By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith Lessons to Learn
I encourage you to read the story for yourself because there are parts that I left out however here are some things that we as women who believe in YAHUAH can learn from Yahudith:
- We should be women of prayer and set aside times to pray to YAHUAH. We don’t know what her life was like before her husband died, but it seems reasonable to say that she more than likely had a lifestyle of prayer and fasting and was connected to YAHUAH. She knew who He was and what He would do. She knew that YAHUAH would hear her prayer.
- We should trust YAHUAH. Because of her relationship with YAHUAH she trusted that He would respond the way He chose to and not according to peoples limited sight.
“For if He will not help us within these five days, He has the power to defend us when He chooses, even every day, or to destroy us before our enemies. Do not bind the counsels of YAHUAH our Elohim: for Elohim is not as man, that He may be threatened; neither is He as the son of man, that He should be wavering.”
- We are to honor YAHUAH in all that we do. She could have chosen to keep the bounty from the war but she gave it as an offering to YAHUAH. Yahudith gave the esteem to YAHUAH every time she spoke.
“Praise, praise YAHUAH, praise YAHUAH, I say, for He has not taken away His mercy from the house of Yisra’el, but hath destroyed our enemies by my hands this night.”
“Begin unto my YAHUAH with timbrels, sing unto my Elohim with cymbals: tune unto Him a new psalm: exalt Him and call upon His Name.” Chapter 16:2
- The Assyrians weren’t just attacking any nation of people. They were attacking YAHUAH’s set-apart people, thus it was really a battle directed at Him.
“And make my speech and deceit to be their wound and stripe, who have purposed cruel things against Your covenant, and Your set-apart house, and against the top of Tsion and against the house of the possession of Your children.”
- We must know who protects us. Yahudith knew and was confident that YAHUAH protected Yisra’el.
“And make every nation and tribe to acknowledge that You are Elohim with all power and might and that there is none that protects the people of Yisra’el but You.”
- What is our history? Is it that of being a wise woman? Or that of being foolish, having an attitude, full of pride, full or rage, full of contention?
Yahudith had a history of being a wise woman and others knew this so they listened to her. They knew she was not trying to get a few minutes of fame! The way that we choose to live our lives matters to YAHUAH and other people are watching. People knew she was a wise woman by how she lived and what she said (and didn’t say).
“All that you have spoken you spoke with a good heart and there is none that may say anything against your words. For this is not the first time when your wisdom has been shown; but from the beginning of your days all the people have known your understanding because of the disposition of your heart is good.”
- We can get our points across without an attitude or belittling others, especially men. She could have told the leaders how stupid they were and that now she was going to take control of the situation but she didn’t. She did tell them that they were wrong but she believed that YAHUAH was in control and He would do what He wanted
- Keep your integrity! We don’t have to sin to win! Yes she used her beauty to allure the men, but, she did not become a harlot just to win.
- We need to use our words wisely. When people heard her speak, they knew she had spoken with wisdom, not being haughty nor prideful.
“There is not such a woman from one end of the earth to the other, both for beauty of face and wisdom of words.” Yahudith 11:21
- In learning how to be modest, sometimes if feels as if being a woman of beauty is wrong. As if it is a woman’s fault that she is beautiful. But YAHUAH created us to be beautiful and we should not be ashamed of that. Yahudith’s beauty was not only outwardly but inwardly by her words, her choices, her kindness, and her praise.
- She knew who she was (I am a Hebrew) and whose she was. Who are you? Most importantly, whose are you?
- I believe that she truly loved her husband and we would do well to love our husbands, children and others too, as YAHUSHA told us. She knew that the decisions they made would affect others:
“Now therefore, O brothers, let us show an example to our brothers, because their hearts depend on us…” Yahudith 8:24
- We should be wise over the finances and things that YAHUAH has given us. When we met Yahudith she had been a widow for over three years and she was still a wealthy woman. She could have spent all that her husband had left her on foolish things but she did not. Before she died she properly distributed the inheritance from her husband to others. What will happen to your wealth? Do you have a will?
Finally Thoughts up tomorrow and watch for the Yahudith Challenge!