“Sir May I Water Your Camels” by Ariel E…….
This Weeks Torah Portion is: Chayai Sarah: The Life of Sarah
Genesis 23:1 through Genesis 25:18
This Weeks Haftarah: 1 Kings 1:1-31
Priesthood Readings Mattiyahu 19-23
“Sir May I Water Your Camels?”
1 Abraham was now old and well advanced in years, and the LORD had blessed him in every way. 2 He said to the chief servant in his household, the one in charge of all that he had, “Put your hand under my thigh. 3 I want you to swear by the LORD , the God of heaven and the God of earth, that you will not get a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I am living, 4 but will go to my country and my own relatives and get a wife for my son Isaac.” 5The servant asked him, “What if the woman is unwilling to come back with me to this land? Shall I then take your son back to the country you came from?” “Make sure that you do not take my son back there,” Abraham said. 7 “The LORD , the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’-he will send his angel before you so that you can get a wife for my son from there. 8 If the woman is unwilling to come back with you, then you will be released from this oath of mine. Only do not take my son back there.” 9 So the servant put his hand under the thigh of his master Abraham and swore an oath to him concerning this matter. 10 Then the servant took ten of his master’s camels and left, taking with him all kinds of good things from his master. He set out for Aram Naharaim  and made his way to the town of Nahor. 11 He had the camels kneel down near the well outside the town; it was toward evening, the time the women go out to draw water. 12 Then he prayed, “O LORD , God of my master Abraham, give me success today, and show kindness to my master Abraham. 13 See, I am standing beside this spring, and the daughters of the townspeople are coming out to draw water. 14 May it be that when I say to a girl, ‘Please let down your jar that I may have a drink,’ and she says, ‘Drink, and I’ll water your camels too’-let her be the one you have chosen for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master.”
A Prophetic Vision for the Last Days
Abraham and Isaac separate following the “Akeida” (The Binding)
Abraham goes to Beersheba (Town of Seven Wells)—Located in Ephraim’s Land
Isaac goes off to Beer Lahai Roi (Well of the Holy One Seeing Me) located in the future land of Judah Gen 24:62
They do not meet again until Isaac’s Wedding Gen 24
The Death of Sarah
“1 Sarah lived to be a hundred and twenty-seven years old. 2 She died at Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the land of Canaan, and Abraham went to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her.”
The Mission of Genesis 24
Abraham sends out “Eliezer” whose name means “G-ds Helper” in Hebrew Gen 24:1-5
Abraham chooses his Chief Servant Eliezer
Abraham binds Eliezer with a “Hand under Thigh” Covenant Vow to find his Son a suitable Wife Gen 24:2-9
Violation of this vow would bring a curse to the Children of Eliezer to the 3rd or 4th generation
Notice that Isaac does NOT take control of His own Life—Seeking His own bride—but allows His Father the responsibility
John 15:16 says “16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit–fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.”
Eliezer’ s Camels and a Long Journey….
Camels are called “Ships of the Desert”
They survive on very little food and water and can travel 25 miles per day
They grow to be approximately 1542 Lbs
Eliezer travels over 500 miles to Nahor
Eliezer Arrives In Nahor
Stops at a well where people come to water their livestock
He thanks G-d for His safe journey
Then Eliezer prays for success in finding a Bride for Isaac
Wishing to be certain He places a fleece before the L-rd
He asks that Isaac’s Wife would be the one who when asked for a drink—offers to water his Camels as well
Rebekkah Appears at the Well
Genesis 24:15-19 says ”15 Before he had finished praying, Rebekkah came out with her jar on her shoulder. She was the daughter of Bethuel son of Milcah, who was the wife of Abraham’s brother Nahor. 16 The girl was very beautiful, a virgin; no man had ever lain with her. She went down to the spring, filled her jar and came up again.
17 The servant hurried to meet her and said, “Please give me a little water from your jar.” 18 “Drink, my lord,” she said, and quickly lowered the jar to her hands and gave him a drink.19 After she had given him a drink, she said, “I’ll draw water for your camels too, until they have finished drinking.”
Rebekkah the Servant
She quickly serves a complete stranger with her Jar
But She goes above what he asks her and She waters the his Camels as well!
Each Camel Drinks between 20-30 Gallons each
10 Camels drink between 200-300 Gallons of Water—from a 3 Gallon Jar
Her Service from the Well was Evangelism—that resulted in Her entering into a whole new environment
Her service to Others brought about freedom from Bondage with NO STRINGS ATTACHED—it was a FREE GIFT
Water in this story represents repentance EPH 5:26
The Wells in this story represent Grace and Mercy
The Camels represent the 10 Lost Tribes that are in a foreign land with “G-ds Helper” 1 Kings 12:16 , John 15:26
Isaac’s future Bride shares repentance to the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel (Ephraim)
She was used to drawing from the well of “Living Water”
John 4:14 says “14but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
Further Prophetic Significance
The Camels also represent the 10 “Words” of G-d AKA The Ten Commandments
The Word of G-d—takes the Servant of G-d to the Bride
The Bride of the Promised Seed– will ride to the Promised Seed– on the 10 Camels!
Ephesians 5:26-27 says ”26to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
So Who was Rebekkah??
A Virgin with tremendous beauty—without spot Gen 24:16
A servant Mark 10:44—Servant of All
Obedient—1 Sam 15:22
A Member of Abraham’s Family
2 Cor 6:14 says “14Do not be yoked together with unbelievers. For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common? Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?”
Many Good Gifts
Eliezer Gives Rebekkah many good gifts
The Nose Ring represents a “Beka” which is a Hebrew Half Shekel
This is what Torah requires as the “Atonement” price Deuteronomy 30:13
Messiah’s blood was our atonement price!
The Two Bracelets
These represent the “Two Houses of Israel” beginning with the “Seed of Abraham”
Jews and Christians unified together through Messiah in the Unified Faith of Israel!
The bracelets also represent the “Two” tablets of the “Law” given to Moses—that have been written on our Heart in the renewed covenant Jer 31:31
The word translated NEW there is the Hebrew word “CHADASH” –meaning to REPAIR ANEW
The Bride Agrees to Go
Eliezer presents His mission to Bethuel—Rebekkah’ s Father and Laban Her Brother
-They represent Traditional Judaism and Ephraim: Both sides of the same coin
They share a covenant meal together Gen 24:54
After paying the Brides Price—Eliezer wishes to leave
Isaac’s Bride must crossover into the land of promise by Faith—Just Like Sarah Had—
BEING SEPERATED OUT
Rebekkah’ s family wants her to stay for 10 days
This represents the “10 days of Awe” that fast are approaching
Those who will not leave their comfortable places behind—or are deceived by a religious spirit and do not follow the Spirit will be left behind to endure
THE “AWESOME DAY OF THE L-RD”
Rebekkah willingly agrees to leave with Eliezer
What was Rebekkah ‘s Choice?
She could have believed that Isaac existed —But this belief ALONE would not have gotten her into the Promised Land!!!!
She could have stayed where She was–and missed her chance at being part of the Bride
She could have waited through the 10 days
She could have gone through tribulation with her Brother and Mother—but she chose not to by WHAT SHE DID!
HER FAITH WAS PROVEN BY WHAT SHE DID James 2:26
“26As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.”
Rebekkah ‘s Journey through the Wilderness
Rebekkah and her maids leave with the servant—following Him to the Promised Land
They ride the Camels through the Wilderness
The Camels are the Commands of G-d
John 14:15 “If you love me, you will obey what I command”
The NEW BRIDE returns with the 10 Camels (Ten Lost Tribes)
Genesis 24:62-67 says”62 Now Isaac had come from Beer Lahai Roi, for he was living in the Negev. 63 He went out to the field one evening to meditate,  and as he looked up, he saw camels approaching. 64 Rebekkah also looked up and saw Isaac. She got down from her camel 65 and asked the servant, “Who is that man in the field coming to meet us?” “He is my master,” the servant answered. So she took her veil and covered herself.
66 Then the servant told Isaac all he had done. 67 Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekkah. So she became his wife, and he loved her; and Isaac was comforted after his mother’s death.
What This Means
The Son of Promise —recognizes the “Camels” of His Father
John 16:15 says, “All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you”
She looked up and saw Abrahams Son
Acts 1:11 says, “11″Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven”
Tent comes from the Hebrew Word “Ahal” which means “to Shine”
Yeshua is the Torah: The Word made Flesh!
John 1:1 “In the Beginning was the Word, and the Word was with G-d and the Word was G-d”
John 8:12 says, “12When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
Taking Rebekkah into Sarah’s Tent—was taking her into G-ds Teaching and Instructions! His Torah—The VERY BODY OF MESSIAH!
Are You Like Rebekkah?
Disobedience to Torah is Sin 1John 3:4
Disobedience is Rebellion—Which is Witchcraft 1 Sam 15:23
If we fail to follow “G-ds Servant” we will never make it through the Wilderness
We must live like Yeshua did: HE LIVED A HEBREW LIFESTYLE—SEPERATED OUT FROM THE RELIGIOUS CROWD!
There is NO Other Way! John 14:6 says, “6Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”
Way-The Hebrew word for WAY is the Strong’s number 1870 which is
“Derek”. It means:
1) way, road, distance, journey, manner
Truth-The Hebrew word: “Emet” it means:
1) firmness, faithfulness, truth 2 John 1:4
Life-The Hebrew word for life is the Strong’s number 2416 which is “Chai”
1) to live, breathe, be among the living
Yeshua said “those who REMAIN IN MY WORD ARE MY DESCIPLES;” what WORD was he talking about?
Many Christians will say “But Paul told us to follow the New Testament;” Where? What is the chapter and verse on that command of Paul that apparently holds more weight than that of Yeshua himself? [God Forbid] Paul never said anything like that…nor did he live anything like that.
Yeshua goes on to say “ANYONE else who tries to come in ANOTHER WAY is a THIEF and A LIAR and THE TRUTH IS NOT IN THEM.” .
Yeshua was strictly referring to the Torah: God’s Teaching and Instructions in the lifestyle that pleases God. HOW DO YOU KNOW THAT JUDAISM PLEASES GOD?? Simple enough—because what faith was practiced by Yeshua? Judaism-and none other. So if Yeshua and all the Apostles knew that if they remained IN THE TORAH that they would be true “students” of faith—who today has been fooled?
Rebekkah left everything She had known to become the Bride. She left her Mother and Father—and crusty brother Laban and everything else. After coming to faith—believing that YHWH—God will graft us into Israel—then and only then will one flea the lies and deceit which so easily besets us and begin our lives in what to us is a “new” tent—but in actuality was the tent of Sarah the Wife of Abraham and Mother of the Jewish people everywhere.
As Joshua said “Choose this day whom you should serve—as for ME and MY HOUSE we will serve the God of Abraham and rejoice at the day of the Moshiach Yeshua.
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuatov
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