Torah Portion: Chayeh Sarah (B’reshiyt 23:1 – 25:18)

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This is my commentary on the torah portion Chayeh Sarah - "Life of Sarah." Though it begins with a narrative concerning Sarah's death, the greater part of this sidrah is devoted to Abraham's desire to find a proper wife for his son Isaac. In this story we see a picture of the Heavenly Father's devotion to finding a wife for His Son. Shalom! Approximately 60 minutes.

 

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Torah Portion: Chayeh Sarah
This is Bill's commentary on the torah portion Chayeh Sarah - "Life of Sarah." This sidrah begins and ends with the death of Sarah and Abraham respectively. Prominently displayed between these two events is Eliezer's journey to Syria to secure the chosen wife for Abraham's son, Isaac. Thus we see a picture of the Heavenly Father's devotion to send His Spirit throughout the nations to find those who wish to come out from their surroundings and be joined to the Promised Son. Teaching highlights include:
  • Implications of the unnamed servant "Eliezer."
  • Why mixed marriages are prohibited.
  • Prophetic implications of Rivkah as "the maiden."
  • Approximately 60 minutes.

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3 Responses to Torah Portion: Chayeh Sarah (B’reshiyt 23:1 – 25:18)

  1. Darlene says:

    Interesting points brought out in this teaching Bill. I was thinking how we are so “quick” to take credit for the good (as to gladly accept that role), but are fully shocked and amazed when the carnal nature rears its ugly head like it shouldn’t be there! Oh how we truly need the Holy Spirit to “help” us distinguish between the two (since the adversary is a master at disguising). Our GOOD has the potential to become just as damaging to bringing forth Israel as our “bad” (so to speak). The Torah certainly shows us both, but do we really grasp the fact that BOTH natures are in us, as they were in Rebekah? While we begin this struggle with the desire for the Father’s blessing to be upon us, do we end it there? As life’s journey unfolds and we come to “know” Him, we realize that the blessing is NOT about us after all!

    I think the deep seated spiritual reality is that in spite of us…Israel is born. Everything in this Torah portion relates to a divine orchestration of events, people and “choices.” Our Father is so awesome as to allow us to experience both sides of this contradiction. Why does He do this? Is it to defeat our greatest enemy of all, pride?

    Rebekah was a picture of humility…a picture of servanthood. She chose that place even when no benefit to that choice seemed evident. It is obvious the Father is watching for our obedience, but there is something looming beneath the surface of EVEN our day to day obedience that disqualifies us for Sonship. It is hidden and only to be revealed by the intimacy of relationship. It is also hidden in the life and secret discovery of Sarah. The Father knew she drank of the living waters, He also knew she would freely give that same water to His servant Eliezer and to his camels (10). The revelation that came to me is that the two natures are more deeply seated in what we will do with our inheritance once it comes upon us through obedience. What our attitude will be regarding it when it is fully realized. Rebekah would carry these two “nations.” Yet she was a woman doing the right thing at the right time and therefore chosen. The man child on the other hand is predetermined and obedience is only part of the equation. Could it be concluded that the death of the bride is what “reveals” this hidden life more fully? Maybe, we could liken it to death of self-benefit, death of position, death of seeing ourselves as entitled and capable of being all that God needs in a man or woman.

    One nation (or nature) would seek out to destroy the other in an effort to hold onto something that was freely given to begin with (regardless of our capability to “be” the bad) and the other would fully realize that the bad seed was INDEED there but seek to overcome it. It is obvious the Father is looking for a bride that will be helpmate to His Son in this portion. Yet the kingdom fulfillment is not accomplished with that alone, but with the birth of the Sons from her womb. The portion begins with the death of Sarah and Abraham’s mourning to show us the state of things and the effects of the fall (just an opinion). It is this reality that has produced two seeds. Even in Rebekah who is the chosen bride. Without the “help” of the one who willed us into existence, we are doomed to be the other seed fighting against His ULTIMATE plan and who He has chosen to fulfill it. This eludes to a very powerful truth about the battle that is ahead of us. Trust tested at a level that none of us can comprehend.

    Thank you for the extra work you do in creating these PDF files Bill. They are very helpful in my studies and great for future reference and copy. I hope what I write is feedback to you that will bless and encourage. Your teachings and ministry stirs much in me.

    Shalom,
    Darlene

  2. Norseman says:

    Just to clarify . . . . Vegetables (including broccoli) are just as dead as meat when we eat them. So is bread. Although wheat seeds are alive, they are killed when they are made into flour. I think you’ve bought into a variation of the “don’t eat meat” mindset that was prophesied to occur in the last days.

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