“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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I find it interesting that even in Egypt so many years after the exodus of the Israelites, a Pharaoh remembered Jehovah and named his daughter a worshiper of Jehovah.ReplyDelete
May we all remember Jehovah so well!
Don't you just love it?! I love digging up these little jewels in the midst of what most skip or skim over. (1 Chron. 4 is also where Jabez is hidden)Delete
Oh, what a great idea for the AZ Challenge! I have to admit I don't remember reading Bithia's name in the Bible. I'm looking forward to your posts this month!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Betsy. I'm with you, I'd never heard of her before deciding to do this series. I have many other less recognized women on my list.Delete
Bithiah is a beautiful name.ReplyDelete
I love your theme for the challenge.
I'm glad you like her name...and my challenge theme. Thanks.Delete
Very interesting! I bet out of 1900 bloggers, this is the only Bithiah for B word.ReplyDelete
Nice to meet you, and welcome to the Challenge!
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When I decided to accept the challenge and my theme for it, I didn't think about any of my "letters" being one & only...but that's pretty cool. Just having 1900 bloggers is pretty cool.Delete
Nice to meet you too. Thanks for hopping into my site!