A couple of weeks ago, while studying parashat “Khayei Sarah” with my wife, I saw a few things on a deeper level.
Sarah died and was buried at חֶבְרוֹן , Khevron, which was formerly called, קִרְיַת אַרְבַּע , Kiryat Arba. Reading these in English or transliteration doesn’t reveal much. Reading them in Hebrew, with some understanding, starts to peel back some layers.
First, ‘Sarah’ means ‘princess’. Or ‘female ruler’.
Khevron is the city from where David ruled his kingdom for seven years. Most people know that “Sar Shalom” is “Prince of Peace.” ‘Sarah’ is the feminine version of “Sar”. קִרְיַת אַרְבַּע , or “Kiryat Arba”, means “City of Four”. And Khevron means “Friendship”.
In the portion, Sarah has died. Avraham is looking for a place to inter her body. On a peshat level, that is as plain as it can be. But, is there a deeper reason that so much detail is given us concerning her burial? Is there anything to see, beyond just her interment? I believe there is.
Everyone should know that Avraham believed in the resurrection. If so, then everyone should know that, like Avraham, who now lives in “Eden”, otherwise known as “Paradise”, or the “Bosom of Avraham,” Sarah, too, is alive. Elohim is the G-d of the LIVING, and NOT the dead. Though her body is dead, Sarah yet lives. But, her body represents who she was/is on earth. And she is a princess. She is the wife of the father of our faith. She is seen as a symbol of faith. [Ivrim 11]. Is it possible, then, at all, that she could be representing the Bride of Messiah?
David ruled from Khevron during the first seven years of his reign. It means “friendship”, where ‘khaver” is the root, and vav-nun is the suffix. I will leave my thoughts about vav-nun out for now, but to say that a vav is both a nail, and an upright man, and a nun is a ‘seed’, and an upright man. One might see ‘death’ in the first one, and ‘life’ in the second.
Khevron is a city; and Sarah’s body was placed there. This is the city where David was anointed to be “Melekh David,” literally “A Beloved King”. The z’kanim were gathered together there to see him anointed as king . There are overtones of “prince and princess” in that event, of bride and groom:
“Then came all the tribes of Yisra’el to David unto Khevron, and spoke, saying, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. In times past, when Sha’ul [a picture of Mashi’akh HaSheker, the false/lying anointed one] was Melekh over us, it was you that did lead out and bring in [shepherd] Yisra’el; and יהוה said to you, ‘You shall feed My people Yisra’el, and you shall be prince over Yisra’el’.” So all the elders of Yisra’el came to HaMelekh to Khevron; and Melekh David made a covenant with them in Khevron before יהוה ; and they anointed David Melekh over Yisra’el.” 2 Sam 5:1-3
So, the place where Sarah is buried was formerly called “City of Four”, or ‘a city ‘foursquare’, perhaps? And it is here that David enters into a covenant, bone of bone, flesh of flesh, with Yisra’el’s elders? And the city is then called “friendship” or “association”.
Is it mere coincidence that Yeshua’s bride, or princess, is seen as “elders”, ‘z’kenim’ assembled around a throne in the Hitgalut [ch 4 and 5]; and that this city is called ‘foursquare’; and that He is anointed/declared the only one worthy, and declared King there; and that a marriage occurs there, and that it takes seven ‘earth’ years to complete the event? And then Yeshua returns from that City, then to rule in the earthly Yerushalayim for the remainder of man’s time on earth? It cannot be mere coincidence. Is it also mere coincidence that this is one of the cities of “refuge”, where a person flees from an avenger? I am a firm believer that every letter, every stroke of the pen in the Torah matters. [Matti 5:17-19]. There is so much more depth to all of this than I am able to convey right now. But the overtones, to me, are obvious and glaring. I cannot wait to see our “Khevron”, our city of refuge, our foursquare city of friendship, where our King will be anointed as King.