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Parashah 5: Hayyei-Sarah
("Sarah's Life")

by Michael Bugg

Torah:  B’resheit (Genesis) 23:1-25:18

Haftarah:  M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 1:1-31

B’rit Chadasha:  2 Timothy 4:1-22

The Theme

It is our human tendency to think of ourselves as the main character in the story of our life.  This narrow view is the natural result of the sin of pride, and in its extremes, can take the form of narcissism or even psychopathic behavior.  It constricts our universe to only what we see with our own eyes and hear with our own ears, making it very small indeed.  We walk through a narrow canyon, hemmed in by its walls.

The Bible, however, gives us an aerial view of that canyon and all the lands around it.  It shows us that we are not the main characters, but the supporting actors in a cast of billions of a cosmic play in which God is the main character, as well as the director.  In a play written by man, Abraham and Sarah, David, or Paul would be the focus, and the play would end when they either resolved their conflict or at last passed away—but not so in the Bible!  Over and over again, we see the torch being passed from one generation to the next, with the Scriptures then taking up the thread of the next life story, weaving them all into a beautiful tapestry that could never be appreciated by focusing on any single life—save one.

At first glance, Yeshua’s biography takes up less than 10% of the Scriptures—and yet, He can be found on every page, from Genesis to Revelation.  He is prophesied both openly and in allegorical type, the very lives of His ancestors being patterned after His.  The whole Tanakh can be read as the ongoing war of the Adversary to wipe out the Messianic line.  The New Covenant Scriptures continue His story in the lives of His Body, the Ekklesia, as it carries His message to a world trapped in darkness.

Only by humbling ourselves and stepping back from our myopic view can we fully appreciate God’s hand in human history, and give Him the praise that He deserves.




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