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"Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." Matthew 5:16

Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Bithiah

Women of the Bible from A to Z series

“Ezrah's sons were Jether, Mered, Epher, and Jalon. Mered married Bithiah, the daughter of the king of Egypt. The children of Mered and Bithiah were Miriam, Shammai, and Ishbah...” 1 Chron. 4:17 ncv 
Of course, I known more about Bithiah's husband, Mered, than I do her so let me give a bit about his ancestry line. Mered was a son of Ezrah (aka Ezra). Ezrah is of the line of Judah and his wife/daughter-in-law Tamar. (See Genesis 38:1-30) I was unable to determine which of the five sons bore to Tamar, which he is a descendent. I based on what I could glean for the text from 1 Chronicles 4:1-17, I believe Ezrah is of the line of Shobal (see verse 2).
I can, however, give you some history for Judah.
Judah is one of Jacob/Israel’s twelve sons. His mother was Jacob’s first wife, Leah, the oldest daughter of Laban (Gen. 29:16 on), and the sister of Jacob’s true love, Rachel.

Jacob a twin son of Isaac and Rebecca, deceived his dying father with the help of his mother. He had some interesting encounters with God, including God changing his name to Israel. His descendents would become known as the nation of Israel. (Gen. 25 & 32:24-36) I'll stop the genealogy here and get back to the focus of today's writing, Bithiah.
Bithiah (aka Bithia) was the daughter of a Pharaoh, the then king of Egypt. Her name means daughter of Yahweh, daughter of the Lord, worshipper of Jehovah. Yahweh (aka Yhwh) is the Hebrew name given to the God of the nation of Israel. So, Bithiah was a follower of the same God as her husband’s family.
I love that her name means “worshipper of Jehovah.” Jehovah is the Israelites name for Lord found in Exodus 6:3. by the meaning of her name, I see her not only as a follower, but as a worshipper. Worship is what God desires of us all.
Worship: to adore, love, revere, elevate, praise, and to whom you pray
Let’s worship the Lord of lords and King of kings. Let’s live out the name of Bithiah today.

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