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Bible Wonders- The Breastplate of SARAI

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February 5, 2021 9:59 am

Bible Wonders- The Breastplate of SARAI

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February 5, 2021 9:59 am

Amazing study this Breastplate of Righteousness Note the Hebrew Prefix of Sarai's name as the breastplate in Is 59:17 - The think about what we know of Sarai(SARAH) and what is taught in the Hebrew Midrash and Talmud... Notes and Links below

We have told you many stories about Abraham, but not so many about his wife Sarah. But Sarah was just as great as Abraham. She had all the great qualities that Abraham had. She was wise and kind, and a prophetess. And G‑d told Abraham to do as she says. So let us follow Abraham and Sarah, as they leave Ur of the Chaldees, where Abraham had been thrown into the burning furnace by the command of king Nimrod, but had been saved by a wonderful miracle of G‑d.

For a time, Abram (as he was still called), hid in the house of Shem, Noah's son, for he did not want to rely on miracles in case Nimrod should decide again to take his life. One day his father Terah came to visit him. Terah was a different man now. He was sorry he had brought so much trouble upon his son Abram, and he also knew that Abram was telling the truth about the One G‑d. And so he said to Abram: "My son, let's go away from this country, for you are in danger here. I know that Nimrod has not given up the idea of killing you. I will go with you, too."

The whole family now went away: Terah, Abram and his wife Sarai (later, called Sarah), Terah's grandson Lot and his family, and all their possessions, and the many faithful servants and friends who followed Abram from the moment he came out alive from the burning furnace. They all headed for the land of Canaan. On the way they came to Haran and saw that the land was good and fruitful there. So they decided to stay there.

Abram and Sarai soon became known in Haran as very fine people. They were kind to all, they were very friendly and helpful. Abram always tried to make peace among people, he taught them how to live happily, he told them to get rid of their idols and demons, and trust in the One and Only G‑d, the Creator of heaven and earth. And what Abram did for the men, Sarai did for the women, for she was just as kind and as wise. Abram's tent was always full of people, who came to refresh themselves, and to listen to his words of wisdom; and so was Sarai's tent always full of women who came to enjoy her hospitality and listen to her, and learn how to live in happiness and peace with themselves and with each other.

One day G‑d told Abram to leave his land, and his father's house, and go to another place, so that other people might also learn all that he and Sarai had to teach about the right way of living. Abram took his wife and his nephew Lot and they went to the land of Canaan. This was the land that G‑d promised to give to his children, who would one day become a great nation. Abram wandered about the land, and wherever he came he told the people about the One G‑d, and showed by example how to live a good life. He did not stay very long in one place, and moved farther south, until he came to the border of Egypt. He knew that the people of Egypt were wicked, and when they would see Sarai they would want to take her to their king, to Pharaoh. So he made a large box in which Sarai could hide from the Egyptians. When the Egyptian officers saw the large box they were very curious to know what was in it. They said to Abram, "Everybody must pay a tax for anything they bring into this country. If you have barley in that box, you must pay the barley-tax."

Abraham agreed to pay the tax.

"But perhaps you have wheat there?" the officers said. "The tax is more for wheat!"

"I will pay you the tax for wheat," Abram said.

"But maybe it is full of spices? There is a very high tax for spices," the officers continued.

"Very well; I will pay you the tax for spices," Abram said, anxious to get rid of them at all costs.

Now the Egyptian officers really became curious, and opened the box. They had never seen such a beautiful face before; it was more radiant than the sun which they worshipped. They led Sarai away, and brought her to King Pharaoh to make her his queen. But Sarai did not want to be queen; she wanted to go back to her husband. So she prayed to G‑d with all her heart. Suddenly an angel appeared with an iron rod and began to strike at Pharaoh such painful lashes, that Pharaoh was glad to send Sarai back to Abram. He also gave Sarai his daughter, the princess Hagar, to be her personal maid for the rest of her life.

Abram and Sarai returned to the land of Canaan. G‑d blessed them with great riches, so they built inns and hostels on all the main roads, so that wayfarers should find food, water and a place to rest on their way. They charged no money, and all were welcome. Many weary and hungry travelers found food and shelter in these inns. "How can we thank you, Abram, for your kindness?" they said before leaving, and Abram would reply, "Do not thank me; thank G‑d, the Creator of all these good things." And the good Sarai was taking care of the women and children, and when they wanted to thank her for her hospitality, her reply was the same as Abram's: "Thank G‑d, Who feeds and sustains all living creatures."

In Beer-Sheba, where Abram and Sarai made their home, they built a very big house, with entrances on all four sides. On each side of the house there was a huge sign: ALL WELCOME!

Around the house Abram planted a wonderful garden and an orchard with most delicious fruits and berries.

Most wonderful of all was a magnificent palm tree, which seemed to know every wayfarer that came near it. If an honest and good man would sit down under its shade, the tree would spread forth its branches to shield the visitor from the burning sun, or wind. But if the visitor happened to be a bad man, the palm tree would lift up its branches and give the man no protection. But whenever the tree would act that way, Abram would come up to the visitor and show him especial kindness and attention. He would tell the visitor about G‑d, and about G‑d's kindness to all. All the wickedness would melt away in the heart of the bad man, and goodness and kindness would fill it instead. Then the palm tree would spread forth its branches over the man in a friendly way.

All the time Sarai was busy with the women folk, and long after all visitors were gone, or had retired to sleep, Sarai would sit up in her tent, making dresses and things for the poor and needy. When everybody was fast asleep, there was still a candle burning in Sarai's tent, where she was sitting doing some hand-work, or preparing food for the next day. So G‑d sent a special Cloud of Light to surround her tent. For miles and miles around, the Cloud of Glory could be seen hovering over Sarai's tent, and everybody said, "There dwells a woman of worth."

Abram and Sarai became very famous. From near and far, men and women came to Beer-Sheba to find help, good cheer and comfort, which was given to all, free, by Abram and Sarai. The men and women wanted to thank them, but always they were told to thank G‑d instead. "But where is this G‑d?" they would ask, looking around them, for they only knew idols.

"His glory fills the heaven and earth," came the reply, and away went the visitors blessing the G‑d of Abram and Sarai.

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Did you ever wonder? Did you ever wonder?

I do. Did you ever wonder? Why the sun always rises, but the stars never fall?

Why dry land is never satisfied by water? And why fire never says enough? I am so excited about this Bible wonders we have today, because I sure have been wondering. God really has given me something to wonder about. And today's continuation of Ephesians 6, we're going to talk about the breastplate of Sarai.

Or you might think of her as Sarah. And what might that have to do with the breastplate of righteousness? Well, I think you're going to find as we get into this, by the way, all the things I'm going to describe, the notes, the things that are talked about in the Talmud and the Midrash, as well as the Hebrew and all those things, are all in the show notes.

So, if you have questions or you want to continue reading on Sarah and Abraham and those kind of things, it's all available there at the show notes on this podcast. So, when you look at the word breastplate that's talked about in Ephesians 6, you know, after you put on the belt of truth, it says, you know, put on the breastplate. And so, as I went to study that word, the beautiful thing is that we can see exactly what Paul meant in Hebrew, because he was quoting out of Isaiah 59, 17, where, you know, they talk about the breastplate of righteousness. And so, we can get that word there for breastplate. And when you look at that word in Hebrew, it starts out with three letters that are Sarahi's name.

So, that's where we get that idea. And we'll get to the next two letters that are after Sarahi's name and how they fit into this in a bit. But I just want to think about what this is, because when you talk about Sarahi's name, you might know that it meant princess. But if you really study Sarah, because as I began to think about what these letters mean, because the first letter is a shin that would start like the word shalom, and it means to oxidize something. And then the second letter is a reish, which is the first letter in the word rach, which means spirit to a great extent, but it also means the head. And so, we got an oxidation here of this. And then the last letter is a yud, which means the hand of God.

And also, kind of would indicate a blessing, like something's being handed out here. Well, when you look at the life of Sarahi or Sarah, it really is a phenomenal study. The Midrash and the Talmud teach that Sarahi was really, really a picture of a Proverbs 31 woman. I mean, she had a tent where she worked constantly with her hands, making clothes for the poor. And she and Abraham went about the countryside with this phenomenal hospitality. You may know that even the idea of Abraham's tent means hospitality. And one of the cool things that they teach, of course I don't know how true it is, but it's kind of neat that the tradition of the Midrash says that Abraham had this palm tree in the midst of his garden.

And when somebody would come, one of the wayfarers that would come to visit them because they took care of the poor or anybody, they actually had a whole, according to the Midrash, they had a whole series of places that helped people on their journeys. And as people would come into Abraham's garden, they would sit underneath this palm tree. And the palm tree was miraculous in that if it knew that the wayfarer was an idol worshiper, the branches would kind of go up like a palm tree would and just point towards the sky so they wouldn't shade the person down there at all. And if the person was God-fearing, if they weren't an idol worshiper, then the palm branches would come down and shade them. And thus you get the idea of possibly why the Jews were using palm branches when they were greeting their Messiah.

Sort of a beautiful thing that we see there. But the idea was that Abraham had such hospitality that if the branches would go up to the sky and not cover the person in shade, that would be the person that Abraham would go after. And he would come over and begin to witness to them why there was one God. And it is reported in the Midrash that as Abraham would convert these people that would come to his home, the branches of the miraculous palm tree would then cover them. And thus we get so much the idea of this hospitality of Abraham and Sarah and the idea of loving your enemies.

Right? It's just a beautiful picture. Of course, this is Hebrew tradition and you can find it in, again, my show notes where you can find that. I didn't make this stuff up. It all comes right straight out of the Midrash.

The articles that I learn these from are all footnoted with all the places in the Midrash and the Talmud that you would find these stories. So with that in mind, you think that, again, it's also taught that since Sarah would often work long into night hours making these clothes for the poor and stuff, she would keep her candle lit all the time and the Hebrew tradition is that God actually provided a cloud over her tent that they called the Shekinah that would light her tent so that she would have light in order to do these good works for the poor and for the people that would come there to sojourn. So now think about that kind of breastplate that we are the bride of Christ, all right?

So it's kind of interesting that these three letters would point back to this woman that from the Jewish tradition, Sarah was the first of the four matriarchs and the first of the seven prophetesses and so she is a huge deal from a Jewish standpoint. And so when Paul was writing about this armor, he understood this aspect of this breastplate of righteousness, that to be right with God would mean to be right with your brother and your sister and that just like the breastplate in Aaron's robe had the twelve tribes of Israel on it because he was supposed to keep in mind his brothers at all times, have them right over his heart. Well, Sarah's breastplate that we learned about in Isaiah that would be righteous would be right with God, but when you're right with God, he's going to provide a light over your tent so that you can be even more of a Proverbs 31 woman. As the bride of Christ, that's really a picture of what we are and the breastplate that we wear.

Now, as promised, there are still two more letters in the word breastplate after you spell out the name Sarai and those letters are above, which means something that's coming down from heaven, and then a nun, in fact, a final nun, which some Jews would call the nail. And so the nun is often thought of as a seed of faith. So when Jesus told the parable of the sower that he was sowing these seeds, well, these seeds were faith. When you think of faith, you can't help but think of Abraham and Sarah. So this idea of coming down from God are these faith seeds. And when you read more and more about the life of Abraham and Sarah, that's what they were doing all over the hillside of Canaan is they were planting these faith seeds. And so it's an interesting thing that, yes, it's described as a coat of mail or armor, but it's very interesting that the Jews teach that the shield of Abraham that he used up against the kings came after his nephew. They called it the shield of Abraham was God himself. Well, our righteousness is Jesus's blood is God himself. But in that righteousness, you see this phenomenal hospitality and this phenomenal love for not only God, but for your neighbor.
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