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? Rivqah -Encouraging Mothers

 

 

 

Shalom, I pray that you were encouraged in learning about Rivqah.  Below are some additional scriptures to encourage mothers.


Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha)3:2 For YAHUAH has given the father honour over the children, and has confirmed the authority of the mother over the sons.

Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:5-6 Whoso honors his father shall have joy of his own children; and when he makes his prayer, he shall be heard. He that honours his father shall have long life; and that is obedient unto YAHUAH shall be a comfort to his mother.

Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:7 He that fears YAHUAH will honour his father, and will do service unto his parents, as to his masters.

Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:8 Honour your father and mother both in word and deed, that a blessing may come upon you from them.

Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:9 For the blessing of the father establishes the houses of children; but the curse of the mother roots our foundations.

Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:10-11 Glory not in the dishonor of your father; for your father’s dishonor is no glory unto you. For the glory of a man is from the honour of his father; and a mother in dishonor is a reproach to the children.

Sirach Ecclesiasticus (found in The Cepher or Apocrypha) 3:16 He that forsakes his father is as a blasphemer; and he that angers his mother is cursed of ELOHIYM.

Mishle (Proverbs) 4:3 For I was my father’s son, Tender and the only one in the eyes of my mother,

Mishle (Proverbs) 6:20 My son, watch over your father’s command, And do not forsake the Torah of your mother.

Mishle (Proverbs) 10:1 “Proverbs of Shelomoh: A wise son makes a father rejoice, But a foolish son is his mother’s sorrow.”

Mishle (Proverbs) 15:20 “A wise son makes a father glad, But a foolish man despise his mother.”

Mishle (Proverbs) 17:25 “A foolish son is a grief to his father, and bitterness to her who bore him.”

Mishle (Proverbs) 19:26 “He who plunders a father, Chases away his mother, is a son causing shame and bringing reproach.”

Mishle (Proverbs) 20:20 “Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp is put out in darkness.”

Mishle (Proverbs) 23:22 “Listen to your father who brought you forth, And do not despise your mother when she is old.”

29:15 A road and reproof give wisdom, but a child unrestrained brings shame to his mother.

30:11  There is generation, that curses its father, and does not bless its mother-

31:1 The words of Sovereign Lemu’el, a message which his mother taught him

Tehilim 71:6  Upon You I have leaned from my birth; You took me out of my mother’s womb. My praise is continually of You.

Tehillim 116:16 O YAHUAH, I am truly Your servant, I am Your servant, the son of Your female servant; You have loosed my bonds.

Tehillim 131:2 Have I not calmed, and kept my being silent, Like one weaned by its mother? My being is like one weaned.

Tehillim 139:13 For You, You possessed my kidneys, You have covered me in my mothers womb.

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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!

 

 

The Hope of Yah & A New Creature

 

For several months, I have been unable to create graphics (which is one way that I worship YAHUAH).  I have more drafts than I can count.  For some reason, I just couldn’t.  However, within a few minutes, this past Sabbath-the first Sabbath of YAHUAH’s New Year – I created two graphics.

Romaiym (Romans) 15:13

2 Corthinans 15:17

Praise YAHUAH for newness!