(Isaiah 46:10) Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure

Finding Messiah in the Torah.  Exciting!

Genesis 24:1-67

Important parallels:

Abraham ->  יהוה  – YHWH

Servant -> Holy Spirit

Isaac -> Yeshua

Rivkah -> Israel 

Gen 24:1  And Abraham was old, and well stricken (Hebrew for “gone into days”) in age: and יהוה had blessed Abraham in all things.Speaking of Abraham…

I am fascinated with ancient Hebrew.  I am constantly looking at the deeper meaning of each word. So naturally, I didn’t get past the first two words.  In this case I found the ancient Hebrew for Abraham so amazing… check it out:

 Abraham:

 (את)  The pictograph  is a picture of an ox.  The  is a picture of two crossed sticks used to make a sign or mark.  Combined these pictures represent “an ox moving toward a mark.”  When plowing a field with oxen, the plowman drives the oxen toward a distant mark in order to keep the furrow straight. A traveler arrives at his destination by following a mark. The traveling toward a mark, destination or person. The arrival of one to the mark. A “you” is an individual who has arrived to a “me”. The coming toward a mark. A standard, or flag, with the family mark hangs as a sign. An agreement or covenant *Genesis 17 by two where a sign or mark of the agreement is made as a reminder to both parties. (eng: at – a moving at something)

Also said of the  : Plow-point: The plow-point is used to cut a deep furrow in the ground for planting seeds.  WOW!  I did a study on seeds!  find it here

This definitely shows the parallel of Abraham and YHWH. 

moving on….

Finding a Wife for Isaac

Rivkah is described as:

Genesis 24:15-25
(15) And it came to pass, before he had done speaking, that, behold, Rebekah came out, who was born to Bethuel, son of Milcah, the wife of Nahor, Abraham’s brother, with her pitcher upon her shoulder.
(16) And the damsel was very fair (Hebrew – good of countenance) to look upon, a virgin, neither had any man known her (This confused me because in my mind, virgin and a man “knowing” her would mean the same thing.  so I looked further into it and to “know” Rivkah would have meant to have acquaintanceship with her) : and she went down to the well, and filled her pitcher, and came up.

Sarah is also described as “fair”  So let’s look a bit closer at the ancient Hebrew:

Each woman is described as fair but each word is different… Sarah’s speaks of beauty only.  While it would seem that Rivkah’s speaks of the whole person… take a look…

Sarah first: In regard to “fair”

 (יף) A place, thing or event that goes beyond the normal such as a miracle, sign, wonder or beauty. To be beautiful.  

That fits Sarah “beautifully” (pardon the pun :P)  She was a person with whom YHWH performed a miracle!

Rivkah: “fair”

  (טב) The pictograph  is a picture of a basket, used to contain or surround something.  The  is a picture of a tent or house. Combined these mean “surround the house”. The house is surrounded by grace, beauty, love, health and prosperity, something that is functional.

It will be interesting in the coming weeks to see how this stands up to the life of Rivkah!

Ok that was fun… moving on

A common theme…

(17) And the servant ran to meet her, and said, Let me, I pray thee, drink a little water of thy pitcher.

(18) And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.

(19) And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

(20) And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels.

Ok, that’s neat… I looked at the ancient Hebrew for “hasted.”  It brought up a definition of : The headwaters of a river are only a trickle and have stagnant pools causing the water to be bitter.  I remember listening to someone speak on bitter waters used as a test in the temple… hmmm… The servant was “testing” Rivkah here wasn’t he?

The Servant prays : Gen 24:14  And let it come to pass, that the damsel to whom I shall say, Let down thy pitcher, I pray thee, that I may drink; and she shall say, Drink, and I will give thy camels drink also: let the same be she that thou hast appointed for thy servant Isaac

Rivkah and Abraham’s hospitality to a stranger

Rivkah’s hospitality: (18) And she said, Drink, my lord: and she hasted, and let down her pitcher upon her hand, and gave him drink.

(19) And when she had done giving him drink, she said, I will draw water for thy camels also, until they have done drinking.

(20) And she hasted, and emptied her pitcher into the trough, and ran again unto the well to draw water, and drew for all his camels

Avraham’s hospitality: (Genesis 18:6) And Abraham hastened into the tent unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth.

(Genesis 18:7) And Abraham ran unto the herd, and fetch a calf tender and good, and gave it unto a young man; and he hasted to dress it.

(Genesis 18:8) And he took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat

The servant is obviously in a hurry…

Genesis 24:50-61
(50) Then Laban and Bethuel answered and said, The thing proceedeth from Yahweh: we cannot speak unto thee bad or good.
(51) Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master’s son’s wife, as Yahweh hath spoken.
(52) And it came to pass, that, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, he worshipped Yahweh, bowing himself to the earth.
(53) And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.
(54) And they did eat and drink, he and the men that were with him, and tarried all night; and they rose up in the morning, and he said, Send me away unto my master.
(55) And her brother and her mother said, Let the damsel abide with us a few days, at the least ten; after that she shall go.
(56) And he said unto them, Hinder me not, seeing Yahweh hath prospered my way; send me away that I may go to my master.
(57) And they said, We will call the damsel, and inquire at her mouth.
(58) And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.
(59) And they sent away Rebekah their sister, and her nurse, and Abraham’s servant, and his men.
(60) And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. They understand the promise made to Abraham and believe in it’s continuance through Rivkah.
(61) And Rebekah arose, and her damsels, and they rode upon the camels, and followed the man: and the servant took Rebekah, and went his way.

Another parallel here between Rivkah’s willingness to go and Avraham’s.  We see Avraham and Rivkah’s faith as active not passive.  She isn’t hanging out telling her parent’s, “Well, I don’t know… it’s up to you.”  She is actively taking the step of faith as Avraham does :

(Genesis 15:6) And he believed in Yahweh; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

I still have so much to cover!  I haven’t even gotten to the Haftarah and B’rit Hadashah!  So much fun!  Praise Yah! Only 24 hours left in the week’s portion… hehe

Praised are you, YHVH our God, King of the universe, who gives the Torah of truth and the Good News of salvation to his people Israel and to all the peoples (grafted in) through his son Yeshua the Messiah, our Lord!

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