07/31/10 – Sabbath Study Notes – Raising Righteous Daughters
Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha) 7:23 – “Hast thou children? Instruct them and bow down their neck from their youth.”
- We should be teaching them in righteousness from their youth and teaching them to serve Ahayah from day one. Not only by telling them but showing through the way we live our lives.
Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha) 7:24 – “Hast thou daughters? Have a care of their body and show NOT thyself cheerful toward them.”
- Parents should guard their daughter’s chastity and be firm with them in our expectations. Our daughters need to be held accountable, from the way that they speak, dress, to having a humble attitude and above all else the way that they love and serve the Almighty Ahayah.
1 Peter/1 Kepha 3:3 – “Your adornment should not be outward arranging the hair, wearing jewelry or putting on dresses. (4) But, the ‘Hidden Man’ of the heart, with the incorruptible ornament of a meek and peaceable spirit, which is of great value before Ahayah. (5) For in this way, in former times, the set apart women who trusted in the Most High also adorned themselves, being subject to the own husbands (or Fathers) as Sarah obeyed Abraham, of whom you became children, doing good and not frightened by any fear.
- A woman should, first of all, represent herself as a righteous servant before the Most High. Not only in how she conducts herself spiritually, but also physically. (For example: Would a righteous woman dress like a whore? Would a righteous woman speak with a filthy mouth?). Let our actions speak for us. Our actions comes from the spirit. It comes from the heart. The spiritual always affects the physical realm.
1 Timothy 2:9 – “Likewise, that the women dress themselves becomingly, with decency and sensibleness, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or costly garments, (10) but with good works, which is becoming for women undertaking worship of the almighty Ahayah. (11) Let a woman learn in silence, in all subjection. (12) But I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, rather, to be in silence. (15) But she shall be saved in child bearing if they continue in belief, love and set apartness with sensibleness.”
- Our women/daughters roles may seem less significant than the roles of men. That couldn’t’ be further from the truth. Our women/daughters are the embodiment of our nation and their roles are vital to establishing healthy families, communities and building a strong nation. When you look at our women it is a reflection of the condition of the Nation of Israel. It’s not about our outward appearance of vanity and pride, but more about the importance of an appearance in righteousness and of good works, which are all matters of the heart.
Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha) 7:25 – “Marry thy daughter, and so shall thou have performed a weighty matter, but give her to a man of understanding.”
- Self Explanatory; it gives us an idea of how our women ought to be raised and protected. You don’t just give your daughter off to any man. He has to be a righteous man serving the Most High.
Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha) 7:19 - “Forgo not a wise and good woman for her grace is above gold.”
Proverbs/Mishle 31:10-31 – This covers the characteristics what a true, virtuous woman is all about.
Numbers/Bemidbar 12:14 – (Read this whole chapter; see also 1 Timothy 2:11-15]
Numbers/Bemidbar 30:3-16 – The importance of making vows and this shows the woman’s subjection to her head/authority (Father/Husband); see also 1 Kepha 3:5)
Isaiah/Yeshayahu 3:12-26 – This is what worldly women have to look forward to and it is approaching fast.
1 Peter/1 Kepha 5:5-11 – Humble yourselves in all matters to obtain favor from Ahayah, the Most High. If we walk contrary to humility then we are walking in our pride which essentially comes from Satan, the enemy.
Refer to these books concerning other examples of the Virtuous women of old:
The Book of Ruth
The Book of Esther
Deborah the Prophetess – The Book of Judges
Sarah – Genesis/Bereshith
Judith – Apocrypha
Susanna – Apocrypha
Hannah – 1 Samuel/1Shemuel
Rachel and Leah – Genesis/Bereshith
Rebekah – Genesis/Bereshith
Tobit (Apocrypha) 10:12 – Tobit was given a wife named Sarah; all the men who married Sarah before Tobit died. When Tobit came, she was given to him in marriage and her father said to her, “Honor thy Father and thy Mother in law, which are now they parents that I may hear good report of thee. And he kissed her. Edna (Sarah’s mother) also said to Tobias, the Heavenly Father restore thee, my dear brother, and grant that I may see thy children of they daughter Sarah before I die, that I may rejoice before the Most High: behold, I commit my daughter unto thee of special trust; where fore do not entreat her evil.”
- Once the Father gives his daughter in marriage, the daughter now belongs to her husband’s family and she is to honor her new family as she would her own. The mother was concerned as would any mother, that the husband would treat her daughter righteously. The story shows how our culture handled marriage.”