VAYERA- Hollisa Alewine
Why do people lie? Because it’s natural.
Why are people afraid? Because it’s natural.
Sarah laughed when she heard that she would have a child. Who could blame her? In fact, Abraham himself laughed. Abraham was not as directly challenged for his laughter as Sarah, though. “Why did Sarah laugh?”
“I didn’t laugh,” this righteous woman, this prophetess, lies.
Surely the angel knew why Sarah laughed, so why did he ask? The text clarifies on behalf of the beleaguered matriarch, “Sarah lied, for she was frightened.” What was she afraid of? Another disappointment? The failure of the flesh for 90 years? The looks? The gossip? The pity? The blame? Another round of “helpful” advice or condescending assurances? Another round of “real-life” stories wherein the barren woman conceives and the story has a happy ending? Ever notice how people don’t tell infertile couples stories that don’t have a happy ending?
Maybe the natural answer from Sarah would be, “Why wouldn’t I laugh?”
From Sarah’s point of view, how laughably impossible did this promise seem?
I will bless her, and indeed I will give you a son by her. Then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her. (Genesis 17:16)
Admittedly, from Sarah’s point of view beyond The Change, the prospects of the promise being more than spiritual platitudes are dim. Any woman who has experienced The Change (or her poor husband) knows, it is not a “change” at all; it is a hurricane, tornado, monsoon, earthquake, tsunami, Ice Age, and solar flare all rolled into one. It is the most unnatural of disasters, and it leaves in its wake a sense of the finality that one stage of life has ended.
For most of her life, Sarah would have marked each month’s period as another failure to report to Abraham. The disappointment of failure would have nestled more securely in her womb each month than any unborn child. She would have begun to feel unworthy to be Abraham’s wife, an honored man among the other Bedouin and city-dwellers alike.
This is often why we lie, because we are afraid and self-conscious of our failures. We want to protect ourselves. We want to protect our nakedness, our inability or weaknesses. We are afraid of what people think or say about us. We are afraid that we will be exposed as defective human beings who’ve let others down.
This is not merely Sarah’s faith problem. It’s our problem. It’s a human problem. The spirit of fear causes man to strive against the Spirit of God and doubt His Word.
For Sarah, it is probable that her human relationships suffered from her perpetual feeling of failure. The solution was for her to face her fear, tearing away any protective armor of defeat and sarcasm so that the Word could be sown anew as a seed into her womb to conceive faith in the promise. Yes, Sarah suffered and was exposed, but the death of her nefesh resulted in a resurrection child.
Yes, our Lord has pleasure, treasuring the sacrifices of the nefesh offered with the salt of tears.
Tears are cherished, both the tears shed openly and the silent tears buried into our pillows in the belly of the night. It’s okay to laugh through the tears of pain, but don’t be afraid. We need more tear-stained Bibles. The moisture will help the seeds of the Word sprout in the darkest places.
Dr.Holissa Alewine Coming to Beit Yashua!
Friday October 25th @ 7:00 pm – Shabbat October 26th @ 3:00 pm
Dr. Hollisa Alewine teaches a framework of the Bible called “The Creation Gospel”, the key concepts and symbols of which are found from Genesis to Revelation. Through these symbols, Doctor Alewine teaches and elaborates upon the concepts and themes found in the Torah (the Five Books of Moses), the Psalms, the writings of the Jewish prophets and the New Testament). Dr. Hollisa Alewine has her B.S. and M.Ed. from Texas A&M and a Doctorate from Oxford Graduate School. She is the author of Standing with Israel and The Creation Gospel workbook series. She is a student and teacher of the Word of God. She specializes in adult curriculum and instruction, especially in the correctional setting. Dr. Alewine invites those who would like to become teachers of The Creation Gospel to attend a teacher-training seminar and complete the test for certification.
What she will be sharing with us
DECODING REVELATION FROM THE BEGINNING
Misinterpretation of the Book of Revelation is common when the Torah is not the foundation. Unlock the symbols of Revelation from Genesis: the 7-branched menorah, the wilderness, the woman and the serpent, merchant cargoes, the beast and the man (666), seals, four horseman, altar judgments, linen, rivers, horns, Lion of Judah, missing tribes, etc. We’ll use the hermeneutic used by Messiah Yeshua, “In the beginning, it was not so…”