except that there’s really no running from God. Thankfully, God knew what He was doing in choosing Mary. Her response tells of her heart and her devotion to God: she answered:
“Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Verse 38).
And then she praises the Lord. She knows of His faithfulness and trusts that God is going to be good and do what He says He’ll do.
How would you have responded?
Do you always trust God when He speaks to you?
Let’s fast forward to after Jesus’ birth.
Read Luke 2:19. It says that Mary treasured, or pondered, all of these things in her heart.
Mary’s life was rocked because of Jesus. Joseph thought to divorce her, people probably talked around town about her pregnancy, and she probably lost friends because of it.
But look what she gained.
She had a part in raising the Son of God!
Her response was to accept what God was doing in her life, what He had called her to, and to be grateful.
What is God calling you to do that is scandalous compared to the norms our culture encourages?
Do you treasure Jesus?
Do you hold the things that He’s done for you close?
Take time today to treasure Jesus.