Jean Stepnoski (1 Nov 2010)
"Torah Reading: Isaac and Rebekah"


 
Dear Doves,
      The current Torah Reading is Chayei Sarah, Life of Sarah. It begins with her death then concludes with the death of Abraham and a listing of the beginning of the seed, the descendants, of Ishmael. The vast majority of lessons are about Rebekah, the chosen bride, and her groom Isaac. They are symbolic of The Bride of The Ages and Messiah/Christ, The Groom of The Ages. There are 9 sections in the week 6 reading. The number 9 reminds us of the menorah called a hanukkiah and The Fruit of the Spirit from Galatians 5:22. These are the Fruit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Imagine the hour of tribulation. There is love to hatred, joy to bitterness, peace to turmoil, patience to restlessness, kindness to cruelty, goodness to wickedness, faithfulness to faithlessness, gentleness to severity, or self-control to unrestrained. In linking The Fruit of the Spirit to the sections and days beginning with Shabbat, week 6,  there are interesting results. These are golden days to appreciate the presence of The Restrainer and The Fruit of the Spirit.
 
      Love               Sarah dies               Day 7         Oct. 29-30         Shabbat week 6
      Joy                 Bride sought            Day 1         Oct. 30-31
      Peace             Rebekah tested       Day 2          Oct. 31-Nov. 1
      Patience          Rebekah chosen     Day 3          Nov. 1-2
      Kindness         Rebekah's family     Day 4          Nov. 2-3
      
      Goodness        I Will Go                 Day 5          Nov.3-4            The Midst of Menorah/Hanukkiah
 
      Faithfulness     Isaac and Rebekah  Day 6          Nov.4-5
      Gentleness      Abraham dies          Day 7          Nov.5-6            Shabbat week 7
      Self-Control      Ishmael's seed        Day 8          Nov. 6-7           Shabbat week 7 (Africa, China, Russia)
 
      If the timeline of 2520 days must begin by Nov. 7 or 8, how interesting that this reading is about Isaac/Messiah/Christ symbolic and Rebekah/Bride of Messiah/Christ symbolic. So much of the hour of tribulation will concern conflict with the seed of Ishmael. As much as the readings about the days of Noah and Lot, these are tremendous stories for The Bride of Christ. May we daily WATCH for The Beloved. Like Rebekah, we shall have the "I will go" to Him day!
 
 With Love and Shalom,
Jean