The last days are approaching and Yehovah is beginning to set aside His servants. As the sun of righteousness begins to shine boldly in them, most of this sodomic world, yes even many of those that say they are Yehovah’s, will rage against the coming of the light. And the thought that a woman needs a place of safety, a man to serve, will cause many woman to scoff because they do not understand Yehovah’s created purpose for their life.
The family unit with a father (Ezrach) leading it, is the structure that Yehovah created to manifest His image and kingdom in the earth. As the father follows Yehovah and the woman and children follow their man, Yehovah’s glory is manifested for all to see. Staying under the authority of their man is the family’s appointed place of safety. But unfortunately we have fallen very far from His original instructions.
There is Only One Place of Safety For a Woman
A woman of worth needs a man (father, husband, grandfather, near of kin or even an actual “master”) for her covering. In Yehovah’s perfect system the daughter learns to serve her man by learning to serve her father first. Then when it is time for her to marry, the father gives his authority to his daughter’s new covering, her husband, her man. In this way Yehovah’s woman of worth always has a covering. This line of authority in the family is in line with Yehovah’s perfect will. I have not found any exception to this rule in Moses and the Prophets. Also in Yehovah’s system a woman of worth can never leave her man!
To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth sons; your desire shall be for your man (eesh), and he shall rule over you.” (Gen 3:16)
In a perfect world the woman’s man would follow Torah and be a loving husband; but we have not lived in a perfect world since Chavvah (Eve) took the fruit, ate it and gave it to her man. Since that time women have been in, “he shall rule over you,” subjection mode to their less than perfect men.
Even A Wicked Man Can Be A Place Of Safety
The story of Nabal and Abigail is a great story to illustrate my point. The name Nabal’s name means “foolish” and he is described as a son of belial.
to wilt; generally to fall away, fail, faint; figuratively to be foolish or (morally) wicked. (Strong’s 5034)
Sound like anyone you know or have known? I am sure that Abigail felt the same way; but we can learn much from her story. Here it is in brief.
Now there was a man in Maon whose business was in Carmel, and the man was very rich. He had three thousand sheep and a thousand goats. And he was shearing his sheep in Carmel. The name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife 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 25:2-3)
Because of Nabal’s wickedness David was coming to kill him and all the men of his household. David intended to wipe out Nabal’s seed forever, and would have, except for Abigail (a woman of worth) who interceded for her man, her place of safety, and saves his life.
Now one of the young men told Abigail, Nabal’s wife, saying, “Look, David sent messengers from the wilderness to greet our master; and he reviled them. … Now therefore, know and consider what you [Abigail] will do, for harm is determined against our master and against all his household. For he is such a son of belial that no one can speak to him.” Then Abigail made haste and took two hundred loaves of bread, two skins of wine, five sheep already dressed, five seahs of roasted grain, one hundred clusters of raisins, and two hundred cakes of figs, and loaded them on donkeys. And she said to her servants, “Go on before me; see, I am coming after you.” But she did not tell her husband [her man] Nabal. (1Sa 25:17-19)
Abigail gives honor to whom honor is due and bows at David’s feet and begins to plead for the life of, her place of safety, Nabal.
Now when Abigail saw David, she dismounted quickly from the donkey, fell on her face before David, and bowed down to the ground. So she fell at his feet and said: “On me, my master, on me let this iniquity be! And please let your maidservant speak in your ears, and hear the words of your maidservant. Please, let not my master regard the man of belial, Nabal. For as his name is, so is he: Nabal is his name, and folly is with him! But I, your maidservant, did not see the young men of my master whom you sent. Now therefore, my master, as Yehovah lives and as your soul lives, since Yehovah has held you back from coming to bloodshed and from avenging yourself with your own hand, now then, let your enemies and those who seek harm for my master be as Nabal. (1Sa_25:23-26)
Abigail is willing take David’s wrath, and perhaps die for her place of safety, her man/husband. She says, “On me, my master, on me let this iniquity be!”
And now this present which your maidservant has brought to my master, let it be given to the young men who follow my master. Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant. For Yehovah will certainly make for my master an enduring house, because my master fights the battles of Yehovah, and evil is not found in you throughout your days. (1Sa 25:27-28)
Notice: Abigail says, “Please forgive the trespass of your maidservant.” It appears that Nabal’s trespasses are hers also since “the two have become one flesh”.
And it shall come to pass, when Yehovah has done for my master according to all the good that He has spoken concerning you, and has appointed you ruler over Israel, that this will be no grief to you, nor offense of heart to my master, either that you have shed blood without cause, or that my master has avenged himself. But when Yehovah has dealt well with my master, then remember your maidservant.” Then David said to Abigail: “Blessed is Yehovah, Elohim of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me! (1Sa 25:30-32)
Her righteous actions saved Nabal and all the men of his house and led to further righteousness for David.
For indeed, as Yehovah, Elohim of Israel lives, who has kept me [David] back from hurting you [Abigail], unless you had hurried and come to meet me, surely by morning light no males would have been left to Nabal!” (1Sa 25:34)
But Abigail did not hide what she did from Nabal.
Now Abigail went to Nabal, and there he was, holding a feast in his house, like the feast of a king. And Nabal’s heart was merry within him, for he was very drunk; therefore she told him nothing, little or much, until morning light. So it was, in the morning, when the wine had gone from Nabal, and his wife had told him these things, that his heart died within him, and he became like a stone. Then it happened, after about ten days, that Yehovah struck Nabal, and he died. (1Sa 25:36-38)
David did not have to strike Nabal, Yehovah did! This is how it will be in the last days also.
Right about now David has to be thinking. “If Abigail was willing to die for her wicked husband, how much more would she live for a righteous one?”
So when David heard that Nabal was dead, he said, “Blessed be Yehovah, who has pleaded the cause of my reproach from the hand of Nabal, and has kept His servant from evil! For Yehovah has returned the wickedness of Nabal on his own head.” And David sent and proposed to Abigail, to take her as his woman. (1Sa 25:39)
Oh ya! I want to find a woman like that! But they are few and very far between these days.
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 master.” So Abigail rose in haste and rode on a donkey, attended by five of her maidens; and she followed the messengers of David, and became his wife. (1Sa 25:41-42)
Did you hear that? Abigail is willing and ready to wash the feet of David’s servants.
Here is the moral of this story. “A woman of worth, with Yehovah’s help, found her way to a righteous man (David) by being willing to lay down her life for her place of safety, foolish and wicked Nabal.” Gotta love a woman of worth; I know Yehovah does!
All this brings us to the present condition of those women who truly desire to live according to Yehovah’s created purpose; and this I will discuss in part two of this series entitled “A Woman’s Place … Part 2”.