The Blessedness of a Life of Intercession

Jacob-Moves-the-Rock1Genesis 29: 9-11 While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father’s sheep, for she was a shepherdess.  When Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother’s brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the flock of Laban his mother’s brother.  Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept.

Jacob Meets Rachel

Genesis 29:1-2 Then Jacob went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east.  He looked, and behold, three flocks of sheep were lying there beside it, for from that well they watered the flocks.  Now the stone on the mouth of the well was large.

As I read these two opening verses in this chapter, I am overwhelmed with the symbolism presented here.  I want to spend a little time on this symbolism and gather the message from there.

Then Jacob went on his journey…

His journey is representative of a foot.  When I search out what a foot means to us, I am led to the letter Hei in the aleph bet.

Hei If we look at the Aleph Bet to determine the significance of “foot” or “journey” we see a foot in the letter “Hei”.  The separation of action, the unattached left foot of the hei, from thought, the upper horizontal line, reflects a deep truth about the nature of action.  “Many are the thoughts in the heart of man, yet the advice of God shall surely stand.”  The servant of God experiences the existential gap between his thoughts and deeds.  The gap is the experience of the Divine Nothing, the source of all creation in deed: something from nothing.  The gift, represented by the foot, the unattached segment of hei, when fully integrated in the receiver, becomes his own power of action and giving of oneself to others.  Even more, now he fully realizes that the ultimate effect and potency of his deeds are in truth the act of Divine Providence.

“…and came to the land of the sons of the east.”

Of the east; antiquity, front, that which is before, aforetime.  By Divine Providence Jacob has journeyed to “antiquity, that which is before,” the land of his mother, just as Eliezer before him.

“He looked, and saw a well…”

Eye = Well

Eyes = “well/water” {ayin}

Ayin = 70 (as in 74):

“The word “ayin” means – eye; to see, and by extension, to understand and obey. It also means “Divine Providence”. The ayin is described as having 2 eyes – the choice of using good or evil to perceive things – optimism or pessimism.  Ayin is a silent letter. (No translation of it in English) It sees, but does not speak; representing humility.  The name ayin can also mean “eye” or “fountain”, a fountain of wisdom and the ability to perceive wisdom. –PCwG

“…in the field,…”

IntercessionRemember, Isaac was in the field praying when he saw Rebekah.  The field is representative of a place we can commune with God.

“…and behold, three flocks…”

The number three carries a great deal of significance in its use in Scripture.  Three symbolizes completion, perfection, unity, it is the number of truth, and is a connector. ” – Prayer’s Unbroken Fellowship

Gimel-300x231The sages teach that the gimel symbolizes a rich man running after a poor man, the dalet, to give him charity.  The word gimel is derived from the word gemul which in Hebrew means both the giving of reward as well as the giving of punishment.  In Torah (instruction), both reward and punishment have the same ultimate aim the rectification of the soul to merit to receive God’s light to the fullest extent.  Reward and punishment imply that man is free to choose between good and evil.  This is alluded to by the leg of the letter gimel which expresses the running of the rich man to bestow good upon the poor man.  Running, more than any other physical act, expresses the power of will and freedom of choice.  In running, the leg is firmly in contact with the earth; through an act of will, the soul directly affects physical reality.

Gimel: Camel; bridge; weaning; benevolence; a symbol of stability and balance.

“…of sheep were lying there beside it”

When we see the word sheep we often think of men, women, congregations.  Jesus is our shepherd and we are His flock of sheep.

“…they watered the flocks…”

They “influenced, give to, or allowed.”  Jesus says that anyone who drinks of the water from him will not thirst again.  He influences our life, He gives to us Life, and life more abundantly.

“Now the stone on the mouth of the well was large.”

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The stone signifies strength, firmness, solidity.  The mouth signifies speech, edge, portion, side, appointment, command, or commandments.  Sometimes our mouths need to be covered with the firmness of a stone.  We can have big mouths that often do not speak life into others.  Our words can tear down or build up someone.  This picture reminds us that we need to guard our mouths so that only LIFE comes from them!

But what does any of this have to do with Jacob meeting Rachel; or marrying both Leah and Rachel?  Let’s continue…

Jacob Marries, Words for Today

leah_rachelJacob’s feet moved him by Divine Providence to the sons of the east; that which is before (back to the God of creation).  He looked and saw Divine Providence; a choice to see good or evil; humility; a fountain of wisdom from which to give the people.  This Divine Providence was seen in the field; the place we commune with God.  And in that field he saw TRUTH.  He was moving toward that Truth; toward the ability to bestow good upon the poor man.  Moving toward stability and balance.  And beside Divine Providence are the flocks; the congregations: men, women, and children seeking the water of life; seeking Truth.  They were seeking but the well of truth was covered with the strength and firmness of the stone over the mouth.  Jacob alone was able to move that heavy stone and allow the flocks to be watered with truth.

Now the stone will be removed from the mouth to bring forth the water of truth to the flocks.  Rachel was a shepherdess who brought her flocks to the well.  Husbands and wives will work together to bring the truth to the congregations.  But what about Leah?  Let’s not forget Leah for she has a valuable role in this marriage as well.  Leah’s eyes were weak; swollen and reddened by tears.  She wept in prayer, entreating God to shift the course of her destiny for she had been destined to marry Esau.  She prayed earnestly that her fate be changed.  Leah is displayed as a paradigm of effective prayer because her communication with God actually rewrote her life’s script.  She was a paradigm of humility and innocence, her eyes tender from an outpouring of fresh emotion.  Rachel was different from Leah.  She was a communicator with people, charismatic and appealing to others.  With Rachel there was light, the environment was illuminated.  In marrying these twin sisters, Jacob has joined with effective prayer and light of truth!

Now is the time that we will come to the well of truth as Jacob did and we will uncover the well of truth through effective prayer and supplication and the light of truth will shine brightly illuminating the environment around us.  Just as Leah prayed effectively resulting in a rewriting of her life script, moving God to change her destiny, we too, can change destiny through our prayers.  Leah was rewarded through her intercession and communication with God!

Blessings,

Regina

Isaiah 62:6-7  Take no rest, all you who pray.  Give the Lord no rest until he makes Jerusalem the object of praise throughout the earth.  Father, God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, thank you for the journey Jacob took to Haran, to the east, the time of antiquity.  Thank you for showing him Divine Providence (Jesus) in the field, the place we commune with you.  Thank you for allowing him to roll the stone from the mouth of the well allowing the flocks to drink from the water of life which quenches all thirst.  Thank you for the prayers of Leah which changed her whole destiny and for the light of Rachel which illuminated the whole environment!  Create in us prayers which change destiny, and Your light which illuminates the environment.  In Jesus name.  Amen.

 

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About Pastor Regina

Pastor Regina Sanders is a wife, mother, pastor, author, and teacher of Scripture. In January 2016 the Lord blessed her with an international satellite radio broadcast, allowing her to be heard beyond the borders of the United States. She was heard in places such as Hong Kong, Germany, and Canada. This broadcast lasted only about 4 ½ months as she was diagnosed with Stage 3 Colon Cancer in May of 2016. Pastor Regina smiles and says, “God has a sense of humor. I was teaching a group about coming out of their shell of introversion. I was writing another book on this topic, and I had this radio broadcast, as well as, my weekly YouTube uploads, and I found myself in the hospital for 11 days. Upon coming home, I found myself either in the bed or on the couch unable to continue with the tasks I had before me. Lord, you healed me of introversion, and I find myself feeling completely isolated…” Today, Pastor Regina shares her journey through the valley of the shadow of death.
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