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.

 

 

 

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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 – 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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Ecclesiaticus 26:2ecc-26_1

Ecclesiaticus 26:1

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1 Kepha (Peter) 3:3-4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Was She? Introducing Tsipporah

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In The Scriptures that most people read, Tsipporah’s (Zipporah) role in The Scriptures is easily overlooked.  I believe she is often overlooked because so little was known about her.  When I read of the wife of Mosheh, I only knew was that she was Reu’els’ (Yithro/Jethro) daughter and that she helped to avert the anger of YAHUAH by circumcising their son while they were on their way returning to Mitsraym when YAHUAH sough to kill him.

I always wondered how they met, how did she know what YAHUAH was angry about, what type of daughter was she and what other words might she have spoken.  So while reading the book of Yashar -which is one of the books that were taken out of the scriptures after 1611 – I learned numerous things about her and exciting insights into the middle parts of Mosheh’s life (like where exactly did he go after leaving Mitsrayim).

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Please Note:  The story of Tsipporah is about woman who was brought together to Mosheh by YAHUAH’s providence.  In sharing this information about Tsipporah I am not advocating that women of YAHUAH go into the prisons and find a man to provide support to.  Tsipporah was a mighty woman because YAHUAH’s hand was in and over her life and she listened to Him.  I pray that YAHUAH help all of us women of YAHUAH to be in the center of YAHUAH’s will as Tsipporah was.

Up next part 1!