CHAYEI SARAH "Life of Sarah"

Genesis 23:1-25:18

1 Kings 1:1-31

1 Corinthians 15:50-57

This Parasha begins with the death of Sarah at 127 years of age.  Abraham purchased the Machpeilah cave from Ephron, the Hittite, for 400 shekels of silver so he could own the area.

Abraham sent his servant, Eliezer, to Charan to find a wife for Isaac among his relatives.  He did not want his son to intermarry with the ungodly people of Canaan.  Eliezer asked GOD for a sign to be able to choose the right girl for his master, Isaac.  After receiving the sign, he takes Rebecca back to Isaac, after a lengthy stay with the family of Abraham.  The Parasha continues with the statement that Isaac was comforted, consoled, after the death of his mother.

In chapter 25, the family history continues stating that Abraham married Keturah and fathered six more sons.  He then sent them east before his death, at the ripe old age of 175.  He is buried alongside Sarah in the cave of Machpeilah.  The twelve sons of Ishmael and his death at the age of 137 are then mentioned.

Among Jewish parents, a customary saying is, “You have created a home filled with love and laughter, integrity and learning, compassion and generosity.  Your home remains a loving environment within Jewish traditions and dedicated to peace, hope and respect, love for all people.  You have devoted yourselves to your family with tenderness.”

Isaac was born to a devoted loving couple.  They taught him the ways of GOD. In chapter 24:1-9; Abraham wants a bride for his son, Isaac from his own family who had no ties to the people of Canaan.  The Canaanites were an ungodly people who gave their own children to be burnt or killed for the sake of their gods.  Abraham was a concerned father who did not want his son, Isaac, to be unequally yoked (chapter 24:3-4).

Those of us, who are disciples of Messiah Yeshua and lovers of the GOD of Israel, are not to be unequally yoked (Amos 3:3).  Abraham gives us a good example of one who seeks after GOD’s best for himself and his family.

Shavua Tov

Rabbi Z

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