To those who do not know me, let me introduce myself and the many hats I wear. Long hair or short hair. Whether I go to the hairdresser or get my hair off the dresser, I am Harriet Noel Jones, daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, widow, friend, and author just to name a few. Many titles to define me in the natural, the many hats I wear.
When I was born to my Momma and Daddy, I became a daughter. Because they had sons, I became a sister. My husband, my Man of God, made me a wife because I married him. Because I had his children I became a mother. Because my daughter had children, I became a grandmother. Because I served with the Man of God for more than 30 years in ministry, I became a first lady. Because I loved him, I became his best friend. Because God loved him and received him into heaven I became a widow. And now I am a published author because God said write and I wrote our story. Many hats, many titles I wear.
I like to tell stories. Stories are a way of relaying information to the listeners, painting a picture, so to speak, so they have visual images to connect them to what has transpired and causes them to remember. Bible stories are especially beneficial because all scripture is for our learning. There is a not so familiar story in 2 Samuel 21:1-14 that chronicles a tragedy in the life of Rizpah. You may ask the question, who in the world is Rizpah? I want to ask this question. Who are you?
When Rizpah enters the story, she is a daughter, concubine, and mother. The daughter of Aiah, the concubine of King Saul and the mother of Armoni and Mephibosheth. A concubine is a woman who cohabits with a man to whom she is not legally married. She and her children were secondary to the official wife and had limited or no financial rights or recognition. In today’s time, you may be listed as a special friend on the last line of his obituary. Let me give you some free advice, don’t do it.
Saul was the first King of Israel. He messed up and God raised up David as a replacement. While King, he made decisions that tragically affected him, Israel and his family. At the time of this story, Saul is dead and David is King. Famine had been on the land for three years. David inquired of the Lord and God responded that the famine was the result of Saul murdering the Gibeonites. Saul broke the covenant that Joshua had made with the Gibeonites four hundred years earlier. For reparation, the Gibeonites wanted blood for blood, seven of Saul’s sons to be hung. The King delivered Rizpah’s two sons and five other sons of Saul to the Gibeonites. They were hung and left hanging.
Rizpah sprang into action and for five months, day and night, night and day, light and darkness, she watched over the bodies. She kept the birds from resting on her sons, prevented the wild animals from devouring their flesh. Through her vigil, she risked ridicule, shame, harm, and humiliation to protect the fallen bodies of her sons.
Because Rizpah took a stand, the king heard of it. Saul and his sons were given a proper burial, the rain came and the land of Israel was relieved of the famine. Now, that is who Rizpah was. Who are you? What roadblocks are you willing to knock out of the way, what attacks of the enemy are you willing to fight off? What are you willing to stand against and make a difference for you and your family? You can only do this through knowing who you are in the Lord.
In the natural, you are sons and daughters, husbands and wives, fathers and mothers, and a whole lot of other titles. It is good to know who you are in the natural, but who are you in the supernatural, the spiritual? To really know who you are, you must know what God says about you in His Word.
The Bible says we are sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. As members of the church, we are the bride of Christ. We are Abraham’s seed and heir to his promises. God gives us power to get wealth. He blesses the work of our hands. We are the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath, the lender and not the borrower. Join me in saying, we are blood bought believers, demon destroyers and switchblade swingers of the Word of God. We cut devils every chance we get. That is who we are.
Harriet Noel Jones