Women of the Bible Part 2
Faith within Forbidden Territory
One of the Pharisees desired Him [Yahshua] that He would eat with him; and He went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping, and began to wash His feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, this man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him, for she is a sinner. Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
There was a certain creditor which had two debtors; the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty; and when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. He [Yahshua] said unto him, thou hast rightly judged. He turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, see thou this woman?
1) I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet, but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head.
2) Thou gave me no kiss, but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet.
3) My head with oil thou did not anoint, but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins, which are many are forgiven, for she loved much, but to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.
He said unto her, thy sins are forgiven. They that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, who is this that forgives sins also? He said to the woman, thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace. Luke 7:36-50 (KJV)
Have you been forgiven for your sins? Humble yourself and seek YHVH's forgiveness in the Name of KING Yahshua. Ask Him in total sincerity of heart and press your way through troubling emotions, negative feelings, grieving heart turmoil, mind battles and pour out your heart to Him, and repent of your sins, ask for a clean heart, a clean mind and a righteous spirit.
Note: The woman in the above passage of scripture overcame tremendous odds to obtain forgiveness. First of all, she realized and recognized that her life was not pleasing to the LORD, and she sincerely desired a change of heart and mind, but how could she ever hope to attain these desires? Evidently, she could not place her trust in the self-righteous religious leaders. She already knew and acknowledged that she was a sinner, however, she needed divine comfort, a soothing comfort that would take away her pain and bring about a miraculous change within her very being.
Somehow she learned that Yahshua was in town, and now was the time for her to seek forgiveness, whereby her spirit would be righteous in the sight of YHVH. She sought Yahshua who was having a meal within a Pharisee’s (religious leader) house. She knew that she was taking a chance of being scorned, criticized, rebuked and possibly and literally thrown out! However, she pressed her way through the chaos, and the battle within her mind and humbled herself at the feet of Yahshua! She began to cry and her tears fell upon His feet, she dared not ask for a towel, but utilized what she had, which was her hair and wiped His feet.
Yahshua knew that her heart was grieved, and that she was within a sincerely repentant mode, and forgave her sins. He said unto her, thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with Him began to say within themselves, who is this that forgives sins also? And He said to the woman, thy faith
hath saved thee; go in peace. Luke 7:36-50 (KJV)
Yahshua stated in John chapter 14: "I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life".
Also, remember that Yahshua is the Word of YHVH, and the Word of YHVH made flesh. John chapter 1
Read John chapter 3, afterwards review verses 16-21
Jabin, the king of Hazor, had for twenty years held Israel in degrading subjection.
Note: Read the first 5 chapters of the Book of Judges.
Deborah was the first female judge of Israel, and the second female prophetess noted within the Holy Scriptures. She was also the first female general of the army of Israel.
Question: Why was it necessary for Deborah to become a notable leader in the army?
First of all, Deborah was a prophetess, and the Word she received from YHVH regarding Israel’s imminent battle with their enemy (because of the sin of idolatry and other sins, Israel had rejected the One True and Living GOD, and forsook His protection and provisions) was first conveyed to Barak, a man chosen to lead Israel’s army in battle against Jabin, King of Hazor.
However, Barak was afraid of Israel’s captor enemy, namely the army of Jabin. Barak stated that he would not go into battle unless Deborah went with him! Deborah agreed to go, but told Barak that the victory of the battle would go to a woman. Another woman by the name of Jael, killed Sisera, the commander of the enemy’s army (Judges chapter 4).
Also, read Judges chapter 5
In all thy ways acknowledge YHVH
Rebekah was the chosen wife for Isaac, who was Abraham’s promised son, from the Most High GOD. Abraham sent his steward, Eleazar to Padan-Aram to seek a wife for Isaac from the midst of his kindred. Eleazar was a bit perplexed by the nature of this assignment, and asked Abraham questions regarding the selection process (Eleazar did not want to make a mistake). Abraham eased the mind of his steward by telling him that the LORD, the Most High GOD will send His angel before thee.
Consider the following scriptural passage:
Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the LORD had blessed Abraham in all things. So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, Please, put your hand under my thigh, and I will make you swear by the LORD, the GOD of Heaven and the GOD of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell, but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.
The servant said to him, perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came? Abraham said to him, Beware that you do not take my son back there. The LORD GOD of Heaven, who took me from my father's house and from the land of my family, and who spoke to me and swore to me, saying, to your descendants I give this land, He will send His angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. If the woman is not willing to follow you, then you will be released from this oath; only do not take my son back there. So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his master, and swore to him concerning this matter (Genesis 24:1-9) KJV
Note: Eleazar, Abraham’s steward was worried that he might make the wrong choice, but Abraham was able to ease his worries, by telling him that the Most High GOD would make the choice, and that He would send His angel to make sure that the right choice was made.
The angel of the Most High GOD was sent before Abraham’s steward’s arrival at Padan-Aram, made the selection and prepared Rebekah to make the right decision. Rebekah was the mother of the chosen people of the Most High GOD, the GOD of Heaven and earth. Rebekah married Isaac, Abraham’s son, and birthed twin sons, namely Esau and Jacob (Jacob’s name was later changed to Israel) Jacob had twelve sons, who were the twelve tribes of Israel. Rebekah, was one of the four matriachs (Sarah, Rebekah, Leah, Rachel): Sarah was married to Abraham, and their son was Isaac. Isaac married Rebekah and had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau was corrupt; so Jacob (YHVH changed his name to Israel) was chosen to carry on the family lineage, hence the children of Israel.
Read Genesis chapters 12-50