Monday, November 13, 2017

From the Wells (Continued) and ever springing forth, Parsha Toledot


In the drawing in the post below, there is a well, where Rifka is drawing water for the camels.
I didn`t write much in that post, but maybe you already know what she was doing there at the well!?
She was there without yet knowing,  for a divine appointment to meet the servant of Abraham, who was there looking for a wife for Isaac and an heir for Sarah to continue the Generations---Toledot!!! of the promised seed of Abraham.

Toledot! The name of this week`s Parsha.
It sounds like an exclamation in itself, as it is, it translates as Generations!!

One thing we know about Isaac is that he dug wells.  We see that in this parsha.  I wrote a post last year about  ParshaToledot, and talked about the wells, making some connections that were new for me as I read it.  Please see HERE if you are interested.

Isaac dug anew the wells which had been dug in the days of his father Abraham and which the Philistines had stopped up after Abraham`s death; and he gave them the same names that his father had given them.

---Genesis 26:18

But wells, once dug, they never finish if you dig anew, so this post will take up from the wells and let us keep digging until we reach the source!

The source, of course, is the source of all life, the one who gives us life, and the Living Water from which all of life springs forth.

In a later chapter, after the Tanakh and connecting into the Brit Chadasha, Yeshua meets a woman at a well.  Not just any well, it was Jacob`s well.
A Samaritan woman comes to draw water.  
"Give me a drink," Yeshua tells her,               ---from John 4:7
The author of all the books of the Bible, the Creator of all things,  brings us often to wells, to drink, to see our thirst, and to bring about divine encounters.  And ultimately to drink of the water of Salvation.

With joy shall you draw from the wells of Salvation.   ----Isaiah 12:3

Abraham`s faithful servant met Rebecca at a well, where she revealed the character of kindness that he is looking for in a wife for Isaac when she offered to draw water not only for him but for all his camels.

Connecting with the scene in John chapter 4 at the well where Yeshua asks the Samaritan woman for a drink of water, here too is a meeting between two people who are at first `strangers`.   She doesn`t yet know that He is the Messiah the Living Water, the source of all things.  Yet shortly into their meeting, the truth is revealed that He is the Messiah himself who has asked for this water, and she runs back to tell the others.  The well was Jacob`s well.  Jacob, son of Isaac,


Rebecca too doesn`t know at first that the one she draws water for is sent by ADONAI through Abraham on a mission , through which she will bring forth the generations---Toldot--- of Israel!!


I will stop the post there, but of course the generations just keep going!!

OH, just more thing just sprung up in connection with this talk of wells...
In a metaphoric we, we meet our Saviour at a `well`, don`t we!! When we are thirsty and don`t even know it sometimes, we find ourselves there.   God sends someone to meet us there, whether it is Messiah Yeshua Himself, or someone who will bring us to him, well...I just saw that connection, and now I am seeing one more!  In the past few parsha there have been encounters with strangers--- Abraham and Rifka both in separate scenes reveal their chesed in how they meet with the strangers with such kindnesss.  We really never know in each day who the `strangers` are that we meet.  The `stranger` that Rifka met was the one who was to bring her to her husband, the one that the Samaritan woman met was Yeshua himself!  And the ones Abraham met were angels of the LORD who delivered to him the news of the promise of his and Sarah`s Son, and brought his nephew Lot out of the destruction of the city of S&G.  Chesed is the work for kindness, but the meaning is much bigger than I even understand yet, but surely the Torah teaches us  to be kind to everyone.  That came from the wells!!

Oh how I love your Torah!!   ---Psalm 119:97
Wishing you well ! 

Blessings in Messiah Yeshua,

May your day be full of His great SHALOM!!!


The clouds from yesterday.  Looking up makes me think of the depth of the wells, reflected upwards, reaching towards Heaven.
The Ruach and the bride say, "Come!"
And let the one who hears say, "Come!"
Let the one who is thirsty come---
let the one who wishes freely take the water of life!

---Revelation 22:17


  1. Wells are such a vivid image of blessings, especially in the desert.

  2. Thanks, Yes Sandi. I just saw pictures recently there is a place in Japan where there are sand dunes and we can ride on a camel!!

    BTW, must be just as you were here, I just edited the post and added a scripture from Revelation. Blessings to you!!

    The Ruach and the bride say, "Come!"
    And let the one who hears say, "Come!"
    Let the one who is thirsty come---
    let the one who wishes freely take the water of life!

    ---Revelation 22:17

  3. I actually translate the word 'toledot' as the narrative of the generations.
    Wells are the source of water which is the elixir of Life. Both humans and camels need water to survive.
    Your drawings are of a great delicacy.

  4. Thank you Duta. I`m glad to learn more the nuances of the word, so thank you for sharing about your translation of `toledot`.

    ...and Yes,about wells ! This time around in the reading, I am finding all the meetings at the wells so intriguing!! We have more wells in this weeks Parsha about Jacob and Rachel! I started a drawing, and hope to post it too, of their meeting at the well! This time he is giving water to the flocks of sheep! Blessings and Shavu`a tov, have a good week!