Learning from Gentile women in scripture Laindon – 7 th  & 14 th  January 2009
The shape of our study <ul><li>What did it mean to be a Gentile woman? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruments of God’s purpose ...
A Gentile woman <ul><li>Being a woman  (Numbers 30; 1 Corinthians 11 & 14:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:11-12) </li></ul><ul><li>Bein...
Natural Israel – so small! Gentile women in Scripture
Instruments of God’s purpose <ul><li>Pharaoh’s daughter  (Exodus 2:1-10) </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Vashti  (Esther 1:9-22) <...
<ul><li>Unpromising background </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of God’s hand at work amongst the Children of Israel </li></ul><ul...
Source of temptation <ul><li>The daughters of Moab – Zimri and Cozbi  (Numbers 25) </li></ul><ul><li>Esau and Judith & Bas...
Supporting God’s work <ul><li>The Jewish women who supported Jesus  (Luke 8:1-3) </li></ul><ul><li>Lydia the seller of pur...
Paul’s 1 st  & 2 nd  missionary journeys Gentile women in Scripture
Bringing corruption through marriage <ul><li>God’s law concerning their king multiplying wives  (Deuteronomy 17: 14-20) </...
Learning from Gentile women in scripture Laindon – 7 th  & 14 th  January 2009
Learning from Gentile women in scripture – Part two Laindon – 7 th  & 14 th  January 2009
The shape of our study <ul><li>What did it mean to be a Gentile woman? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruments of God’s purpose ...
Examples of great faith <ul><li>Rahab the harlot  (Hebrews 11:31) </li></ul><ul><li>Zipporah, wife of Moses  (Exodus 4:21-...
<ul><li>The great example of faithful love: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Love’s resolve, Ruth cleaves to Naomi and her God  (chap...
Enemies of God – fleshly thinking <ul><li>Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, wife of Ahab  (1 Kings 16; 18-19; 21 & 2 Kings 9) ...
Example of worldly thinking <ul><li>Lot’s wife looks back towards Sodom & Gomorrah  (Genesis 19:24-26) : </li></ul><ul><ul...
Whose life is an allegory <ul><li>Hagar the Egyptian: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first covenant, the Law of Moses, which le...
Spiritual Israel <ul><li>Neither Jew nor Gentile  (Galatians 3:27-29) </li></ul><ul><li>The position of Jew and Gentile  (...
Let us be like Rahab... Gentile women in Scripture
Let us also be as Ruth... Gentile women in Scripture
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Learning From Gentile Women In Scripture

  1. 1. Learning from Gentile women in scripture Laindon – 7 th & 14 th January 2009
  2. 2. The shape of our study <ul><li>What did it mean to be a Gentile woman? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruments of God’s purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source of temptation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting God’s work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing corruption through marriage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of great faith </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enemies of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example of worldly thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whose life is an allegory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Israelites </li></ul></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  3. 3. A Gentile woman <ul><li>Being a woman (Numbers 30; 1 Corinthians 11 & 14:34-35; 1 Timothy 2:11-12) </li></ul><ul><li>Being a Gentile (Exodus 12:43-45; Leviticus 19:34 & 22:10; Ephesians 2:11-12) </li></ul><ul><li>Gentiles naturally excluded until Apostles preached (Matthew 15:24; Mark 7:27) </li></ul><ul><li>Gentiles mostly lawless, idolatrous and corrupt (Deuteronomy 18:9; Psalm 135:15; Matthew 6:31-32) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  4. 4. Natural Israel – so small! Gentile women in Scripture
  5. 5. Instruments of God’s purpose <ul><li>Pharaoh’s daughter (Exodus 2:1-10) </li></ul><ul><li>Queen Vashti (Esther 1:9-22) </li></ul><ul><li>Queen of Sheba (1 Kings 10:1-13; 2 Chronicles 9:1-12 & Luke 11:31) </li></ul><ul><li>Rahab the harlot (Joshua 2 & 6:15-25; Hebrews 11:31; James 2:25-26) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  6. 6. <ul><li>Unpromising background </li></ul><ul><li>Impact of God’s hand at work amongst the Children of Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Her readiness to give up her present life for a future life with Israel </li></ul><ul><li>Her faith produced works </li></ul><ul><li>Rachel’s Gospel message to her family and friends </li></ul><ul><li>Rahab marries Salmon, a prince of Israel </li></ul>Cameo of Rahab the harlot Gentile women in Scripture
  7. 7. Source of temptation <ul><li>The daughters of Moab – Zimri and Cozbi (Numbers 25) </li></ul><ul><li>Esau and Judith & Bashemath (Genesis 26:34-35) </li></ul><ul><li>Joseph and Potiphar’s wife (Genesis 39) </li></ul><ul><li>God’s law for the Children of Israel concerning the Gentile nations (Exodus 34:11-16) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  8. 8. Supporting God’s work <ul><li>The Jewish women who supported Jesus (Luke 8:1-3) </li></ul><ul><li>Lydia the seller of purple of Thyatira (Acts 16:12-15 & 40; also see Philippians 4:1-4) </li></ul><ul><li>Chief and honourable women at Thessalonica, Berea & Athens (Acts 17:4,11-12 & 34) </li></ul><ul><li>Phebe of Cenchrea (Romans 16:1-2) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  9. 9. Paul’s 1 st & 2 nd missionary journeys Gentile women in Scripture
  10. 10. Bringing corruption through marriage <ul><li>God’s law concerning their king multiplying wives (Deuteronomy 17: 14-20) </li></ul><ul><li>Solomon’s ‘strange’ wives (1 Kings 11:4-13) </li></ul><ul><li>The return of the exiles and the putting away of ‘strange wives’ (Ezra 10:1-5) </li></ul><ul><li>Be not unequally yoked with unbelievers (2 Corinthians 6:14-18) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  11. 11. Learning from Gentile women in scripture Laindon – 7 th & 14 th January 2009
  12. 12. Learning from Gentile women in scripture – Part two Laindon – 7 th & 14 th January 2009
  13. 13. The shape of our study <ul><li>What did it mean to be a Gentile woman? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Instruments of God’s purpose </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Source of temptation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supporting God’s work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Bringing corruption through marriage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Examples of great faith </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enemies of God </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Example of worldly thinking </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Whose life is an allegory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Spiritual Israelites </li></ul></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  14. 14. Examples of great faith <ul><li>Rahab the harlot (Hebrews 11:31) </li></ul><ul><li>Zipporah, wife of Moses (Exodus 4:21-31) </li></ul><ul><li>Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite (Judges 4:17-22 & 5:24-31) </li></ul><ul><li>The Samaritan woman (John 4:6-30) </li></ul><ul><li>The Canaanite woman (Matthew 15:21-28) </li></ul><ul><li>Ruth the Moabitess (The Book of Ruth & Matthew 1:5) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  15. 15. <ul><li>The great example of faithful love: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Love’s resolve, Ruth cleaves to Naomi and her God (chapter 1) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love’s response, Ruth’s faithful service (chapter 2) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love’s petition, Ruth’s supplication for redemption (chapter 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Love’s reward, union with the bridegroom (chapter 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Faith, hope & love (1 Corinthians 13:13) </li></ul>Cameo of Ruth the Moabitess Gentile women in Scripture
  16. 16. Enemies of God – fleshly thinking <ul><li>Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, wife of Ahab (1 Kings 16; 18-19; 21 & 2 Kings 9) </li></ul><ul><li>Herodias the Idumean, granddaughter of Herod the Great (Matthew 14:1-12 & Mark 6:16-29) </li></ul><ul><li>The latter day Jezebel of Thyatira (Revelation 2:20-25) </li></ul><ul><li>The woman of Babylon arrayed in purple and scarlet (Revelation 17) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  17. 17. Example of worldly thinking <ul><li>Lot’s wife looks back towards Sodom & Gomorrah (Genesis 19:24-26) : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The pull of our natural heritage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The attraction of the things of this world </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The need for separation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The requirement for obedience </li></ul></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  18. 18. Whose life is an allegory <ul><li>Hagar the Egyptian: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The first covenant, the Law of Moses, which leads to bondage </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The second, new covenant, which sets us free through Christ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abraham takes Hagar to wife but she is cast out (Genesis 16 & 21) </li></ul><ul><li>Paul gives us an exposition of this allegory (Galatians 4:22-31) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  19. 19. Spiritual Israel <ul><li>Neither Jew nor Gentile (Galatians 3:27-29) </li></ul><ul><li>The position of Jew and Gentile (Romans 11) </li></ul><ul><li>He is a Jew which is one inwardly (Romans 2:28-29) </li></ul><ul><li>One body, transformed in Christ (Colossians 3:4-15) </li></ul>Gentile women in Scripture
  20. 20. Let us be like Rahab... Gentile women in Scripture
  21. 21. Let us also be as Ruth... Gentile women in Scripture
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