Henrietta Ivy, Mission President
FIRST CORINTHIAN'S MISSION MINISTRY PRESENTS
WOMEN IN THE BIBLE
April 6, 2020
6:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. - Registration
6:45 p.m. - Session begins
Mary (Mother of Jesus)
March 16, 2020
Woman With The Issue of Blood
The women with the issue of blood was desperate for healing. She didn’t worry about what other people would think or let her worries stop her. She also had great hope that Jesus’ power could heal her.
What issues are we dealing with? Sickness, sadness, confusion, tiredness/weariness, anger, and indecision? There is no issue too small to give to God. Faith and determination are of great worth in the Lord’s sight. For without faith, it is impossible to please God. Have you invested enough in your faith to deal with your issue?
Jesus didn’t have to acknowledge the woman with the issue of blood. Her faith to touch the hem of his garment was enough to heal her. Jesus wanted to look her in the eye, not to yell at her for bothering him, but to see the beautiful, genuine faith emanating from her heart. He wanted to acknowledge that she didn’t have to suffer anymore. She was free. When there isn’t physical healing, there will always be healing of your heart and soul when you repent of doing things your way and thank God for making a way for your sin, shame, and pride to be completely covered. You can be free. He will say, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”
March 2, 2020
Rahab was a young woman, a prostitute of the Canaanite city of Jericho. She was mocked by her neighbors as the “woman of the night,” a person classified as an outcast of society, a moral leper. Rahab hid the men of God that Joshua had sent ahead to spy out the city and helped them to escape by night. She risked her life for them, recognizing that the God these spies worshipped was the true God. She was also willing to sacrifice her national identity as she followed the spies instead of helping her own nation.
When she asked for her life to be spared by the Israelites who intended to come back and destroy Jericho, she also asked for the lives of her family. The spies agreed to her request, give her three conditions to be met: (1) she must distinguish her house from the others by hanging a scarlet rope out of the window, so the Israelites would know which home to spare; (2) her family must be inside the house during the battle; and (3) she must not later turn on the spies.
We find later that the city of Jericho was completed destroyed except for her and her family. Later, she married Salmon, an Israelite from the tribe of Judah, who was one of the two spies. Their son born to them was Boaz, the future husband of Ruth.
From evil to grace, from unclean to clean, from pagan to a believing Gentile. It was a complete miracle. As a result of her faith and deeds, she is even found in the lineage of Jesus Christ.
It should encourage us that God does not look at who we were, but at who we are in Him and who we are becoming. God is not bound to our past, as we often are, but wants to use us despite our past and despite our failures. God can use anyone to achieve his purposes!
February 17, 2020
Leah (Wearied/Faint From Sickness)
Genesis 29 and 30
Leah is a young unmarried girl, rather plain in appearance. She has a beautiful younger sister called Rachel. A handsome young stranger called Jacob meets Rachel & asks for her hand in marriage. Rachel’s father Laban agrees.
But then he plays a cruel trick on Jacob: on the wedding night he substitutes plain Leah for lovely Rachel.
Eventually Jacob marries Rachel as well, but the rivalry between the two women continues. It comes to a head when they bargain over an aphrodisiac plant called a mandrake.
Main message of Leah’s story? Her dignity and status rest on what God does for her, not on her husband’s love or lack of it. Leah is plain and unloved, but God sees her inner beauty and rewards her with many sons. Two of these sons are the forebears of the royal and priestly tribes in Israel.
Trust in God’s ultimate plan. Even if you don’t understand it at the time.