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Genesis 12:1 - 17:27

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Isaiah 40:27 - 41:16

Welcome to the Torah Portion Lech Lecha. In this post, we will cover the weekly Torah portion and weekly Haftarah portion from a cultural perspective. There is also an Echoes Through Scripture teaching which takes a theme from the Torah portion and connects it throughout the rest of the Hebrew Bible and into the Apostolic Scriptures.

Then YHWH said to Abram, “Get going out from your land, and from your relatives, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. My heart’s desire is to make you into a great nation, to bless you, to make your name great so that you may be a blessing. My desire is to bless those who bless you, but whoever curses you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.

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3 Comments

  1. chava on November 3, 2017 at 4:35 am

    Hi Ryan,
    I’m seeing so much more in this portion this year than in previous readings! And wondering now, in those first three verses of Ch 12, is the promise of the land grant indicated by Adonai’s words to Avram? Do you think Avram understood with this command to “. . . go . . . ,” that he was to be the recipient of a Royal Land Grant?

    • chava on November 3, 2017 at 4:42 am

      hope I’m clear on the question…. in other words, I had always thought that Avram would have heard that he should “go,” but that God did not have any specific land in mind; the whole point being that Avram was to simply trust that God was leading in his life. Now, considering that Adonai promised to make him a great nation, Avram must have understood a piece of the earth, a land, to be involved. And to be a blessing, well, a land owner is so much more able to bless than one who is just a wanderer, without land.

      • Ryan White on November 16, 2017 at 11:40 pm

        I would say that the land is implicit in the promise. If Abraham is to become a “great nation” in a different land, the only way that could happen is if he owned the land.

        Trusting and following God doesn’t mean you do it without hope of reward. In the Sermon on the Mount, Yeshua very clearly speaks of us hoping for a reward. The difference is that we hope for our reward from God, not from other people.

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