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This week s Torah Portion Chayei Sarah The Life of Sarah covers Genesis 23:1 25:18. It serves as the final chapter of the adventures of Abraham and makes way for the story to continue through the life of Isaac. This portion opens with the death of Sarah and the details of her burial arrangements. It then proceeds to Abraham s covenant with Eliezer to find Isaac a wife from among his relatives, which is fulfilled through Rebekkah, who agrees to leave her home and become the wife of the Son of the Covenant! The view then switches for one last time to Abraham who marries Keturah, has six more sons, and then passes away at the age of 175 and is buried with Sarah. And then as a closing thought we are told of the descendants of Ishmael and of his death as well. This happens to be the 5th portion of the year! 5 = behold, look, pay attention, revelation; with this being the 5th portion, special attention is called to it that hints at some hidden revelation that we are to behold! Chayei Sarah will not only reveal historical events in the lives of the Patriarchs, but will also lend insight into our days as well (the end is declared from the beginning) with Sarah serving as a shadow picture of the Bride! noblewoman, princess Sarah: Strong s #8283 Sarah pFrom #8323 sarar to be or act as prince, rule, contend, have power, prevail, reign Sarah is one who represents the Bride in a condition where she is able to rule and reign with her Husband!
Location of the Burial
Genesis 23:2-4 City of Arba Kirjatharba: Strong s #7153 Qiryath Arba pFrom #7151 qiryah city, town, from #7136 qarah to encounter, meet, befall, happen, come to meet *Arba was the father of Anak (giant, part of the serpent s seed) p In other words the Bride dies when she comes in contact with/meets with the serpent s seed, just like what happened within the Garden! Hebron: Strong s #2275 Chebrown association, place of alliance pWord Picture: Separated/fenced off ( ) from the house ( ) since the beginning ( ) because of being joined to ( ) the wrong seed ( ) *Hebron is the exact opposite of the term Hebrew coming from the root meaning to cross over or to stand in opposition against. It is no coincidence then that Sarah/the Bride dies here! An interesting word play is developed though through the words qiryah and yireh (composed of the same letters except one, qiryah having the qoof and yireh having the aleph). Yireh/Yehovah Yireh, meaning Yahweh sees, is the name of the location where Isaac is spared because of the ram caught in the thicket!
= signifies the completion of living matter when one returns to the dust from which they came = ox/bull, Strong One, sacrifice Yahweh sees Sarah/the Bride fenced off from the house due to the wrong seed within her and therefore provides the ram, the Aleph, in order to bring her back to life from the dust! Genesis 23:7-9 Ephron: Strong s #6085 Ephrown fawn-like pFrom #6082 opher deer, fawn, stag, from #6080 aphar to dust, powder (cognate of #6083 aphar ashes for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return Gen. 19) tawny, whiteness Zohar: Strong s #6714 Tsochar pCognate of #6703 tsach dazzling, glowing, clear, bright *By switching the order of the letters you get #2783 charats loins Directly before coming to Hebron Abraham is given a promise by Yahweh dealing with this very term aphar dust! Genesis 13:14-18 After being told his seed shall be as the dust, in Genesis 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. By choosing to bury Sarah in this location owned by Ephron son of Zohar, Abraham is actually reminding Yahweh of His promise to him!! It declares that even though his seed would be as the dust/ aphar (die and return to the dust) that from his loins the redeemer would come (fulfilling the salvation message written in the stars)! *Upon offering up Isaac (shadow picture of Yahshua) the statement is made that as the sand which is upon the sea shore shall his seed be (Gen. 22:17). Sand: #2344 chowl sand, gematria of 44, same as Igal (#3008) He Redeems! Sarah s burial is this declaration that the shadow picture of Isaac will be fulfilled and the Bride will be redeemed! Cave: Strong s #4631 me arah cave, den, hole pFrom #5783 uwr to be exposed, bare, laid bare, uncovered; cognate of #5785 or skin (skins were used for the garments that Yahweh made for Adam and Eve and it s a play on the word for light or) Machpelah: Strong s #4375 Makpelah double or portion pFrom #3717 kaphal to double, it is used of something being down twice, doubled
Word Picture: from/out of; name of the letter Kaf, palm of the hand or the sole of the foot, important part of the promise to Abraham and his descendants ( wherever the sole of your foot/kaf touches); to teach, lead, guide; to be fruitful, light Sarah/the Bride, who is in a state of death, is given a temporary covering of skins/blood covering until she will be restored back to the light (just like in the Garden in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die in a state of death though they are given a covering of or). This is made possible from the covenant made with Abraham, which taught them how to be made fruitful and receive once again the light of Yahweh!! Genesis 23:19 And after this, Abraham buried Sarah his wife in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre: the same [is] Hebron in the land of Canaan. Before: Strong s #6440 paniym face Mamre: Strong s #4471 Mamre (bitter waters) strength, fatness; close cognate of mar bitter
Tying it all together, by coming in contact with the serpent, having the wrong seed, causes the Bride to come in contact with the bitter waters (the curse of the adulterous woman Numbers 5). But in the face of these waters, comes the reminder that a covenant was made and a covering was given! He redeems! (Yod prefix on Igal means He was, is, and will be the redeemer or Go el!) This promise of redemption is fulfilled in the sacrifice of Yahshua who has similar events surrounding his burial as Sarah tying together that this was the promised one foretold in the heavens (stars)! Genesis 23:13 And he spake unto Ephron in the audience of the people of the land, saying, But if thou [wilt give it], I pray thee, hear me: I will give thee money for the field; take [it] of me, and I will bury my dead there. *Notice that the term cave is left off and just the field is discussed. Matthew 27:3-8 o Both are fields bought with silver o Both are fields bought in order to bury strangers (Gen. 23:4 I am a stranger and a sojourner , Matt. 27:7 the potter s field to bury strangers in ) o The name of the field bought in Yahshua s day is Aceldama (Acts 1:19). Aceldama: Strong s #184 Akeldama field of blood, from #2506 cheleq portion, share, part; it is used metaphorically of a person s doing his or her part in something. The name of Sarah s burial, Machpelah, meant portion, but also double or something done twice, hinting at that there would be a repeat of this Yahshua would also take on death and fulfill his part of the covenant by conquering it!! This particular piece of the Promised Land (Hebron) is given to Caleb under the leadership of Joshua by the command of YHVH, and a powerful foreshadowing takes place dealing with future events of this place! Joshua 15:13-18
Caleb: Strong s #3612 Kaleb translated as dog , more correct would be loyal , as (Kaf prefix) heart (lev) p As my heart Jephunneh: Strong s #3312 Yephunneh Sheshai: Strong s #8344 Sheshay Ahiman: Strong s #289 Achiyman of, off (cognate of #4478 man manna) He will be facing sixth (six) from, out
noble, cognate of #8345 shishiy
my brother is a gift, from #4480 min
Talmai: Strong s #8526 Talmay furrowed (describes the indentation in the ground left by overturned clods of earth created in a field by plowing ppreparing it to receive seed) Debir: Strong s #1688 Debiyr sanctuary, comes from the root debiyr, the term referring to the innermost part of Solomon s Temple, the Holy of Holies Othniel: Strong s #6274 Othniy el Achsah: Strong s #5915 Akcah Lion of Yah ankle chain, from the root meaning a fetter or noose
The death of Sarah tells us the beginning of the story, Caleb s inheritance tells us the end! The bride came in contact with the wrong seed and experienced death (Sarah). In the end, those who are loyal to YHVH (Caleb) will once again face (Jephunneh) the serpent s seed with the number of 666 (Sheshai) who claims to be the gift of manna (Ahiman) and the righteous seed (Talmai). But the Lion of YHVH (Othneil) will appear and deliver His bride who has been in captivity and chains (Achsah) and will take her to Himself in marriage!!! Notice that the first thing that is asked about is a field hmm, perhaps a particular field where the Bride was planted in faith knowing of a Covenant that promised her redemption? *In order to take Achsah in marriage, he had to conquer Debir the Holy of Holies. The name of this place was also Kirjathsepher: Strong s #7158 city of the book In other words the one who is the true Messiah is the one who was worthy to go into the Holy of Holies and stand before YHVH without sin and open the book! Revelation 5:2-5
It is interesting to note that there are 2 psalms specifically stated as being written in a cave/me arah (Psalms 57 & 142). Focusing on Psalms 57, the significance of Sarah s burial is connected to not only our redemption through Yahshua s first coming, but also our deliverance in the time of Jacob s trouble! Psalm 57:1-3
Altaschith: Strong s #516 Al tashcheth do not destroy pFrom #7843 shachath to destroy, corrupt, go to ruin, decay; cognate of #7845 shachath pit, destruction, grave *The last two letters of this phrase spell the name Heth (#2845), and it is among the sons of Heth that Sarah is buried!! p That which was placed in the grave at Heth will not be destroyed! Michtam: Strong s #4387 miktam a technical musical term pFrom #3799 katham to be stained, to be defiled, deeply stained (used only once in Jeremiah 2:22 For though thou wash thee with nitre, and take thee much soap, [yet] thine iniquity is marked/katham before me, saith the Lord GOD. ) *Miktam from/out of (mem prefix) the deep stain (katham); the ending of miktam = tam (#8535) perfect, complete, one who lacks nothing desire, destruction, chasm Calamities: Strong s #1942 havvah pFrom #1933 hava to be, become, come to pass, to breath; cognate of the name Eve/Chavvah to tell, declare, make known, to breath Overpast: Strong s #5674 abar to pass over or by or through, root of the term Hebrew
1) to reproach, taunt, blaspheme, defy, jeopardize Reproach: Strong s #2778 charaph 2) to winter, spend harvest time, remain in harvest time 3) to acquire, be betrothed Tying this all together The bride will not be destroyed, for from her deep stain she is made perfect, complete, and one who lacks nothing! During the time of calamity (end days) she will be brought under the shadow the wings of YHVH in order to become the second Chavvah she is transformed as He breathes upon her, becoming one who has crossed over, a Hebrew (heeding the call to come out of her my people declared in Revelation just as Abraham and Sarah did). And during the time of the harvest, though the enemy/serpent will try to jeopardize it, the Husband/Messiah will acquire the one that He was betrothed to the one who is covered with His or/light, seen with Sarah being placed in the cave/me arah from the root uwr/ or and with David ( beloved ) being placed here!
Within this portion three different individuals die and time is taken to give each of their ages. This is no coincidence! The numbers help give us insight into how we can become the Bride we are supposed to be! 1) Genesis 23:1-2 p Sarah s death at 127 *127 is also the gematria of #5241 Nemuw el terrible day of the LORD)
Day of God (the great and very
*127 is also the number of provinces that King Ahasuerus reigned over in the book of Esther, Esther 1:1 Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this [is] Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, [over] an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:) Provinces: Strong s #4082 mediynah province, district, from #1777 diyn to judge, contend, plead 127 p 1 + 2 + 7 = 10, represents completeness of order, making the entire round, nothing is wanting, the whole cycle is complete From/out of ( ) the judgment ( ) upon the Day of Yah (Nemuw el) you are made fruitful ( ) receive the (breath, revelation, light, and the name of your Groom) like Sarah did! It is the very time of Jacob s trouble that causes the Bride to reach the condition where she is a helpmeet to her Husband! The whole cycle is now complete with her once again reaching where she first started out at, nothing is wanting! 2) Genesis 25:7-8 p Abraham s death at 175 *175 is the gematria of the location where Abraham and Sarah are buried - Machpelah! Word Picture: from/out of; name of the letter Kaf, palm of the hand or the sole of the foot, important part of the promise to Abraham and his descendants ( wherever the sole of your foot/kaf touches); to teach, lead, guide; to be fruitful, light 175 p 1 + 7 + 5 = 13, the number of the Bride Building upon the number 127, we now learn that the way one is made fruitful during the Day of Judgment is to be led and guided in the same Covenant that Abraham was a part of! We must become Hebrews come out of Babylon as well! By doing this, then you become the Bride and are placed in the protected place! 3) Genesis 25:17 p Ishmael s death at 137 *137 is the gematria of #4161 mowtsa act or place of going forth, issue, source, spring, from #3318 yatsa to go out, come out, exit, go forth from captivity. *137 is also the age of Levi (Exodus 6:16) and Amram (father of Moses, Miriam, and Aaron; Exodus 6:20). Levi joined to, my heart (tribe of the priesthood); Amram exalted people 137 p 1 + 3 + 7 = 11, the number of disorder, disorganization, and imperfection, also Joseph was in the house of Potiphar for 11 years Ishmael was the son of the bondwoman, and therefore he represents the flesh! Through this last number we learn that one must die to the flesh (become circumcised) in order to become the heart of the Creator and be joined to Him as His exalted people, a Bride brought out of captivity! If one does not deal with the flesh, then the imperfections will cause you to be left in captivity in Egypt!
By looking at these three individuals and the ages that are assigned to them, we are given insight into how we will be made to prevail in the days ahead! We must allow the Torah, our Covenant, to guide us and we also must deal with the flesh if we expect to be brought out of captivity and hidden under the shadow of His wings, protected from the serpent and the calamities! If you add together each of the number of years given for the lifespan of these individuals it equals 439 (127 + 175 + 137 = 439). 400 = covenant 30 = to teach 9 = since the letter is inverted, gives the picture of a woman pregnant p the message of the life of Sarah is that the Covenant will teach you (or expose) which seed is within you! Sarah housed the seed of YHVH, what do you house?