This Sabbath’s video Torah study at 4pm Central Time with the staff and friends of Sabbath Keepers Fellowship.
Here is the Zoom Link:https://zoom.us/j/4731209848
This week’s parasha is:
Chayyeh Sarah – חַיֵּי שָׂרָה – “Sarah’s life”
Torah reading: B’reishyth (Genesis) 23:1 – 25:18
Haftarah reading: Melekym Aleph (I Kings) 1:1 – 31
Ketuvym Hatalmidym reading: Yochanan 4:3-14
Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem YHWH Adoneynu ~ Peace to you, my brothers, in the name of YHWH our Master.
Vayiqru l’Rivqah, vayomru, “Eileyha hateil’ki im ha’ish hazeh?” Vatomer, “Eileik.” ~ “And, they called Rivqah, and they said, ‘Will you go with this man?’ And she said, ‘I will go.’ “
Rivqah is likened to the bride of Messiah, who is the son of promise. She is the chosen one, chaste and spotless from the world, who is destined to be his, and his alone. She did not know of this destiny or that she was his chosen until the moment of her calling. But, when that moment came, she instantly recognized it and left all she knew before, following his servant to her new husband and home.
Rivqah’s family and friends tried to delay her leaving. They asked for just a few days longer with her, not wishing her to leave, and possibly wanting to do some things with her or for her that had never gotten done. But Rivqah seemed to understand that her moment had come, her future was waiting, and it might be now or never. She turned her back on her past, and on any possible temptation that delay might have brought, and she went.
Eliezer is likened to Moshe, who is also called “Haeved”—The Servant of YHWH. It is thought that the reason Eliezer is never mentioned by name in this passage, but only called “The Servant,” is to make this likeness clear. Moshe came to the chosen people of YHWH and made an offer of betrothal on His behalf, as did Eliezer to Rivqah. And like Rivqah, the chosen people of YHWH immediately turned and followed His servant through the wilderness into a place they did not know, to meet their new husband whom they had never before seen.
Yehoshua Hamashiach said, “He who loves father and mother more than me is not worthy of me.” He also said, “There is no one who has left house or parents or brothers or wife or children, for the sake of the kingdom of YHWH, who shall not receive many times more in this present time, and in the age to come, everlasting life.”
These and other examples in scripture are meant to teach the chosen people of YHWH and the bride of Messiah how they should go. When you are called, do not hesitate or delay. Do not succumb to the pressures and temptations of others. It is your moment, and it may well be now or never. Simply say, “Eileik”—I will go, like Rivqah, and never look back. May you be counted worthy as the bride of Messiah in your day.
B’ Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael