Chayei Sarah

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Now Sarah’s life was 127 years—the years of Sarah’s life. Sarah died in Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), in the land of Canaan. Abraham came to mourn for Sarah and to weep over her. Then Abraham rose from before his dead one and spoke to the sons of Heth saying, “I am an outsider and a sojourner among you. Give me a gravesite among you so that I may bury my dead from before my presence.”

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4 Comments

  1. chava on November 11, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Having worked in a law office, and early on in following Torah, I immediately recognized the form and features of the deed for the Cave of Machpelah, recorded in Chayei Sarah when we read it. Everything required for a legal Warranty Deed even in today’s law is there: the time, the precise legal description of the land, the seller, the buyer, the amount of money paid, witnesses to the sale, and the public recording of the deed. A deed does not have to be written on a particular sort of form; but, the information must be accurate, and it must be publicly recorded.

    What a wisdom of God to understand that the sale means even more… to enable Abraham to further righteousness and justice of our God! As a land owner Abraham is honored at the city gate as a judge, even a law maker/changer. Wow! Thanks Ryan for another great week in Torah!

  2. Tammy Luedtke on November 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Excellent teaching! Thank you again Ryan!

  3. Lynn Enevoldsen on November 19, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Wow! That will help me address the groups that won’t vote or get involved! I’m so thankful my husband’s family, even without Torah, believed in community involvement and volunteerism. He always said it’s our walk in the world that will show others our God and Messiah. What affirmation! The whole salt and light verses make so much more sense. Thank you, Ryan!

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