Which women did God speak to directly in the Bible?

By “directly” I mean by using actual words: either God speaking audibly himself; audibly through a physical angel visitation; or audibly through an angel in a dream. I do no’t include instances where Jesus spoke directly to women.

 I count 7 women in the bible that God spoke directly to: Eve, Hagar, Sarah, Mary (mother of Jesus), Mary (mother of James), Mary Magdalene & Salome. Of these, God spoke to Eve directly and to the other 6 through an angel. God also spoke directly to one female animal through an angel: Balaam’s donkey.

I know God did speak directly to Eve (and Adam). I don’t know of any other woman that God spoke directly to in the bible. Some women were prophets, like Miriam, so God must have spoken to them but instances of this are not recorded in the bible.

The frustrating thing about God speaking to Adam & Eve is that he spoke to Adam a lot more. He never told Eve not to touch the tree of the knowledge of good & evil – he only told Adam this. I guess we are meant to assume that Adam informed his wife of this rule. God also told Adam (not Adam & Eve) to name all the animals (including his own wife, who remains nameless until after the Fall).

God did not speak directly to Elizabeth (mother of John the Baptist). Instead God spoke to her husband when he went to the temple & told him that barren Elizabeth would have a son.

God did not speak directly to Hannah (mother of Samuel) either. Hannah went to the temple, crying because she was barren, and the male prophet at the temple heard from God and told her that she would have a son. Her son Samuel, however, heard directly from God in a dream when he was still a child.

 God did speak directly to Sarah through an angel but only very briefly. When barren Sarah (wife of Abraham) was going to have a son neither God nor his angels spoke directly to her about it. Instead 2 angels disguised as men told her husband that she would conceive. The only time either of them addressed her was when she laughed in disbelief (because she was very old). One of the angels asked Abraham, “why did your wife laugh?” and she answers, “I didn’t laugh”, then the angel finally addresses her personally, “yes, you did laugh”.

God did speak directly to Mary through an angel. God spoke to Jesus’ mother Mary through an angel (and to her husband Joseph twice through dreams).

God did speak to the three women at Jesus’ tomb through an angel.

God did speak to Hagar through an angel (servant of Sarah & Abraham).

As for the men that God communicated directly with:

God spoke personally and directly to a number of men such as Adam, Cain, Noah, Moses, Saul/Paul (at least 6 men – opposed to the one women he spoke personally to, Eve).

God spoke through dreams to men such as Joseph with the dreamcoat, Daniel, Samuel, the Pharoah, the 3 wise men, Joseph the carpenter (that is 8 men – I can’t remember him speaking in a dream to even one woman).

God spoke through angels to men such as Abraham, Lot, Elisha, Elijah.

Only one person ever saw God’s face & lived: Moses (a man). And one person actually wrestled with God in the bible (also a man). One person went to heaven & back in the bible (John, who wrote Revelations: A man). One person (a man) avoids a physical death when he is whisked away to heaven by an angel on a ‘chariot of fire’ (Elijah). God had a very close relationship with King David although interestingly I don’t think God ever spoke to David directly or through angels/dreams. He spoke to David through (usually male) prophets.

As far as miracles go I can’t recall God working through even one single women to perform a miracle in the bible (in contrast, some of Jesus’ male disciples and some male prophets raised children from the dead and healed the sick).

 I don’t think that God is sexist but… I don’t know why he didn’t speak to more women in the bible. Men wrote the bible so perhaps they mostly included stories about men, and left out some instances where God communicated with women. However I am annoyed with God that when the barren women Sarah, Elizabeth & Hannah all conceived he did not speak directly to any of them about it, but to men who then spoke to the women on God’s behalf. God also could have spoken to Jesus’ mother Mary in a dream when her family had to flee to Egypt, but instead he spoke only to her husband Joseph in his dream. And God could have spoken directly to Mary instead of through an angel, when she was going to conceive (having said that, God didn’t speak directly to many people at all in the New Testament – the only person I can recall him speaking directly to is Saul / Paul).

And on a happier note: the only 2 animals that God talks to in the bible (from memory) is Satan in the form of a snake (in the Garden of Eden) and Balaam’s donkey – which is a girl donkey!

25 responses to “Which women did God speak to directly in the Bible?

  1. Ok. I chuckled for a little bit. A good article, well written, but I have one comment in reply, (I’m a man):

    “As far as miracles go I can’t recall God working through even one single women to perform a miracle in the bible”

    If you recall, the seed of the woman was immaculately conveived through Mary, a woman. I do believe God used a woman in order to deliver the Saviour of mankind. The most amazing miracle of all.:)


    • Hi JOnathan, that’s very true! Ha ha. Jesus being conceived by Mary, the most amazing miracle of all. Cheers.

  2. Cathryn Kelley

    Love your work. I will be using the Sarah/angel bit in my screenplay “Abraham’s Family”.

  3. I dont know the answer to this.The same thing has hurt me deeply as a woman who loves The Lord.

  4. God’s ways are not to be question by you or me, his ways can not be compared to our ways. God knew ahead a time how we would act and behave, thats why he gave us choices, free will, life or death, heaven or hell. CHOICES, if your ways are corrupt, repent and change.

  5. I loved all the research you did pertaining to this subject, its great, I did go over Genesis 18 to reaffirm the information regarding the heading (God did speak directly to Sarah through an angel) Gen 18:2 So he lifted his eyes and looked, and behold, three men were standing by him; and when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground” 1 of the men was the LORD and 2 of the men were angels.

    Genesis 18:14-15 “Is anything too hard for the LORD? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son”. (This is the LORD speaking to Abraham)
    But Sarah denied it, saying, “I did not laugh,” for she was afraid. And He said, “No but you did laugh!”… Those last five words were said by the Lord. It would be fair for me to say that the Lord was telling Sarah off!! but in a non-direct way.

    God is definatley not sexist. But it is interesting to note that God spoke more directly with men than women in the old testament, I get the impression that most people believe its because of the relation between Husbands and Wives during the moment when women were created

    Genesis 2:18 And the LORD God said “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him. (The suggestion is that women was made by GOD to be mans companion and helper).

    There are many reasons given as to why women should or shouldn’t be instructors on the ‘Word of God’ over men, especially the one “what if a women is not married than she doesn’t come under,
    Genesis 3:16 To the Woman He said:
    I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for you husband, And he shall rule over you.

    What has intrigued me over the years is that everybody has missed one vital fact – Gods Intended design for Submission (not oppression) firstly and more importantly the relationship between God and Man.

    Genesis 2:15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it. (this happened long before women was created).

    Genesis 2:19-20 Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. SO Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him (Again all of this happened before women).

    My point is, the problem isn’t about the submissive relationship between men and women the problem is the submissive relationship between GOD and MEN.

    Men today are so far from their GOD given relationship, they are so far removed from fully comprehending the direct privilages, so far removed from the honor, the humbling understanding of a GOD who at the moment of creation established a direct relationship with MAN. It would be a grand day the moment Men started writing sermons about their expectations to Submit to God rather than there expectations of Women submitting to Men – I guarantee you that once men submit to God as it was always intended to be everything else would work it self out!!!

  6. He spoke to Rebekah directly in chapter 25

  7. In response to the comment concerning Abraham not talking directly to God, there is every indication in the eighteenth chapter of Genesis that the Lord, or the pre-incarnate Christ, that God did speak directly to Abram and Sarai. Believing that Jesus is God, both now and in eternity past and future, I have to believe God spoke to Abram and Sarai directly.

  8. There is one more and she may be the most important in the OT: Rebekah.

    Genesis 25:22-23, “So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23And the Lord said to her…”

    Isaac is so sideline as a character that Rebekah is the one who receives the Abrahamic blessing (Genesis 24:60), whereas Isaac doesn’t. Also, in the verse where God speaks to her directly, God reveals the future of the people of God as determined by Jacob and Esau. She is given the divine revelation and then makes it happen by tricking Isaac.

    Should we count all the people Jesus spoke to?

    Thanks for the blog.

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  12. An angel spoke to Samson’s mother (unnamed) in Judges Chapter 13.

  13. I am not sure which verse God speaks directly to Eve. I know through a theophanie, the first woman God spoke (through “an angel of The Lord”) to was Hagar – Genesis 16.7

  14. Thanks. I love God but am hurt by Him seemingly leaving women out of the picture in the Bible. I take it that He has a good reason. Maybe because men do not readily listen as intuitively and believe as women do… I don’t know. They especially do not want to believe a woman. That is what causes conflict in relationships. I also don’t understand why the Bible most often addresses men and sons or little children but very seldom women, daughters and maidens. Sometimes I really find myself feeling unloved by God, but have to keep believing only because of Jesus and how He stood up for women and had women disciples. My conclusion is that Satan tries every angle to get us to believe that God is not a loving and merciful God when His Word shows the opposite throughout its entirety, which is Love.

    • Honestly, I am hurt by it too. And I love God. I think that women were left out of the bible because only men wrote the bible (I know that scripture was inspired by God, but I believe that the way it was told was also influenced by the men who wrote it all down).

  15. Directly, only with Eva ang Hagar.

  16. God is a God of order, his plan is for men to lead, the head if ever woman is man, their husband. This is why God spoke to the men and very seldom to tje women.

    • I believe that individual women and men bring their own skill sets to the table. Some (many) marriages function better when there is a balance of leadership, or when the wife leads. Sometimes she’s just better suited to it. I don’t think God wants people to be fixed into particular gender roles in today’s society – I think he wants people to use whatever skills they have to the best of their ability.

  17. God spoke to Samson’s mother who had been barren before the birth of the child Samson with regards to how he was to be raised. He spoke through an angel. Reference Judges 13

    • Thanks for your commment, you’re right – I’ve updated my post to reflect this. I love how the angel of the Lord appears to the “wife of Manoah” (instead of to her husband) and tells her that she will have a child. She then goes and tells her husband, but he won’t fully believe it until he sees the angel himself. The angel then appears to his wife again, and she runs to fetch her husband so that he can see for himself. So the angel appears to her twice! There’s no other story like it in the bible.

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