The word was "rootz" in Hebrew (Resh, Vav, Tzaddi), otherwise known as "ran" in English. Who ran? Well, it seemed running was quite common with the patriarchs and matriarchs of our faith (as well as many other instances I will cite below). Here are some of the Scriptures:
"And Abraham ran (rootz) to the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hurried to prepare it." Bereshit/Genesis 18:7 (ISR98)
This first account refers to Abraham in haste running to accommodate YHVH upon visiting him on the plains of Mamre. He showed hospitality by offering water to wash, a tree to rest, bread to comfort their hearts, and a dressed calf. He did not sit, but stood while they ate, again signifying his preparedness to run to serve.
The next account where the word "rootz" was used was when Abraham's servant was searching for Isaac's future wife. He had a prayer for finding said wife but YHVH had already answered it by Rebekkah appearing before this servant was even finished! Halleluyah! Here is the verse:
"And the servant ran (rootz) to meet her, and said, "Please let me drink a little water from your jar." Bereshit/Genesis 24:17
The servant was running to do the will of his master, Abraham, by YHVH's direction. When our thoughts align with His, we are able to run alongside our mighty Creator and Elohim ushering His will for us on earth!
Are any of you getting tired yet? Because I am not even close to scratching the surface on the running going on!
Besides Abraham's servant, the fair maiden (Rebekkah/Rivkah) ran a bit herself:
"And when she had finished giving him drink, she said, "Let me draw water for thy camels too, until they have finished drinking. And she hurried, and emptied her jar into the trough, ran (rootz) back to the fountain to draw water, and drew for all his camels." Bereshit/Genesis 24:19-20
And might I add, this exact instance of running was what brought her into the Abrahamic legacy and inheritance with the patriarchs of our faith!!! Talk about an answer to prayer. She ran toward it! As far as her hospitality was concerned, she endured severely laborious work in the process (a whole LOT of running with all those camels) and refreshed this sojourner with water, self-sacrifice, kindness, and meekness. No wonder she's one of the hottest women in the Bible!
Rebekkah was a runner. I can just picture all these exasperated sprints going on in the middle of the desert! After she ran for Abraham's servant and the camels, we see she's still not tired:
"Then the young woman ran (rootz) and informed those of her mother's house these matters." Bereshit/Genesis 24:28
In this part of the story, Abraham's servant was requesting lodging, and Rebekkah offered lodging and straw and provender. She opened her mother's home to him, along with additional provisions he didn't even ask for! Now that's hospitality. She looked to see what the needs of the parties were, then sought to step up to meet those needs before even needing to be asked.
Even Laban, who doesn't always get the Congeniality Award in the Scriptures, ran:
"And Ribqah had a brother whose name was Laban: and Laban ran (rootz) out unto the man, to the fountain." Bereshit/Genesis 24:29
At this point Laban took care of the servant, his men, and their camels. This all began with the acknowledgement of YHVH's blessing on this party, and ushering them into his home. This reminds me of Yeshua's statement:
"And the Sovereign shall answer, 'Truly I say to you, in so far as you did it to one of the least of these My brothers, you did it to Me." Mattiyahu/Matthew 25:40
And finally, I will recount the other cherished love story of Jacob and that mighty stone he moved at the well so that Rachel, on this occasion, could replenish her flock. (*Note: He was not running to do this task. I'd say it was probably more lifting and rolling on this occasion. lol) But obviously, Rachel was pretty psyched about the kiss and the match up:
"And when Ya'aqob (Jacob) told Rahel (Rachel) that he was her father's relative and that he was Ribqah's (Rebekkah's) son, she ran (rootz) and told her father." Bereshit/Genesis 29:12
Laban once again was very hospitable by running to meet Jacob:
"And it came to be, when Laban heard the report of Ya'aqob his sister's son, that he ran (rootz) to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him, and brought him to his house. Then he told Laban all of these matters." Bereshit/Genesis 29:13
So what is running, Biblically speaking, anyway? The Hebrew word "rootz" means to run (for whatever reason, especially to rush): break down, divide speedily, footman, guard, bring hastily, (make) run (away, through), post. We are to do the work of YHVH speedily.
There is one more account of hospitality that most of us are familiar with from the Gospel of Luke:
""And it came to be as they went that He (Yeshua) entered into a certain village. And a certain woman named Martha received Him into her house. And she had a sister called Miryam, who also sat at the feet of Yeshua and heard His word. But Martha was much distracted with much serving, and coming up she said, "Master, are You not concerned that my sister has left me to serve alone? Speak to her then, to help me. And Yeshua answering, said to her, Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many matters, but one only is necessary, and Miryam has chosen the good portion, which shall not be taken away from her." Luke 10:38-42
But wait...the one up serving is doing it all wrong?! I thought Abraham stood attentive to his guests when YHVH visited him. What is going on? Maybe, just maybe, Yeshua's need this time was different. Maybe, if Martha had been mindful of her guest's needs, she would have known He simply needed a listening ear and her warmth. Maybe He was ready to unburden the hostess, and let her rest at His feet as He provided all her sustenance as the:
Water to wash us clean, the Bread of Life to comfort us, the Living Water to revive us, the Tree of Life to shade us, the Meat to fill us, the Sacrifice to unburden us, the Kindness to sweeten us, the Meekness to welcome us, our Shelter to abide, our Provider to nourish, and our Good News to save us!!!!
"How pleasant upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who proclaims peace, who brings good news, who proclaims deliverance, who says to Tsiyon, "Your Elohim reigns!" Isaiah 52:7
You can choose to either run hastily to practice hospitality, being sensitive to the Spirit/Ruach HaKodesh or to run to paths of wickedness. Where are you running and to whom?
"Consider the path of your feet, and all your ways are established." Proverbs 4:26
Until next time, women of the Most High: