November 3, 2019- This week’s Torah portion is called Lech L’cha (Go Forth) is Genesis 12:1-13
This portion (Parasha) dove-tails perfectly with David’s message yesterday, ‘Noach-Walk with Elohim’. In yesterdays message David stressed the importance of walking “with” Yah. David stated that it is appropriate to at times, follow (as King David did), walk with (as Adam and Noah did) and go ahead (as Abram was instructed and did). If you missed this message you may click the picture below to view it.
In this Torah portion, Yah instructed Abram to leave his land and go ahead to the land of Canaan. For his obedience, Abba made some monumental promises to Abram, which allows us, as believers, to still reap the benefits from today.
So Abram went forth and Yah lead him from behind. However, we see towards the end of this portion that in the absence of Yah’s instruction, Abram fell to his own devices and succumbed to the temptation of sin.
When Yah says “Go forth”, it is wisdom to obey. Unfortunately, as humans, in the absence of Yah’s guidance we usually will follow our own inclinations.
So, here Abram, later renamed Abraham, went ahead of Yah, and great promises were made to him. Because of Abram’s obedience we see that Yah promised to make his name great and to bless him and all his future generations and all those who bless him. Yah also promised to curse those who curse him. Wow, what a promise, right?
So, Abram obediently went ahead, as Yah instructed. But then Abram got the idea in his head that the Egyptians would see how beautiful Sarai was and he believed that they would kill him for her. What was the catalyst for this thought, perhaps fear, or perhaps a lie was whispered into his ear? Whatever the cause, Abram pondered this perceived threat, on his own, and then came up with a solution that involved employing deception…and then he enticed his wife to become his accomplice.
When pondering this Torah portion, I have to wonder, if Abram was “walking with Yah” would he have been tempted to deceive? Or, would he have conferred with his Elohim? Would Yah have reassured Abram and reminded him about the promises that were made? Would Yah have given him more instruction?
My guess is that if he had been “walking” with Yah, as David suggests, he would not have come up with his own solution and would not have led his wife down that same carnal path.
So, today, what does your walk look like? Are you following Yah, running head of Yah, or are you walking daily with Yah?
Still, I would like to present a point that I overlooked from yesterday’s message. The message is entitled, “Command GOD”. And while some may shrink at the thought of being able to command God, YHVH, to do anything, I lay out with specificity the manner in which we may be able to do so.
It is quite intriguing that we have such opportunity, In the light of an all-powerful Elohim. If you will indulge me, this point will make it a little clearer.