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!!!!!!
For a while now, we have been having a Shabbat Family Fellowship in our home! The Fellowship includes Praise and Worship, Testimony and Prayer, Children’s Shabbat School and hearing the Preached Word!
We are a Congregation that believes, follows and worships our heavenly Father YAHUAH and His only brought-forth Son, the Elect One – YAHUSHA HaMashiach!
If you are looking to be connected with other like minded believers or are in need of some spiritual watering, Exalted Life Fellowship in YAHUSHA HaMashiach welcomes you.
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Life has many numerous challenges and through it all we must try to rejoice in YAHUAH, the Elohim of our Salvation!
Shalom, I pray that you were encouraged in learning about Rivqah. Below are some additional scriptures to encourage mothers.
Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:5-6 Whoso honors his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he makes his prayer, he shall be heard. He that honours his father shall have long life; and that is obedient unto YAHUAH shall be a comfort to his mother.
Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:7 He that fears YAHUAH will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters.
Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:8 Honour your father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon you from them.
Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:9 For the blessing of the father establishes the houses of children; but the curse of the mother roots our foundations.
Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:10-11 Glory not in the dishonor of your father; for your father’s dishonor is no glory unto you. For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonor is a reproach to the children.
Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:16 He that forsakes his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angers his mother is cursed of ELOHIYM.
Mishle (Proverbs) 4:3 For I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the eyes of my mother,
Mishle (Proverbs) 6:20 My son, watch over your father’s command, And do not forsake the Torah of your mother.
Mishle (Proverbs) 10:1 “Proverbs of Shelomoh: A wise son makes a father rejoice, But a foolish son is his mother’s sorrow.”
Mishle (Proverbs) 15:20 “A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despise his mother.”
Mishle (Proverbs) 17:25 “A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.”
Mishle (Proverbs) 19:26 “He who plunders a father, Chases away his mother, is a son causing shame and bringing reproach.”
Mishle (Proverbs) 20:20 “Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp is put out in darkness.”
Mishle (Proverbs) 23:22 “Listen to your father who brought you forth, And do not despise your mother when she is old.”
29:15 A road and reproof give wisdom, but a child unrestrained brings shame to his mother.
30:11 There is generation, that curses its father, and does not bless its mother-
31:1 The words of Sovereign Lemu’el, a message which his mother taught him
Tehilim 71:6 Upon You I have leaned from my birth; You took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of You.
Tehillim 116:16 O YAHUAH, I am truly Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant; You have loosed my bonds.
Tehillim 131:2 Have I not calmed, and kept my being silent, Like one weaned by its mother? My being is like one weaned.
Tehillim 139:13 For You, You possessed my kidneys, You have covered me in my mothers womb.
Here is a Wrestle Not graphic to encourage you!
For several months, I have been unable to create graphics (which is one way that I worship YAHUAH). I have more drafts than I can count. For some reason, I just couldn’t. However, within a few minutes, this past Sabbath-the first Sabbath of YAHUAH’s New Year – I created two graphics.
Praise YAHUAH for newness!