Who Was She? Rivqah -Encouraging Mothers

 

 

 

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)3:2 For YAHUAH has given the father honour over the children, and has confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.

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.

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Who Was She? Rivqah – Her Final Words of Wisdom

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Our current woman to study is Rivqah so far we have learned about the powerful blessing over Ya’aqov in  Part 1 , then we learned about Ya’aqov blessing her by allowing her to witness his worship to YAHUAH in Part 2 and now we are going hear her final words of wisdom.

I have thought about her words to Ya’aqov many times over the past few weeks.  One thing that she continued to encourage Ya’aqov to do, was to honour and respect his older brother, despite the favor that was on Ya’aqov’s life.  She didn’t encourage strife.  She didn’t pit them against one another.  This again is displayed in her final words to Yitschaq, Ya’aqov and Esau.  First she called Ya’aqov to her and encourages him to honour his father and brother all the days of his life.

In Yovheliym 35:2-5 he responds by saying:

“I will do everything as you have commanded me; for this thing will be honour and greatness to me, and righteousness before YAHUAH, that I should honour them.  And you too, mother, know from the time I was born until this day, all my deeds and all that is in my heart, that I always think good concerning all.  And how should I not do this things which you have commanded me, that I should honour my father and my brother!  Tell me, mother, what perversity have you seen in me and I shall turn away from it, and mercy shall be upon me.”

Wow!  Here again he is listening to her advice.  He trusted his mothers words (more on that soon).  He recognized that it was good for him to honour his father and brother.  It appears to me that he saw that glass half full in life-he saw the positive in people and situations.  Furthermore he opens himself up for correction by asking his mother what perversity-what wrong had she seen-all his life.  To add to it that, he was willing to make any necessary changes.  Many grown children today won’t receive anything from their parents.  But that may have something to do with a child learning to trust the parent (more on that soon).

Then in verse 7 he laughs at her “because his mother had said unto that she should die; and she was sitting opposite to him in possession of her strength, and she was not infirm in her strength; for she went in and out and saw and her teeth were strong, and no ailment had touched her all the days of her life.”

What blessed woman she was and he saw it.   He saw that his mother was still strong as ever-she had all her teeth, her eye-site and her strength.   She didn’t have any health problems, her mind was straight.  Being that she is over a hundred and fifty years I think that is totally awesome.

He then in verse 8 says:

Blessed am I, mother, if my days approach the days of your life, and my strength remain with me thus as your strength: and you will not die for you are jesting idly with me regarding your death.”

He looked at her and probably burst out laughing, telling her to stop playing.  Afterall look at how good she looked, she couldn’t possibly die now…right?

She leaves him and goes right into Yitschaq and asks him to make Esau swear that he (Esau) will not harm Ya’aqov.  She reminds him of Esau’s wickedness and Ya’aqov’s blessings:

What a sharp contrast between the two brothers that Rivqah gives.  From their days of youth, they were different.  Esau didn’t listen to his parents.  He was rebellious.  He did things his way – certainly not YAHUAH’s way.  He is one of those who say “it’s my life, now but out” but then has trouble later on.  He stole from his parents, he did not help them and he held bitterness in his heart.

Ya’aqov on the other hand, was truly a blessing to them.  He provided for his parents always.  He seemed happy that he could provide for his parents needs -their need is no burden to him.  In fact he rejoices when he helps them and he keeps the fifth commandment by honouring them.

In verses13-17, Yitschaq acknowledges what she says but saying he cannot control Esau:

“I, too, know and see the deeds of Ya’aqov who is with us, how that with all his heart he honours us, but I loved Esau formerly more than Ya’aqov, because he was the firstborn; but now I love Ya’aqov more than Esau, for he has done manifold evil deeds, and there is no righteousness in him, for all his ways are unrighteousness and violence, and there is no righteousness around him.  And now my  heart is troubled because of all his deeds, and neither he nor his seed is to be saved, for they are those who will be destroyed from the earth and who will be rooted out from under heaven, for he has forsaken the Elohiym of Avraham and gone after his women and after their uncleanness and after their error, Ya’aqov’s hands will he be given, and he will not escape from his hands, for he will descend into his hands.  And fear you not on the account of Ya’aqov; for the guardian of Ya’aqov is great and powerful and honoured and praised more than the guardian of Esau.” Yovheliym 35:13-17

Here we see that Yitschaq finally acknowledges that he was wrong in favoring Esau simply because he was the first born.  I can imagine that it was hard for Yitschaq to say that Esau was a wicked son and that he was troubled on account of Esau.  Though most parents have one child (in some cases more) that are a challenge-Esau took the cake.  He was selfish, a thief, idolatrous, full of lust, disrespectful, unloving, unthankful and certainly refused any instruction his parents tried to give him.   Again, Yitschaq comforts Rivqah with words saying that Ya’aqov will be just fine.

Finally she calls Esau to her and says:

In spite of his wickedness, she still gave Esau instructions regarding where to bury her.  She still respected that Esau was the oldest.  She encouraged Esau to love Ya’aqov, that they should not desire evil against one another and that it will be good for them.  She encouraged them to have a mutual love for one another.

Esau says that he will do what she asks:

“I will do all that you have told me, and I shall bury you on the day you die near Sarah, my father’s mother, as you have desired that her bones may be near your bones.  And Ya’aqov, my brother, also, I shall love above all flesh; for I have not a brother in all the earth but him only: and this is no great merit for me if I love him; for he is my brother, and we were sown together in your body, and together came we forth from your womb, and if I do not love my brother, whom shall I love?  And I myself, beg you to exhort Ya’aqov concerning me and concerning my sons, for I know that he will assuredly be king over me and my sons, for on the day my father blessed him he made him the higher and me the lower.  And I swear unto you that I shall love him, and not desire evil against him all the days of my life but good only.” Yovheliym (Jubilees) 35:21-24

Do you see the contrast between the sons?  When Rivqah talked about her death with Ya’aqov, he was quite surprised and talked about how much of a blessing she was.  Esau-all he said was I will bury you where you asked me to however his main concern was what Ya’aqov could do to him and his sons when she was gone.

Finally, she calls them altogether and tells Ya’aqov to be nice to Esau and his sons.  Then they ate and drank and she died that night, three jubilees (a jubilee is 49 years, 1 “week” is equivalent to 7 years and then 1 year is literally 1 year (49×3 =147, 147+7=154, 154+1=155)).

 

SHOULD I PUT THE BELOW AS A SIDE NOTE BECAUSE I KNOW SOMEONE WILL HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE AGE GIVEN AT DEATH.  Bereshith doesn’t record her death, Yovheliym says 155 and Yashar says 133

A side note:

Bereshith doesn’t record Rivqah’s death, however Yovheliym and Yashar do.  The age of her death is listed differently in both.

Yovheliym 35:6 & 27 – says that Rivqah was 155 years old at death, which was sometime after Binyamin was born (see Yovheliym 32:30-34).  Also Yovheliym 19:10, says that she was “a woman” when she became Yitschaq’s wife.

Yashar 36:3-12 – says that Rivqah was 133 years at death, which was sometime before Binyamin was born.  Also Yashar says that she was a “young woman”, when she was taken a wife for Yitschaq, see Yashar 24:29-45

I am more apt to believe Yovheliym because it was given to Mosheh by the angel of His presence see Yovheliym 1:1-5, 1:27-29 and 2:1.

Part 3 – Rivqah’s – Encouragement for Mothers coming up next!

 

 

Who Was She? Rivqah – Witnessing His Worship

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Our current woman to study is Rivqah and last we learned about the powerful blessing that she gave Ya’aqov in Part 1.  Now we are going to see how she witnessed an important time in his life.

 

 

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Just like in Bereshith 27, Rivqah sees that Esau is about to get the blessing from Yitschaq.  Rivqah probably remembered the words of Avraham in Yovheliym 19:15-31 and sees this is the moment that she must take action!  She gives Ya’aqov instructions on what to do and prepares a disguise for him (Yashar 26 & 27 and Yashar 29:1-10).  Yashar further says that Ya’aqov is very afraid of Esau, so he flees to the house of Eber (the son Shem – whom he had already spent 32 years with  see Yashar 28:18-25) for the next 14 years.

During this time Esau becomes a big problem to his parents (Yashar 29:12-17).  He is so angry that he moves away from them for six months, when his anger seems to have subsided just a bit,  he returns he places his wives in his fathers house.

“And the women of Esau vexed and provoked Yitschaq and Rivqah with their works, for they walked not in the ways of YAHUAH, but served their father’s elohiym of wood and stone as their father had taught them, and they were more wicked than their father.  And they went according to the evil desires of their hearts, and they sacrificed and burnt incense to the Ba’aliym and Yitschaq and Rivqah became weary of them.” Yashar 29:14-16

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Finally 14 years later,  Ya’aqov desired to his parents so he returns home.  When Esau sees him, his anger is rekindled and again he plans to kill him!  In Yashar 29:23-43 and Yovheliym 27:1, Rivqah is told what Esau is planning to do.  Here again, she probably recalls what Avraham told her in Yovheliym 19:15-31, so again she takes action!  In Yovheliym 27:2 she calls Ya’aqov to her and tells him to go and flee to Lavan’s house awhile until Esau’s again calms down and then she will send for him.

He then says he is not afraid of Esau, then she says:

Although she did not agree with Esau’s choices, she still loved him.  She still would have been sadden by the loss of only the son who she had a closer relationship, but also of the one whom she did not.  Most parents, love all their children – even the ones that cause them pain nor would they want their children to die at the hands of one another.  She wanted the best for both of them and later on we will see how she tries encourages the relationship between the two.

Then he says he will go but that he is not going to go without his father knowing what he is doing. Rivqah agrees then goes and talks to Yitschaq.  Yitschaq calls Ya’aqov and tells him to go to Lavan’s house and take a woman from there, then he blesses him and sends him off.  I highly suggest reading the account in Yashar 63, however here are some other interesting things to know:

  • Ya’aqov was 63 years old when he fled to the house Eber (Yashar 29:11)
  • Ya’aqov was 77 years old when he went to Lavan (Yashar 29:30)
  • Yitschaq sent Ya’aqov out with wealth-gifts, silver and gold (Yashar 29:28,38)
  • Esau sent his son Eliyphaz to follow Ya’aqov and kill him, but YAHUAH gives Ya’aqov favour in the site of Eliyphaz, and instead of killing Ya’aqov they take all the wealth that his parents had given him (Yashar 29:38)-this is why he arrived at Lavan’s house empty handed.

Back to Rivqah.

Rivqah is heartbroken.  Her son, whom she loves so much, just returned home after 14 years, only to leave again for who knows how long.  Yitschaq sees her weeping and speaks these kind words to her:

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What loving and comforting words she received from her husband.  He didn’t condemn her tears.  He didn’t ignore them.  He spoke gently to her heart.  It is truly a blessing when my husband speaks comforting words to my heart.

Fast forward 14 years later, Yoceph is born (Yashar 31:19-21) and Rivqah longed to see her son so she sends her nurse Deborah and two servants (Yashar 31:22-31) to him.  However this is when Lavan convinces Ya’aqov to stay a bit longer – six years longer in fact!  Deborah chooses to stay with Ya’aqov but the servants return home to Yitchaq’s house.  I can only imagine Rivqah’s disappointment when her son did not return home with the servants.

When he finally does begin his journey back home, Lavan comes after him and after they make a covenant – which Lavan breaks it immediately.   Lavan sends his son Be’or and some servants to Esau to lie about Ya’aqov.  Esau again prepares to kill Ya’aqov.  Lavan’s son and servants, then go to Rivqah and tell her that Esau is leaving to kill Ya’aqov (Yashar 31:69-77).  Immediately she sends 72 men from the servants of Ya’aqov to hopefully get to him before Esau.  When Ya’aqov sees the 72 men coming he believes that YAHUAH has sent some people to him.  After greeting him, they give him the message from his mother:

Inspite how Esau treated his parents, inspite of the words that Avraham spoke about Esau, she still tells Ya’aqov to honour him “because he is the elder.”  She knew that YAHUAH had chosen Ya’aqov and not Esau, but she did not encourage Ya’aqov to be prideful about it.  She encouraged him to supplicate which means to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly (dictionary.com); to speak kind to him – no smart mouth answers; to give him a present – sort of a peace offering and to be honest with Esau.  This is rich wonderful motherly wisdom regarding the relationship between their sons.

Ya’aqov listens to her advice and you know the next part of the story.  They met up, eventually Esau accepts the gifts and they depart (Bereshith 32-33; Yovheliym 29:12-14;  Yashar 32).

In Yovheliym 29:15-20, we learn how Ya’aqov was a good, caring and unselfish son. He sent his father some of the substance he had: clothing and food, and meat, and drink, and milk and butter, and cheese, and some the dates of the valley.  He also went to go see his mother four times a year and kept taking care of this parents as they had need.

Next, Dinyah is taken, Shimon and Leviy take righteous vengeance and their actions are recorded in heaven  (Bereshith 34; Yovheilym 30, Yashar 33-36) and Levivy and all his sons are set apart as priests unto YAHUAH:

And the seed of Leviy was chosen for the priesthood, and to be Leviyiym, that they might minister before YAHUAH, as we continually, and that Leviy and his sons may be blessed forever; for he was zealous to execute righteousness and vengeance on all those who rose against Yisra’el.” Yovheliym 30:18

So then Ya’aqov tells the people that they need to clean themselves up because they are going up to worship YAHUAH (Bereshith  35 and Yovheliym 31) and invited his father and mother to come to witness the fulfillment of his vow to YAHUAH (Bereshith 28:10-22;  Yovheliym 27:19-27 and Yashar 30:1-3).  Yitschaq tells Ya’aqov to come to him so he does.  He brings with him Leviy and Yahudah.   When Rivqah hears some one tell her that he is back, her ruach is strengthened and she blesses his sons that are with him:

I looked up the meaning of illustrious, it means bright, glorious, renowned, famous which is exactly what the seed of Avraham has become and by belief we are all sons of Avraham!

Then he continues on to his father, where the Ruach of Prophesy goes into the mouth of Yitschaq and he prophesies over Leviy and Yahudah.  In the evening, Ya’aqov tells his father about all the things that happened to him and invites him up to worship.  His father says that he is too old but to take his mother.

I am sure that she is so happy, and how blessed she must have felt that she had the opportunity to witness this important time in Ya’aqov’s life.  I can just see her walking around with gleam in her eyes and joy in her bones as she packed a bag or two!  She was going to witness her son fulfill his vow to YAHUAH and do something with one of his sons that is awesome!!!!

That night on the 13th of the 7th month (Yovheliym 31:3 and Yovheliym 32:1-29) Leviy dreams that he is ordained priest.  The next morning, Ya’aqov gets up and prepares to give a tithe of all that he has.  But who does he give it to?  Ya’aqov took a count of all his sons and the portion fell on Leviy, so Ya’aqov then clothes him in garments of the priesthood and filled Leviy’s hands with the tithe that he had prepared.  Ya’aqov then gives his offerings and sacrifices daily for seven days.  Furthermore, Leviy officially started in his role of priesthood before YAHUAH and his family.

After Ya’aqov fulfills his vow, Ya’aqob returns his mother to his fathers house.  What a time she must have had.  Oh, I can imagine how her heart exploded with joy.  She saw her son-an honorable man, who kept his vow to YAHUAH, install the first priest, give the tithe and offer the best of all that he had unto YAHUAH.  She witnessed his worship.  What an awesome privilege and honor!  She was able to see his family all 12 sons that she prophesied about.

I know that she was overflowing jubilation when she told her husband all that she saw and had experienced.

Part 3 – Rivqah’s Parting Words and Encouragement for Mothers coming up soon!

 

 

Who Was She? Rivqah – The Blessing of a Mother

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Our next woman in the “Who Was She” Study is the mother of Ya’aqov and Esau.  Her name was Rivqah and I will be focusing on the role she had in Ya’aqov’s life.  Rivqah’s  story is divided into two parts – A Mother’s Blessing and More Encouragement.

 

For this study I will be using Yovehliym and Yashar and I encourage you to get a copy of the books for yourself, The Cepher is a great option.

We all know the beginning of her relationship with Yitschaq, that Avraham sent his servant Eliy’ezer to get a wife for him.  We also know that she was barren.  Yitschaq prayed and YAHUAH opened her womb with two sons.  (Bereshith (Genesis) 24; 25:19-28; Yovheliym (Jubilees) 19:10, 13-14; Yashar (Jashar) 24:29-45.  We also know that Ya’aqov stole the birthright and that Esau always sought to take vengeance on Ya’aqov.  But now let’s read more details in the lives of Rivqah and Ya’aqov that we don’t know.

In Yovheliym 19:15-16 we discover not only that Yitschaq loved (favored) Esau but that Avraham loved Ya’aqov.  Avraham in his grandfatherly YAHUAH given wisdom saw that the deeds of Esau were wicked and YAHUAH was going to bless Avraham through Ya’aqov so one day he calls Rivqah to him and says to her:

His words to her are sheer beauty to me! He speaks to her, with the kindness that he is known for and encourages her to watch over Ya’aqov carefully, to continue her kindness toward him and tells her all that YAHUAH has shown him (Avraham) will go to Ya’aqov.

Then he calls Ya’aqov and tells him in front of Rivqah:

Ya’aqov, my yachiyd, whom my soul loves, may ELOHIYM bless you from above the firmament, and may he give you all the blessings wherewith he blessed Adam, and Chanok, and Noach, and Shem; and all the things of which he told me, and the things which he promised to give me, may he cause to cleave to you and to your seed forever, according to the days of heaven above the earth.  And the ruachot of Mastema shall not rule over you or over your seed to turn you from YAHUAH, who is your ELOHIYM from henceforth forever.  And may YAHUAH ELOHIYM be a Father to you and you the firstborn son, and to the people always.  Go in peace, my son.” Yovheliym 19:27-29

What an awesome blessing and prayer of protection to receive from a grandfather!!!!  Then Rivqah and Ya’aqov leave.  Her heart was overflowing with more love, strength and encouragement for him.

In Yovheliym chapters 22 and 23 Avraham dies and again he has special words specifically for Ya’aqov (please read on your own).  Some years later, in chapter 25 Rivqah calls Ya’aqov to her and speaks to him.  This interaction between mother and son truly blesses me and I find myself rejoicing, encouraged and in tears at their words.

Rivqah’s words to him:

Now read his response to her:

“Behold, mother, I am nine weeks of years old, and I neither know nor have I touched any woman, nor have I betrothed myself to any, nor even think of taking me a woman of the daughters of Kena’an.  For I remember, mother, the words of Avraham, our father, for he commanded me not to take a woman from daughters of Kena’an, but to take a me a woman from the seed of my father’s house and from my kindred.  I have heard before that daughters have been born to Lavan, your brother, and I have set my heart on them to take a woman from amongst them.  And for this reason I have guarded myself in my ruach against sinning or being corrupted in all my ways throughout all the days of my life; for with regard to lust and fornication, Avraham, my father, gave me many commands.  And, despite all that he has commanded me, these two and twenty years my brother has striven with me, and spoken frequently to me and said: “My brother, take to be your woman a sister of my two women”; but I refuse to do as he has done.  I swear before you, mother, that all the days of my life I will not take me a woman from the daughters of the seed of Kena’an, and I will not act wickedly as my brother has done.  Fear not, mother; be assured that I shall do your will and walk in uprightness, and not corrupt my ways forever.”  Yovheliym 25:4-10

Based on the above, Ya’aqov is 63 years old by now (7 days in a week times 9 weeks equals 63), see Yovheliym 11:16-18 for an example on weeks and days.  He didn’t respond as many sons would today.  He did not think she was some old woman who was trying to be controlling over his life and tell him what to do, because they had a relationship and he knew his mother meant no harm to him.  He knew her words to be full of love and wisdom.  He also, recalls the wise words that Avraham spoke to him in Yovheliym 19:26-29 and in Yovheliym 22:10-30.  So it wasn’t like she was telling him something new.  He first received instruction from a wise older grandfather and he listened!!!! He goes on to say how Esau was trying to tell him to take a woman, from a sister of one of his wives.  This went on for 22 years but Ya’aqov refused and maintained his purity in every manner of all his life in thought and deed.

Now here is the first part of her blessing over him:

Here is the second part:

Okay, I am completely speechless.  There is so much in the blessing.  First she acknowledged and blessed YAHUAH and give Him thanks.  She thanked Him for giving Ya’aqov as a son to her, then she asked YAHUAH to place in her mouth-the blessing of righteousness!  At that very hour, YAHUAH sent the RUACH of Righteousness into her mouth and she laid her hands on Ya’aqov.  YAHUAH heard her prayer and gave her what she asked.  She prophesied about 12 sons, about seeing them, about them spreading all over the earth, she asked YAHUAH to dwell with them and was so grateful to be his mother.

I am still thinking about her words to Ya’aqov and what a powerful example of encouragement for mothers to love their sons, to bless them, to thank YAHUAH for them and to their encourage marriages.

I pray that YAHUAH blesses all parents with words of blessings for all their children, sons and daughters.  I also pray that we raise our hands and pray for them and not be afraid to speak the truth to them in such a loving way as Rivqah did.  I pray that all of our children would be pure in thought and deed, until YAHUAH brings a spouse to them no matter what the world says, it is possible.

Shalom for now!  Part 2 coming up soon!

 

 

Who Was She? Hadurah & Serach

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Our next women in the “Who Was She” Study are actually a mother and a daughter!!!! Yeah! This story is found in Yashar 45:12-18 and Yashar 54:86-100.  If you do not have a Cepher, I encourage you to get one, as this is just one of the many stories about women and this is just a summary.

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It is rare to read about a mother and daughter in the scriptures but here we find Hadurah and Serach.  Hadurah was the daughter of Aviyam’el, the granddaughter of Eber,and the great-granddaughter of Shem.  Although we aren’t told how old she is, we read somethings about:

yashar45_14_15Her husband Malkiy’el, who was the son of Eylam, and the grandson of Shem.  Nothing else is mentioned about him other than that he died shortly after the birth of Serach.  After the death of her husband, Hadurah returned to her fathers house.

Throughout our marriage, my husband and I have always agreed that our home will always be open to our children.  In today’s world, many parents can’t wait for their child(ren) to turn 18 and leave.  Then they quickly down size their home, many move away.  Why is that?  Does parenting end when our child(ren) leave home?  Shouldn’t they always have a place of safety?  If a father is truly his daughter’s covering, shouldn’t there be a place for her to return, if needed?

Alright back to Hadurah.

Now, Asher (son of Ya’aqov) had married Adon a Yishma’elite, but she was barren and died.  We are not told when, how and/or why she died, just that she did.  Some time later, Asher goes to look for another wife, across the river.  This is where he encounters Hadurah.  We don’t know how they met, how long he was over there but he noticed her for two reasons:

The scripture says that she had a comely appearance.   Meaning she was attractive, nice to look at she kept herself up, even though she was a widow, she still kept living.  This is a challenge in the that world we live in today.  Many women today confuse being “seductive” with attractive.   A woman who is showing how sexually attractive she is, is showing that she is good for basically one thing.  Enough said.

But a woman who is attractive, takes care of herself, and does not worship the image of herself.  This is the type of woman that Hadurah was.  She was undoubtedly modest.

Hadurah is known for having common sense, dictionary.com says this about common sense:

noun – plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense

adjective – inspired by or displaying sound practical sense

Hadurah had good practical judgement or sense.  She wasn’t silly, she more than likely wasn’t wasting her time, doing silly things.  She was known for her good sense!

So Asher takes her for a wife!  He also became stepfather to Hadurah’s daughter, Serach,

yashar45_17I remember our daughters at age three.  There were and are so adorable!  Three is such an exciting age, full of wonder, giggles and joy.  I imagine that Serach’s smiles radiated everywhere.

To follow in the lifestyle of someone else, she had to be an obedient girl.  I can see her singing before YAHUAH, dancing with the women, excited keeping about the Feasts and helping prepare for Shabbat.  The great wisdom and understanding that YAHUAH gave her, shines later when we read of her again.

YAHUAH blessed Asher and Hadurah with four more children – Yimnah, Yishvah, Yishviy and Beriy’ah, all sons.

After Yoceph reveals himself to his brothers and sends them to get their father, he tells them to be careful about how they tell Ya’aqov that he is alive. “And commanded them, saying, When you come unto the land of Kena’an, do not come suddenly before my father in this affair, but act in your wisdom.”  Yashar 54:89

The brothers do just that because just as they reach home they see Serach coming out to greet them.  Serach is approximately 21 years old by this time and here again we see the hand of YAHUAH and fruit of her mother in her life:

yashar54_92She was cunning, wise and discerning in the things that she did.  Her uncles and father give Serach a harp and tell her what to say as she goes to play before Ya’aqov:

yashar_54_95As she continued playing the harp and repeating the words, Ya’aqov heard her and after she said them three times, joy entered into his heart at the sweetness of her words and the Ruach Elohiym was upon him and he knew her words to be true. She didn’t burst through the door, shouting “Grandpa, grandpa, Yoceph is alive, Yoceph is alive.”  She did not run and tell everyone what she was doing either.  She didn’t gather a crowd to bring attention to herself.  She did what she was told to do and being subtile she cleverly and sweetly sang as she skillfully played the harp.

Then Ya’aqov blessed her saying:

yashar54_98That’s all we know of Hadurah and Serach that I have found.  What a blessing it is to read about a mother and a daughter, who were so sweet and known for their sense, wisdom and worship of YAHUAH.  May our words gladden the hearts of those around us and bring revival to YAHUAH and YAHUSHA.

Soon we learn more about Rivqah (the story of a mother and son), Yishma’els two wives – Riv’ah (Meriyvah) and Malchuth.

 

 

 

Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Challenge and Final Words

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith Challenge & Final Words

If you are just joining us, I invite you to read the beginning of Yahudith’s story:  Introducing Yahudith, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Lessons to Learn

 

 

Shalom Sister in YAHUAH,

I pray that you have been blessed, encouraged and strengthened by this study of the remarkable life of Yahudith.  I pray that YAHUAH our Elohim would bless the work of your hands and use you in ways you never thought of, only for His esteem. 

Remember that we don’t have to sin to win!

You can be:

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Without losing yourself and harming others.

 Although women in some places are pushed off to the side, we can see that Yahudith did speak to the leaders of the city (this was not a one time event because they said “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.”  Yahudith 8:29) and that YAHUAH did use her mightily.  YAHUAH can use anyone He so chooses.  So if YAHUAH moves you to do something – you should do it.  Not in a haughty way but in a way that is of a humble and loving mindset.  This is not to say that a woman is better than or in place of a man because as you can see, Yahudith knew her place.  If a woman has a husband, she must first consult him before doing anything.

 Now for the Yahudith Challenge:

The challenge is for us to live a fasting life.  Yahudith didn’t all of a sudden start fasting as a result of a problem (which can be done as in the case of Haddassah (Ester)), she lived a life of fasting and prayer before YAHUAH.  So set aside sometime each week (not on Sabbath) to pray and fast.  I understand this will be a challenge, especially if you cook all the time like me.  But years ago, I used to fast all the time, especially on preparation day.  I would fast until lunch or dinner.  That is where I am going to start.

Also, make a list of the things that are coming against you to try to get you to turn from YAHUAH.  Is it financial hardship trying to make you think you must work on Sabbath?  Is it your health?  Is it your family?  Is it the desire for a family?

Take Yahudith’s example, do not put YAHUAH in a box, He will move in our lives in His time schedule, not ours.

I am going to work on praying and fasting more and I encourage you to do the same.

This study on women in the scriptures is not over! By YAHUAH’s leading I will be doing more scripture studies – specifically for woman!  I want to thank my husband for proof-reading this study for me!

 Shalom and may YAHUAH barak you.

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Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Lessons to Learn

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith Lessons to Learn

If you are just joining us, I invite you to read the beginning of Yahudith’s story:  Introducing Yahudith, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, part 4,

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!

Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Part 4

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith   Part 4

If you are just joining us, I invite you to read the beginning of Yahudith’s story:  Introducing Yahudith, Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Then she…

Goes to his bed and cuts off his head, puts it in her bag where she kept her meat and leaves with her servant as if she were just going to prayer!

When she arrives in Yerushalyim she tells the gatekeepers to open the gate, and then all the leaders and other people come to see what she has done.  She says to them:

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Then she pulls the head of Holofernes out of the bag!

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So she didn’t lay down and play the whore to get what she needed!!!!!

When it is discovered that Holofernes is dead by the hand of a Hebrew Woman, the Assyrians get scared and scattered in all directions!  Remember what Archoir said:

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Speaking of Achior, what happened to him was awesome:

“And when Achior had seen all that the Elohim of Yisra’el had done, he believed in Yahuah greatly, and circumcised the flesh of his foreskin, and was joined unto the house of Yisra’el until this day.”

So what we do, can cause others to believe in Yahuah!  Achior, a Captain of all the sons of Ammon is part of Yisra’el.

Yahudith always praised and pointed the esteem to YAHUAH:

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Her story ends like this:

“And many desired her, but none knew her all the days of her life, after that Manasses her husband was dead, and was gathered to his people.  But she increased more and more in honour, and waxed old in her husband’s house, being a hundred and five years old, and made her maid go free; so she died in Bethulia: and they buried her in the cave of her husband Manasses.  And the house of Yisra’el lamented her seven days: and before she died she did distribute her good to all them that were nearest of kindred to Manasses her husband, and to them that were the nearest of her kindred.  And there was none that made the children of Yisra’el any more afraid in the days of Yahudith, nor a long time after her death.” Yahudith 16:25

Today, I must also acknowledge Yahudith’s waiting woman/servant who was with her throughout most of her life.  We do not have a name for her but she was Yahudith’s right hand.  She was there to help Yahudith before Mannasse died and I am sure she helped Yahudith while she was grieving.  She laid out Yahudith’s clothes and prepared her food.  She was a slave but she was more than likely treated well.  But I wonder what her life was like while she was a slave?  Did she have family of her own?  How old was she?  How long was she a slave?  What did she do when she was free?  Where did she go?

 

Part 5 up next – Lessons Learned and watch for the Yahudith Challenge!

Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Part 3

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith   Part 3

If you are just joining us, I invite you to read the beginning of Yahudith’s story:  Introducing Yahudith, Part 1, Part 2

They leave and then she falls on her face, putting ashes on her head, uncovers the sackcloth where she was clothed and at the time when incense was being offered she cried out to YAHUAH with a loud voice.  Here is part of her prayer:

 

“Behold their pride, and send your wrath upon their heads: give into my hand, which I am a widow, the power that I have conceived.  Smite by the deceit of my lips the servant with the prince and the prince with the servant: break down their stateliness by the hand of a woman.

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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.

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Try praying that prayer when people are against you because of your belief in YAHUAH?

So okay moving on to Chapter 10 after she stopped praying she called her maid and went down into the house, took off her sackcloth and widows garments.  Washed and anointed herself.  Braided her hair and put a “tire” on her head (some type of cover or wrap) and then put on her garments of gladness that she used to wear before her husband died.  Then she decked herself in some nice sandals, added some jewelry…to allure the eyes of men.  Then she and her maid gathered some food and wine and left for their mission.

When the people who were standing at the gate saw her, they were surprised because she was no longer looking like a widow but a beautiful woman!  Then they blessed her by asking that YAHUAH give her favor to do whatever she was going to do.

So Yahudith and her maid walked directly into the valley where the Assyrians were waiting.  When they saw her, they took her and asked her who she was and what she was doing.  She said:

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Now when the men heard this they were surprised and wondered why such a beautiful woman would do this.  They told her that she had chosen well and that Holofernes would treat her nicely.

So she comes before Holofernes and he says to her that he would have not done anything to her people but because they set their “light against him” that he had to act on them.  She then basically tells him that he will not win a war against them unless the people sin because YAHUAH is with them.  However since the water has been shut off, that there will be a famine, the people will start to sin by eating things YAHUAH said that are unclean which will be a sin and the people would be punished.  She said that she will remain with him and that at night she will go out and pray to YAHUAH, He will show her when Yisra’el sins and that she would then come and tell him.

They said to her:

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Holofernes agrees with his servants and agrees to go with her plan.  He has a tent made ready for her and then allows Yahudith and her servant to go out to the valley to pray at night.  So for days this goes on and by the fourth day Holofernes says he wants to have a feast but only his servants are welcome to come.  Then he sends his eunuch Bagoas to ask the “Hebrew woman” to come and join them.  His plan was to get her drunk and lay with her.  So she agrees to come but only eats and drinks what is prepared by her servant.

Holofernes on the other hand desires her so much that he drinks more in that day than ever before in his life!  Eventually, the servants leave and Holofernes falls soundly asleep on his bed.  Yahudith sends her maid away and then tells Bagoas that she will soon go to prayer as she had done every night, then he leaves.

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Part 4 up tomorrow and watch for the Yahudith Challenge!

Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Part 2

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith   Part 2

If you are just joining us, please feel free to read the beginning of the study on Yahudith:

Introducing Yahudith, Part 1

So when the Yisra’elites found him, they asked what happened and he told them all that Holofernes said that he would do to the Yisra’elites.  So all who heard him were afraid and prayed to YAHUAH.

Holofernes then moved his camp closer unto the city of Beyt Ulyah.  His men looked at the entrances into the city, stopped up the water and set groups men to watch the city.  Then the children of Esau came and said to him “look you don’t have to worry about fighting them because they will die from famine because you shut off their water supply.”

Holofernes was happy with this knowledge so he said he would wait.

Sure enough, the Yisra’elites started to become thirsty.  The children, women and young men began to faint.  So then the people gathered together and went to Uzziyahu and other leaders, blaming them for not making peace with the Assyrians.  So Uzziyahu basically said “Okay I hear you but don’t worry.  Let’s wait five more days to see if YAHUAH will deliver us. If He doesn’t then we will become the slaves of Nabuchodonsor.”

Finally, here comes Yahudith!  When she hears what is happening she is mad (Mutually Angry & Determined)!

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So she told her waiting woman to go and get the leaders of the  Uzziyahu, Chabris, and Charmis, the ancients of the city…she had something to say, listen to this:

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These words alone are powerful.  But do you know what the men’s response was?  Listen to this:

 

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Now do you think that if she said what she said with an attitude, stating that men were being stupid in their decisions and that she knows so much and that she knows better than them that they would have listened to her?

Okay moving on, she then tells them that she has a plan; that they are not to ask what she will do but that she will leave tonight with her waiting woman (servant) and that within the days that they have asked YAHUAH to deliver them, they will be delivered by the hand of a woman.

Part 3 up tomorrow

Who Was She? By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith (Judith) Part 1

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By the Hand of a Woman – Yahudith   Part 1

Yahudith was a Ivriyt (Hebrew) widow living in Bethulia and they had not long come out of a recent time of captivity.  Her husband’s name was Manasses and he died during the barley harvest.  Now Manasses was a wise and very well off man because Yahudith did not have to want for anything when he died.  She had fields, lands, servants, attendants, gold, silver, and cattle.  There are several scriptures that show different grieving times, some say seven days and others say thirty days.  But she remained in her grief a long time – three years and four months!   She lived in tent on top of her house, fasted everyday accept the Sabbath and Festival days and wore widows garments. Yahudith 8:1-8

This let’s me know that she loved her husband and they must have had a great relationship.  I wonder what their marriage was like?  How did they get along? How did they resolve conflict?  How long had they been married before he died?

In the 12th year of Nabuchodonsor’s (Nebuchadnezzar)reign – he was king of the Assyrians (in Nineveh) he made war with king Arphaxad.  So Nabuchodonsor sent to all that lived In Persia, Dilicia, Damascus, Libanus, Antilibanus, all that were on the sea coast, the nations of Carmel, Gallaad, Galilee, Esdrelom, Samaria, beyond the river Jordan, Yerushalyim, Ramesses, Gesem, Tahpnes for all of them to come and help in battle against Arphaxad.  But they refused and didn’t’ think much of him.  So he became very angry and said that he would destroy basically North Africa.

In the 17th year of his reign he marched against Arphaxad and won. Then he returned to Nineveh and had a party for 120 days.  Later in the 18th year of his reign someone reminded him of an oath he made to destroy all those who would not come to war with him.  So he called Holofernes who was the chief captain on his army and told him to destroy all the cities who would not help.  Holofernes was told to slaughter everyone who rebelled against his command.

So Holofernes did what he was told and gathered some men for battle, 120,000 and 12,000 archers on horseback.  Not to mention the other countries that came to help…they were as locusts and unable to be numbered!  He destroyed Phud and Lud Rasses, Ishmael, all the cities that were on the river Arbonai.  He killed all that resisted him, burned tabernacles, burned harvest fields, destroyed flocks and herds, utterly destroyed their countries, and killed their young men.

Nations were so afraid of him so they sent ambassadors of peace to him saying they would be servants of Nabuchodonosor.  So Holofernes said okay and took his men throughout the cities and pitched a tent between Geba and Scythopolis and waited a whole month.

Now when the children of Yisra’el heard all that Holofernes had done they were very afraid.  They were particularly afraid because they had just returned from captivity – they did not want to be taken captive again!  So the priest Joacim, told them to be ready for war and stop anyone from coming in the entrances of Yehudah.  Then everyone one humbled themselves by fasting and prayed to YAHUAH.

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When Holofernes heard that they had prepared for war he became very angry and asked those who were with him “Why did these people not come and meet me…?”

Then Achior who was a captain of all the sons of Ammon basically told Holofernes the story of the Yisra’elites and how YAHUAH had moved on their behalf many times.  He ended by saying this:

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Keep Achior and what he said in your mind.

So the other people who were with Holofernes were upset and wanted to kill Achior for what he said, saying “we will not be afraid of the face of the children of Yisra’el; for lo, it is a people that have no strength nor power for a strong battle.”  Holofernes didn’t like what Archior had to say either and told Archoir that he would not see his face anymore.  He then commanded his men to take Archior to the children of Yisra’el and leave him there with them (obviously he planned to kill him too).

Part 2 up tomorrow

Who Was She? Introducing Yahudith (Judith)

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Yahudith – Who Was She?

The story of Yahudith (Judith) is one that makes me feel proud to be a YAHUAH fearing woman!  She was B-A-D, virtuous, wise, beautiful, strong, faithful, tenacious, cunning and more.  She feared, loved and worshipped YAHUAH.  She was a woman of prayer and fasting.

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So how come many of us have never heard of her?

Her story (among others) is included Apocryphal books and in the Cepher which is a book that contains books that were not included in the canonized scriptures.  The book Yahudith was however included in the KJV 1611 scriptures.

So if you do not own a Cepher or an Apocrypha you can read the story here but I am going recount most of the story because there are important pieces of information throughout the story that should be pointed out. There is so much goodness in her story that I find myself wanting to shout for joy!  Nearly all of the bible heroes that we all know are men.  Does that mean that YAHUAH didn’t or won’t use a woman if He so chooses?  Let’s find out!

I pray to YAHUAH that you are as strengthened and encouraged as I was when I read her story.  May YAHUAH bless your hands!

Up next Part 1!

 

Who Was She? Tsipporah – Final Words

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Shalom Sisters in YAHUAH,

I pray that you have been blessed, encouraged and strengthened by this study of the uplifting glimpse into the life of Tsipporah.  We should strive to be ready with eagerness to spread the bread of YAHUAH’s Word, to point those who thirst to the water of the well which never runs dry that is full of salvation through YAHUSHA HaMashiach.  We must be able to see in the Ruach what YAHUAH reveals to us and be ready to act as He leads us, to help others. As followers of YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA we must rest in knowing that He has our greater good at hand, even if it means being moved away for a season or two for the purpose of safety.

I pray that YAHUAH our Elohim would bless the work of your hands and use you in ways you never thought of, only for His esteem. 

Remember you don’t have to sin to win but rather you can be:

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 Without losing yourself and/or harming others.

 This study on women in The Scriptures is not over! By YAHUAH’s leading I will be doing more scripture studies – specifically for women!  I want to thank my Husband for proof-reading this study for me and our oldest daughter for her help with the graphics!

 Shalom and may YAHUAH Blessed You!

Who Was She? Tsipporah – Lessons Learned

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If you missed the other parts in Tsipporah’s study, feel free to read them:

Introducing Tsipporah, Tsipporah Part 1, Tsipporah Part 2 and Tsipporah Part 3

There are awesome lessons be to found in Tsipporah’s study that we can learn from.  Here are some that I found:

  • She showed patience and compassion by feeding Mosheh for 10 years and waiting for the right time to remind her father about him. Sometimes YAHUAH might lead us to help someone by feeding them spiritually with the bread and water of the word, this feeding might take years to get the person delivered.
  • She showed her courage and was wise in her words when she reminded her father about Mosheh. She didn’t come at him in a threatening matter, telling her father off, becoming loud or boisterous.  All women know that if you come at a man that wrong way, he will not hear you!
  • She showed her faith in YAHUAH and we must learn to do so with our words, recalling all that YAHUAH has done for us and others.
  • Her father valued her so much that he said that whoever could pull the Stick of YAHUAH out of his garden could have Tsipporah as a wife. The value that a father places on his daughter is very important.  If a father values his daughter (s), she will value herself and in most cases, she will not seek value in a man who does not value her, the same as or more than her father.  Furthermore her father protected her from men who were unworthy of such a righteous woman!  Only the man who had a right to be Tsipporah’s man/husband could pull up the Stick of YAHUAH and Mosheh was that man/husband.
  • She was swift and feared YAHUAH which is evident in her actions that rescued her husband and her son.  Just as with Judith (study coming soon), I believe YAHUAH, used these women, Tsipporah and Judith, to bring deliverance in the lives of those around them.  I do not believe Tsipporah did anything for her own esteem.  I do not think she was trying to become great, nor take the place of her husband by circumcising Gershom. Furthermore, this circumcision is before YAHUSHA, and what the emissaries taught about keeping the law.
  • Tsipporah was righteous and is called righteous, oh how we all would desire to be called righteous!!! As women who fear YAHUAH, we must learn to be virtuous, trustworthy, meek, peaceful, prudent, and righteous in all that we do!

Here are a few scripture pictures to help us all focus on becoming better women:

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Mishlei (Proverbs) 31:11

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Mishlei (Proverbs) 19:14

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Ecclesiaticus 26:22

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Ecclesiaticus 26:3

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Who Was She? Tsipporah – Part 3

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In case you missed the Introduction of Tsipporah and Part 1 here they are:

Introducing Tsipporah

Tsipporah Part 1

Tsipporah Part 2

 

Did you know that Tsipporah is counted as one of the righteous women in the Scriptures?

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How awesome it is to be counted a righteous woman!

We have a little more to learn about this awesome righteous woman.  Next we learn that she bore Mosheh two sons, Gershom and Eliy’ezer.  Gershom, whom Mosheh did not circumcised because Re’u’el said not to and Eliy’ezer, whom Mosheh did circumcise.

Tsipporah must have known that YAHUAH commanded all males to be circumcised but she did not rise up and make a big fuss about it when Mosheh followed the advice of Reu’el by not circumcising Gershom.  However after YAHUAH appears to Mosheh and tells him to go get the children of Yisra’el out of Mitsraym, while on the way back to Mitsrayim, the angel of ELOHYIM came down and was looking for a way to kill Mosheh.  For reasons unknown to us, Mosheh did not know what the problem was, but The Scriptures tell us that:

“Tsipporah saw the angel of YAHUAH seeking an occasion against Mosheh and she knew that this was owing to his not having circumcised her son Gershom.  And Tsipporah hastened and took of the sharp rock stones that were there, and she circumcised her son, and delivered her man and her son from the angel of YAHUAH.”   Yashar 79:11-12

She did what needed to be done!  Again…

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As they continued on Aharon, Mosheh’s brother, meets up with them.  Mosheh introduces his wife and children to Aharon and they continue on the journey.  But somewhere along the way, Aharon starts feeling grieved and tells Mosheh to send Tsipporah and their two sons back to her father’s house.  We are not told why Aharon is grieved.  Maybe because of the actions of the Phar’oh’s against the children of Yisra’el were so severe that Aharon did not want Mosheh’s wife and children to suffer.  Maybe they were moving slower than Aharon wanted to go.  Whatever the reason, Mosheh agrees and sends them away.

I can only imagine how she must have felt.  Having known Mosheh for more than 10 years (we are not told how old the boys are so I cannot say exactly how long Mosheh was in Midyan) her heart must have hurt by having to leave the man who had protected her at the well.  The man whom she had grown in her belief of YAHUAH with;  the man who won the honor of being her man;  the man who was the father of their two children and the man who more than likely had become her friend…now was being led to go deliver his people without her.

She no doubt had questions such as how long would this take.  When would he be back?  Would he even come back?  Would he be safe? What would she do without him?  Why did she have to return to her father’s house?  What would she do now?

I believe that YAHUAH was moving her back to her father’s house so that she and their sons would be protected:

“And Tsipporah returned with her children, and they went to the house of Re’u’el, and remained there until the time arrived when YAHUAH had visited his people, and brought them forth from Mitsrayim from the hand of Phar’oh.”  Yashar 79:18

During the next few years, Tsipporah and her sons remained with her father until he took them to Mosheh in the wilderness.  I can just imagine the “family reunion” that took place.  Tsipporah was probably happy and very over joyed to see Mosheh again.  Mosheh her man, her protector, her covering, her love, her friend, the father of her children was standing here, after several years.  I can only imagine the feelings she must of felt.  The relief that washed over her heart.  The burden that was lifted from her being.

The Scriptures do not say anything else about Tsipporah, how or when she died.  However, we know that she was a righteous, courageous woman and a faithful woman to whom we can all learn from.

Up next Lessons from Tsipporah!