Do you sometimes wish you had different strengths or talents? Do you dismiss those things you’re good at, thinking they don’t really matter? Do you ever wonder how you could possibly be used to serve the Lord with the skillset you have? 

In today’s episode of All God’s Women we look at an unnamed woman from the city of Tekoa and see how God used her acting skills to bring together King David and his exiled son.

It’s interesting how little we’re told about this woman other than that she lived in the town of Tekoa and she had a reputation as being wise. She also obviously had a gifted tongue as her speech to David is an eloquent work of art. 

Who was this woman from Tekoa? Why did Joab bring her in to put on a masquerade for David rather than just talking directly to the king himself?

Why did the author not see fit to include her name? What is the significance of leaving her unnamed?

As a screenwriter, one of the very first lessons I learned was that every story has a protagonist. They’re the one the story is about. It’s their story, and the other characters are there to support them.Their role is to help the protagonist or to give us additional insight into their character.

The woman from Tekoa is not the lead in this story. It’s not really her story. She is merely there to help King David and to give us insight into his character. She was used by Joab to facilitate a reconciliation with David and his son Absolom. 

We all like to think that the world revolves around us. When we do something for someone else, we want to make sure that everyone knows our name. But sometimes we’re called to be supporting characters. And sometimes we remain nameless. And that’s ok. 

Bible Study

Scripture Background

2 Samuel 14

Bible Study Review

  1. What does the Bible tell us about today’s woman?
  2. What did Joab tell her to do?
  3. How did David react to her story?

Thoughts to Ponder

  1. Why did Joab ask her to speak to David?
  2. What does this story show us about David’s character?
  3. Did the woman accomplish her mission?

Personal Reflection

  1. Are you willing to be a secondary character or do you always have to have a leading role?
  2. Does it bother you when you do something good and no one knows about it?
  3. Do you have hidden talents that you could be using to serve God?

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Sharon Wilharm, is a ministry leader, keynote speaker, podcast host, and female filmmaker whose stories have impacted audiences around the globe. An accomplished storyteller, Sharon draws the audience in with humor, engages them with stories, then ties everything together to bring to light spiritual truths. Her heart’s desire is to encourage women in their walk with the Lord, showing them how to find God’s will for their life through prayer and scripture. Sharon has enjoyed a lifelong fascination with women of the Bible and loves applying the biblical stories to modern situations. She especially enjoys delving into lesser known women and discovering encouraging truths for women of today. As host of All God's Women podcast, she's working her way through the Bible one woman at a time, bringing to light the stories of ancient women and applying them to modern day living.


  1. Fascinating! I never would have thought of this application. I don’t mind being a secondary character in someone’s story, but I spent too many years fearing to take the leading role in my own life. I do still struggle with not being appreciated or at least acknowledged for the good things I do.

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  2. Lisa, well the good news is we do have our own leading roles. I feel like this woman must have been a leading lady in her hometown in order for Joab to have known who she was and what she could do.

    It’s hard to feel unappreciated, but we never know what impact we’re having. We just have to keep doing what we’re called to do, assured that God sees and appreciates, even if no one else does. He loves us so very much!


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