For Sarah was the very "mother" of all truly Christian women — even as regards Sarah's respectful obedience to her husband Abraham (cf. I Pet. 3:6 & Heb, 11:11). The penitent Rahab risked her very life to further the extension of God's Kingdom (Josh. 2 cf, Heb, 11:51 & Jas, 2:25). Under the blessed influence of her godly motherin-law Naomi, Ruth even abandoned her own nationality — in order to become an ancestress of Jesus (Matt. 1 & Ruth chs. 1 to 4). And Esther Queen of Persia risked even her own dethronement — rather than not protest the persecution of the people of God (Est. 4:14-6).