What could have “shaken and stirred” Paul to such an extent that he writes this letter from a prison cell, during a time of trial and pain? The answer was simple – he needed to save a man’s life. But one woman was called upon to help make this decision, a decision for death or life, her name was Apphia. This teaching forms part of the Female Leadership in the New Testament series.
In a time where war was raging thick, and trade had ceased, the highways deserted and pain ravaging the tribes of Israel, a mother in Israel arose. A mother who was both judge and prophetess. A woman who heard, who spoke and who called. Under her leadership, half the tribes of Israel were united in battle against a fierce, bloodthirsty war machine. The tribes of Israel and their leader Barak, had no problem with Deborah's leadership and the Godly authority which rested upon her, in wisdom they looked to her for help and for truth. This is her story, this is her legacy, and this is our lesson.
Seven generations pass from the time we hear about earth's first woman, until the time we hear another woman's name mentioned in the scriptures. She appears in a single verse, in a time of violence and bloodshed. But she was tasked with a holy call, to protect and preserve her family's history when history was still being written. This is her story.
It’s the story preachers love to preach about. A harlot woman forgiven through selflessness and included in to the lineage of the Messiah. The ultimate picture of redemption, books have been written about it and many a lesson taught and inspiration drawn from this Canaanite woman in the doomed city of Jericho, but is it really the truth? Was the faithful Rahab really a harlot, a prostitute given to an immoral lifestyle but redeemed through belief?