Thursday 12th December 2019 Prayer Devotion
Scripture Reading:- 2 Kings 22:1-20
Topic:- Lessons From 4 Women In The Bible 
Text:- 1 Kings 22:14
2. Huldah The Prophetess Who Changed A Nation:
Huldah played a significant part in the history of Israel, although she appeared only once on the stage of the nation’s history.
a. In Jerusalem, King Josiah of Judah initiated renewed interest in the Book of the Law, and Huldah participated in the subsequent spiritual revival.
b. She was the wife of Shallum, who was “keeper of the wardrobe” (possibly either royal robes and attire or priestly garments and vestments).
c. They lived in the Second Quarter, a newer section of Jerusalem which developed as a westward or northern expansion of the old city (perhaps somewhat like a modern day suburb).
d. Both Jeremiah and Zephaniah were active as Prophets during this time.
e. Yet it was Huldah who was consulted when the king instructed the priests to “inquire of the LORD” as to the meaning of the scroll (the Book of the Law) that had been found during the work of restoration and cleaning in the temple.
f. It was significant that with the number of Prophets living in Jerusalem at that time, the Priest Hilkiah and the rest of the king’s advisors turned to a woman for a word from God.
g. This nullifies the reasoning some use to suggest that God only uses women for such ministry when no men are available. Obviously, whether in a private audience or in the presence of the congregation, God used Huldah to bear testimony and deliver a message from him to the high priest and to the king. See 2 Kings 22:14-20.
h. The regard for Huldah’s own integrity and authority as a woman of God made her validation of the recently discovered Book of the Law all that was required for immediate action on the part of the king.
i. Her message was not her own, but from the Lord. The fact that the phrase “This is what the LORD says . . .” is repeated three times in her short prophecy emphasizes that Huldah understood her responsibility and opportunity to be a channel through whom God delivered his Word. See 2 Kings 22:15-17, 19.
j. All the reforms set forth by King Josiah were based on the Word of God as given to this woman.
k. Huldah was apparently so well known as a woman of God and so highly trusted with regard to her understanding of God’s law that for a time her nation’s whole religious consciousness and practice was reignited in faithfulness to God.
l. Huldah, a deeply devout woman, made her God-given spiritual gifts available to God, and she was obedient and faithful to deliver the Word from God to her people.
3. Rahab A Discerning Deliverer:
Rahab was an intelligent woman who showed remarkable wit and knowledge. Although not an Israelite, she showed great understanding of the recent history of Israel.
a. She was aware of what God was doing for the Israelites when they approached her country and in fact, seemed more aware of God’s intervention for Israel than Israel was notice the similarity of her words. See Joshua 2:9-11; 1:2, 11, 13.
b. She was also a woman of great courage. Rahab obtained an agreement for protection from the spies, hid them and outsmarted her own people when they came looking for them.
c. Once she made her decision, there was no turning back. Siding with the Israelites was treason, punishable by death, not only for herself but also for all her family.
d. Finally, Rahab was a woman with spiritual insight. She recognized the disparity between Israel’s God and the gods she and her people served. Israel’s God was supreme he did not share the rule in the heavens and the earth the way their gods reportedly did. See Joshua 2:11.
e. Rahab’s initial confession of faith is seen in the use of the name Yahweh. Without any support or input from her world or Israel’s, she claimed the covenant name God gave to Moses when the Israelites first left Egypt. See Exodus 3:14.
f. Then, again without any encouragement from others, she acted on her commitment by hiding the spies. This kind of faith was not often seen in God’s people in the Old Testament, let alone from a Gentile harlot.
Prayer Point:- Oh Lord God, make me a spiritual giant in You ,I refuse to be a dwarf in faith, in the name of Jesus Christ.
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