Christians love to name their children after biblical characters, especially those of outstanding spiritual strength, beauty, or fruitfulness.
Go through any church and you’ll find lots of Davids, Peters, Pauls, Matthews, Marks, Johns, etc. And among the ladies, multiple Sarahs, Rachels, Marys, Ruths, Rebeccas, Leahs, Lydias, etc.
But there’s one woman’s name you won’t find anywhere. Which is passing strange because she’s the only woman in the Bible who:
- Is named in the Messiah’s genealogy (Matt. 1:5), and
- Is praised for her faith (Heb. 11:31), and
- Is praised for her works (James 2:25).
She also had the most incredible conversion story, being saved from a totally pagan community and a completely immoral life, she performed some of the bravest actions in the Bible, and she raised one of the godliest sons in Israel’s history (Boaz).
What’s her name?
Probably the most commended woman in the whole Bible.
But few if any want to name a daughter after her.
Is there too much grace in her story?
Or too little faith in our hearts?