YAHUAH, Make My Prayers to Become Strong Walls

 

Lately, when things have been happening that are concerning and I find myself in need of encouragement, I often read the Cepher of Chanok, Esda 4 and The Cepher of Baruk  Sheniy also called Baruk 2.  These three books are powerful in describing the end times.  In my opinion they further back up and are in conjunction with words that YAHUSHA HaMashiach spoke, Sha’ul, Yachucanon, Kepha and the prophets wrote.  If you have not read them, I highly implore to read them – you will not only be blessed but your belief will grow and you will be encouraged.

One day recently, I was just beginning to read Baruk 2 and I found some words.  Before I tell you the words I want to give you a background on Baruk.

Baruk was a prophet during the time of Yirmeyahu and they had a good brotherly relationship and cried out for the sins of their people.  There are two cephers written by him.  1 Baruk opens during fifth year, seventh day of a month when the Kadiym took Yerushalayim while Yahuyaqiym king of Yahudah was ruling.  He was the son Neriyahu, the son of Ma’aseyahu, the son of Cedekyahu, the son of Acadyahu, the son Qelkyahu.  He wrote Baruk 1 while they were in Babel, and read it in the hearing of the Yahuyaqiym, the nobles, the kings sons, the elders and all who dwelt by the river Cud. After reading it they wept, fasted, prayed, took up an offering and sent it to Yerushalayim to ask for somethings and to ask for prayer repenting of their sins of not obeying YAHUAH.  In Chapter 2:21-35 YAHUAH responds to their prayer, giving them instruction. In Chapter 3, I believe that Baruk starts praying and encourages the people to turn to YAHUAH.  Here are some of my favorite words he says:

“I have put off the clothing of peace, and put upon me the sackcloth of my prayer:  I will cry unto the Everlasting in my days.  Be of good cheer, O my children, cry unto YAHUAH, and He will deliver you from the power and hand of the enemies.  For my hope is in the Everlasting, that He will save you; and joy is come unto me from the Holy One, because of the mercy which shall soon come unto you from the Everlasting our Saviour.” 1 Baruk 4:20-22

2 Baruk opens during the twenty fifth year of Yekonyahu, King of Yahudah when YAHUAH speaks to Baruk.  Before I tell you what is said here, I highly encourage you to read 2 Baruk, the conversation between YAHUAH and Baruk is fascinating.  Baruk is told to fast many times, then he is shown many things and he asks YAHUAH questions and YAHUAH answers him!  AWESOME and Eye-Opening are the things that are revealed to Baruk.

Anyways, in 2 Baruk Chapter 1, YAHUAH talks about the sins that the two tribes have been committing and they “will be scattered among other people” and that they will be “chastened.”  Now in 2 Baruk Chapter 2, YAHUAH says:

“For I have said these things to you that you may bid Yirmeyahu, and all those that are like you, to retire from this city.  For your works are to this city as a firm pillar, and your prayers as a strong wall.”

YAHUAH said that Baruks prayers are as a strong wall!  Those are some serious prayers.  I don’t know all of his prayers, but I don’t believe that they were haphazard prayers.  Futhermore based upon 1 Baruk Chapters 3, 4 and 5 and the recorded prayers in 2 Baruk, I believe that his prayers were honest, open, humble, repentful, always extolling YAHUAH and asking for mercy.  He is often weeping for the sins of the people and the affliction of Tsiyon.

After reading these words, I have been encouraged to pray more and more.  I want my prayers to become a strong wall.

 

 

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Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Instructions of a Father and A Mother Weeps

I am finally finishing this devotion about four awesome women Deborah, Edna, Channah and Sarah.  These women’s stories are found in the The Cepher of Toviyahu also called Tobit, which is found in The Cepher and Apocrypha.  Please feel free to read the first two posts: Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah and Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Desperate Prayers.

One day Tobit (Toviyahu Senior), remembered some money that he had given Gavay’el in Rages of Madai to keep.    So he called his son Toviyahu to come to him and then he gave him some words of instruction in Chapter 4:3-21.

  • Bury me and despise not your mother.  Honor her, grieve her not and bury her next to me.
  • Keep your mind on Adonai Elohaynu,
  • Do not have a lifestyle of sin.
  • Be honest.
  • Give when you have substance to the poor.
  • Stay away from whoring and only take a woman of your fathers.
  • Love your brethren and despise not your  brethren in your heart.
  • Pay wages any man due quickly.
  • Watch what you do.
  • Do not be drunk.
  • Get wise council from wise people, not from the unwise.
  • Bless YAHUAH Elohiym always, that your ways will be directed, that your paths and counsels prosper.
  • Don’t worry that we are poor, for you will have much wealth if you fear Elohim, depart from sin and do what is pleasing in His sight.

The instructions that Tobvit gives Toviyahu are very important and he passed them down to help his son.  Toviyahu then answers his father, Tobit, agreeing to do all that he is asked however he doesn’t know how to find Gavay’el.  Tobit then writes everything down and tells his son to go and find a man to go on his journey with him.

When Toviyahu went seeking a man, he found Rapha’el, though he did not know that the man whom he was talking to was a messenger of YAHUAH.  Toviyahu then takes him to his father, Tobit.  Tobit asks the man his name and where he is from.

The messenger says that his name is “Azaryahu and that he is the son Chananyahu the great of your brethren.”

Then Tobit tells Toviyahu to prepare for the journey and sends them off with these words:

“Go with this man, and ELOHIYM, which dwells in heaven prosper your journey, and the angel of ELOHIYM keep you company.” Toviayhu/Tobit 5:16

Tobit did not know that Azaryahu was an angel/messenger of ElOHIYM!!!

A Weeping Mother

After Toviyahu left, Channah his mother wept and said to her husband:

Tobit had been blind for many years approximately 8 (see chapter 14:2 which says “which was restored to him after eight years”), and their life had become a little rough.  Even though she was doing women’s work, they were now poor.  With Toviyahu being their only son, she did not want anything to happen to him.  She was content with what she had.  She did not want to expend their son, for personal gain.

Tobit comforted her with these words:

I love it!  Instead of berating her for her tears and her tenderness toward her son like many would do today, he comforted her.  Today many might say to her:

“Woman stop all that crying.  He is going to get my money.”

“Can’t let him be a momma’s boy, he has to become a man some day.”

“Stop crying, you can’t manipulate me with your tears!”

None of that, not even close.  Yitschaq comforted Rivqah when she wept for Ya’aqov and with similar words:

I think that he was just as concerned for their son as she was, but this was not the time to show it.  Now his wife needed comfort.  A husband’s words truly make a difference to a wife.  My husband’s words have been a great source of comfort, when I have been in sorrow or concerned.  He will often stop in his busy day and pray for me and the kids.  This is truly a blessing.

Next we read of the journey and….there is a wedding!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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YAE – Our Homeschool

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Welcome to our school – YAHUAH’s Academy of Excellence!

Today I want share briefly our school year plan.

When we first started homeschooling, we followed the 36 weeks of school however after two years, I found this did not work.  I found myself having to re-teach the first few weeks of school, feeling stressed to get assignments done and no freedom for sick days/down time.  So I went year round and haven’t looked back since.

I really do like year-round homeschooling.  Dealing with pregnancies, sick issues, moving, moving, moving and learning challenges is far less challenging for me because we are year round.

So here is what it looks like for us:

Generally I like to start the first or second week of September.

6 weeks, then 2-3 additional days during the 7th week which are used to keep us on track if somethings should come up, out side of the planned days off.  During this time we usually have 2-3 days for big grocery shopping (which takes nearly all day) and sometimes 1 teacher day off and 1 student day off.

6 weeks, then a complete week on off (no make-up at all)

We repeat the same process, three times, and then we have another set of the first six weeks, with 2-3 days of work, then we are off for two-three weeks before the new school year starts.

The state of Georgia requires 180 school days and we usually exceed it by 20-30 days or so, most of the time.

Quarter State Date End Date Planned Breaks
Quarter 1 9/10/2017 10/28/2017 10/25/2017  – 10/28/2017
Quarter  2 10/29/2017 12/16/2017 12/10/2017 – 12/16/2017
Quarter 3 12/17/2017 2/3/2018 01/31/2018 – 02/03/2018
Quarter 4 2/4/2018 3/24/2018 3/18/2018 – 3/24/2018
Quarter 5 3/25/2018 05/12/2018 5/9/2018 – 5/12/2018
Quarter 6 5/13/2018 6/30/2018 6/24/2018 – 06/30/2018
Quarter 7 7/1/2018 8/18/2018 8/19/2018 – 9/1/2018

Next I will share our daily flow!

YAE: 2017-2018 Curriculum Choices

 

Our kids are now in grades 8, 6, 3, 1, & K and here are our curriculum choices for 2017-2018.

Group studies, things we will do altogether:

  • Morning Devotion
    • YAHUSHA – parables, miracles and words
    • Armour of YAHUAH
    • The Name Study
    • Sibling Relationships
  • Geography/History – Road Trip USA (learning a brief history of the 50 states)
    • This year I was going to do something else, but then YAHUAH placed it on my heart that I needed to lighten our load and have fun in this area.  Since this is our second time through RTU for 2 of the kids and I wanted to include our kindergartner so, I printed maps from National Geographic for free – each different for each child, which we worked on assembling last week.  Then on Mondays we will do one state, Tuesdays another state, Wednesday’s cooking and/or start a craft project, Thursdays we don’t do Geography, and on Fridays start or finish a craft project.  So far the kids have said “this is fun.”
  • Various Read Alouds
  • Physical Fitness – Family Time Fitness, Walk Away the Pounds, Walking and Park visits

8th Grade

  • Bible – Individual scripture studies
  • Math – Teaching TextBooks – Alegbra 1
  • Language Arts (includes spelling) – Introduction to English Literacy – English Lit 1
  • Science – Apologia Physical Science
  • Music – Guitar
  • Other: German Language, Robotics, Woodcarving, Coding, Photography, Sewing, Knitting, Home Etc.

6th Grade

  • Bible – Individual scripture study
  • Math – Teaching Text Books 6
  • Language Arts – Grammar Workbook by Brookdale House
  • Science – Apologia Zoology 2
  • Other: French Language, Robotics, Photography, Sewing, Knitting, Home Etc.

3rd Grade

  • Bible – Individual scripture study
  • Math – Teaching Text Books 3
  • Language Arts – Shurley English
  • Science – Apologia Zoology 2
  • Handwriting – Cursive
  • Other: Spanish Language, Robotics, Photography, Sewing, Knitting, Home Ec

1st Grade

  • Bible – group devotion
  • Math – Horizons 1
  • Language Arts – LifePac 1st Grade
  • Science – Various Subjects into Engineering, Various Hands on Science, Participate in Apologia Zoology 2
  • Handwriting – Manuscript

Kindergarten

  • Bible – group devotion
  • Math – LifePac K
  • Language Arts – LifePac K
  • Science – Various Subjects into Engineering, Various Hands on Science, Participate in Apologia Zoology 2
  • Handwriting – Manuscript

Stem and Crafts – These are two areas that I have worked to incorporate more time in our schedule.  My plan is to have a different thing  for each child to work in on, then rotate that activity to another child (age appropriate of course) after 3-4 weeks.  This way no one has to stop building in order to give the activity to someone else.  In the areas were the activity is targeted for a specific child, that child will have time to develop their talent/skill/interest (ie guitar, sewing, woodworking).  So here are things I have so far:

Lego Machines

Snap Circuits

Gravity Maze

Code.org

 

Crafting – for our 10 year old who prefers crafts

Every couple of weeks I plan to add 1-2 new items such as: woodworking, Simple Machines, robotics, a rock nature pack and more crafts as the kids interests develop

I also have hands on teaching time in the kitchen with each child (a different one) each.  I also take time and  play games with each child one on one.  I am also starting back our “girl time” that we started last year.

I will be sharing more details on all the above soon!

Like Hinds’ Feet

 

A few weeks ago, I read this scripture:

and then I looked up what a hind was:

The hind is the female deer that can place her back feet exactly where her front feet have stepped-not one inch off!  She is able to run with abandonment!  In times of danger, she is able to run securely and not get off track.  The hind is able to scale usually difficult terrain and elude predators.

Then as I began to think upon it for few days, I found personal meaning in it and began to pray it over myself.  Over the last few weeks, we have had some difficult and challenging things happen.  Normally I would have been panicking and been all upset, but this scripture came to my mind and YAHUAH strengthened and helped me to stay on track, climbing above:

A bad cold-all the kids got sick, some at the same time, for several days.

Mold found in the walls of our 1 year old brand new build home!!!  This took weeks of restoration and part of our house was unusable.

The stomach flu – by the time I realized that we were dealing with the stomach flu, our youngest son, had thrown up on me so bad that my clothes had to be cut off of me, our bed spread was destroyed and everything on it.  When it seemed like he was okay and while I was scrubbing the bathrooms, he threw up again, again, and again.  Finally he went to sleep…then when he awoke after getting just a bit of water, the vomiting started all over again.  This was on the Shabbat, so he and I stayed in our Master bath, until I felt he was able to keep water and food down for awhile.

Homeschool Preparation Challenges – I was able to buy curriculum well in advance this for the school year 2017-2018, but I was not able to prepare as I had hoped.  This has caused me to feel stressed but I was able to get enough done for a short time.

Other health challenges – some issues we thought we were done with, appeared again.  Other new challenges came.  These challenges require us to be on alert and sometimes require immediate action-which means “my” daily plans often get turned upside down.

The list could go on and on…however I know that YAHUAH give me the strength in every moment and gives me wisdom when I ask.  I believe YAHUAH is helping me to see that He is in control-regardless of my plans, preparations, and best efforts.  Like the hind He is also keeping my feet on track and though there are all these things happening that can get me off track, I know He is leading me in the way that He wants me to go.

All praise, honor and esteem to the Father of lights, YAHUAH, in whom there is no shadow of turning.

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither a shadow of turning.” Ya’aqov (James) 1:17

Encouragement Through the Preached Word

It is really great to come to know the truth about the Name of the Father – YAHUAH, the Name of the Son – YAHUSHA, the history behind all the traditions we have been taught – however we still live lives that deal with issues and challenges.  We need encouragement for our beings.  Also because we are often miles away from anyone with similar beliefs, walking and growing in YAHUAH can be very lonely.  We weren’t created to be islands separated from any other signs of life.  We need other people.

With all that is going on – storms, job issues, food issues, health issues, racial problems, parenting issues-LIFE-we need encouragement through these times. The messages presented by Exalted Life Fellowship In YAHUSHA HaMASHIACH are meeting that need.

Watch this Shabbat message, entitled “GET READY, IT’S COMING! Reloaded and be sure to also get the study guide for this message.

YAE: Our School Series & Why We Homeschool

Welcome to a new series that I am working through introducing you to our school.  I hope to share with you why we homeschool, our high and lows, suggestions, things we we’ve learned in 10 years and counting of homeschooling, curriculum, struggles, links and more.

Today, I want start right off with sharing why we homeschool.

We homeschool because we want to and because we can.  Like many homeschool families, our decision to homeschool was based on the scriptures-meaning teaching our children YAHUAH’s ways and not the worlds.  Scriptures such as Debarim (Deuteronomy) 6:4-9; Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 10:2; YeshaYahu (Isaiah) 54:13; Vayiqra (Leviticus) 20:22-23 are our foundation.

Other reasons for homeschooling include:

  • Keeping the children safer from violence, bullies and predators, etc
  • Tailoring the children’s education to their unique gifts and talents, using different learning approach’s to fit their needs, and maturity level
  • A closer relationship with us as well as each other
  • A home that is free of allergens and follows our food requirements/choices
  • The ability to encourage an abundant learning environment
  • The ability to keep YAHUAH’s Appointed Times as needed
  • An education based on scriptural principles and not mixed with lifestyles, traditions, customs, and beliefs that are contrary to scripture
  • Most importantly because we love them, all of them and want to spend as much time as possible with them

When I was a teenager, I really wanted school to be tailored to my needs and interested and I did not like the peer pressure of school.  I was a good student and I had some awesome teachers.  Those teachers took time with me in countless ways.  I had some great opportunities and was part of many things, but still I had a thought that this was not the education I wanted for my future family.  Furthermore, I wanted a closer relationship with my mother (she was a single mother of 3, my father chosing not to be very involved).  She did her very best and I am truly thankful.

I had only heard “homeschooling” mentioned but did not know what it was.  Later in my earlier twenties, I met a few families here and there who homeschooled.  I observed the families and spent time with their kids.  Looking back, I would have asked their mother tons of questions and looked at the curriculums.

When we became pregnant with our first child, I began reading and researching homeschooling.  I understood that it was not something to take lightly or “by the seat of my pants.”  I knew that it would take work (did not know how much).

As we have grown in our walk with the Father YAHUAH and His Only Brought Forth Son YAHUSHA HaMashiach, homeschooling has become a wonderful blessing and honor.  We get the opportunity to see, help, grow, nuture, and encourage our children in every area of their lives.  We have struggled through reading, triumphed in math, soared in spelling but most of all there are two areas that are the most important:

  1. Our children are rooted and grounded in the Word of YAHUAH.
  2. We have good, established, rich growing relationships with our children.  Some days the relationship wins over the lessons of the day.  A hug, a kind word, a day off and sometimes some tears are all in any days work.

I am not saying this cannot be accomplished in public/private education but that it is easier for us by homeschooling.

Next, our school set-up (calendar, quarters, etc.), 2017-2018 Curriculum Choices, Curriculum Reviews, A Day in Our School and more.

Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah

When I finished Meriyvah and Malchuth, I thought the next woman to be encouraged by, was a woman named Sarah…however I cannot tell her story without including the mother who wept for her son, the mother who wept with her daughter and the wisdom flowing from a grandmother.

Let me first start by introducing them separately and then we will see how their lives are woven together and what deliverance, joy, peace and restorations happen in their lives.

Their story is found in The Cepher of Toviyahu also called Tobit.  This is one of the 23 books of the original scriptures before 1611 (the 23 books were purposely left out so that the scriptures would be lighter).  The book can be found in the Apocrypha, in The Cepher, and online.

Deborah was the grandmother to Toviyahu also called Tobit (I will refer to him as Tobit, because a great deal of this story involves his son also named Tovyiahu) she raised Tobit and encouraged him to care for others.

Channah was a wife to Tobit and mother of one son, Toviyahu.  We don’t know how old she was when they married nor her age when she gave birth to Toviyahu or what family she was from.  She had some type of skill which she was able to use to help her family when her husband could not work.  During this time she not only received her wages but she found favor in those she worked for. Like Rivqah her being was knit to her son and she wept for him.

Edna was wife to Re’u’el and mother of one daughter, Sarah.  We don’t know how old she was when they married nor her age when she gave birth to Sarah, nor what family she was from nor whether she worked or not.   She seemed like she had some type of administrative skill because she helped prepare the written covenant for Sarah’s marriages.  She had a close relationship with her daughter offering encouraging words and weeping at the hope she had for her daughter.

Sarah was the only child of Re’u’el and Edna.  We don’t know how old she was when she first was married, how many years there were between the marriages, nor how old she was at the time we learn about her.  I am sure that she like many girls and women, desired to have a husband and family of her own, however, each time she believed and hoped that she had found one, the husband died.  Not once, not twice but seven times and before the marriage bed was even shared!  She must have thought something was wrong with her.  To add to her frustration, her father’s maids tormented her so bad until she despaired of her life.  Yet YAHUAH had a plan…He had her true husband in His plan.

Next we will see how their stories begin.

 

 

 

Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Desperate Prayers

These womens stories are found in the The Cepher of Toviyahu also called Tobit, which is found in The Cepher and Apocrypha.

Toviyahu who was also called Tobit was one of the great-grandsons of Naphtaliy (because his son is also named “Toviyahu” I will refer to him as “Tobit” so that it is easier to know who I am writing about).  Tobit was left an orphan and raised by his fathers mother, Deborah.  While he was young, all the tribes revolted and started sacrificing to a pagan elohiym. Tobit chose not to participate and chose to continue following YAHUAH by going to the Feasts in Yerushaliym – often alone.  He would bring a tenth of his increase to the sons Aharon, one tenth he spent, and another part he gave to others as his grandmother had told him to.

“And the third I gave unto them to whom it was meet, as Deborah my father’s mother had commanded me, because I was left an orphan.”  Tobit 1:8

The wisdom given from his grandmother encouraged him to be a giver to those who had needs, not to be selfish, greedy or building a stock pile for himself.

When he was old enough, he married Channah and they had a son whom they named Toviyahu.  Sometime later, they and others were carried away and taken into captivity to Niyneveh by Enemessar king of the Assyrians.  Many of the people, did eat the bread of the Assyrians, however Tobit – kept himself from eating their bread because he remembered Elohiym (the food of the Assyrians was probably unclean).  Because of his choosing to obey YAHUAH, YAHUAH gave Tobit favor with Enemessar and Tobit worked for him.

At one point he left 10 talents of silver with Gavay’el in the city of Madai.  Tobit  still continued to provide for the poor and began to bury the dead.   Eventually though, Enemessar died and his son Cancheriyv reigned in his place.  King Cancheriyv was very wrathful and killed many people.  When this happened Tobit would go and bury the bodies.  Eventually some people told King Cancheriyv what Tobit was doing and he fled because Cancheriyv said that he should be killed.  All of his things were taken from him, except his wife and son.   Fifty five days later, two of King Cancheriyv’s own sons killed him and one of them, Ecar-Chaddon became the ruler.  He appointed Achiacharus to be his cupbearear, keeper of the signet, steward and overseer of the accounts.  Tobit was the uncle of Achiacharus, and Achiacharus asked Ecar-Chaddon if Tobit could return to his job.  King Ecar-Chaddon agreed and Tobit went home again and was restored back to his family.  This happened during the Feast of Shavu’ot and his wife, Channah  prepared a wonderful dinner for him to eat.  However when he saw all the meat she had prepared, he told his son to go and bring the poor that worship YAHUAH into the feast.  He said that he would wait to eat until Toviyahu returned.

Toviyahu returned but there is a problem.  He found one of their people strangled and the body was thrown to the side.  Tobit then went and took the persons body and laid it in an upper room.  Then he cleaned himself and ate his meal in sadness.  At sunset, he made a grave and buried the body.  His neighbors who were watching him, mocked him for what he was doing.

That night he returned home and slept by a wall in the courtyard. While his face was uncovered, sparrows-defecated in his eyes.  A white film covered his eyes and he sought for a physician to help him. But there was nothing they could do. Tobit 2:1-10

Since he could not see, that meant he could not work, so Channah, stepped up and did women’s work (Tobit 2:11-14).  The scriptures do not tell us what she made, only that she did women’s work.  Her family needed her help and Channah did what she needed to do.  She had a willing heart.

Channah was paid her wages for her work and was given a kid (baby goat).  When she came home with it, Tobit asked her where she got it from and reminded her that it was against Torah to eat anything that was stolen.

But she replied, “It was given for a gift more than the wages.”

Tobit did not believe her though and was really upset with her, he was trying to make her take it back to the owners until, she said:

“Where are your alms and your righteous deeds?  Behold, you and all your works are known.” Tobit 2:14

I believe this statement can either be taken two ways:

  1. Either Tobit’s good deeds were known and the owners were doing a good deed in return to him or;
  2. Either Channah was saying that she received extra because of her work.

Tobit began to weep and prayed in his sorrow to YAHUAH (Tobit 3:1-6).  He cried out to YAHUAH in great distress, even asking YAHUAH to take his life:

“O YAHUAH, You are just, and all Your works and all your ways are mercy and truth, and You judge truly and justly forever.  Remember me, and look on me, punish me not for my sins and ignorance, and the sins of my fathers, who have sinned before You:  For they obeyed not Your commandments: wherefore You have delivered us for a spoil, and unto captivity, and unto death, and for a proverb of a reproach to all the nations among whom we are dispersed.  And now Your judgements are many and true: deal with me according to my sins and my fathers’: because we have not kept Your commandments, neither have we walked in truth before you.  Now therefore deal with me as seems best unto You, and command my ruach to be taken from me, that I may be dissolved, and become earth: for it is profitable for me to die rather than to live, because I have heard false reproaches and have much sorrow: command therefore that I may now be delivered out of this distress, and go into the everlasting place: turn not Your face away from me.”

That same day that Tobit prayed, in the city of Madai, Sarah, the daughter of Re’u’el and Edna, was criticized by her father’s maids.  They criticized her because she had been married to seven men, however, the night the marriage bed was to be shared, the men somehow died.

What no one understood was there was an evil ruach, Asmodeus that was killing the men (Tobit 3:8).

The maids made her feel so bad that she thought of taking her own life, however she said:

Before she reacted in her sorrow and torment she thought about the consequences of her actions.  She thought of her father and she did not want to do anything that would cause her father grief and pain.  Then she turned toward the window and prayed to YAHUAH:

Sarah’s prayer is so awesome!  She first acknowledges YAHUAH, blesses Him, then she states her case:

  • I’ve kept myself from sinning,
  • I am the only child,
  • I want to marry but there is no man for me to marry for me to wait for and the men I did have are dead and
  • finally if it is according to Your will, let me die also (not her will, though she felt like dying).

YAHUAH heard both of their prayers…

All along, YAHUAH had a plan for Sarah.  She could not be just any man’s wife.  There was nothing that she was doing wrong.  She belonged to Toviyahu from the beginning.

Sometimes things in life just don’t seem to be happening for us – no matter how we try. We might try different avenues to get or do something “If I sign up for this”, “If I do that”, “If I connect with that person”, “If I look like this” and so forth.  But the result is still the same.  Nothing makes the difference, if anything  the pain, hurt and rejection just continues.

Just as YAHUAH heard their prayers, I know that HE hears ours too.  We like them,  often can’t see His answers in our lives because YAHUAH is working in the background unseen.  We have to walk by faith and not by sight.

Next we see what happens between Toviyahu (the son) and how YAHUAH uses Rapha’el to bring healing and peace in all of their lives.

 

 

 

 

Who Was She? Meriyvah and Malchuth

Their names where  Meriyvah and Malchuth.  They were the wives of Yishma’el and had very different personalities or responses.  At times I have been one but I strive continually to be like the other.  Let’s learn about them now.

After Yishma’el and Hagar are sent away by Avraham (Yashar 21:11-17), they lived in the wilderness for awhile, then they went to Mitsrayim.  Meriyvah, also known as Riv’ah was taken as a wife for Yishma’el, by his mother Hagar while they dwelt in Mitsrayim (Yashar 21:17 and Yashar 25:15) .  She bore him four sons, Nevayoth, Qedar, Adbe’el, Mivsam  and two daughters (Yashar 21:18 and Yashar 25:14-16-only says one daughter Basmath).   Sometime later Yishma’el, his mother, his woman and his children leave Mitsrayim and go back to living in the wilderness, living in tents, traveling here and there.

Avraham desiring to see Yishma’el goes to pay him a visit (Yashar 21:22).  He is old and advanced in years, so Sarah reminded him to stay on his animal (Yashar 21:26).  When he arrives at Yishma’els place he witnesses somethings that disturb him greatly.

It is about noon, when he arrives at Yishma’els place and inquires where Yishma’el is.  Someone direct him to Yishma’els tent where he finds, Meriyvah sitting in the tent with the children (Yashar 21:23).  Avraham asks her where Yishma’el is and she says that he had gone into the field to hunt-she is still in the tent.

Then he asks her for some water, but she answered saying that they had no bread nor water.  She wasn’t prepared at tall.  She was still sitting in the tent.  To add more fire, she was beating the children, cursing them, cursing Yishma’el and reproaching (which means chiding, reproving, criticizing, scolding, blaming) him.  Who knows if that was just her demeanor-you know just how she is, or whether she and Yishma’el had had an argument that morning.  Maybe she wanted to go away with him too?  Why should she be stuck at home with the kids, again?  Wasn’t she important too? Why did his mother have to go with him?   Maybe it was one of those days?  Maybe she was tired?  Maybe she was…..

While we can all fill in the blanks from our own lives with our own attitudes or incidents that at the root of our hearts.  The words of her lips, the actions of her hands and the selfishness she displayed spoke loud and clear.  All of this in front of a stranger.

She could have still been upset but that aside when this stranger came up.  She could have sent someone to get water.  She could have gotten up and introduced herself and found out who this man was.  She could have welcomed this old man with hospitality and offered him to rest awhile (even though he would not have gotten off his animal).  She still could have showed hospitality.  We all know that kids can misbehave, but we must be wise in our actions and word choices with them. We definitely should not be cursing them or beating them.  Furthermore, she should not be speaking ill of her husband at all-rather praying for him.  Praying for his safety.  Praying that YAHUAH would provide meat for their home…

I am not merely pointing the finger at Merivyah but at myself.  In times past, I have spoken ill of my husband, in frustration.  I have taken my frustration out on our kids by speaking ugly words.  I have been selfish not to notice the needs of others. I have.   Yes I have. But many years ago, YAHUAH, told me that I needed to be careful what I said and thought about my husband, especially when I am upset.  One thing I don’t do when I am upset, is call other people.  Why?  Because all it takes it one simple question from them and the flood gates of my wrath are released and I pour forth my feelings.  In times past, at those times it felt great; but later, I regretted the words that I spoke.  Many times, we have had disagreements or one of us is upset over something that simply is taken the wrong way.  Many times it is the enemy causing trouble but we don’t see him in the problem, we see our spouse and they become our enemy.  And we become tools of the enemy through our actions and words.

So, Avraham is very angry and displeased and finally calls the woman to come out of the tent.  Then he told her to tell Yishma’el:

“A very old man from the land of the Pelishtiym came hither to seek you, and thus was his appearance and figure; I did not ask him who he was, and seeing you were not here he spoke unto me and said, “When Yishma’el your man returns tell him thus did the man say, When you come home put away this nail of the tent which you have placed here, and place another in its stead.”  Yashar 21:31

Then he left and went home.

She didn’t ask who he was, even after she had come out of the tent.  She probably didn’t look at him in the face, for if she did I am sure she would have noticed the resemblance of this man and Yishma’el and could have concluded that this was his father.  She certainly wasn’t convicted by his words about her to tell her husband.

When Yishma’el returned, he had to go into the tent and look for her.  She repeated what  Avraham had said to tell Yishma’el and he knew it was Avraham who had come to him and that his woman did not honour him.

Think about that for a long while, I did.

Yishma’el understood the words that his father had spoken and he listened to Avraham and put the woman away/sent her back to her father’s house  (Yashar 21: 36 and Yashar 25:17).

Then Yisham’el went and took a woman, Malchuth from the land of Kena’an  and he bought her to his tent. She bore to him Nishma, Dumah, Massa, Chadad, Teyma, Yetur, Naphiysh and Kedma.

Three years, later Avraham returns.  Let’s see what happens this time.

Again, he arrives at Yishma’els tent at noon.  He asks about Yishma’el and…

Malchuth comes out of the tent and says “He is not here my master, for he has gone to hunt in the fields and to feed the camels.” Yashar 21:40

She stopped what she was doing, came out to greet him, showed respect to Avraham by calling him master and answered his question.  Her demeanor and heart was that of a good servant.  It was no problem for her to stop and talk with the man.

Then she said to Avraham:

“Turn in my master into the tent, and eat a morsel of bread, for your soul must be wearied on account of the journey.”

She shows hospitality and invites him in, offers something to eat and acknowledges his age (she could see he was an old man and more than likely needed rest) and that he had been traveling.  Avraham declines the invitation to come into the tent but asks for some water.

Malchuth runs!  She hastened and ran into the tent and brought out water and bread (she was prepared) to Avraham which she placed before him urging him to eat and drink! He ate and drank and his heart was comforted and he blessed his son Yishma’el, and blessed YAHUAH and then tells Malchuth to give Yishma’el this message:

“A very old man from the land of the Pelishtiym came hither and asked after you, and you were not here; and I brought him out bread and water and he ate and drank and his heart was comforted.  And he spoke these words to me: When Yishma’el your man comes home say unto him, The nail of then which you have is very good, do not put it way from the tent.” Yashar 21:43-44

Then Avraham left and went home.  I can only imagine how relieved he was as a parent that his sons’ spouse was respectful, graceful, hospitable, joyful, pleasant, prepared, and truly a blessing.

When Yishma’el returns home, guess what happens?

She comes out of the tent meeting him with joy and a cheerful heart.

He didn’t have to go searching for her.  She wasn’t too busy to notice his return home.  She wasn’t on the phone with her mother or best friend when he got back.  She was looking for him.  Children can truly test a marriage, whether one child or eight children but even still, she was full of joy and had a cheerful heart.  Lately I am finding many blogs with women who are encouraging wives to be very similar to Malchuth and this is so needed in this  time of technology and idols are taking over the most important relationships we will have.

During our first year of marriage, a married woman gave me a piece of wisdom I have never forgotten.  She said, “When your husband comes home, don’t be on the phone.”  It is important to acknowledge our husband’s return home.  It is something I make an active effort to do.  Even when we are at odds, I still stop what I am doing, greet him, hug him and smile.  I am not perfect, sometimes if we aren’t on good terms I don’t smile.  But YAHUAH is working on my heart here lately to greet him always with a cheerful countenance.

What was Yishma’el‘s response?

“And Yishma’el knew that it was his father, and that his woman had honored him and YAHUAH blessed Yishma’el.”  Yashar 21:48

I would also believe that she had a nice meal waiting for Yisham’el when he returned too!!!

I want to have a more hospitable home.  I want to have blessings spurring forth from my mouth for my husband, for our children and others.  I want to be prepared with water and bread.  I want to do better at greeting my husband when he returns home.  I want others to feel honoured when they are around me; not that I am some bitter woman too busy to notice others, not thankful for the blessings in my life that YAHUAH has given me.  I want what others witness about me, when I am out with our children, to bring honour and esteem to my husband and YAHUAH.

When I first read this chapter, I was convicted of the tone of voice that I use when I am out shopping with our kids.  Some days it is a challenge to take all of our kids to the store.  While it would be easier to go with a few or even I alone, I know that this teaches them how to shop and behave.  Many times I have people come up to me and say they have never seen such well-behaved children.  But what about me?  Is my tone of voice too commanding?  Am I being brash with my tones and not listening to the kids?

What about you?  How do you see yourself now?  Are you being a Meriyvah or Malchuth?

The next woman we will learn about is one who was married man times but an evil ruach slew her husbands’ on the wedding night.  We learn how YAHUAH removed the evil ruach from her life and what happened to the eighth husband.