Worn Out Women Bible Study
Week 5: Rizpah
Welcome to Week 5 of the Worn Out Women Bible study. Each week is independent, but to get the most out of the study, be sure to cover each week’s lessons.
Day 1: Rizpah
Read 2 Samuel 3:7-11, 21:1-14
As you read the passage make note of the ways Rizpah’s life is affected by the actions of others.
- Who was Rizpah?
- What was her relationship to Saul?
- How did she become a political pawn?
- Why did David offer up her sons?
- How did David respond to her actions?
- What impact did her actions have?
“Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.” Psalm 55:22
Recite aloud Psalm 55:22 multiple times.
Pray that God will use Rizpah’s story to bless you.
Day 2: Further Reading
Read again 2 Samuel 3:7-11, 21:10-14
As you read these passages again, take notice of Rizpah’s actions.
- What did she do when she was unjustly accused?
- What did she do when they came to take her sons?
- What did she do when they crucified her sons?
- How long did she sit on the hill?
- What did she do on the hill?
- When did she finally leave the hill?
Write Psalm 55:22 on an index card. Tape it to your mirror or somewhere else where you will see it throughout the day.
Pray for God to give you the strength you need to endure difficult times.
Day 3: Dig Deeper
Read 2 Samuel 3:7-11, 21:1-14 in a different version of the Bible.
As you read Rizpah’s story, make note of anything that jumps out from one version to the next. Make a list of questions you’d like to find more about.
Every time you pass by your memory verse index card, say it aloud.
Closing Prayer Pray for fresh insights and that God will show you the beauty in Rizpah’s story.
Day 4: Continue Digging.
Read John 19:25-30.
Make a list of similarities between Rizpah and Mary and what they went through.
Have you memorized Psalm 55:22 yet? If not, keep saying it aloud throughout the day.
Thank God for any insights that He has given you in your studies.
Day 5: Make it Personal
Use online Bible tools to find sermons and commentary on Rizpah. Find ways that you are like her. How does her story relate to your life?
Conclude your study of the prophet’s widow by applying it to your life.
- How does her story relate to you?
- How are you like Rizpah?
- What would you have done in her situation?
- Have you gone through similar situations?
- How did you handle them?
- What can you learn from her story?
- How will it change your behavior or attitude in the future?
Incorporate Psalm 55:22 in your conversations with family and friends. See how often you can mention it.
Thank God for all that He’s shown you through the life of Rizpah. Ask Him to continue revealing new insight to you.