Bits of Torah Truths – Parashat Vayera


In Parashat Vayera (Bereshit / Genesis 18:17-19) Abraham shared a meal with three men (שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים).  During the meal it was prophesied that Abraham’s wife Sarah would bear a child at an old age.  Following the meal, two of the messengers began their journey to Sodom to see if their sin was as great as had been reported.  Abraham stood with the Lord and discussed the future of Sodom and Gemorah.  Before the Lord told Abraham what He was about to do, He declared an interesting word concerning Abraham’s future.

ספר בראשית פרק יח

ז   וַיהוָֹה אָמָר הַמֲכַסֶּה אֲנִי מֵאַבְרָהָם אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי עֹשֶֹה: יח   וְאַבְרָהָם הָיוֹ יִהְיֶה לְגוֹי גָּדוֹל וְעָצוּם וְנִבְרְכוּ-בוֹ כֹּל גּוֹיֵי הָאָרֶץ: יט   כִּי יְדַעְתִּיו לְמַעַן אֲשֶׁר יְצַוֶּה אֶת-בָּנָיו וְאֶת-בֵּיתוֹ אַחֲרָיו וְשָׁמְרוּ דֶּרֶךְ יְהֹוָה לַעֲשֹוֹת צְדָקָה וּמִשְׁפָּט לְמַעַן הָבִיא יְהוָֹה עַל-אַבְרָהָם אֵת אֲשֶׁר-דִּבֶּר עָלָיו

Sefer Bereshit / Genesis Chapter 18

18:17 The Lord said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18:18 since Abraham will surely become a great and mighty nation, and in him all the nations of the earth will be blessed? 18:19 ‘For I have chosen him, so that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.’ (NASB)

The Lord God Almighty said “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?”  The Lord declared that Abraham will become a great and mighty nation, and that he will command his children to obey the Lord and keep the way of God by living in righteousness and justice.  The Lord then said that He will bring upon Abraham all of what He has spoken about him.

Looking forward to the future of what was going to be, the Lord treated the promises that He had made, and the blessing to be a present day reality for Abraham.  The promises that the Lord had made of the future seed and blessing was present even as Abraham walked here on earth.  In a similar manner, thousands of years later, we who look to the past of all what the Lord God had done, promised, and fulfilled in Yeshua the Messiah, all of these things are a present day reality for us today.  Our atonement was made in the blood of the Messiah, the living Word of God!  In Abraham’s day, the Lord declared the present day reality of His promises to him.  Today, the Lord has declared the present day reality of our salvation that is found in Yeshua the Messiah!  Praise the Lord for such a great and wonderful salvation!


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