Who Was She? Rivqah – The Blessing of a Mother

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Our next woman in the “Who Was She” Study is the mother of Ya’aqov and Esau.  Her name was Rivqah and I will be focusing on the role she had in Ya’aqov’s life.  Rivqah’s  story is divided into two parts – A Mother’s Blessing and More Encouragement.

 

For this study I will be using Yovehliym and Yashar and I encourage you to get a copy of the books for yourself, The Cepher is a great option.

We all know the beginning of her relationship with Yitschaq, that Avraham sent his servant Eliy’ezer to get a wife for him.  We also know that she was barren.  Yitschaq prayed and YAHUAH opened her womb with two sons.  (Bereshith (Genesis) 24; 25:19-28; Yovheliym (Jubilees) 19:10, 13-14; Yashar (Jashar) 24:29-45.  We also know that Ya’aqov stole the birthright and that Esau always sought to take vengeance on Ya’aqov.  But now let’s read more details in the lives of Rivqah and Ya’aqov that we don’t know.

In Yovheliym 19:15-16 we discover not only that Yitschaq loved (favored) Esau but that Avraham loved Ya’aqov.  Avraham in his grandfatherly YAHUAH given wisdom saw that the deeds of Esau were wicked and YAHUAH was going to bless Avraham through Ya’aqov so one day he calls Rivqah to him and says to her:

His words to her are sheer beauty to me! He speaks to her, with the kindness that he is known for and encourages her to watch over Ya’aqov carefully, to continue her kindness toward him and tells her all that YAHUAH has shown him (Avraham) will go to Ya’aqov.

Then he calls Ya’aqov and tells him in front of Rivqah:

Ya’aqov, my yachiyd, whom my soul loves, may ELOHIYM bless you from above the firmament, and may he give you all the blessings wherewith he blessed Adam, and Chanok, and Noach, and Shem; and all the things of which he told me, and the things which he promised to give me, may he cause to cleave to you and to your seed forever, according to the days of heaven above the earth.  And the ruachot of Mastema shall not rule over you or over your seed to turn you from YAHUAH, who is your ELOHIYM from henceforth forever.  And may YAHUAH ELOHIYM be a Father to you and you the firstborn son, and to the people always.  Go in peace, my son.” Yovheliym 19:27-29

What an awesome blessing and prayer of protection to receive from a grandfather!!!!  Then Rivqah and Ya’aqov leave.  Her heart was overflowing with more love, strength and encouragement for him.

In Yovheliym chapters 22 and 23 Avraham dies and again he has special words specifically for Ya’aqov (please read on your own).  Some years later, in chapter 25 Rivqah calls Ya’aqov to her and speaks to him.  This interaction between mother and son truly blesses me and I find myself rejoicing, encouraged and in tears at their words.

Rivqah’s words to him:

Now read his response to her:

“Behold, mother, I am nine weeks of years old, and I neither know nor have I touched any woman, nor have I betrothed myself to any, nor even think of taking me a woman of the daughters of Kena’an.  For I remember, mother, the words of Avraham, our father, for he commanded me not to take a woman from daughters of Kena’an, but to take a me a woman from the seed of my father’s house and from my kindred.  I have heard before that daughters have been born to Lavan, your brother, and I have set my heart on them to take a woman from amongst them.  And for this reason I have guarded myself in my ruach against sinning or being corrupted in all my ways throughout all the days of my life; for with regard to lust and fornication, Avraham, my father, gave me many commands.  And, despite all that he has commanded me, these two and twenty years my brother has striven with me, and spoken frequently to me and said: “My brother, take to be your woman a sister of my two women”; but I refuse to do as he has done.  I swear before you, mother, that all the days of my life I will not take me a woman from the daughters of the seed of Kena’an, and I will not act wickedly as my brother has done.  Fear not, mother; be assured that I shall do your will and walk in uprightness, and not corrupt my ways forever.”  Yovheliym 25:4-10

Based on the above, Ya’aqov is 63 years old by now (7 days in a week times 9 weeks equals 63), see Yovheliym 11:16-18 for an example on weeks and days.  He didn’t respond as many sons would today.  He did not think she was some old woman who was trying to be controlling over his life and tell him what to do, because they had a relationship and he knew his mother meant no harm to him.  He knew her words to be full of love and wisdom.  He also, recalls the wise words that Avraham spoke to him in Yovheliym 19:26-29 and in Yovheliym 22:10-30.  So it wasn’t like she was telling him something new.  He first received instruction from a wise older grandfather and he listened!!!! He goes on to say how Esau was trying to tell him to take a woman, from a sister of one of his wives.  This went on for 22 years but Ya’aqov refused and maintained his purity in every manner of all his life in thought and deed.

Now here is the first part of her blessing over him:

Here is the second part:

Okay, I am completely speechless.  There is so much in the blessing.  First she acknowledged and blessed YAHUAH and give Him thanks.  She thanked Him for giving Ya’aqov as a son to her, then she asked YAHUAH to place in her mouth-the blessing of righteousness!  At that very hour, YAHUAH sent the RUACH of Righteousness into her mouth and she laid her hands on Ya’aqov.  YAHUAH heard her prayer and gave her what she asked.  She prophesied about 12 sons, about seeing them, about them spreading all over the earth, she asked YAHUAH to dwell with them and was so grateful to be his mother.

I am still thinking about her words to Ya’aqov and what a powerful example of encouragement for mothers to love their sons, to bless them, to thank YAHUAH for them and to their encourage marriages.

I pray that YAHUAH blesses all parents with words of blessings for all their children, sons and daughters.  I also pray that we raise our hands and pray for them and not be afraid to speak the truth to them in such a loving way as Rivqah did.  I pray that all of our children would be pure in thought and deed, until YAHUAH brings a spouse to them no matter what the world says, it is possible.

Shalom for now!  Part 2 coming up soon!

 

 

Who Was She? Hadurah & Serach

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Our next women in the “Who Was She” Study are actually a mother and a daughter!!!! Yeah! This story is found in Yashar 45:12-18 and Yashar 54:86-100.  If you do not have a Cepher, I encourage you to get one, as this is just one of the many stories about women and this is just a summary.

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It is rare to read about a mother and daughter in the scriptures but here we find Hadurah and Serach.  Hadurah was the daughter of Aviyam’el, the granddaughter of Eber,and the great-granddaughter of Shem.  Although we aren’t told how old she is, we read somethings about:

yashar45_14_15Her husband Malkiy’el, who was the son of Eylam, and the grandson of Shem.  Nothing else is mentioned about him other than that he died shortly after the birth of Serach.  After the death of her husband, Hadurah returned to her fathers house.

Throughout our marriage, my husband and I have always agreed that our home will always be open to our children.  In today’s world, many parents can’t wait for their child(ren) to turn 18 and leave.  Then they quickly down size their home, many move away.  Why is that?  Does parenting end when our child(ren) leave home?  Shouldn’t they always have a place of safety?  If a father is truly his daughter’s covering, shouldn’t there be a place for her to return, if needed?

Alright back to Hadurah.

Now, Asher (son of Ya’aqov) had married Adon a Yishma’elite, but she was barren and died.  We are not told when, how and/or why she died, just that she did.  Some time later, Asher goes to look for another wife, across the river.  This is where he encounters Hadurah.  We don’t know how they met, how long he was over there but he noticed her for two reasons:

The scripture says that she had a comely appearance.   Meaning she was attractive, nice to look at she kept herself up, even though she was a widow, she still kept living.  This is a challenge in the that world we live in today.  Many women today confuse being “seductive” with attractive.   A woman who is showing how sexually attractive she is, is showing that she is good for basically one thing.  Enough said.

But a woman who is attractive, takes care of herself, and does not worship the image of herself.  This is the type of woman that Hadurah was.  She was undoubtedly modest.

Hadurah is known for having common sense, dictionary.com says this about common sense:

noun – plain ordinary good judgment; sound practical sense

adjective – inspired by or displaying sound practical sense

Hadurah had good practical judgement or sense.  She wasn’t silly, she more than likely wasn’t wasting her time, doing silly things.  She was known for her good sense!

So Asher takes her for a wife!  He also became stepfather to Hadurah’s daughter, Serach,

yashar45_17I remember our daughters at age three.  There were and are so adorable!  Three is such an exciting age, full of wonder, giggles and joy.  I imagine that Serach’s smiles radiated everywhere.

To follow in the lifestyle of someone else, she had to be an obedient girl.  I can see her singing before YAHUAH, dancing with the women, excited keeping about the Feasts and helping prepare for Shabbat.  The great wisdom and understanding that YAHUAH gave her, shines later when we read of her again.

YAHUAH blessed Asher and Hadurah with four more children – Yimnah, Yishvah, Yishviy and Beriy’ah, all sons.

After Yoceph reveals himself to his brothers and sends them to get their father, he tells them to be careful about how they tell Ya’aqov that he is alive. “And commanded them, saying, When you come unto the land of Kena’an, do not come suddenly before my father in this affair, but act in your wisdom.”  Yashar 54:89

The brothers do just that because just as they reach home they see Serach coming out to greet them.  Serach is approximately 21 years old by this time and here again we see the hand of YAHUAH and fruit of her mother in her life:

yashar54_92She was cunning, wise and discerning in the things that she did.  Her uncles and father give Serach a harp and tell her what to say as she goes to play before Ya’aqov:

yashar_54_95As she continued playing the harp and repeating the words, Ya’aqov heard her and after she said them three times, joy entered into his heart at the sweetness of her words and the Ruach Elohiym was upon him and he knew her words to be true. She didn’t burst through the door, shouting “Grandpa, grandpa, Yoceph is alive, Yoceph is alive.”  She did not run and tell everyone what she was doing either.  She didn’t gather a crowd to bring attention to herself.  She did what she was told to do and being subtile she cleverly and sweetly sang as she skillfully played the harp.

Then Ya’aqov blessed her saying:

yashar54_98That’s all we know of Hadurah and Serach that I have found.  What a blessing it is to read about a mother and a daughter, who were so sweet and known for their sense, wisdom and worship of YAHUAH.  May our words gladden the hearts of those around us and bring revival to YAHUAH and YAHUSHA.

Soon we learn more about Rivqah (the story of a mother and son), Yishma’els two wives – Riv’ah (Meriyvah) and Malchuth.