Surviving the coming last days is all about conforming our lives (both for men and their women) to Yehovah’s created purpose. Noah’s woman (Na·a·mah’, a woman of value) made it alive through the flood because her man, her place of safety, “walked with Yehovah,” not her.
[Note: If you have not read the three previous parts of this series please read them now; this article is best understood in the context of the other three. Here are links to them all; Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.]
The Woman of Value Will Live
Jasher gives some interesting information concerning Naamah. She was the daughter of Enoch who was taught how to be a woman of value from one of the most righteous men who ever lived on the earth.
Yasher 5:12 Noah the son of Lamech refrained from taking a woman in those days, to beget sons, for he said, Surely now Elohim will destroy the earth, wherefore then shall I beget sons?
13 And Noah was a just man, he was perfect in his generation, and Yehovah chose him to raise up seed from his seed upon the face of the earth.
14 And Yehovah said unto Noah, Take unto thee a woman, and beget sons, for I have seen thee righteous before me in this generation.
15 And thou shalt raise up seed, and thy sons with thee, in the midst of the earth; and Noah went and took a woman, and he chose Naamah the daughter of Enoch, and she was five hundred and eighty years old.
16 And Noah was four hundred and ninety-eight years old, when he took Naamah for his woman.
Noah was 82 years younger than Naamah but Yehovah used her, at 580 years of age, to give Noah 3 sons. So, for those of you who think you are too old, it appears to me that age is irrelevant.
But those who wait on Yehovah shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint. (Isa 40:31)
When these men renew their strength, is it too far-fetched to think that their women (bone of their bone and flesh of their flesh) will not also renew their strength?
We have seen that all the servants of Yehovah, those who will be used by Him to deliver His people from their Egypt (their Babylon), are men, not women. And we left off in part 3 asking how do women fit into this picture and what hope does each have for the coming last days. I think Naamah is a great example of this.
We will see, in the coming last days, that men and single women will be the first to perish from the earth. Men, because they failed to lead their families in the way they should go; and single woman because they failed to become what Yehovah created them to be, an “aide suitable” for their man. This is made very clear in my writing about “The creation of woman.” It was to the woman who Yehovah said,
… your desire shall be for thy man [אישׁך, thy eesh], and he shall rule over thee [not Yehovah].” (Gen 3:16)
I grieve when I read how most Bibles translate the above verse; they use the words “thy husband” instead of “thy man.” But the man, who a woman of value is laying down her life to serve, is not always her “husband.” This man can be a “husband,” but he can also be a father, grandfather, uncle, male cousin, adult son or even her master (in the case of a maid-servant). The point I am trying to make here is a woman MUST learn to lay down her life in service to her man!
A woman without a man in her life has no access to Yehovah; she can not participate in Passover (a feast for only men) in order to have her sins forgiven, she can not go into the temple, and can not bring any kind of offering to Yehovah. In fact, the only time a woman is brought into the temple is when she is in trouble for not holding true to her man (see Numbers 5).
So how does a woman protect herself? The answer to this question is not “politically correct,” and not one that most women want to hear. But just as every man has rebelled from doing what Yehovah created him to do, so has every woman. As a man needs to learn to become a righteous man, so must a woman learn to become a woman of worth. (Note: You must visit this link, I have much to say concerning how a woman becomes a woman of value.)
Being conformed into the man (or woman) that we were created to be, does not happen by accident; it is a daily process of laying down our life in service to our master; Yehovah, for a man and “her man,” for a woman.
Abigail was married to a very wicked and foolish man, his name was Nabal.
The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his woman was Abigail. And she was a woman of good understanding and beautiful appearance; but the man was harsh and evil in his doings. He was of the house of Caleb. (1Sa 25:3)
When David came to destroy Nabal and all the men of his household it was Abigail who intervened to save her man. She in essence said “kill me, not my man!”
So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my lord [a woman only calls a man adoni, never Yehovah], on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. (1Sa 25:24)
The story of David, a man with a heart for Yehovah, and Abigail is a shadow picture of exactly what is going to happen in the coming last days. David is likened to the “servants of Elohim,” the saints, His kind,” or a.k.a. “the 144,000” which this series is all about; and Abigail is likened to all women of worth, each woman who has learned to lay down their lives in service to their man. I talk about this comparison at length in my video called “The 144,000 in the Scriptures.”
That night Nabal had what appears to be a stroke, and within about 10 days he died.
I am sure when David saw the respect and wisdom that Abigail had shown him and the selflessness she had shown towards her man, he must have said to himself what I thought when I read this story, “I need to find myself a woman of value like this one.” So when David heard that Nabal had died, he sent servants to Abigail to ask her to be his woman. Listen to her answer, it makes me weep when I hear what she says to David’s servants.
Then she arose, bowed her face to the earth, and said, “Here is your maidservant, a servant to wash the feet of the servants of my lord.” (1Sa 25:41)
Oh my, Abigail was a woman of value and an extra-mile girl like Rebecca who knew the importance of being covered by a righteous man and understood how it would affect her eternity. She knew David had other women, and that she would be his 2nd or 3rd woman.
Well, as I said, this story is a shadow picture of the coming last days. Women are even now beginning to realize how important it is to their eternity that each of them learn to become a woman of value in serving their man. And for those who do not have a man in their life currently, finding one to serve is a priority.
There is a reason, in the last days, 7 women will take hold of one man and say,
“We will eat our own food and wear our own apparel; only let us be called by your name, to take away our reproach.” (Isa 4:1)
What is the “reproach” that these 7 women have in their life?
Answer: They do not belong to a man and now they realize that in order to be a woman of value they must belong to and serve some man. But these women are wiser than most, they know Torah and phrase their request in light of it. See any similarities here?
If he takes another woman, he shall not diminish her food, her clothing, and her marriage rights. (Exo 21:10)
Righteous men, who have left the kingdom of their birth and now only serve Yehovah are not the rich men of the world; and like me, often live from day-to-day. Being able to afford to bring a woman into my life and my 8′ by 12′ room is just not a possibility; the donations I receive barely feed me.
But these women, who understand Torah, are bringing resources with them.
What does it mean to be “called by your name?” Does it mean they are sexually intimate with this man? Or does it mean that they are his possessions? Is not a man’s servant also called by his name? How about His maid-servant? This reminds me of the question Boaz asked when he saw Ruth for the first time.
Then Boaz said to his servant who was in charge of the reapers, “Whose young woman is this?” (Rth 2:5)
This is the question every woman must ask herself. “Whose woman am I?”
Mark my words, they will go down in your permanent record in heaven. “A woman MUST have a man in her life whom she is learning to serve with all her heart, with all her soul and with all her strength. THAT is her place of safety!”
Next time we will talk about what it means to be “defiled with women.” David’s first woman will be used for an example of a woman who tried to defile him; I love his reaction to her.
Wow – so much to learn, so little time.