B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 29

B'resheet 29:1 Then Ya'akov went on his journey, and came to the land of the sons of the east. And he looked, and saw a well in the field, 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. When all the flocks were gathered there, they would then roll the stone from the mouth of the well, and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.

It appears that the water was carefully regulated in this area. The stone probably helped to keep the water from evaporating and also would have kept dust, etc out of the water supply.

On a spiritual and hidden level -HaShem is concerned with three types of sheep.

1 Corinthians 10:32-33 Give no offense either to Jews or to Gentiles or to the church of G-d; just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of the many, that they may be saved. NAS

B'resheet 29:4-7 And Ya'akov said to them, "My brothers, where are you from?" And they said, "We are from Haran." And he said to them, "Do you know Lavan the son of Nachor?" And they said, "We know him." And he said to them, "Is it well with him?" And they said, "It is well, and behold, Rachel his daughter is coming with the sheep." And he said, "Look, it is still high day; it is not time for the livestock to be gathered. Water the sheep, and go, pasture them."

Son of Nachor - He was actually the grandson of Nachor.

HaShem wants all three sheep to receive water and to come to green pasture.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Zayin-spirit, sustenance and struggle.

We need water to survive.

B'resheet 29:8-12 But they said, "We cannot, until all the flocks are gathered, and they roll the stone from the mouth of the well; then we water the sheep." While he was still speaking with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep, for she was a shepherdess. And it came about, when Ya'akov saw Rachel the daughter of Lavan his mother's brother, and the sheep of Lavan his mother's brother, that Ya'akov went up, and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well, and watered the flock of Lavan his mother's brother. Then Ya'akov kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept. And Ya'akov told Rachel that he was a relative of her father and that he was Rivkah's son, and she ran and told her father.

Here we see again a picture of what would happen in the future. We again see through the actions of those in the Torah what would happen at a future time.

First we see a stone being opened that covered the water. The analogy here is simply that Yeshua also was, as already mentioned in the earlier chapter, our living water that springs up into eternal life. He too was covered with a stone that had to be rolled away.

John 4:10 Yeshua answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of G-d, and who it is who says to you, 'Give Me a drink,' you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water." NAS

Mark 16:1-4 And when the Sabbath was over, Miryam of Magdala, and Miryam the mother of Ya'akov, and Shlomit, bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him. And very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. And they were saying to one another, "Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?" And looking up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away, although it was extremely large.

If He had not risen from the dead and the stone had not been rolled away we would all have good reason to doubt the promises that Yeshua HaMashiach brings. In contrast we see Ya'akov kissing Rachel because he was a relative of her father. In the future we see Miryam stopped from touching Yeshua because He has not gone to His Father above. So we see an embrace in one case because of his relationship to her Father and we see a lack of embrace because of a relationship to Miryam's Father above. Also in contrast to Rachel running to her father we see in the future case Yeshua is the one who runs to His Father and her Father - again the Father above.

John 20:11-18 But Miryam was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; and she beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Yeshua had been lying. And they said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping?" She said to them, "Because they have taken away my L-rd, and I do not know where they have laid Him." When she had said this, she turned around, and beheld Yeshua standing there, and did not know that it was Yeshua. Yeshua said to her, "Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?" Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, "Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away." Yeshua said to her, "Miryam!" She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, "Rabbani!" (which means, Teacher). Yeshua said to her, "Stop clinging to Me, for I have NOT YET ascended to the Father; but go to My brothers, and say to them, 'I ASCEND TO My FATHER and YOUR FATHER, and My G-d and your G-d.'" Miryam of Magdala came, announcing to the disciples, "I have seen the L-rd," and that He had said these things to her.