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.