In this podcast (13 mins) learn about Huldah—a minor yet significant character of the Bible.
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Hebrew & Greek words:
- chuldah = mole. See the Huldah Gates (entrance into Temple precinct).
- nevi'ah = prophetess (Greek prophêtis)
- navi' = prophet (Greek prophétēs)
Prophetesses of the Bible:
- Old Testament
- Miriam (Exod 15:20)
- Deborah (Judg 4:4)
- Huldah (2 Kings 22:14-20)
- Isaiah's wife (Isa 8:3)
- Traditional extras (in Judaism): Sarah, Abigail, Esther
- New Testament
- Anna (Luke 2:36)
- Philip's daughters (Acts 21:9)
- See also Acts 2:17-18; 1 Cor 11:4-5.
- False prophetesses
- Noadiah (Neh 6:14)
- "Jezebel" (Rev 2:20)
Text: 2 Chron 34:8-28 (selections)
What we learn about Huldah:
- She is one of three named prophetesses in the O.T.
- She was married, from a prominent family, and "high up" in the hierarchy.
- She realizes the spiritual seriousness of the situation, and responds accordingly.
- She's willing to convey challenging words to the king himself.
- The king listens to her (2 Chron 34:29-35:19). He respects her.
What we learn about God:
- God can speak authoritatively through a woman just as easily as through a man. (Huldah's message back to the king read and feel every bit as serious and authoritative as the words of Jeremiah!)
- He holds us responsible for our knowledge of his Word. When we learn the truth, Yahweh expects us to act.
- We are to do what is right, whether or not we are "successful." Josiah's revival movement was a case of "too little, too late." Still the Lord was pleased that he listened to Huldah and strove for righteousness and obedience to God's Law.