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? Rivqah – Her Final Words of Wisdom

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Our current woman to study is Rivqah so far we have learned about the powerful blessing over Ya’aqov in  Part 1 , then we learned about Ya’aqov blessing her by allowing her to witness his worship to YAHUAH in Part 2 and now we are going hear her final words of wisdom.

I have thought about her words to Ya’aqov many times over the past few weeks.  One thing that she continued to encourage Ya’aqov to do, was to honour and respect his older brother, despite the favor that was on Ya’aqov’s life.  She didn’t encourage strife.  She didn’t pit them against one another.  This again is displayed in her final words to Yitschaq, Ya’aqov and Esau.  First she called Ya’aqov to her and encourages him to honour his father and brother all the days of his life.

In Yovheliym 35:2-5 he responds by saying:

“I will do everything as you have commanded me; for this thing will be honour and greatness to me, and righteousness before YAHUAH, that I should honour them.  And you too, mother, know from the time I was born until this day, all my deeds and all that is in my heart, that I always think good concerning all.  And how should I not do this things which you have commanded me, that I should honour my father and my brother!  Tell me, mother, what perversity have you seen in me and I shall turn away from it, and mercy shall be upon me.”

Wow!  Here again he is listening to her advice.  He trusted his mothers words (more on that soon).  He recognized that it was good for him to honour his father and brother.  It appears to me that he saw that glass half full in life-he saw the positive in people and situations.  Furthermore he opens himself up for correction by asking his mother what perversity-what wrong had she seen-all his life.  To add to it that, he was willing to make any necessary changes.  Many grown children today won’t receive anything from their parents.  But that may have something to do with a child learning to trust the parent (more on that soon).

Then in verse 7 he laughs at her “because his mother had said unto that she should die; and she was sitting opposite to him in possession of her strength, and she was not infirm in her strength; for she went in and out and saw and her teeth were strong, and no ailment had touched her all the days of her life.”

What blessed woman she was and he saw it.   He saw that his mother was still strong as ever-she had all her teeth, her eye-site and her strength.   She didn’t have any health problems, her mind was straight.  Being that she is over a hundred and fifty years I think that is totally awesome.

He then in verse 8 says:

Blessed am I, mother, if my days approach the days of your life, and my strength remain with me thus as your strength: and you will not die for you are jesting idly with me regarding your death.”

He looked at her and probably burst out laughing, telling her to stop playing.  Afterall look at how good she looked, she couldn’t possibly die now…right?

She leaves him and goes right into Yitschaq and asks him to make Esau swear that he (Esau) will not harm Ya’aqov.  She reminds him of Esau’s wickedness and Ya’aqov’s blessings:

What a sharp contrast between the two brothers that Rivqah gives.  From their days of youth, they were different.  Esau didn’t listen to his parents.  He was rebellious.  He did things his way – certainly not YAHUAH’s way.  He is one of those who say “it’s my life, now but out” but then has trouble later on.  He stole from his parents, he did not help them and he held bitterness in his heart.

Ya’aqov on the other hand, was truly a blessing to them.  He provided for his parents always.  He seemed happy that he could provide for his parents needs -their need is no burden to him.  In fact he rejoices when he helps them and he keeps the fifth commandment by honouring them.

In verses13-17, Yitschaq acknowledges what she says but saying he cannot control Esau:

“I, too, know and see the deeds of Ya’aqov who is with us, how that with all his heart he honours us, but I loved Esau formerly more than Ya’aqov, because he was the firstborn; but now I love Ya’aqov more than Esau, for he has done manifold evil deeds, and there is no righteousness in him, for all his ways are unrighteousness and violence, and there is no righteousness around him.  And now my  heart is troubled because of all his deeds, and neither he nor his seed is to be saved, for they are those who will be destroyed from the earth and who will be rooted out from under heaven, for he has forsaken the Elohiym of Avraham and gone after his women and after their uncleanness and after their error, Ya’aqov’s hands will he be given, and he will not escape from his hands, for he will descend into his hands.  And fear you not on the account of Ya’aqov; for the guardian of Ya’aqov is great and powerful and honoured and praised more than the guardian of Esau.” Yovheliym 35:13-17

Here we see that Yitschaq finally acknowledges that he was wrong in favoring Esau simply because he was the first born.  I can imagine that it was hard for Yitschaq to say that Esau was a wicked son and that he was troubled on account of Esau.  Though most parents have one child (in some cases more) that are a challenge-Esau took the cake.  He was selfish, a thief, idolatrous, full of lust, disrespectful, unloving, unthankful and certainly refused any instruction his parents tried to give him.   Again, Yitschaq comforts Rivqah with words saying that Ya’aqov will be just fine.

Finally she calls Esau to her and says:

In spite of his wickedness, she still gave Esau instructions regarding where to bury her.  She still respected that Esau was the oldest.  She encouraged Esau to love Ya’aqov, that they should not desire evil against one another and that it will be good for them.  She encouraged them to have a mutual love for one another.

Esau says that he will do what she asks:

“I will do all that you have told me, and I shall bury you on the day you die near Sarah, my father’s mother, as you have desired that her bones may be near your bones.  And Ya’aqov, my brother, also, I shall love above all flesh; for I have not a brother in all the earth but him only: and this is no great merit for me if I love him; for he is my brother, and we were sown together in your body, and together came we forth from your womb, and if I do not love my brother, whom shall I love?  And I myself, beg you to exhort Ya’aqov concerning me and concerning my sons, for I know that he will assuredly be king over me and my sons, for on the day my father blessed him he made him the higher and me the lower.  And I swear unto you that I shall love him, and not desire evil against him all the days of my life but good only.” Yovheliym (Jubilees) 35:21-24

Do you see the contrast between the sons?  When Rivqah talked about her death with Ya’aqov, he was quite surprised and talked about how much of a blessing she was.  Esau-all he said was I will bury you where you asked me to however his main concern was what Ya’aqov could do to him and his sons when she was gone.

Finally, she calls them altogether and tells Ya’aqov to be nice to Esau and his sons.  Then they ate and drank and she died that night, three jubilees (a jubilee is 49 years, 1 “week” is equivalent to 7 years and then 1 year is literally 1 year (49×3 =147, 147+7=154, 154+1=155)).

 

SHOULD I PUT THE BELOW AS A SIDE NOTE BECAUSE I KNOW SOMEONE WILL HAVE A QUESTION ABOUT THE AGE GIVEN AT DEATH.  Bereshith doesn’t record her death, Yovheliym says 155 and Yashar says 133

A side note:

Bereshith doesn’t record Rivqah’s death, however Yovheliym and Yashar do.  The age of her death is listed differently in both.

Yovheliym 35:6 & 27 – says that Rivqah was 155 years old at death, which was sometime after Binyamin was born (see Yovheliym 32:30-34).  Also Yovheliym 19:10, says that she was “a woman” when she became Yitschaq’s wife.

Yashar 36:3-12 – says that Rivqah was 133 years at death, which was sometime before Binyamin was born.  Also Yashar says that she was a “young woman”, when she was taken a wife for Yitschaq, see Yashar 24:29-45

I am more apt to believe Yovheliym because it was given to Mosheh by the angel of His presence see Yovheliym 1:1-5, 1:27-29 and 2:1.

Part 3 – Rivqah’s – Encouragement for Mothers coming up next!

 

 

Who Was She? Rivqah – Witnessing His Worship

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Our current woman to study is Rivqah and last we learned about the powerful blessing that she gave Ya’aqov in Part 1.  Now we are going to see how she witnessed an important time in his life.

 

 

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Just like in Bereshith 27, Rivqah sees that Esau is about to get the blessing from Yitschaq.  Rivqah probably remembered the words of Avraham in Yovheliym 19:15-31 and sees this is the moment that she must take action!  She gives Ya’aqov instructions on what to do and prepares a disguise for him (Yashar 26 & 27 and Yashar 29:1-10).  Yashar further says that Ya’aqov is very afraid of Esau, so he flees to the house of Eber (the son Shem – whom he had already spent 32 years with  see Yashar 28:18-25) for the next 14 years.

During this time Esau becomes a big problem to his parents (Yashar 29:12-17).  He is so angry that he moves away from them for six months, when his anger seems to have subsided just a bit,  he returns he places his wives in his fathers house.

“And the women of Esau vexed and provoked Yitschaq and Rivqah with their works, for they walked not in the ways of YAHUAH, but served their father’s elohiym of wood and stone as their father had taught them, and they were more wicked than their father.  And they went according to the evil desires of their hearts, and they sacrificed and burnt incense to the Ba’aliym and Yitschaq and Rivqah became weary of them.” Yashar 29:14-16

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Finally 14 years later,  Ya’aqov desired to his parents so he returns home.  When Esau sees him, his anger is rekindled and again he plans to kill him!  In Yashar 29:23-43 and Yovheliym 27:1, Rivqah is told what Esau is planning to do.  Here again, she probably recalls what Avraham told her in Yovheliym 19:15-31, so again she takes action!  In Yovheliym 27:2 she calls Ya’aqov to her and tells him to go and flee to Lavan’s house awhile until Esau’s again calms down and then she will send for him.

He then says he is not afraid of Esau, then she says:

Although she did not agree with Esau’s choices, she still loved him.  She still would have been sadden by the loss of only the son who she had a closer relationship, but also of the one whom she did not.  Most parents, love all their children – even the ones that cause them pain nor would they want their children to die at the hands of one another.  She wanted the best for both of them and later on we will see how she tries encourages the relationship between the two.

Then he says he will go but that he is not going to go without his father knowing what he is doing. Rivqah agrees then goes and talks to Yitschaq.  Yitschaq calls Ya’aqov and tells him to go to Lavan’s house and take a woman from there, then he blesses him and sends him off.  I highly suggest reading the account in Yashar 63, however here are some other interesting things to know:

  • Ya’aqov was 63 years old when he fled to the house Eber (Yashar 29:11)
  • Ya’aqov was 77 years old when he went to Lavan (Yashar 29:30)
  • Yitschaq sent Ya’aqov out with wealth-gifts, silver and gold (Yashar 29:28,38)
  • Esau sent his son Eliyphaz to follow Ya’aqov and kill him, but YAHUAH gives Ya’aqov favour in the site of Eliyphaz, and instead of killing Ya’aqov they take all the wealth that his parents had given him (Yashar 29:38)-this is why he arrived at Lavan’s house empty handed.

Back to Rivqah.

Rivqah is heartbroken.  Her son, whom she loves so much, just returned home after 14 years, only to leave again for who knows how long.  Yitschaq sees her weeping and speaks these kind words to her:

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What loving and comforting words she received from her husband.  He didn’t condemn her tears.  He didn’t ignore them.  He spoke gently to her heart.  It is truly a blessing when my husband speaks comforting words to my heart.

Fast forward 14 years later, Yoceph is born (Yashar 31:19-21) and Rivqah longed to see her son so she sends her nurse Deborah and two servants (Yashar 31:22-31) to him.  However this is when Lavan convinces Ya’aqov to stay a bit longer – six years longer in fact!  Deborah chooses to stay with Ya’aqov but the servants return home to Yitchaq’s house.  I can only imagine Rivqah’s disappointment when her son did not return home with the servants.

When he finally does begin his journey back home, Lavan comes after him and after they make a covenant – which Lavan breaks it immediately.   Lavan sends his son Be’or and some servants to Esau to lie about Ya’aqov.  Esau again prepares to kill Ya’aqov.  Lavan’s son and servants, then go to Rivqah and tell her that Esau is leaving to kill Ya’aqov (Yashar 31:69-77).  Immediately she sends 72 men from the servants of Ya’aqov to hopefully get to him before Esau.  When Ya’aqov sees the 72 men coming he believes that YAHUAH has sent some people to him.  After greeting him, they give him the message from his mother:

Inspite how Esau treated his parents, inspite of the words that Avraham spoke about Esau, she still tells Ya’aqov to honour him “because he is the elder.”  She knew that YAHUAH had chosen Ya’aqov and not Esau, but she did not encourage Ya’aqov to be prideful about it.  She encouraged him to supplicate which means to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly (dictionary.com); to speak kind to him – no smart mouth answers; to give him a present – sort of a peace offering and to be honest with Esau.  This is rich wonderful motherly wisdom regarding the relationship between their sons.

Ya’aqov listens to her advice and you know the next part of the story.  They met up, eventually Esau accepts the gifts and they depart (Bereshith 32-33; Yovheliym 29:12-14;  Yashar 32).

In Yovheliym 29:15-20, we learn how Ya’aqov was a good, caring and unselfish son. He sent his father some of the substance he had: clothing and food, and meat, and drink, and milk and butter, and cheese, and some the dates of the valley.  He also went to go see his mother four times a year and kept taking care of this parents as they had need.

Next, Dinyah is taken, Shimon and Leviy take righteous vengeance and their actions are recorded in heaven  (Bereshith 34; Yovheilym 30, Yashar 33-36) and Levivy and all his sons are set apart as priests unto YAHUAH:

And the seed of Leviy was chosen for the priesthood, and to be Leviyiym, that they might minister before YAHUAH, as we continually, and that Leviy and his sons may be blessed forever; for he was zealous to execute righteousness and vengeance on all those who rose against Yisra’el.” Yovheliym 30:18

So then Ya’aqov tells the people that they need to clean themselves up because they are going up to worship YAHUAH (Bereshith  35 and Yovheliym 31) and invited his father and mother to come to witness the fulfillment of his vow to YAHUAH (Bereshith 28:10-22;  Yovheliym 27:19-27 and Yashar 30:1-3).  Yitschaq tells Ya’aqov to come to him so he does.  He brings with him Leviy and Yahudah.   When Rivqah hears some one tell her that he is back, her ruach is strengthened and she blesses his sons that are with him:

I looked up the meaning of illustrious, it means bright, glorious, renowned, famous which is exactly what the seed of Avraham has become and by belief we are all sons of Avraham!

Then he continues on to his father, where the Ruach of Prophesy goes into the mouth of Yitschaq and he prophesies over Leviy and Yahudah.  In the evening, Ya’aqov tells his father about all the things that happened to him and invites him up to worship.  His father says that he is too old but to take his mother.

I am sure that she is so happy, and how blessed she must have felt that she had the opportunity to witness this important time in Ya’aqov’s life.  I can just see her walking around with gleam in her eyes and joy in her bones as she packed a bag or two!  She was going to witness her son fulfill his vow to YAHUAH and do something with one of his sons that is awesome!!!!

That night on the 13th of the 7th month (Yovheliym 31:3 and Yovheliym 32:1-29) Leviy dreams that he is ordained priest.  The next morning, Ya’aqov gets up and prepares to give a tithe of all that he has.  But who does he give it to?  Ya’aqov took a count of all his sons and the portion fell on Leviy, so Ya’aqov then clothes him in garments of the priesthood and filled Leviy’s hands with the tithe that he had prepared.  Ya’aqov then gives his offerings and sacrifices daily for seven days.  Furthermore, Leviy officially started in his role of priesthood before YAHUAH and his family.

After Ya’aqov fulfills his vow, Ya’aqob returns his mother to his fathers house.  What a time she must have had.  Oh, I can imagine how her heart exploded with joy.  She saw her son-an honorable man, who kept his vow to YAHUAH, install the first priest, give the tithe and offer the best of all that he had unto YAHUAH.  She witnessed his worship.  What an awesome privilege and honor!  She was able to see his family all 12 sons that she prophesied about.

I know that she was overflowing jubilation when she told her husband all that she saw and had experienced.

Part 3 – Rivqah’s Parting Words and Encouragement for Mothers coming up soon!

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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? Tsipporah – Part 3

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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?

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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…

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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!

 

Who Was She? Tsipporah – Part 2

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In case you missed the Introduction of Tsipporah and Part 1 here they are:

Introducing Tsipporah

Tsipporah Part 1

 

 

“And Re’u’el her father answered and said to her, “Has ever such a thing happened that a man should be shut up in a prison without food for ten years, and that he should live?” Yashar 77:31

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I love Tsipporah’s proclamation of the power of YAHUAH!  She probably learned from Mosheh the miraculous things that YAHUAH did and Tsipporah uses this opportunity to persuade her father to see if this Iviry who serves YAHUAH is still alive.  So Re’u’el agrees to see if Mosheh is alive.   They go to the prison and find him standing on his feet praising YAHUAH.  What a surprise this must have been to Re’u’el and all those around him!

Mosheh is then brought out, shaved and given bread.  Later when Mosheh is praying to YAHUAH in Re’u’el’s garden he sees the stick of YAHUAH:

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Re’u’el knew the value of his daughter, Tsipporah, because he set a high goal, that if any man could pull the sapphire stick out of the ground then they could have Tsipporah as a wife.  Many came, but none could get it out, until Mosheh.  Mosheh simply looked at it and pulled it up, not knowing that if he did that Tsipporah would be his woman.

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And so Mosheh becomes Tsipporah’s man (husband).  For 10 years, YAHUAH provided for Mosheh through Tsipporah.  She could have chosen not to help him at all. However she was courageous enough to help the man that helped her and her sisters.

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Part 3 is up next!

 

Who Was She? Tsipporah – Part 1

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tsipporah-cover2First she was one of the seven daughters of Re’u’el (Yithro) the priest of Midyan.  We don’t know which one of the seven she was nor how old she was, perhaps the youngest because there is no mention of her sisters later in the story.

Second, while she was out tending to the sheep Mosheh helped her and her sisters.  It is very interesting to know exactly how Mosheh came to this particular well.  In the story we read in most Scriptures, all we know is that Mosheh fled Mitsrayim and it seems as though he went straight to Midyan.  Not so!  Again please read the complete story in the book of Yashar in the Cepher 2nd Edition which will give you even more into the life of Mosheh because the focus of this study is on Tsipporah.

When Mosheh left Mitsrayim, he went down to Kush and helped them fight Aram.  Nine years later, when the King dies in battle the people of Kush decide to make him (Mosheh) their new King over them and gave Mosheh the previous King’s woman (Adoniah the Kushiy) as his wife.   For forty years he ruled Kush, however he never was intimate with Adoniah and he refused to bow down to their mighty ones.  These two facts made the Queen extremely upset so she initiated the process of getting rid of Mosheh as their King and replaced him with her son from the previous King.  Although the Kushiy people were not happy with him as king, he was able to leave in peace and they gave him many gifts in great honor.   Yashar 72-76

Okay now back to Tsipporah…so then Mosheh leaves and goes to Midyan and he sits down by a well.  Along came Re’u’el’s seven daughters to feed their father’s flock.  While the daughters were watering the flock, some shepherds came and drove them away.  However Mosheh rose up and helped the women to water their flock.  The women then returned to their father telling him that “A Mitsriy man” has delivered us from the hands of the shepherds, he drew up water for us and watered the flock.” Yashar 76:18.

So Re’u’el sends for Mosheh to come and he, Mosheh, dines with them.  Mosheh shares with Re’u’el that he had fled from Mitsrayim, that he reigned 40 years over Kush but that the people took the reign from him because he would not go into the Queen (be intimate with her) nor would he worship their mighty ones.

Instead of believing Mosheh, Re’u’el choses to believe that Mosheh fled from the people of Kush so he has him put into prison, thinking surely someone will come looking for him! Yashar  76:22

Now it is Tsipporah’s turn:

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In my opinion Tsipporah showed compassion on Mosheh and probably believed that he was innocent.  After all what type of man would help seven women feed their flocks?

So we see that for ten years, somehow Tsipporah fed Mosheh bread and brought him water secretly.   During that time Mosheh surely told Tsipporah all about his life and the Elohim which he worshiped.  A bond must have formed between them and as result she began to believe in YAHUAH.  This is evident in her conversation with her father about Mosheh later on when she reminds her father that Mosheh was put in the prison:

“And Elohiym saw the burden of the children of Yisra’el, and their heavy work in those days, and he determined to deliver them.  And Mosheh the son of Amram was still confined in the dungeon in those days, in the house of Re’u’el the Midyaniy, and Tsipporah the daughter of Re’u’el did support with food secretly day by day.  And Mosheh was confined in the dungeon in the house Re’u’el for ten years.  And at the end of ten years which was the first year of the reign of Phar’oh over Mitsrayim, in the place of his father.

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Mosheh was innocent of any wrong doing, however YAHUAH had a purpose for him:  “…for the thing was from YAHUAH, for the period had arrived which he had appointed in the days of old, to bring forth Yisra’el from the affliction of the children of Cham.”   Yashar 76:12

She was also very wise in approaching her father, Re’u’el.  This is an area that many women, including myself can learn from.  She could have told her father when he chose to put Mosheh in prison that she thought he was wrong.  She could have wearied him by continually asking when he was going let Mosheh out of prison.  She could have been loud and telling everyone what she was doing…but she did not.

Sometimes it is not good to bring up issues right away.   Sometimes we have to wait on YAHUAH to tell us when to speak.  Waiting is hard.  Tsipporah waited 10 long years.

Part 2 is up next!