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!!!!!!