Parasha Chayei Sarah         Week ending November 3, 2018
Torah – Genesis 23:1-25:18          Haftarah – 1 Kings 1:1-31                 Brit Chadashah – Matthew 1:1-17
Chayei Sarah (the life of Sarah) is a fairly short portion of Torah, but it contains some extremely
important lessons. This year we are going to look at one small portion and draw out of it two
lessons for you to consider as you study for yourself this great parasha (portion.)
Genesis 24:14-19, “Now let it be that the young woman to whom I say, ‘Please let down your
pitcher that I may drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink’–[let] her
[be the one] You have appointed for Your servant Isaac. And by this I will know that You have
shown kindness to my master.” 15 And it happened, before he had finished speaking, that
behold, Rebekah, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s
brother, came out with her pitcher on her shoulder. 16 Now the young woman [was] very
beautiful to behold, a virgin; no man had known her. And she went down to the well, filled her
pitcher, and came up. 17 And the servant ran to meet her and said, “Please let me drink a little
water from your pitcher.” 18 So she said, “Drink, my lord.” Then she quickly let her pitcher
down to her hand, and gave him a drink. 19 And when she had finished giving him a drink, she
said, “I will draw [water] for your camels also, until they have finished drinking.” (NKJV)
First, notice in verse 14 the prayer that the servant offers up. The sign included that the girl
would give him a drink and give drinks to his camels. I bring this up to point out that G-d did
not answer him exactly the way he prayed. Because he was seeking His will and because this
indeed was the woman G-d had chosen that the woman responded above and beyond the
request. She did not just give the camels drink, but she went well beyond. She offered, and
HURRIED to give the camels enough to satisfy their desire to drink.
It would have been enough and technically an answer to prayer if she gave the servant water
and then put out some water for the thirsty animals. But again she went above and beyond on
this one.
Have you ever thought to consider how much water that had to have been? According to
National Geographic, a thirsty camel can drink 30 (thirty) gallons of water in as short a time
period as 13 minutes! That’s a lot of water! But we are not talking about a single camel,
Scripture tells us the servant had ten camels with him. That is quite possibly 300 (three
hundred) gallons of water! No wonder she hurried!
Let’s do a little more math here. Water weighs approximately 8.3 pounds per gallon. If the girl
had a five gallon container, it would have weighed 41.5 pounds! Are you seeing where I’m
going with this? She would have had to run to the well and draw out about forty-one and a half
pounds of water up to sixty times! It would have taken sixty trips to provide the 300 gallons of
water weighing a total of 2,490 pounds!!!
This is extraordinary to say the least. I wonder how many of us would be willing to go through
so much trouble to meet the needs of a single stranger and his animals. I especially wonder if
we would do it even if we had no idea that there would be any immediate blessing attached to
our act of kindness. I further wonder if we would be so inclined if we would do so with
enthusiasm so that others would look at us and say that we were quick to perform such an act
of kindness?
How much of yourself are you willing to give for the Kingdom of G-d without expectation of
some tangible, immediate return? Are you willing to give all to the Messiah Yeshua? Will you
do so quickly and whole-heartedly? Let us all examine our hearts this Shabbat and coming
week of study. Shalom!

Lekh Lekha    Week ending October 20, 2018
Torah – Genesis 12:1-17:27                     Haftarah – Isaiah 40:27-41:16

Brit Chadashah – Romans 4:1-25; Galatians 4:21-5:1; Hebrews 7
This week, the third week in the book of Bereshit (Genesis), we look at Lekh Lekha (Go forth
yourself.) There is much to study here and some pretty amazing things to be certain. You likely
know from years past I love how the first seven parashot (portions) line up with the six days of
creation and the seventh or Sabbath day of rest.
This year I am going to focus on one short piece of the Scripture found at the beginning of our
verses. It is likely something that has escaped your attention in the past. I will bring it to your
attention and hopefully show you how this ancient text is relevant to you here and now in your
own life!
Genesis 12:1-5, “Now the L-RD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family
And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I
will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who
bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be
blessed.” 4 So Abram departed as the L-RD had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And
Abram [was] seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 5 Then Abram took Sarai his
wife and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people
whom they had acquired in Haran, and they departed to go to the land of Canaan. So they
came to the land of Canaan.” (NKJV)
Did you catch anything that perhaps sounded a little odd? After G-d gives some instructions
to Avram (Abram) we see the account of Avram’s response.
Take a look at verse 5. You will read an accounting of what Avram took with him when he
embarked upon the journey G-d was calling him to go on. The last thing mentioned was the
souls which he had gathered! Have you ever noticed this or wondered what it meant?
I’ll try to make it make sense to you here. There are a few things going on that when they
come together will make it clear.
The sages teach us that Avram was the original G-d seeker. G-d was looking for a man to
make covenant with in order to bring about G-d’s plan for humanity. This at the same time that
Avram had come to the conclusion that polytheism and idolatry were false constructs. Avram
seemed to instinctively know that there had to be One G-d responsible for creating and
maintaining the world and all that there was.
When Avram came to this conclusion, he became what we would call today an evangelist.
Avram was intent on spreading the “good news” that he had learned! These souls, therefore,
were those that Avram had taught and convinced of this truth.
In next week’s parasha, you will see an example of this in that both Avram and Sarai had their
tents open on all sides. This, the sages say, was to be able to welcome travelers from any
direction. They were incredibly hospitable, but they also used this hospitality to share the good
news of the One True G-d with everyone they could.
I selected this one point this time around to illustrate the heart I believe the Father desires all of
us to have. It is my prayer that we all have this fire of Avram stirred within us. I pray that we all
are consumed with the desire to not only be hospitable to others, but to use this gift as a tool
to share the Good News that we have. Yes, we have and can share the eternally valid news
that there is indeed One True G-d, but now because of the age in which we live we have the
added bonus to share with people how He came fulfilling the Fall Feasts of ADONAI and
provided once for all Atonement through the blood of Yeshua, our Messiah!
May we all walk in the emunah (trust) that Avram walked in. May we all be true friends of G-d
and cause all manner of men and women to befriend G-d as well. Shalom!