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February 1st, 2010

On Elisheba/Jehosheba/Elizabeth

When I got up this morning, I had a thought about these three women that I wanted to record. While all three women were married to priests, one lived during the days of the tabernacle, another during the days of the first temple, and the third during the days of the second temple. Somehow, that seemed rather curious and perhaps significant.

If the names are taken to all basically mean "she who worships God," perhaps one theme that could be seen is that the physical place of worship is not as important as who is being worshiped. Of course, that's me taking a big leap on just a little piece of information. Still, Jesus said:

"Jesus declared, "Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth."

"The woman said, "I know that Messiah" (called Christ) "is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us."

"Then Jesus declared, "I who speak to you am he." John 4:21-26

Jehosheba
  • God used her at a pivotal moment in history - she was in just the right place, time, and circumstance.
  • Her action was one of protection, help, and rescue. She helped to save her people in a way much different from Esther, but still acting in a manner of security and preservation.
  • There is only one reference to her - thus her story is told humbly, in stark contrast to her mother/step-mother, Queen Athaliah who had taken the throne and killed all the other male heirs.

Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth was upright and blameless before God.
  • She praised God.
  • She also blessed her cousin and Jesus when her cousin Mary came to her house.
  • We are told of one occasion where she was filled with the Holy Spirit.
  • She obeyed her husband and God's command to name her son John, even though that name had not been used in her family before.
  • Elizabeth willingly allowed God to use her and she and her husband obeyed God's word concerning the upbringing of her only son, who later became the prophet who prepared the way for the coming of the Messiah.

Both
  • Both women were used by God to accomplish His will.
  • Both women were used for blessing and not for harm or destruction.

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