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HELLO ZELOPHEHAD’S DAUGHTERS

I am all about chivalry. I do not believe that it’s dead! I think men and women have specific roles and when we embrace these roles we can maximize our purposes and make amazing things happen for the Glory of God.

That being said… is it a contradiction that I am also all about Girl Power? Because I am!! I am an independent woman! I can do for myself and I don’t NEED a man in my life to validate who I am.

Which is why I love the story of Zelophehad’s daughters found in Numbers 27:1-11. There were 5 of them: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milkah and Tirzah. They were stuck in the desert with the disobedient Israelites who couldn’t make it into the promised land. Their dad dies “for his own sin” and they were left with nothing. No brothers and apparently no husbands to take care of them these 5 women are penniless and basically homeless.

Until…. enter Girl Power.

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HELLO COZBI

Today we are back for another edition of Women of Numbers filled with more juicy drama. We will be hanging out in Numbers 25 where I’d like to introduce you to Cozbi.

I would consider Cozbi one of the bad girls of the Bible.

She was a Midianite. The daughter of a tribal chief of one of the enemy nations to Israel.

Needless to say she was one of the women who was off limits to the Israelite men.

And we all know that the things we are told not to do are the ones that are that much more alluring.

I think you already know where this story is going.

Yup. Forbidden Love…. or should I say, Forbidden Lust!

Nope. Not a Romeo and Juliet situation at all. Cozbi was B.A.D. BAD news!!!

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HELLO MIRIAM III

Back in the book of Exodus we met Miriam, Moses’ older sister. Today in the book of Numbers she is back for a part 3!

Check out Part I and Part II

In Numbers 12 we get to see a different side of Miriam. A not so pretty side. I think it’s relevant because we all have not so pretty sides. You know those faults and weak moments you wish you could erase from time and space.

Yup, I would categorize Miriam’s choices in Numbers 12 as one of her top 5 regrets.

Verses 1 and 2 set up the scene. Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. “Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?” they asked. “Hasn’t he also spoken through us?” And the Lord heard this.“.

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HELLO UNFAITHFUL WIFE

The book of Leviticus was a quick study. You only have two posts to catch up on if you missed them.

I am excited to begin the book of Numbers! Today we look at Numbers chapter 5. Maybe the title of this post gives a hint as to what the chapter is about.

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HELLO SHELOMITH

Hello my sweet sisters!! Reading through the book of Leviticus trying to find new biblical women to introduce you to has been quite the feat.

Last week I introduced the book with HELLO WOMEN of LEVITICUS 12. Check it out here.

I have read some really unsettling passages as well as some extremely scandalous ones that make The Bad Girls Club look like angels.

Don’t believe me? Check out Leviticus 18!

I was pretty shocked by that chapter in particular. The fact that God even had to explain that those behaviors were “perverse” baffles me.

I finally came across a woman who was actually named in chapter 24. The first one to have her named recorded in the book of Leviticus thus far.

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HELLO WOMEN OF LEVITICUS 12

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Well, HELLO 2016!!! I’ll be writing a 2016 post soon but let me just say that the year started and took me by storm. I literally had no other option but to hit the ground running. Have you had the same experience with the start of this new year?

This weekend couldn’t have arrived sooner in order to get some rest time in… I hope you get some rest time in as well! Don’t forget to plan/schedule in rest time. (Side rant)

Let’s get to it.

Have you ever read the third book in the Bible? Geeze Leviticus! I won’t tell you all of my thoughts because go read it for yourself. Let me just say that it took some time… a lot of time to find the women in this book.  🙂

I found an entire chapter just for us ladies!!!

If you know anything about the book of Leviticus you might be cringing at what this chapter is about. With good reason.

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HELLO DAUGHTERS OF EXODUS 34

Exodus 34:16 And when you choose some of their daughters as wives for your sons and those daughters prostitute themselves to their gods, they will lead your sons to do the same.

Some back story: God is talking to Moses about going into new lands. You know taking over the promised land and being around people who did not believe in the Lord of Israel. This was a warning verse. A precaution if you will. A word of wisdom from the creator of wisdom. God knew why He said it. Regardless it seems like such a harsh word. To straight up call these daughters “PROSTITUTES”!

What exactly does the word “prostitute” even mean?

Google defines the verb of “prostitute” as:

prostitute definition

Using this definition I have a clearer  understanding of this verse. I think I understand what God is trying to say about these girls.

You know the way that we as believers use our God given gifts and talents to serve, bless and glorify Christ, the same way these unbelieving daughters used their gifts and talents to worship idols. They gave their time, resources and efforts to corrupted and unworthy lower case g, gods.

God warns Moses against his people coming  together with these daughters, who would influence as women do. Three main points scream out at me from this one verse.

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HELLO ELISHEBA

I missed my weekly Friday Women of the Bible post last Friday. But the week before that I posted Zipphorah Part II on Moses’ wife.

Today I introduce to you Elisheba, Aaron’s wife. I love her name. I like the way it sounds in my mind. LOL…. because let’s face it, if I try to pronounce it out loud I’d probably butcher it.

Elisheba.

23 Aaron married Elisheba, daughter of Amminadab44 and sister of Nahshon,45 and she bore him Nadab and Abihu,46 Eleazar47 and Ithamar.48

In Exodus 6:23 we learn that she is the daughter of Amminadab and sister of Nahshon.

After doing some cross referencing we can see that Elisheba was actually  a descendant from the tribe of Judah.

However weird this may sound… it seems so romantic to me that Aaron, descendant from the tribe of Levi, and Elisheba, descendant from the tribe of Judah, would end up together.

She must have been a strong woman to be the wife of one of the two men challenging the pharaoh of Egypt.

She had 4 children with Aaron.

She was a mother.

I imagine her as a warrior for some reason.

A no nonsense, strong willed, God fearing, Hebrew woman.

I’m encouraged by Elisheba. She reminds me that’s it’s OK to be a strong woman.
 

 

HELLO ZIPPORAH PART II

Last week we met Zipporah, Moses’ wife. Today I want to continue sharing her story with you however the post will be short due to Nano Poblano and my posting everyday this month. I hope you’ve been checking out my Nano Poblano posts.

In Exodus 4 we see Zipporah again. This time she is protecting her husband from death.

Exodus 4:24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)

You see the Hebrew covenant called for all baby boys to be circumcised. Zipporah however was not Hebrew and she did not have her son circumcised.

Time was passing and Moses has an encounter with God who calls back to Egypt to lead his people out of slavery. Moses reluctantly accepts the call and let’s his father in law know that he would be going back to his birth-land. So Zipporah backs their bags and accompanies Moses back to Egypt. However on the way there Moses nears death. According to commentaries it seems that Moses’ near death experience could have been the result of overwhelming stress due to the fact that his son was uncircumcised. Basically his conscious was literally driving him crazy to the point of death.

I love that Zipporah jumped into action at the sight of her husbands torment. Commentaries also suggest that the son hadn’t been circumcised at her request. So that fact that she turns around and swallows her pride to save her husbands life speaks volumes. Zipporah circumcised her son herself and immediately took the bloody proof to Moses. Yup, she saved his life! Maybe she caused the problem to begin with but when she realized the harm done she corrected her mistake.

Let’s take her story as an example. Let’s correct our mistakes. Let’s stay humble and not allow our pride to be the cause of torment in other’s lives.

My Prayer for You:

Dear Jesus, help us to be aware of our mistakes. Help us to discern your sovereignty in our lives. I pray that every reader and I may be able to humble ourselves and accept responsibility for our actions. Help correct our mistakes. Please do not allow our pride to hurt others or ourselves. Thank you for your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Memory Verse: Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.

I’m excited that this post was under 500 words… woot woot!!!

Love you guys!

Keep Shining, Nat

HELLO ZIPPORAH PART I

I hope you enjoyed last week’s guest blogger, Sarah! If you didn’t get a chance to read that post then click here. Also, I highly encourage you to check out her blog as her words are so real and encouraging, click here.

Today we continue our journey through Exodus. It just so happens that Moses had quite a few women in his life. So far we talked about his biological mom, his adoptive mom, and his big sis. Today we focus on his wife, Zipporah in Exodus 2:15-21.

At first glance Zipporah seems like a character to be quickly over looked. The first time she is mentioned we don’t know her name. She is just one of seven sisters, the daughters of the Midian priest, Reuel. The sisters were out doing their daily chore of watering the family’s flock when Moses showed up.

The sisters were probably like… “Heeeeyyy!!!

LOL I bet it was unusual for them to see random guys coming up to the well. Especially when this random guy became their knight in shining armor. The problem was that the men of that area didn’t want to share the water with them. Who knows why…  I really can’t imagine it was a quantity issue as much as it was a gender equality issue, but that’s just my opinion. Anyhow, Moses defended the Midian sisters and got water for their flock.

(This sounds familiar but I’ll table the patterns for a later date.)

So the girls are like, “Moses!! Our Hero!!

They go back home singing his praises and tell their dad about the foreigner who saved the day. Of course Reuel wanting to thank the one who helped his daughters tells them to go back and invite him over for dinner. He accepts the dinner invitation.

Moses didn’t just get dinner he also got a wife. In verse 21 we learn the lucky sister is Zipporah, Moses’ new wife.

This creates so many questions in my mind.

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