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 – 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 – 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? Tsipporah – Part 3




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?


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…


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!