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Rizpah: Worn Out Women Bible Study

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

Scripture Reading

Read 2 Samuel 3:7-11, 21:1-14

Review

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?

Memory Verse

“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.

Prayer

Pray that God will use Rizpah’s story to bless you.

Day 2: Further Reading

Scripture Reading

Read again 2 Samuel 3:7-11, 21:10-14

Review

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?

Memory Verse

Write Psalm 55:22 on an index card. Tape it to your mirror or somewhere else where you will see it throughout the day.

Closing Prayer

Pray for God to give you the strength you need to endure difficult times. 

Day 3: Dig Deeper

Scripture Reading

Read 2 Samuel 3:7-11, 21:1-14 in a different version of the Bible.

Review

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.

Scripture Memory

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.

Scripture Reading

Read John 19:25-30.

Review

Make a list of similarities between Rizpah and Mary and what they went through. 

Scripture Memory

Have you memorized Psalm 55:22 yet? If not, keep saying it aloud throughout the day.

Closing Prayer

Thank God for any insights that He has given you in your studies.

Day 5: Make it Personal

Scripture Reading

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? 

Review

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?

Scripture Memory 

Incorporate Psalm 55:22 in your conversations with family and friends. See how often you can mention it.

Closing Prayer 

Thank God for all that He’s shown you through the life of Rizpah. Ask Him to continue revealing new insight to you.

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