“Go, inquire of Jehovah in my behalf, in behalf of the people, and in behalf of all Judah concerning the words of this book that has been found […]”
~2 Kings 22:13
Josiah was a 26 year old king who had an earnest interest in doing things God’s way (2 Ki. 22:2).
When his scribe, Shaphan, brought him the book of the Law (evidently the original book written by the hand of Moses), he formed a committee to find out what God’s words meant in terms of Judah’s future (De. 31:9).
The committee, despite being made up of prominent men, did not visit any well-known male prophets of the time, despite their vicinity (Jeremiah, Nahum and Zephaniah).
Instead, the committee inquired of the prophetess Huldah. (2 Ki. 22:14).
Huldah’s insight into the reading of the prophecies was never questioned but rather, taken as God’s word (2 Ki. 22:20-23:3).
King Josiah’s humility was hence blessed as he was spared seeing Jerusalem’s destruction or having it collapse under his reign (2 Ki. 22:18-20).
How do I react when given sound advice by a spiritually mature woman?
Do I think she is overstepping her role in the congregation by personally giving me suggestions that typically only congregation elders or overseers give?
When a person delivers God’s message to me, it should not matter that they are male or female, so long as it is God’s word that they are relating.
Other women who prophesied on behalf of Jehovah:
- Miriam (Mic. 6:4)
- Deborah (Jg. 4:4)
- Isaiah’s Wife (Is. 8:3)
- Anna (Lu. 2:36)
- Philip’s 4 Daughters (Acts 21:8,9)
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