It’s been a goal of mine for a long time to study the women of the Bible. I mean, as a woman seeking to live for Him who better to learn from than those within th pages of His book? After all its THE book that instructs us in how we are to live. 🙂 Now I am not much of a fiction reader and when it comes to Biblical fiction – I tend to be very wary of the stories being told. However I have heard many good things about Jill Smith; it is said that her research into the lives of biblical women is quite immpressive.
The story of Rebekah is one that, while I am familiar with it, has neer struck a chord within me. Yet Jill has such a way of bringing the women of the Bible to life; making the story of Rebekah even more meaningful and personal perhaps, than before.There is a relationship being built between us as we read. There is a refreshing and rather revealing aspect too within this book; such historical detail coupled with scripture itself. The story is alive, from begining to end, with vivid and detailed descriptons that give you that feeling of being “right there”. Not just a reader but a friend, an onlooker maybe, seeing and experiencing it all along with Rebekah herself.
Now if you are not failiar with the story; Rebekah was the much loved wife of Isaac; she had twin sons Esau and Jacob. Esau, born first, should have inherited the role of leader of the tribe, but Rebekah judged that Jacob would be better than his brother, so she and Jacob tricked the old man into giving the leadership to Jacob. The story itself shows the gradual fulfillment of the promise made by God, that Sarah and Abraham would have many descendents, enough to become a nation. The story of Rebecca makes it clear that women can feel ambition, love greatly, deceive, and be self-sacrificing. Their nature shapes what they are, not their gender. Rebecca was a leader of people and an organizer of the future. It did not matter that she was a woman. She used the abilities she had, in the best way that she could. Perhap we ignor this story, and do not dig deeper within, because of the uncomfortable topic within – the success of the deception of her husband.
This story truly offers much insight into what life must have been like for Rekebah back then – so many details and questions answered in what, to me, is a quite solid and historical fashion. Wlil we ever truly know what movtivated and drove her to live and do all that she had? erhaps not – bt there is much insight and detail within this author’s story – allowing us to glean a bit more from the story than before. While I do believe that all we need to know, is within the pages of th Bible, it certainly is fun to read, in a discerning and prayerful way of course, a bi more about what might have been.
The messages are loud and clear too as we read; the importance of forgiveness – the value of our relationships and the trust we need to have A reminder that God is in control and in all that we dowe must fight the urge to show pride and judgement ourselves; we must have faith that His will be done in all things. No matter how it seems to us. So many simple messages and reminders for us women within these pages. I do encourage you to read the story in Genesis before you open this book (or after I suppose) but this is a read that I do believe everyone can enjoy and gain a bit more wisdom from.
I have an exciting announcement too: Jill Smith will be the featured guest on a Live interactive Video Chat Session sponsored by “Shindig” on Tuesday February 19th at 7:00 pm EST!! It’s free to attend, and you can meet Jill and ask any questions you have for her! Go here to RSVP and find out more details about this event.
Join best-selling author Jill Eileen Smith as she presents ten facts and/or possibilities you might not know about the Patriarch Isaac’s wife Rebekah. Do you have a question about the people in the Bible you’ve always wanted to ask? Jill will take questions about biblical characters, biblical fiction, and about any of her books in the Wives of the Patriarchs or Wives of King David series. So please, plan to join us!
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