Septem Sacrāmentum

Beersheva 
The Well of the Oath | The Well of Seven

Selfless service or Seva: is a service which is performed without any expectation of result or award for the person performing it.

Abimelech was a man of great wealth and power, known for his massive inherent property. His status and class was based on the premise of his wealth in influencing the village.

Known to be the cruelest landlord of the times, he would never allow a person of lower social ranking to pass his property. Fisherfolk, toddy-tappers or any other person lower than his class were forced to take a different route for fear of the cane he would use on them.

Along his property stood a well, that would have been hope to the people passing the trade route. But he wouldn’t ever let a dying, thirsty soul sip even a cup of water nor let the towns people draw water from the well.

Business was business and only to those he made solemn oaths with, he kept his promise.

What seemed to be water that miraculously quenched their thirst, was indeed one such promise made by Ibrāhīm to save Hajar through a pact at Beersheva. The pact promised Heptalove to Abimelech and his descendants for eternal flow of water to Hajar and the Ishmaelites. For he would not leave his wife widowed and son orphaned … with no care.

One day his life came to a sudden end. In looking for help to cremate his body, his family could not find it. No one was ready to touch his dead body. So much so that it lay rotting in the house for days.

The villagers had revolted for all the injustice he had shown to them in his lifetime and swore that they would never touch his body. The upper class felt this job demeaning. His wife and children begged and pleaded the villagers to help take him for burial, but no money in the world could buy help. At that point the villagers proclaimed “Be you rich or poor, to bury the dead, to dig graves, to ritually cleanse the body for burial or to do any sort of menial work, we rely on each other as a whole!” They demanded an unconditional apology from the family and asked that the elite of the village should remember this day to value one another, that a persons “Master” status should be based on selfless works they leave behind on their own will.

Only when this was accepted, the villagers came, cleansed his body, put it on the Weaver’s mat and then took it for cremation.

Class and Caste system was wiped out, and when Joseph inherited the well from his father Jacob, he was told of this story by his father, a story of the well of oaths from our patriarchs. A story of Heptalove. He realized; a gift from Jah is a gift to be returned by Septem Sacrāmentum here on earth.

Love Serve Give

CC 2015 Tysilyn Fernandez

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