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Delivered By
Brian Winburn
Delivered On
May 20, 2018
Central Passage

God has blessed our church in so many ways. One of those is a powerful women's ministry. This morning several ladies shared before the sermon began about a recent conference they attended.  In honor of them this message is about Women of Faith.

Here are the Pastor's sermon notes

Women of the Bible

Zipporah Moses wife- made sure He did right by his family.

Exodus 4:25-27 At a lodging place on the way the LORD met him and sought to put him to death. 25Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it and said, “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me!” 26So he let him alone. It was then that she said, “A bridegroom of blood,” because of the circumcision.

Here is what we can know for certain, Moses had failed to circumcise his son, but Zipporah quickly responded in an act of faith and repentance before God. How many women are among us that are doing what we as men failed to do?


Deborah- who was willing to go to battle even when her husband wasn’t.

Judges 4:6-9 She sent and summoned Barak the son of Abinoam from Kedesh-naphtali and said to him, “Has not the LORD, the God of Israel, commanded you, ‘Go, gather your men at Mount Tabor, taking 10,000 from the people of Naphtali and the people of Zebulun. 7And I will draw out Sisera, the general of Jabin’s army, to meet you by the river Kishon with his chariots and his troops, and I will give him into your hand’?” 8Barak said to her, “If you will go with me, I will go, but if you will not go with me, I will not go.” 9And she said, “I will surely go with you. Nevertheless, the road on which you are going will not lead to your glory, for the LORD will sell Sisera into the hand of a woman.”

Barak has been divinely called to go, but he refuses God’s calling. Yes, he conditionally still goes, but his refusal leads to God’s calling of another rescuer. Not only did God call Barak but he promised him victory and laid out the strategy. It can be said that Barak merely wants the presence of the prophet i.e. of God, but what good is a leader that has no faith? What good can a leader be that will not trust the word and strategy of God?

Rahab the harlot – who had faith great enough to risk her family’s life.

Joshua 2:8-10 Before the men lay down, she came up to them on the roof 9and said to the men, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the fear of you has fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land melt away before you.10For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you devoted to destruction.

Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of Christ. She had not been to a church service, never went to vbs, never read the bible or holy scriptures, but she still had Faith. Now the irony is that she has this great faith, but the people of Israel who saw the Lord’s presence both day and night struggled to be faithful.

Esther- who risked her life to stand up for the life of her people

Esther 4:14 For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Jochebed- Moses mother, released her son and trusted God. It was super risky, but she had faith in the one that gave her the Child, God.

Miriam- Micah 6:2-4 God sent Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. She faithfully followed the basket of her brother, then bravely spoke up.

Numbers 12:1 tells of her sin. Our sin has consequences. We all have sinned, but by God’s grace we can be forgiven.

Several things here:

  1. She is racist. Heaven has every tongue and tribe in it. There is no place for racism in the church. None whatsoever. The greatest leader and wisest man not named Jesus, Moses and Solomon both married interracially.
  2. She is jealous and ambitious. How often does God speak through one person/leader in scripture? Constantly. How many times does He speak through the whole group without using a leader? Never
  3. While God normally identifies a leader, it is not usual for God to use several individuals. In short, God did appoint Moses the leader, but there are times in which God also spoke through Miriam and Aaron.
  4. What happens in ch13? The spies are sent out. Who did they listen to, the leaders or the spies? Who’s will was followed, God’s or the peoples?
  5. Sin has consequences.
  6. Moses interceded on Miriam’s behalf. We have a great intercessor, Jesus. He came and died on the cross for our sins, was buried, and rose again on the third day.
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