The phrase "putting out a fleece" is known to most Christians. The funny thing is, rather than an example of faith and how to understand God's will, the real "fleece" was an example of doubt and reluctance to obey God. So, what was Gideon's faith really like, and what can we learn from it?
Beauty, wealth, position–what more could any young woman ask? How about the knowledge that you won't be killed just for going into the room where your husband is? Esther was a Jewish woman thrust into the court intrigue of the Persian court. She didn't ask for it, but she was willing to use her position–even if it cost her death–to serve the Lord and her people.
Priscilla's name is never found in the scripture without her husband's name. Not uncommon in a patriarchal society. However, there is one small but significant grammatical point which changes how we see Priscilla and Aquila–and should help us understand how God uses different people at different times.
No one names his newborn son "Judas". It is a name held in contempt by everyone in the world, Christian or not. But Judas wasn't a demon. He was, in fact, uncomfortably similar to us. And the more we understand that similarity, the less likely we will fall into the same trap that made "Judas" the most infamous name in history.