In the 1st century AD in the plains of Northern Mesopotamia, an independent kingdom and its royal family would play a vital role in the lives of the Jewish people. They were dedicated Zoroastrians, but when their queen Helena heard the truth about Yahweh, His Law and His people, her heart turned towards the One True God. Her conversion would save the lives of thousands and it would impact the the stones, the land and the history of Jerusalem. This is her story.
We meet the infant Moses on the banks of the Nile, enclosed in a small wicker basket. His life hanging in the balance, his fate uncertain. His mother Jochebed knew Pharoah would kill her son, so she placed him safely in the reeds, sad and defeated. It would seem that the tiny boy might perish in the reeds. But Yahweh had a different plan. Pharoah's daughter came down to the river to bathe and found the Hebrew baby. Moved with compassion, she saved him and took him as her own son. In this teaching, Aliyah sifts through history in order to discover the identity of Pharoah's daughter.
You wouldn’t know it, but destiny is still coming, and the future looks glorious, not without pain or trial, but you will see greater things for Yahweh has chosen you. From among the millions, you are favoured by His Hand, you cannot know it now or see it, but the Great I am does and He is preparing you, right in the furnace of fire, right in the grip of pharaoh. Right where it’s dark and empty, where slave songs fill the morning air and prayers of anguish fill the night sky. Right here, now.... this is my story, a story of Grace, I am Elisheba, Mother of the Priesthood.
Luke in his gospel takes us beyond the crowds into the inner circle of Yeshua’s most faithful followers, into the company of His most trusted disciples. Luke names the 12, and then he names 3. Three women are in the inner circle, and among these women is Joanna. A woman of nobility and wealth, a woman who risked it all to follow the Messiah.
Proverbs 31 begins with a telling question, who can find an Eshet Chayil? The question is asked but also answered, it is answered when we consider the true meaning of Chayil. The original meaning of the word is warrior, army, powerful or valiant one. So in essence who can find a warrior woman? But what does it mean to be a warrior, are warriors born, or made, are they fearful or brave or both? In this teaching, Aliyah looks at not only the meaning of the word “chayil,” but also at the life of another individual who was called “chayil.” From this persons life, we discover the true meaning of a warrior from the viewpoint of heaven. This teaching has a message, a challenge and a prophetic call.
Proverbs 31 is full of beautiful nuggets of truth about the warrior woman of God. In this particular teaching, Aliyah uncovers the difference between the original language and the English translation in verse 10, the translation which teaches us that the warrior woman is worth more than rubies. You may be surprised to learn that rubies are not mentioned in the original, something else is and it gives us all a deeper look in to the true worth of the Eshet Chayil of God. This is a stirring message of encouragement, bible study and inspiration, take a listen!
The very moment anyone mentions Mary and Martha, listeners quickly settle themselves in to the camp of Mary and all too soon because of one misunderstood passage of scripture, they judge Martha. While this is not the only interaction readers have with Martha throughout the word, it is one of the only interactions that people remember. It is the culminating point where people point out Martha’s faults and compare her to Mary, but is this right? Are we overlooking the point of the story?Are we overlooking and fault - finding one of the most devoted and beloved followers of Yeshua?