Who Was She? Miykal – Courageous, Wise and Witty

Most of my life I have only heard people focus on one aspect of Miykal (Michal) one of King David’s wives but recently as I was reading about King David with our children, I found several attributes of her that are awesome.  The story is found in 1 Shemu’el (Samuel) 19:8-17.

The last time that Sha’ul threw his javelin at David, Sha’ul sent messengers to watch David at his house and to kill him in the morning.  When Miykal learned of her father’s plan, she encouraged David to save his own life immediately.  She helped him by letting him down through a window and then she made it look like David was in the bed sick.  Even when her father asked her why she did what she did-she changed the story to seem like David was trying to save her by leaving.  Miykal knew of her father’s jealously and his wrath no doubt, but still she chose to help David.  She could have gotten killed herself by her own father, yet she risked her life to help him.

How many of us wives, will choose to risk ourselves in order to help our husband?

How many are able to give wise council to help our husbands?

How many can help in whatever ways our husband needs?

There is a scripture I read long ago, that says:

Miykal did not hesitate to be courageous and comfort (help) David.  Rather Miykal choose to be courageous in spite of the danger she faced.  She was courageous.

She was witty and quick thinking.  There was no time to think and make an plan-action!  Action needed to be taken immediately and she did it.

She used wisdom.  Even when dealing with her father, she doesn’t appear to have went into a disrespectful rant.  While we don’t know the complete conversation between David and Miykal prior to him leaving, she made it seem like David had chosen to save her life by leaving, when she answered his question.  Every father would want his daughter to be protected and not be put in a position of being hurt so this reason seemed somewhat okay to Sha’ul.

How can we support our husbands better?

One of the best ways is through prayer.  We can pray for our husbands.  We can stand against the attacks of the enemy and war in prayer on behalf our husbands.

Another way is by making healthy choices.  If there are health issues, we can choose to find ways to be a helper rather than a hindrance.  For example we can choose to fix foods that bring health to our husbands rather than increase sickness upon them.

We can support them in their efforts of work.  We can support them by speaking carefully instead of carelessly.  We can support them by giving ourselves in intimacy.  We can support them by just being a listening ear, instead of a critical one.

Long before I was married I read a book and it said that when most people are listening to another person talk, they are formulating answers or thinking about other things, and they usually miss what the other person is trying to communicate.  Since then, in most cases, I try to turn my “thinker” off and truly turn a listening ear to the speaker.  In most conversations with my husband, I am not formulating what I am going to say.  I am just listening.  Not judging him.  Just listening.

Everyday we can make choices that are courageous, witty and wise.

 

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Who Was She? Avigail

Recently in our morning devotion, we read about Avigail (Abigail), the former wife of Naval and one of King David’s wives.  Avigail’s story is found in 1 Samuel 23. There are two aspects of her story that have been on my mind daily.

The first is that she was known to be a woman of good understanding.  People knew that if they came to her with a problem she would understand.  They knew that she wasn’t foolish and could be trusted.

The second is that she wasn’t selfish.  When the servant came and told her that David was going to kill everything due to her husbands foolishness, she didn’t hesitate to take action.  Immediately she instructed her servants to take from what they had and sent it David.  She had on had what was needed to help.  She didn’t have to wait or plan for it and she definitely wasn’t selfish.

So while meditating about these two aspects of Avigail, I think about myself. What am I known for?  Am I known for the laws I can repeat or for the good common sense that is evident to all?  Am I known for outward beauty (that this world glorifies) or for a heart that fears YAHUAH and worships him?    Am I willing to listen to the plea of others when they are in distress or am I too self-centered to see others?  Am I too wrapped up in my own house that I can’t help others?

I don’t know about you but I don’t want to be known according to the worlds standards.  I want a heart that follows passionately after YAHUAH and fears Him.  I want my ears to be open to hear and recognize when YAHUAH is leading me to help others.  I want to have some extras not for my own needs but for others.  I don’t want my hands to be tightly closed unable to extend Grace and Mercy to others.

For me this means letting go in some areas.  Letting go is not easy though.  It is necessary if I want to follow YAHUAH’s will.  Over the last few months I have been lead to make many changes in many different areas of our life.  At the time I thought the changes were small but now I believe that YAHUAH was slowly preparing me for what He is moving us into doing soon.

I highly encourage you to listen to today’s Shabbat Message: Grace and Mercy and allow YAHUAH to speak to you today.

There are still more lessons from Avigail coming soon!

 

Who Was She? Sarah: Prayer, Trust and Fear Part 2

I am finally ready to finish Sarah.  It has taken me awhile because for nearly a year, I have carefully thought and lived some parts in my own way.  It has been a great challenge to say the least.

Before I tell you about another prayer of Sarah, I want to give some background story with Avram (later Avraham).  Avram was no stranger to dealing with the wicked one.  When he was about 14 years old, he went among the people noticed that they were having a problem.  The problem was that satan, caused some ravens to come and eat the seeds that the people tried to sow when they were planting them.  Avram saw the birds coming and 70 times he commanded them to go away and they did.  Then Avram showed the people how to sow and cover the seed up.  Yovheliym (Jubliees) 11.

Later on when Avram is observing the stars (Yovheliym 12) and talking to YAHUAH, he prayed, ”My Elohim, El Elyon you alone are my Elohim, and you and your dominion have I chosen.  And you have created all things, and all things that are the work of Your hands.  Deliver me from the hands of evil ruachot who have dominion over the thoughts of men’s hearts, and let them not lead me astray from you, My Elohim.  And establish me and my seed forever that we go not astray from henceforth and forevermore.” (Yovheliym 12:19-20) So he knew that wicked ruachot (wicked spirits) can have control over a man’s thoughts and he asked YAHUAH to not allow him to be lead astray by them.

Years, later Avram-now Avraham, came face to face with his enemy, but YAHUAH knew all the time what Avraham would do.  In Yovehilym 17 and Yashar 22:46-55, satan came before YAHUAH and just like Iyov (Job), thought that he could challenge the faithfulness of Avraham so he insinuates that Avraham won’t serve YAHAUH if YAHUAH were to tell him (Avraham) to sacrifice his son.  YAHUAH knew Avraham’s heart because he had been tested 10 times and found to be faithful each and every time.  Now you know most of the rest of the story, YAHUAH told Avraham to go and sacrifice Yitschaq.  Of course Avraham is obedient and tells Sarah he needed to take Yitschaq to go and learn about worship from Shem and Eber.  We will come back to Sarah in a minute.

While on the road to the place that YAHUAH would show him (Yovehilym 23), satan appeared to Avraham in the form of “a very aged man, humble and of contrite ruach” and began to question what he was doing.  Avraham recognized him and knew that satan was trying to stop him from being obedient to YAHUAH.  So he rebuked him.  Satan, not easily discouraged, appears to Yitshcaq in the “figure of young man comely and well favored.”  Now he tries to get Yitschaq to doubt his father-even calling Avraham “a silly old man.” Yitschaq immediately tells Avraham and he again rebukes satan.

Finally now back to Sarah.

Avraham did not tell Sarah that he was going to sacrifice Yitschaq.  He told her that “My son Yitschaq is grown up and he has not for some time studied the service of his Elohim, now tomorrow I will go and bring to Shem and Eber his son, and there he will learn the ways of YAHUAH, for they will teach  him to know YAHUAH as well as to know that when he prays continually before YAHUAH, he will answer him, therefore there he will know the way of serving YAHUAH ELOHAYU (Yashar 23:5).”

Of course Sarah is supportive, but she asks that Yitschaq not go too far nor be gone too long because her soul is bound within in his.

I know that many people will say that because of this Yitschaq was a “momma’s boy” but between reading about the mom/son relationship between Rivqah/Ya’aqov and Sarah/ Yitschaq, I believe these mothers had a good healthy relationship with their grown sons.

So all that night (Yashar 23:6-19), she showed affection to Yitschaq and talked with him all night-weeping the whole time.  In my opinion, it appears as though she believed he may die and she may not see him again.  This was her greatest fear.  In the morning, she gave him fine garments that she had received from Aviymelek years ago.  She put a turban on his head and enclosed a precious stone in it.  As Avraham, Yitschaq and the servants begin their journey to leave home, Sarah continued to weep.

Some days pass and after satan tried to stop Avraham from sacrificing Yitschaq (Yahsar 23:70-75), he then turned his attention to Sarah.

Next, in Yashar 23: 76-90 satan appears to her in the form “of an old man very humble and meek” speaking to her greatest fear and mixing it with lies.  He tells her that Yitschaq her son is dead because Avraham had sacrificed him and that Avraham didn’t even cry.  For great impact he said these things to her two times and then left her.

She thought perhaps this man was one from among those that went with Avraham who had returned to tell her these things and she beings to wept and cry out bitterly, throwing herself on the ground, casting dust upon her head.  But let’s read her words carefully, particularly her words to YAHUAH:

 

 

Speechless.

That’s how I feel every time I read her words.  She’d waited so long-nearly her entire life to have one son and now he is gone (at least she thought so)?  But even in great sorrow she believed that if this happened that YAHUAH was in control of it all.  She didn’t say that this was unfair and how horrible of a Father YAHUAH was for allowing this to happen…she said “You are just.”  She had some serious faith to be able rejoice in great and immense sorrow, saying that her heart rejoices through her tears.

To honest, I don’t know if I could do that.  I don’t know if I could say those words and see that YAHUAH’s will is greater than my heart’s greatest hurt.

So eventually, she gets up and begins to make inquires, sending servants here and there, but Avraham was one where to be found.  But who do you think comes back again-satan.

This time he says that he spoke falsely saying that “Avraham did not kill his son and he is not dead (Yashar 23:86).”

So exceedingly excited violent was her joy, that her soul went out from her and she died.

Satan spoke to her deepest fear and stirred it (her fear) up against YAHUAH and against Avraham (saying that he didn’t even cry).  What she could have done first, was say that Avraham would never sacrifice Yitschaq without a care.  Then she could have prayed that YAHUAH would help her find them and then went looking for them.  But that was not what happened.

Satan is still stirring up fears today.  He gets us all worked up and them removes himself as we explode in fear, strive, arguments, toil, worry.  Often we don’t recognize him because he comes in forms that are non-threatening.  Chuah was threatened by the serpent-she had no reason to question his words at the time. Here Sarah was not threatened nor alarmed by “this old man.”  In fact, he looked familiar as if he were one of the people who went with Avraham.

So satan comes up to us in ways we don’t recognize but we have to ask YAHUAH to give us discernment-so that we can see the “wiles of the devil.”  We have to ask YAHUAH like Avraham to guard our thoughts from the control of evil spirits.  We must use logic and know the facts – like Avraham loved his son, he would not sacrifice him without a care.  In fact, when reading Yashar 23, you will see he struggled a great bit and was in great anguish.  We have to know facts about the person or situation, before getting upset.  If we don’t know we have to find out.

I kept the above in my mind a few months ago, when I found a lump on my left side.  I have many of the markers for breast cancer (family history and tubal ligation) so I am always being diligent to watch for any issues.  So for few weeks while waiting for my diagnostic mammogram, I had moments of great fear.  But my husband and I prayed, and I tried to say that if this is YAHUAH’s will then His purpose will be done.  Thankfully nothing was found though the mass is still there.

Whether it is fear, a disagreement, a disappointment, a concern or worry, we have to seek YAHUAH first, know Him through His Word and trust that He is in control no matter what. We must also stay on guard, because just when we think we are aware of the wicked ones tactics, he changes them and we can be left to figure out what has happened in our lives.

Alright, I don’t know who or when the next woman will be, YAHUAH willing won’t be too long.

Who Was She? The Maiden Who Spoke Up

We don’t even know her name.  Most of the time we probably glaze over her part of the story.  But without her, he may not have gotten the healing he so badly needed.  Maybe he didn’t even know he needed healing.  Maybe he thought it was just his lot in life and stopped letting it bother him.

But one day, a maiden girl (2 Kings 5:3) who served his wife – a maiden who was taken captive by the Syrians – living in a foreign land away from family, friends and familiarity – spoke up.

She spoke up in hope.

She spoke up because she had a piece of information that might help someone else….

Her words were passed on quickly and Na’aman was healed.

Her simple words were the beginning of the healing Na’aman needed.  She did nothing more.  She didn’t pester him to go.  But she saw him when he returned-healed.

She knew that healing came from YAHUAH through the prophet Eliysha.

Sometimes we too have some information that another person could use.  This information could change the course of their life.  But we must speak up and we must also accept that if the person doesn’t listen or follow the suggestion, it is not our fault.  We must speak up though – that is our part.

As I thought about this maiden girl, I thought about another young lady who just recently married.  A few weeks ago, I thought of sending her a note with some basic general information that she might find helpful.  But in my shy nature, I have found excuses as to why I shouldn’t send the email.  I don’t want to come off telling someone else what to do, nor seem as if I know what is going on in her life.

Yesterday YAHUAH reminded me that I am not given experiences and information to keep to myself, but to pass along.  I am not responsible with what is done or not done with the information or suggestion.

When opportunity arises, even in less than ideal situations, we must speak up!  What we say might be the beginning of the answer to another person’s problem.

Who Was She? Sarah: Prayer, Trust and Fear Part 1

It is time for our next Who Was She? Introducing Sarai: Prayer, Trust and Fear Part 1.  Yashar details two of her prayers, how YAHUAH delivered her and how the enemy got her all worked up.  For months I have only thought about the warfare that she went through, but recently, as I have been in prayer, I remembered her prayers.  Ladies, though it seems like YAHUAH doesn’t hear our prayers, I believe that He truly does.  Now, let’s start with some questions:

What do you do when you find yourself in a place you never thought you’d be?

What do you do when your promise is threatened and it seems like your worst fear is about become reality?

Let’s begin!

We all know that there was a famine when Avram journeyed to Mitsrayim with Sarai and all those that were with him.  Afraid of Sarai being taken he hid her, yet the Mitsrites still found Sarai and she was taken to Pharoh’s house-to become one of his wives.

Sarai worried, was Confused and Bewildered.  Many were her thoughts, but at the same time she and Avram do the same thing.

Pray.

Though apart, they both prayed at the same time.

Yashar 15:16 says “And the woman was then brought to Phar’oh’s house, and Avram grieved on account of his woman, and he prayed to YAHUAH to deliver her from the hands of Phar’oh.  And Sarai also prayed at that time and said,”

What happens next is astounding! Yashar 15:19-20

“And YAHUAH hearkened to the voice of Sarai, and YAHUAH sent an angel to deliver Sarai from the power of Phar’oh.  And the king came and sat before Sarai and behold and angel of YAHUAH was standing over them, and he appeared to Sarai and said to her,

HALLELUYAH!

Do not fear for YAHUAH has heard your prayer!!!!

Sarai knew her deliverance was only found in YAHUAH’s hand and that only He could save her and then she asked for mercy!  She trusted in YAHUAH, not her own self and she accounted her circumstances as an accident.  She did not blame her husband, she knew he meant her no harm.

HALLELUYAH!

Ladies when we pray, we must pray-no matter the situation-pray with confidence to know that our deliverance is from YAHUAH.  Like Sarai, we must also have the confidence that we have done all that He has asked us to.  We must have accepted YAHUSHA Messiah into our hearts, forgive others (actively), keep ourselves un-spotted from he world and keep our hearts guarded (and deal with our heart issues).

Over the last few months, I have wondered in my heart, whether YAHUAH heard my prayers.  Time and time again, I have seen Him answer in His own way.  I never thought I would have to go and get a diagnostic mammogram but praise YAHUAH all is well.  I also thought I might have diabetes, kidney problems and some other health issues, but my results from my yearly women’s appointment were all normal.  This is important because for years when I was pregnant I had gestational diabetes, and when I wasn’t pregnant, I was border line diabetic.  But by listening to His leading and making some changes, I am now longer on the border line for diabetes.  In addition, several of our children had some symptoms that pointed to several serious health issues which required some testing but praise YAHUAH, they are well!

I know that sometimes the test results may not be normal.  They maybe abnormal.  But I know that YAHUAH is with us and that:

Okay, some final notes, not only did Sarai see and hear the angel comforting her, she saw the angel, tormenting her oppressor.  Yashar 15:23-28 tells of the torment that Phar’oh went through all night.  Every time he tried to come near her, the angel smote him to the ground!

Through the hand of Phar’oh, YAHUAH gave Avram and Sarai, menservants, cattle, maidservants, silver and gold and also Hagar (she was the daughter from one of his concubines and he said that it would be better for her to dwell in the house with this man than to live with him).  Yashar 15:29-33, also Bereshith 12

YAHUAH heard, delivered and provided for them.   I believe He will do no different for us.  Though we may not see angels, we must believe that YAHUAH is working things out for our good.

Part 2 Coming Soon!

Women & Worship

Over the years of learning many “truths” I have felt like something has gotten put on the back shelf.  But recently I’ve taken it down and been pouring it out- Worship.

My heart is overflowing with worship.  Songs come to mind.  New songs I find.  My heart tugs toward the thing that connects me to YAHUAH – because I felt like I was disconnected from Him and on the inside I was dying. Worship got buried under the “religiously correct way of doing things and saying things, Torah or Turah of Words and Actions”

But when I worship, I know YAHUAH is there.  I know YAHUSHA Messiah is at YAHUAH’s right hand.  I know that despite that when it seems like YAHUAH is taking His sweet time working my issues out after years of prayer-that He has a purpose  and at His appointed time, that purpose will be accomplished.

We must  worship and be grateful for what YAHUAH has done for us. We must use  that thing that has been put away and pour it out to HIM, through our tears at times.

Ladies we must begin to find a way to worship.  Several songs have come to mind over the last few months:

Glory Be – Charity Gayle

Great is His Faithfulness – Charity Gayle

For Your Glory – Tasha Cobbs

Forever at Your Feet – Tasha Cobbs

Down at Your Feet

Whatever the method, the melody, the words, the timing – we must worship.  We must pour out that which is in us, the best of it.  Mirayim (Martha’s sister) gave her best and from her we must learn to break open the worship that has been put aside for someday.  This oil of worship that is so costly, other’s might say it is a waste, we might be criticized, our pasts – they might remember (the woman with no name who also anointed YAHUSHA Messiah) – but He who loved us doesn’t care about any of those things.

Like the woman at the well, we must worship in Ruach(Spirit) and Truth:

Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Tobit’s Praise & Final Words

We’ve come to the end of the this amazing story! If you have just started reading this awesome story, I encourage you to start at the beginning:

Desperate Prayers,

Instructions of a Father and a Mother Weeps,

Married Again? Is there any hope?

Her Deliverance, His Prayer, One Father’s Joy and Two Parents Worry

Restoration, Welcomed & A Revelation

Now, Then Tobit prayed this awesome prayer of praise:

Blessed be Elohiym that lives forever, and blessed be His Kingdom.  For He does scourge, and has mercy: He leads down to She’ol, and brings up again: neither is there any that can avoid His hand. Confess Him before the other people, ye children of Yisra’el: for He has scattered us among them.     There declare His greatness, and extol Him before all the living: for He is our Adonai, and He is Elohiym our Father forever.  And He will scourge us for our iniquities, and will have  mercy again, and will gather us out of all nations, among whom He has scattered.  If ye turn to Him with your whole heart, and with your whole mind, and deal uprightly before Him, then will He turn unto you, and will not hide His face from you.  Therefore see what He will do with you,  and confess Him with your whole mouth, and praise YAHUAH of might, and extol, the Everlasting King.  In the land of my captivity do I praise Him, and declare His might and majesty to a sinful nation.  O ye sinners, turn and do justice before Him: who can tell if He will accept you, and have mercy on you?  I will extol my Elohiym, and my soul shall praise the King of heaven, and shall rejoice in His greatness.  Let all men speak, and let all praise Him for His righteousness.  O Yerushalayim, the holy city, He will scourge you to your children’s works, and will have mercy again on the sons of the righteous.  Give praise to YAHUAH, for He is good:  and praise the Everlasting King, that His Tabernacle may be built in you again with joy, and let him make joyful there in You those that are captives, and love in you those who are miserable.  Many nations shall come from far to the name of YAHUAH ELOHIYM with gifts in their hands, even gifts to the King of Heaven; all generations shall praise you with great joy.  Cursed are they which hate You, and blessed shall all be which love you forever.  Rejoice and be glad for the children of the just: for they shall be gathered together, and shall bless YAHUAH of the just.    O blessed are they which love You, for they shall rejoice in Your peace: blessed are they which have been sorrowful for all Your scourges; for they shall rejoice for You, when they have seen all Your glory, and shall be glad forever.  Let my soul bless Elohiym the great King.  For Yerushalayim shall be built up with sapphires and emeralds, and precious stone: your walls and towers and battlements with pure gold.  And the streets of Yerushalayim shall be paved with beryl and carbuncle and stones of Ophiyr.  And all her streets shall say, HALLELUYAH; and they shall praise Him saying, Blessed be Elohiym, which has extolled it forever.

Tobit (Toviyahu 13:1-18)

After Tobit finished praising YAHUAH, we learn that he was 58 years old at the time he lost his sight and it was restored 8 years later and lived 100 more years (Tobit 14:2 & 11).   When he was nearing death he called is son, and sons’ sons and gave them instruction to leave Niyneveh because of the destruction that was coming.  Then he died and was buried honorably.

Sometime later Channah dies and is buried with Tobit.  Then Toviyahu, Sarah and their children return to Ecbatane to Re’u’el’s home.  Imagine how much joy Re’u’el and Edna had when Toviyahu and Sarah returned with children!  That is was Edna asked Toviyahu to do before he left them 100 years before!  Edna was able to share in the joy of her daughter again and rejoice in their grandchildren..what a blessing.

Toviyahu grows old with honor and soon Re’u’el and Edna die and are buried.  He then inherited Re’u’el’s sustenance along with his own fathers.   Though the death of Sarah is not mentioned, we do know that Toviyahu was 127 years old when he died and he heard of the destruction of Niyneveh.

Although few details are given about the life of Sarah after she and Toviyahu are married and I have no doubt that she rejoiced in YAHUAH’s deliverance that He brought in her life.  She had wanted very much to be a wife and have children, but it just wasn’t time.   She did not try to rush the natural desire to be married by going after other men potentially staining her father’s name.  The book of Sirach (Ecclesiasticus) gives several encouragements about fathers and daughters:

The verses above are so powerful!  It is an encouragement to the father/daughter relationship.  The father covers the daughter, but she also has a choice-she can choose to be shameless, have loose behavior and become pregnant.  Sarah did not do this.  She stayed under the covering of her father, even when she was at a point of wishing for death.  Her father did not push her out of the house as she grew older either, but cared for her and then he was blessed with the joy of giving her to the man she was appointed for – Toviyahu.

Praise YAHUAH for this encouragement to fathers, mothers, sons and daughters!

Our next woman will be Sarah the wife of Avraham but not the Sarah you already know!  We will learn about her desperate prayer, her fear and the enemy.

Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Restoration, Welcomed & A Revelation

If you have just started reading this awesome story, I encourage you to start at the beginning:

Desperate Prayers,

Instructions of a Father and a Mother Weeps,

Married Again? Is there any hope?

Her Deliverance, His Prayer, One Father’s Joy and Two Parents Worry

Finally Toviyahu, Sarah, Rapha’el and the dog started the journey to Ninevah.  Rapha’el suggests that Toviyahu go ahead of Sarah, and take with him the gall of the fish and put it on the eyes of his father so that his sight can be restored.

As she had done nearly everyday since Toviyahu left, Channah, sat looking for her son.  But this day was different-she saw him and the man that went with him!!!!  She went to tell Tobit:

She ran and hugged her son, both of them weeping  saying:

In my mind I can see the tears streaming down her face, finally she was truly at peace.  Her worst fears banished.  Her joy revived.  Her only son had returned home and that was all she needed.

Tobit (Toviyahu Senior) also stumbled out to see Toviyahu.  He ran to his father and took hold of him and put the gall on his father’s eyes saying:

Tobit rubbed his eyes and whiteness pulled away from the corners of his eyes.  When he saw his son he fell up his neck and wept saying:

Then Toviyahu told Tobit all the things that had happened…when Tobit heard about Sarah, he went out to meet her, and welcomed her:

I can only imagine how happy Sarah was to finally be a wife, and now to be welcomed into by her father in law with open arms.  All were happy and another wedding feast was kept for seven days with great joy.

Eventually Tobit and Toviyahu, start talking about giving Rapha’el his agreed payment.  Toviyahu says that he wants to give him more and his father agrees.  They call Rapha’el and Rapha’el begins to tell them that he has some things to say:

They are left floored!  They did not know that all this time an angel was with them!  Do you remember Tobit’s words when he sent Toviyahu off:

“may the good angel be with you…”

YAHUAH heard their prayers and was moving in their lives when they did not even know it.  How many times has YAHUAH done things in our lives and we did not know He had sent help?  Too many to count.  Reading through the scriptures there are numerous instances where YAHUAH was doing things in peoples lives, directing their paths, sending people – prophets, angels, columns of clouds, columns of fire, opening doors, delivering from the mouth of lions and much more.

All the while Tobit was doing what he was taught to do from his grandmother Deborah-helping others, keeping YAHUAH’s clean food commands, burying the dead, mourning for the sins of his people – YAHUAH had one of the seven Set-Apart Angels watching over him.  YAHUAH had a purpose and a plan.  Tobit’s healings and Sarah’s deliverance were miraculous works of YAHUAH!

Next Toviyahu’s words of praise and final thoughts.

Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna & Sarah: Her Deliverance, His Prayer, One Father’s Joy and Two Parents Worry

If you have just started reading this awesome story, I encourage you to start at the beginning:

Desperate Prayers,

Instructions of a Father and a Mother Weeps,

Married Again? Is there any hope?

Finally Toviyahu is directed into Sarah’s room, and he remembered the words of Rapha’el, so he took the ashes, the heart and liver of the fish and made a smoke.  When the evil ruach smelled the smoke, he fled into Mitsrayim where the angel bound him.

Then Toviyahu said to her:

And she said with him Amein.  Then they both slept that night.

While they were sleeping Re’u’el was digging a grave.  When he came into the house, he asked Edna to send one of the maids to see whether Toviyahu was alive or not.  The maid  found him alive and ran to tell Re’u’el!  Imagine Re’u’el’s excitement and joy!  The first thing he did was praise Elohim saying:

Then he had the grave filled and so began a fourteen day wedding feast!

How awesome are the prayers of Toviyahu and Re’u’el!!!!  What blessing it is that Toviyahu prayed for a long life with his wife.  Truly awe-inspiring is the prayer of Re’u’el thanking YAHUAH for His mercy, then praying health, joy and mercy over Toviyahu and Sarah.

The wedding  feast lasted for 14 days!  During that time, Toviyahu sent, Rapha’el to get the money from Gavay’el and to invite him to the wedding feast.

While they are feasting, Tobit and Channah (Toviyahu’s parents) were becoming very concerned.  It appears as though they began to argue with one another telling one another to keep their peace.  Tobit trying to reassure his wife that Toviyahu is okay and Channah believing their son is dead.    Her grief so heavy that she went out everyday sitting looking for him, ate no meat and cried entire nights for their son.

Finally Toviyahu and Sarah make ready to leave.  Re’u’el gave them half of his goods (the other half when he and Edna die).  He and Edna bless them with these words:

Re’u’el to them:

Re’u’el to Sarah:

Edna to Toviyahu:

 

Sarah received her deliverance!  How relieved she must have felt!  Finally, her years of torment, hurt, confusion, sleepless nights – ended!  She was blessed with a husband who wanted to be with her, who prayed for her – who prayed to grow old with her.  I can only imagine the tears streaming down her face as he prayed.  I would think that when in the morning, she would have run to her mother and this time the sorrowful tears that she’d cried many times before, were replaced with abundant joy!

Re’u’el and Edna, must have been ecstatic with pure bliss. Re’u’el’s praise to YAHUAH is truly beautiful.  Furthermore, Re’u’el made sure that they would do well.  He immediately gave half of everything he owned to Toviyahu – servants, cattle and money.

Now will they make it home?  What will their life be?

Who Was She? Deborah, Channah, Edna and Sarah – Married Again? Is there any hope?

In case you missed the any part of the story, be sure to read, Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3.  Remember, Toviyahu was also called Tobit and he also named his son Toviyahu.  So that the story is easier to understand, I have chosen to refer to Toviyahu the father as Tobit and Toviyahu the son as, Toviyahu.

Finally in Tobit Chapter 7, Toviyahu and Azaryahu (the angel Raph’el) made it to Ecbatane were Re’u’el lives and were greeted by Sarah.  Being a gentleman and a son of order, Toviyahu did not immediately disclose what they were there for.  In verse v2, Edna, Sarah’s mothers, says that Toviyahu resembles her cousin Toviyahu (Tobit) very much, yet Toviyahu did not reveal that he was Toviyahu’s (Tobit’s) son.

Re’u’el then asks where they are from. They respond by saying they are captives in Niyneveh.  Immediately Re’u’el asks if they know their kinsman Toviyahu?

Toviyahu then says that he is Toviyahu’s son and tells of his father becoming blind. At the hearing of the news, Re’u’el, Edna and Sarah all weep and are are sorrowful for Toviyahu (Tobit).  Then Re’u’el has a ram of his flock killed and they have a good time together.  Finally Raph’el spoketo Re’u’el about Sarah.  Re’u’el was elated!!!  A kinsmen has come to redeem his daughter, by right of inheritance!  An honest man, Re’u’el says to Toviyahu:

“For it is meet that you marry my daughter: nevertheless I will declare unto you the Truth.  I have given my daughter in marriage to seven men, who died that night they came in unto her: nevertheless for the present be merry.” v10-11

So Re’u’el and Toviyahu made an agreement with one another and Re’u’el calls his daughter Sarah in and says to them:

“Behold, take her after the Torah of Mosheh and lead her away to your father. And he blessed them.” v13

Then Re’u’el called Edna into them, then he wrote the covenants down on paper and sealed them.  Then he told Edna to prepare another chamber (room).

I can only imagine how Edna must have felt for her daughter as she had prepared this chamber now for the eighth time.  I imagine that she was somewhat sorrowful, all the while praying this was the last time her daughter would have to go through this.  Who would want to see their child suffer?  Her only daughter, whose hope was to be a wife, who had kept herself and not brought shame to her father, was plagued and stopped from fulfilling that which is natural!  Like all mothers do, she had hopes of celebrating this time with her daughter, would she have joy this time?

Now when she had done what Re’u’el had asked, she brought her daughter in and they-mother and daughter wept together.

Here they were again, in a lovely room.  Sweet fragrance. Inviting of a new season, maybe.

Only a sliver of hope that this time it might be different.

This time he won’t die.

Her scorn might end.

Her torment might end.

Together they wept.

Tears of broken dreams.

A mother who could do nothing to stop the pain her daughter felt and might feel again.

Tears of a daughter who was on the brink of losing it.  Why me, she might have said.  What is wrong with me?  What have I done to deserve this?

Despite her own fear of it happening again, Edna, her mother, sweetly comforted Sarah with these words:

“Be of good comfort, my daughter, YAHUAH of heaven and earth give you joy for this sorrow: be of good comfort, my daughter.” v18

In many ways, I believe that we mothers have lost this type of connection with our daughters.  We are told that big girls don’t cry and to get on with life as young girls.  Then we repeat the same words to our own daughters!

When children are small, it is easier to be compassionate to them, but as they age, expectations change, we as mothers, may not sympathize with our daughters as much.  Over the last year or so, I have purposely decided to do things differently.  Many times, when our daughters are crying,  whether I agree with the reason or not, I grab them and hold them.  I tell them it is okay to cry.  I try not to down play their tears and see their hearts.  I am not perfect and sometimes I forget.  But I want them to know that it is okay to cry and that sometimes tears are comforting.  I pray that YAHUAH would give me words of comfort and encouragement for our daughters in their times of sorrow.

I can remember hearing my own mother’s tears as I wept and told her what was happening with our 12 day old son as he was in the NICU for WPW with SVT.   There are also somethings a mom just knows.  Many times she has shared a word of encouragement, even when I haven’t disclosed a trial.

I want to say that my own dad choose not to be apart of my life, so I only know the comfort I receive from our heavenly Father, YAHUAH, daily.  Our three daughters, do have the blessing of experiencing the comfort from their father every day and I am truly thankful.  He grabs them, holds them and hugs them everyday and I know our daughters will always know that they are truly “Daddies Girls” and “Mommies Pretty Momma’s” all their life.

So mothers let us prepare our daughters for the next season and let us comfort our daughters more!

Next what happens in the chamber and a feast!

 

 

 

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!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

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.

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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