The Seven

The Seven Prophetesses of the Old Testament!

If you count there’s actually 8 women there – I included Jael because of her involvement with Deborah’s judgement. 🤷‍♂️

This has been quite the series for me – I’ve known of some of these women through cursory Bible readings but this series has illustrated the richness of the Bible for me. There are people in plain sight that are easy to glance over because I’m reading the larger narrative but it helps to pause and think “Why is this person here? What are their motives and why have they been mentioned?” Someone may only have a verse or a chapter and then are never mentioned again and I think it’s easy to read right over them without pause.

Our church is reading the entire Bible over the first 6 months of the new year. Personally, it’s easy to slip into the mode of “just get the words read” but I know I’m going to try and really ponder who the verse and chapter are talking about. You’ll probably see some of them end up here! 🙌

Sarah

“Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, “Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” Genesis 17:17

Apparently, yes! Sarah was 90 years old when she carried Isaac. One of those cases where “with God, all things are possible.” 🙌

So much to cover here; it would feel inadequate to try and cover it all in an Instagram post. My opinion would be take a few minutes to read through Genesis and pay particular attention to Sarah and her life with Abraham. Amazing stuff!

This finishes my series of the 7 prophetesses – I’ll make another post where I link them all together(along with Jael) in one huge sprawling layout! I’ve found it interesting when I’ve read the Bible looking for information or the perspective of a particular person rather than just reading the words. It’s been a revealing series to me and thanks to everyone who had positive feedback about it – it’s been a humbling and awesome experience!

Abigail

“As she came riding her donkey into a mountain ravine, there were David and his men descending toward her, and she met them. David had just said, “It’s been useless—all my watching over this fellow’s property in the wilderness so that nothing of his was missing. He has paid me back evil for good. May God deal with David, be it ever so severely, if by morning I leave alive one male of all who belong to him!” 1 Samuel 25:20-22

Abigail was one of the 7 prophetesses of the Old Testament and if you’ve been following the series here she is number 6! I couldn’t have told you before today who Abigail was. 1 Samuel 25 speaks of her and her dealings with and eventual marriage to David. Whenever I read some of these chapters it really makes me thankful for my modern problems – imagine being slaughtered merely because you worked for a man who disrespected David. Yikes!

It looks like Sarah is the final prophetess – after I draw her I’ll assemble them into some kind of large print-out! I thought about doing a series about the major and minor prophets next. There’s a lot more them though, I’ll need to plan it out more. If there’s something else you’d like to see me jump into let me know! 🙌

Hannah

“I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. 16 Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” 1 Samual 1:15-16

Reading about the 7 prophetesses has been enlightening in that I never realized how consequential these woman are in relation to the broader Old Testament stories that we’re familiar with. There is no victory for Jael without Deborah. There is no water for the wandering Hebrews without Miriam. And there is no Samuel without the fervent prayer and silent devotion of Hannah. 

I’ve found in art and drawing that I’ve found a deeper appreciation for these stories than I have previously. I know I’ve read Samuel before and I know I’ve read this specific part about Hannah but I don’t think I ever stopped to think about it. 

Jael

“So may all your enemies perish, Lord! But may all who love you be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Judges 5:31

Taking a slight break from the 7 prophetesses and featuring Jael. Ok, I know we already talked about her but A.) I wanted to do something in-line with the art style of the other prophetesses and B.) HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK?! Who needs Game of Thrones – this book is so brutal! 

The prophecy of Deborah could not be fulfilled without Jael. Swipe to see the version that doesn’t feature a transfixed Sisera. ⛺️🥛💀

Miriam

“I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.”

Continuing on through the 7 prophetesses and today I’m highlighting Miriam! I’ve spent a fair amount of time reading and being exposed to the story of Moses and the escape from Egypt and Miriam was never at the forefront of that. I don’t know if it was mentioned (or more likely I glossed over it) wasn’t mentioned but I never realized the source of their water for 40 years was Miriam’s well – a well that disappeared when she passed. The most interesting account I’ve read was that is a was a rock that would roll with them through the desert and bury itself in the sand when they stopped to produce water. 😳 That. sounds. AMAZING!

There’s too much to cover here in a social media post; from her ministry of music and dance, to her being the sister to watch over Moses in the Nile, to her witness of the destruction of the Egyptians in the Red Sea; Miriam is quite an interesting character that probably doesn’t get highlighted enough! 🙌

On another note; I have a niece named Miriam and she’s pretty awesome!

Esther

“I will go to the king even if it is against the law. If I perish, I perish.”

My series on unsung biblical heroes has morphed into my series on the 7 biblical prophetesses! Today is Esther, the beloved queen who saved the Jewish people from total annihilation. Having read this book with different eyes – the bravery and tenacity of both Esther and Mordecai is astounding as the odds were totally against them and the consequences dire. With the only the promises of God; Esther was able to not only save her people but allow them to fight against their enemies who hated them. The description of the Jewish victories is intense; and reading between the lines it sounds like it was quite the series of battles. ⚔️ 

Deborah

Continuing my series on unsung biblical heroes is Deborah; the only female judge in the Bible! I didn’t realize this before but it was Deborah that foretold the death of Sisera to a woman – that woman happens to be Jael who unceremoniously drives a tent pole through his temple. 😳 

Deborah is considered (along with Huldah) to be one of 7 Old Testement prophetesses and is most associated with delivering her commands and judgements from under a date tree. This book is so brutal.

Huldah

I’m going to try and highlight some unsung heroes from the Bible. First up is Huldah who is straight up more terrifying than Thanos with her prophecy from the Lord. 😳

When I get enough of these I’ll see about grouping them into some kind of poster. Since Huldah was one of the seven prophetesses maybe I’ll highlight all of them first? 🤔