Worship

Tobit

This is a story of a devout Jew (Tobit) and his son (Tobias), who lived in Ninevah, sometime after the exile of the Israelites by the Assyrians in 722 BC. The father, despite his pious life, lost his eyesight. He sent the son to Media to collect a debt that was due from a friend. Tobias was accompanied by Archangel Raphael in disguise. While bathing in the Tigris River, a huge fish attacked him, but by the help of the Angel, he killed it and collected its organs for later use. He was introduced to a godly Jewish Virgin (Sarah), whose seven husbands had been killed by Satan on their wedding eves. After fasting and praying, following the advice of Archangel Raphael, he married her, and yet remained unharmed. He finally returned to his father after accomplishing his mission. He anointed his father’s eyes with the fish’s bladder, and his father was healed. The book ends with a psalm of praise. Both father and son lived long and blessed lives afterwards.