Women of the Word: Huldah

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Huldah is mentioned in 2 Kings 22:13-20 and 2 Chronicles 34. She was the wife of Shallum and is one of the few women, along with Miriam, Deborah, Noadiah, Isaiah’s wife, Anna, and the daughters of Phillip, who are mentioned in the Bible as one of God’s prophetesses. She was respected so much that when the high priest Hilkiah found the lost “Book of the Law” in the Temple, King Josiah sent him to Huldah to find out all he could about the book. They knew Huldah would have a word for them because:

1. Huldah heard the Lord. 2 Chronicles 34:22-23 reads: “So Hilkiah and those the king had appointed went to Huldah the prophetess…Then she answered them, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel…'” Even though it was not a nice message, Huldah honestly told the king’s men what God had given her to say. Because the people of Israel had disobeyed God’s law, Huldah prophesied that the nation would be ruined but that King Josiah (who was a Godly ruler) would not be around to see the destruction. Her words inspired the people of Israel to turn back to God and they promised to be more obedient to His law. As a result, God delayed the nation’s destruction for some time.

Just as God spoke to Huldah then, God also speaks to us today. We have to make sure we are listening. When people come to you for advice, let what you tell them be Biblical words of wisdom. Proverbs 31:26 says about the virtuous woman, “She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.” The words that God gives you to speak to others might alter their future or change their lives, just like it did for King Josiah and the people of Israel when Huldah spoke. Make sure that you can hear God.

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