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May 5, 2022 11:00 am
Gen 24:67 And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted after his mother's death.
Rashi on Gen 24:67 "to the tent of Sarah his mother: He brought her to the tent, and behold, she was Sarah his mother; i.e., she became the likeness of Sarah his mother, for as long as Sarah was alive, a candle burned from one Sabbath eve to the next, a blessing was found in the dough, and a cloud was attached to the tent. When she died, these things ceased, and when Rebecca arrived, they resumed (Gen. Rabbah 60:16)."
This is get back to the hundred nineteenths almost reducing review about early next week, but we do some Bible wonders on this Mother's Day weekend. We got four days and there were four mothers that were considered the matriarchs of you go to a Passover Seder will talk about the foremothers and the three fathers in those three SKUs me is foremothers were Sarah and Rebecca and Leah and Rachel and so working do an episode on each of those starting off with the idea of motherhood and with this case the first of the matriarchs which is Sarah and so I thought it would be. I find it fascinating to hear what all the Jews teach on this through the atonement and things that they find in the Torah that they read through, you know, when you look at it in Hebrew.
It reads differently.
In some cases and will go into a little bit of that but when it comes to the idea, Sarah. I just think it's really cool that they teach that her name or given name when she was born was actually Jessica and Jessica, is the idea of a looker, that Sarah was a great looking woman but also that she had the gift of prophecy and the she was the first female prophet in the Bible, from their perspective and I think that's accurate that clearly she had those qualities that Solomon was referring to. And certainly he was meaning the matriarchs when he said not a virtuous woman or a woman who brings a troop with her when she comes in clearly Sarah was that, but in their first name or given name and that life she was called Jessica when she married Abraham as the Jews teach that he, like a lot of husbands referred to her as his princes salary right about idea of his princess and I know lots of friends that they call their wives, their princes, and I can see that and she certainly was that in so many different ways and so is the story unfolds, you know they go to Canaan, as the case may be a rush through some things, none stop in certain places and then the other things that they teach that a lot of people don't know are there when the 15th of Nissan comes in. They go back from Canaan down into Egypt is the day that Sara Lee was kidnapped by the Pharaoh that reason that that 15th of Nissan becomes important as it was on the 15th of Nissan that she was taken captive into Egypt. It was on the 15th of Nissan that Isaac was born and it was on the 15th of Nissan that was the original Passover that all happen. Interestingly on that and as a result of that being the 15th of Nissan.
A lot of folks believe that it was Good Friday was the 15th of Nissan exhibit some people say the 14th through the 16th, however, that works. It was certainly that time a year when Jesus went to the cross and so that date becomes significant in that when you start paint see the picture that God is painting as of Sara Lee is kidnapped and goes in the Pharaoh's court and that's in there it itself sets off a chain of events that they end up making Abraham.
Essentially, very wealthy, and he also ends up with Hagar as his bondservant which Hagar according with the Jews teach was actually an Egyptian princes herself and that that marriage or that connection to Abraham was part of what the royalty that would allow things to happen later in Egypt and that is that it one point in time that Sara Lee was actually a princess of Egypt as well, and we make make reference back to that when we get to the story of of of Rachel and Leah. But for now we'll just move on and say that we know that Hagar ended up having Ishmael as a child and that during this time. They note that during this time Sarah had three very unique supernatural type of gifts and those were as you see clearly in the in the picture. When the Angels come to visit Abraham that Abraham goes to Sarah and asked her to bake bread and the reason this that they teach that Sarah had a unique ability to bake a bread that had a very unique blessing, especially for people that weren't Jewish, that they were showing hospitality to and wanting to bring them into the fold of like what's in that bread that makes that bread so spectacular that you can't get enough of it like the word of God.
Sarah had a bread that was a very tasty and then she also had this idea of a candle that stayed lit from Shabbat to Shabbat.
Another words from the Sabbath evening when they lit than the mommy would always traditionally the Jewish home lights the candle to bring out the darkness or to bring in a like God brought chaos out of darkness when he said, let there be light well but mommy in the family brings the light on Sabbath evening and the idea is eventually that we know that Mary would bring the light of the world and so it's taught that Sarah had this candle that stayed lit from Shabbat to Shabbat, and the third thing that she had was a cloud of glory the Shekinah glory that was over her tent and the place that that we next moved to is in the story where no Sara Lee tells her husband this point in time she become Sarah as she gets pregnant and gets home and has Isaac and then Hagar is making her she sees is Mel Martin and she tells Abraham that she needs to. He needs to get the bondwoman out with her son. Interestingly, very interestingly and beautifully in that story. You'll notice if you look closely in that verse in Genesis I believe is 2112 you'll see that God told Abraham very specifically to listen to Sarah's voice isn't stellar to listen to Sarah. He adds that word voice and the idea there is. God doesn't waste any words in the Torah, and so since that word is there.
There must've been some inflection something in Sarah's voice that would help him to not be grieved by the fact that he was losing his son and Hagar and when you think about it, you know, what with the neighbors think because Abraham was known as this person was super hospitality and he was just a nice guy and he loved everybody and you can imagine since his heart was grieved when Sarah told him he had to get rid of the bondwoman and her son Mike, this is this is my son but also you know I like everybody. Everybody is welcome in my house. I have hospitality. I can imagine kicking out my own son in this bondwoman so his heart was grieved, but interestingly God apparently was very concerned with that grief and he was telling Abraham a way to get rid of that grief is to listen to his wife's voice that his voice voice apparently had some kind of a compassion, and it had something that would tell him that this is what God has in mind that he is going to take care of Ishmael's gonna take care of Hagar and this is gonna work out for your good Isaac is the idea I mean Abraham as Isaac is going to be the one that will bring forth the Messiah at some point and and I think it's just beautiful that in that particular case, she was that idea of a virtuous woman that that that was. She was bringing a true hoop other words, overwriting Abraham's own way that he would've done things in her. She literally changes all of history. I in upgrading the situation where Isaac and Abraham would be alone for the big test it was coming which that big test that came according with the Jews teach when Sherry got word that Isaac had been bound that that was more than she could take and she died.
And they say and and there's a beautiful beautiful commentary by commentator Jewish commentator by the name of Rashi that when you get to this next verse, and very much worth studying is Genesis 2467 and in Genesis 2467 Rashi says it in Hebrew. When you study it are enough, you will see that there is mentioned these three gifts again that Sarah had the candle that stayed lit the bread that had the special blessing and the Shekinah glory that went over the cloud of her tent and so I wanted to because here the point that she has died.
It says in Genesis 2467 to read that that verse and Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah's tent and took Rebecca and she became his wife and he loved her and Isaac was comforter comforted after his mother's death. Well, the way Rashi isolates these different words that when the Torah says into his mother Sarah's tent that he took her and brought her into the others chairs tent that the word mother there has to do with the idea of the candle because mommy lit the Shabbat camera but you can also see that in Hebrew. It points to that and that Sarah would be the idea of that special bread, and the idea of tent would be again the idea of the Shekinah glory that was over the tent and when you read that in Hebrew. You can actually see where he gets that and that being the case, it seems to me if you think about that.
That is so consistent with what God teachers throughout the Bible because if you think about it that as the Jews would go off into exile in well maybe before we get to the Jews in exile. Here we got a situation where this is the case that Isaac would have this same thing in his tent that his mother and father had where they would have this candle that burned they would have the Shekinah glory and they would have this amazing dough and then that is the way that they would in a live their life and have that blessing well in the Jews know make their way out of Egypt.
Think about what God does. He provides them a light right the tower of fire by night in the cloud of the Shekinah glory.
By day, which by the way, shows up in the tabernacle later so this is is not unusual to see that Shekinah over the tent as is.
There's actually passages that show that and then the idea of the manna right. The bread that came from heaven, and so interestingly, God provided that in the desert for the Israelites, just as if you know Sarah was still there, doing her work then you know really cool and Isaiah for which again is worth reading. In my opinion. Isaiah 45 Juergen see that God is good to have that same thing come for all of us is the prophecy that will again have the light will again have the Shekinah glory and and we know that we always have the word of God, which is that bread and so as we think about that blessing that Sarah brought as a mom is the same as as God will continue to bring on into eternity. This idea of the unbelievable light that brings chaos out of the darkness like mommy can turn a light like nobody else can and then there's this idea of bread and I hope your you you see how wonderful it is that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and there's so much about the bread that were that we all enjoy but again without a mother without Mary without Sarah, you know, we would never be able to enjoy that bread okay and and and then of course the presence of God. As a result of of of Jesus sacrifice and all that. We continue to have this presence in the cloud that that we will even see greater.
One day as our eyes are opened. But think about how her mother brings that I mean if if if you had a wonderful mother and I hope you did like I did know my mother.
She was the one that made sure that we knew what was right and what was wrong. She knew when we were lying and we were stealing or what she knew how to do that she knew Ida have meals that brought fellowship or we all came together and sat down at the dinner table and other words are so many things about my mother that brought the kingdom of God because when she came in as she was a true and so like Sarah became started out as a looker and a prophetess, then she became Abraham's princes, but she becomes everybody's princesses. Her name becomes Sarah and that name to this day.
If you walk into a crowded room to go Sarah, your good chances are you're gonna see a bunch of heads pop up as God continues to honor that as they are truly right. The Princess