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Mar 12 2013

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Queens from Babylon and Ethiopia

This entry is part 16 of 21 in the series Women

1 Kings 10:4  King (Solomon) & Queen (Sheba)

Queen of Ethiopia

The queen from Ethiopia had told the heroes and heroines: “I am Candace, queen of Ethiopia. I remember giving a court official permission to visit a far off country in pursuit of his beliefs. I remember he came back with a miraculous story which changed our country.”

You are correct saying you are Candace, queen of Ethiopia. Candace is not a name, but a dynastic title referring to the queen or the queen mother of Ethiopia, in the same way Pharaoh refers to the ruler of Egypt. Ethiopia was the ancient Nubian Kingdom, south of Aswan on the Nile.

One of your most trusted royal servants, your treasurer, requested to go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, to worship. You had granted him permission.

On his way back, he was journeying to the south, on the road that goes from Jerusalem to Gaza. Gaza was the last town, on the road toward Egypt, before the desert. He was seated in a chariot, reading out loud from the book of Isaiah 53:7-8

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word.

He was led like a lamb to the slaughter.

And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth.

Unjustly condemned, he was led away.

No one cared that he died without descendants, that his life was cut short in midstream.

But he was struck down for the rebellion of my people. (NLT)

An angel of the Lord appeared to Philip and sent Philip to your treasurer. Philip ran to him, catching up with the chariot, and asked him whether he understood what he was reading. The eunuch answered that he did not, and invited Philip to come and sit with him and explain to him who was being spoken of.

Philip joined him on the chariot and told him the good news about Jesus Christ. During their conversation, the chariot passed by water, the eunuch asked the chariot to stop and requested to be baptized.

After he was baptized, when he came out of the water, Philip had disappeared. The Spirit of the Lord had carried Philip away. Your trusted servant continued his journey, returning to Ethiopia.

 

Queen of Persia

My husband is king of Persia. I sat with him one day when my husband noticed his loyal cupbearer –I forget his name – was sad, which was very uncommon for the cupbearer.  When my husband, the king, asked him what was wrong, he asked permission to leave to rebuild the city of his fathers. The king gave him permission and sent him away with letters to ensure his safe passage through other countries until he reached the city of his fathers. I cannot remember what happened with the cupbearer.

Your husband, the king of Persia, was King Artaxerxes and the cupbearer was Nehemiah, the Jew.

Hanani, Nehemiah’s brother, came from Judah and brought bad news.  He told Nehemiah the remnant of exiles, who had returned to Jerusalem, was in trouble and Jerusalem’s walls were broken down and its gates destroyed by fire. When Nehemiah heard this news, he wept, mourned for days, fasted and continued to pray to God.

Nehemiah tried to cover his sadness, but the king noticed, and asked Nehemiah the reason thereof. When Nehemiah told the king about the sad condition of Jerusalem, the king invited Nehemiah to request something.

After he prayed to God, Nehemiah requested permission to go to Jerusalem and to rebuild it.  You were sitting next to the king when he granted all the request of Nehemiah. The king only demanded a return date from Nehemiah. Nehemiah also requested letters from the king to the governors of the provinces, allowing Nehemiah to pass through to Judah. He also requested timber from the king’s forest for specific projects.

The rebuilding of the walls of Jerusalem is written in the book of Nehemiah.

 

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Retha Groenewald

Retha Groenewald, is a Christian, passionate about the Bible and author of fantasy novel The Four Faces. She loves storytelling, reading, researching, and writing. She has degrees in nutrition, business, law, and theology. She is a member of Elim in Durbanville. She lives in Western Cape, in beautiful South Africa.

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