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.

 

 

 

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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Devotion: What Is His Name?

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This study was created for our own children to show them why we use the Names of Father YAHUAH and His Son YAHUSHA instead of the paganized names that nearly all religions/faiths use.  One learning tool found useful is a book by Todd D. Bennett called Names from the Walk in the Light series.  This helped us and we have used it to create a study for children who can read and learn on their own (3rd grade and up) however it can certainly be used by any age group as well as used for those just beginning to learn the name of the Father.

There are 39 reading assignments, note taking pages, question and answer sections, word searches and chances for the child to show what they have learned.  The reading can be done at any pace that is digestible for the child.  I plan to assign 2-3 reading sections per week and have a time of discussion so that our children can ask questions as they need to.

Materials needed:

  • Walk in the Light: Names Todd D. Bennett
  • Three ring binder or small notebook
  • Printed reading plan and assignment sheets
  • Tools for creativity – Powerpoint, Word, Poster board, pencils, colored pencils, etc.

Download the Study Here

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Devotion: Exploring The Word

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This was created for our children to encourage them to read the Word of YAHUAH for themselves.  This study is divided into two parts.

Part 1: Getting to Know the Word of YAHUAH, is ideal for young children and encourages the them to find specific verses from the Renewed Covenant and then copy them into a notebook or journal.

Part 2: Growing in the Word, is a self-directed study of every book in the Renewed Covenant and two books from the First Covenant, some of Tehillim (Psalms) and Mishle  (Proverbs).  Students are assigned a memory verse to copy into a notebook or journal.  They are also encouraged to illustrate the verse(s) (see pdf for example).  One of our children types their verse(s) in to a word document and then finds artwork to illustrate them.  We have witnessed the Word being written on their hearts, as they recall a scripture at needed times, when they tell us what they learned from the verse(s) or when they ask questions.

Materials needed:

  • Scriptures
  • Three ring binder or small notebook or Blank Board Books from Bare Books (which is what we used – $1 per book is inexpensive)
  • Printed reading plan and assignment sheets (see below, the PDF)
  • Tools for creativity – PowerPoint, Word, Poster board, pencils, colored pencils, etc.

Download the Study Here:

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