The Sabbath Torah Portion – Haye Sarah (The Lives of Sarah)
The entire portion is Genesis 23:1—25:18
The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds. This year, we read Part 2. Genesis 24:10-52
This is the story of how God placed the beautiful Rebecca into a setting where she would eventually become Isaac’s wife. We are in Mesopotamia: “The Land between the Rivers” (the Tigris and the Euphrates) in modern Iraq.
The Lord uses the kindness of Rebecca as part of the plan to have her be a key ancestor in the life of God’s people. Her name means, “to captivate,” which is what her beauty did to men. Equally as captivating as her physical beauty, is the beauty of her kindness, which results in such a great change in her future life.
Never fail in being kind in all circumstances. In so doing, you make yourself more suitable for the Lord to use for increasing love in the Kingdom. Hebrews 13:2 expresses a similar truth: “Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it!”
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.