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?