Chayei Sarah (Life of Sarah)

As usual below you will find the weekly reading for this weeks parshah, which for your reference, can also be found on www.virtualhousechurch.com/biblestudies/. For your entertainment I have also included the video done by Parsha in 60 seconds for this week, and as usual, the teaching done last year by JP at The Way Biblical Fellowship.

  • Genesis 23:1–25:18
  • 1 Kings 1:1–31 1
  • Matthew 27:3-10
  • Luke 9:57-62
  • Corinthians 15:50–57

In this weeks parshah we learn that Sarah dies at 127 years old. She is buried by Abraham in the cave of Machpelah, which he purchases from Ephron the Hittite for four hundred pieces of silver. They offered to give it to him, but Abraham doesn’t seem to be one for handouts.

Abraham sends his servant to Mesopotamia to find a wife for his son Isaac. Just outside the village by the well, Abraham’s servant prays and asks God for a sign to be given that would show him who he should approach with the marriage proposal for his master’s son.

Rebecca, the daughter of Abraham’s nephew Bethuel, appears at the well and does just as the servant had asked, thus confirming God’s selection. The servant is invited to their home, where he retells the story of how God led him to her.

Rebecca without ever seeing Isaac returns with Abraham’s servant to the land of Canaan, where she finally sees him for the first time praying in the field. Isaac takes Rebecca to be his wife, he loves her, and is comforted over the loss of his mother.

Abraham later takes a new wife named Keturah; who according to Jewish tradition is actually believed to be Hagar. Whoever she is, Abraham fathers six additional sons by her, but Isaac is still designated as his only heir. Abraham dies at age 175 and is buried beside Sarah by his two eldest sons, Isaac and Ishmael.

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