After given their orders, the men quickly make way to the woman. Witnessing the king in distress and renting his clothes, a forceful command was assumed to five men: Hilkiah the Hebrew priest, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the court secretary or scribe, Shaphan’s son Ahikam, and the king’s servant Asaiah (2 Kings 22:11-12). It was paramount the men reach the prophetess. Great wrath from the Lord was kindled against the Israelites for their lack of obedience once finding and reading the Book of the Law. Quickening their hast, the five men make way to Huldah.
She was the wife of Shallum, the keeper of the royal wardrobe. A prominent position in the King’s court, Shallum was in care of the imperial clothing worn by the stately family. He was entrusted with teaching young Josiah while still a small child. Married to a wise and prominent man, Huldah was held in great esteem. “As a prophetess in the reign of King Josiah, she could be found sitting in the central part of Jerusalem ready to receive and counsel any who wished to inquire of Jehovah.” (Biblegateway.com)
Huldah is ranked among women such as Deborah, Miriam, and Hannah. Her reputation is attested to when she is consulted when the Book of the Law was found. She prophesied national ruin because of Israel’s disobedience to God’s commands. Her message with the King’s reforms, new rival was brought to God’s people (2 Kings 22:14-20, 2 Chronicles 34:22-28).
In the New Testament, four women are mentioned prophesying. “We continued our voyage from Tyre and landed at Ptolemais, where we greeted the brothers and stayed with them for a day. Leaving the next day, we reached Caesarea and stayed at the house of Philip the evangelist, one of the Seven. He had four unmarried daughters who prophesied.” (Acts 21:8-9) R. Kent Hughes portrays the women ministering to Paul, “After a day in Ptolemais, Paul arrived in Caesarea, the port city of Jerusalem. He could now enter Jerusalem anytime he wished but wanted to wait until Pentecost. Philip the evangelist, his gracious host, was the man who first took the gospel to Samaria and then baptized the Ethiopian eunuch. God had blessed him with four gifted daughters, who may have furthered prophesied of Paul’s difficult future.” (Acts The Church Afire, Hughes)
God has used women to encourage, flame, lift-up, support, and hearten men who were gifted for great things. Huldah was used to proclaim a powerful word to King Josiah, while Philip’s daughters were used to speak His word to those entrusted to their care, maybe Paul. The Apostle is the one who recognized and proclaimed their gift in prophesy, encouraging those who would listen to the Lord’s Word. Women have been used by the Lord for great ministry.
According to the prophet Joel, “And afterward I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions. Even upon the menservants and upon the maid servants in those days will I pour out my spirit.” (Joel 2:28-29).
Peter, full of the Holy Spirit, boldly proclaims in Acts, “But Peter, standing with the eleven, raised his voice and addressed: You Jews and all you residents of Jerusalem, let this be to you so that you will know and understand; listen closely to what I have to say. For these men are not drunk, as you imagine, for it only the third hour of the day; but this is what was spoken through the prophet Joel: And it shall come to pass in the last days, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all mankind, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams. Yes, and on My menservants also and my maidservants in those days I will pour out of my Spirit, and they shall prophesy.” (Acts 2:14-18). Yes, women witnessed, were apart of, and filled with the Spirit of the Lord.
Today, we do not see prophets proclaiming the Lord’s Word like those used in the Old Testament. The Isaiah’s or Jeremiah’s are not in the streets yelling, “Thus sayeth the Lord.” Although, we can hear the Lord’s Word through biblical teachers, evangelists, pastors, and through God’s Bible. I believe God gives dreams and visions, a word of knowledge, and speaks boldly through His Word to us today.
Tommy has had wonderful dreams from the Lord. One of those dreams brought him back to the church, baptized and full of zeal for God’s house. I have read God using dreams as a venue to speak to those in other religions. I myself had a vision from the Lord ten years ago. I have been engrossed, full of zeal, and enamored with Jesus ever since.
I know a man who was been declared a prophet speak over Tommy and myself. He regularly speaks to the Latin community and has had many “prophesying words” fulfilled. I have been the recipient of someone who has a “word from the Lord” for me. I have had friends text, email, call, or speak to me about God giving them a Scripture for me. Usually, these women have been in prayer, worshiping or reading the Bible before such addresses have been made. Through these words, God has answered a difficult situation with Scripture. It truly is amazing when I pray for confirmation, a Scripture from a trusted godly woman, or give Tommy, my husband, a Word for me. God has always been faithful.
I love hearing God work through women in the church and through His Word, but I do want to give a word of caution. Telling someone you have a Word from the Lord is very delicate. This “word” have truly be from the Lord or you would be considered a false prophet. God judges His people, teachers, apostles, evangelists, and prophets to a higher, stricter accountability. If you are speaking out of emotion, then I would find time to spend in more prayer.
When you do receive a Word from someone, remember 1 John 4:1-3, “Beloved, do not put faith in every spirit, but prove (test) the spirits to discover whether they proceed from God; for many false prophets have gone forth into the world. By this you may know (perceive and recognize) the Spirit of God: every spirit which acknowledges and confesses (the fact) that Jesus Christ (the Messiah) has become man and has come in the flesh is of God; and every spirit which does not acknowledge and confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh (but would annul, destroy, sever Him) is not of God. This is the spirit of the anti-Christ of which you heard that it was coming, and not it is in the world.”
Any “word” you receive from someone has to glorify Christ, encourage your spiritual Christian walk, glorify God, give you meat and not milk, and be found in Scripture. I would have a hard time receiving a “word” from someone who just inflated my own ego, encouraged my own self-ambition, and denied Christ’s words. Remember, receiving a Word from the Lord will always lift Christ’s name, not your or the givers. As the Apostle Paul told the Corinth church, “For I resolve to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2).
My sister in Christ, I pray this “word” blesses you today. I pray you believe you hear from the Lord through His Word, through trusted pastors, and those used to spread the Gospel. I pray God speaks to your heart clearly with the Bible, worship, and in prayer. We were made to have a close, intimidate relationship with Christ Jesus. Through this amazing connection with Maker of Heaven and Earth, He can use us to great things just as He did with Huldah and Philip’s daughters. Do not be afraid of someone with a “word”; remember to compare it to Scripture, see if it glorifies Christ, and encourages you to rise higher. May God use you to give a Word to someone in need.