We are studying “lesser known women of the Bible.” Several of us will be blogging about some of the lesser knowns whom we don’t discuss in the study. I must confess, I chose Huldah because I couldn’t remember her name at all—it wasn’t even familiar. Huldah was a prophetess who served during the reign of King Josiah. Speaking for God, she told the king “Thus says the Lord.” The story is recorded both in 2Kings 22 and 2Chronicles 34. I KNOW I have read this story more than once before. I remember King Josiah (one of the “good” kings of Judah), and the story of the book of the Law being found in the temple. But I did NOT remember Huldah.
Sorry, Huldah. I forgot your name. I’m sure lots of people don’t know your name. Not all that many people know my name, either, though my name isn’t in the Bible. But Someone knows both of us and both of our names.
The Lord “determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” (Psalm 147:14). If you’re that busy with just the stars, Lord, I could understand if you forgot my name. But amazingly, you, the God of the universe, KNOW MY NAME! “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” (Isaiah 49:15-16). John 10:3 says that Jesus calls us, his sheep, “by name.” In Revelation 3:5 Jesus promises his faithful that “I will never blot out [your] name from the book of life, but will acknowledge [your] name before my Father and his angels.” Not only does Jesus remember and know us, he advocates for us before the Father. To paraphrase King David, “Who am I, that you are mindful of me, that you care for me? Yet you have made me a little lower than the heavenly beings.” (see Psalm 8:4-5).
Huldah, who? Marilyn, who? HE knows my name!