Torah Portion: Vayera (B’reshiyt 18:1 – 22:24)

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This is my commentary on the torah portion Vayera - "And He appeared." In this torah portion we see the culmination of Abraham's transformation from just a man with a calling to the spiritual father of a nation. The pinnacle of this sidrah is the akeidah - the binding of Isaac - and Abraham's unwavering faith in the Heavenly Father. Hope you enjoy! Approximately 60 minutes.

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Torah Portion: Vayeira
This is Bill's commentary on the torah portion Vayeira - "And He appeared." From the beginning of this torah portion we see the humility and servant's heart of Abraham. These qualities played a critical role in his development into the man that God called "friend." The most prominent feature of this sidrah is the akeidah - the binding of Isaac - and Abraham's unwavering faith in the Heavenly Father. Teaching highlights include:
  • Lot in S'dom and the prophetic implications.
  • Enmity between Ishmael and Isaac.
  • Isaac's portrayal of the Messiah.
  • The hidden meaning of "the place afar off."
  • Approximately 60 minutes.

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15 Responses to Torah Portion: Vayera (B’reshiyt 18:1 – 22:24)

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  1. danbezon says:

    “Big brain Bill”, (do we now call you “BB” as well?)
    Question:
    At about minute 53 you make reference to the “lifting up” and “if the Son of Man be lifted up He will draw all men to Him”. Since most will reject Him, are we then led to the final drawing of all men where every knee will bow? One “way” or another, men will be drawn, some to eternal life and some to the 2nd death of Rev. 20:14, white throne judgment, “…and Him who sat upon it,” would also seem to speak of being lifted up upon the seat, the seat of judgment?
    The above “question” comes after the 1000 years, Bride/priest of God and of Messiah, Rev.20:6. “..over these the 2nd death has no power,” leads me to think on, 1Cor.15:55/Hos.13:14, “O death where is your victory? O death where is your sting?

    • Bill says:

      Well, Dan, just call me Bill – that will suffice. As to your question, obviously at that point to which you refer, He will be lifted up and all will behold Him. My opinion as to His statement is, in the here and now, my job is to lift Him up so that men will bow their hearts to Him of their own volition so that they will not be made to bow the knee later. Shalom.

  2. miketz elkins says:

    Shalom Bill,

    I find it of interest that Stephen in Acts 7:2 mentions that G-d appeared to Abraham while he was still living in Mesopotamia whereas the Masoretic text we have today says nothing of the sort. So was Stephen using a variant Hebrew text or was he drawing off of Jewish tradition? One thing we know for sure is that Stephen wasn’t drawing from the Greek text here or at least the Greek text as exist at the present, but he certainly does draw from the Greek text or a variant Hebrew text in Acts:7:14 when he says 75 souls went down into Egypt instead of the Masorectic text 70 souls. My own thoughts are that Stephen was most likely drawing from Jewish tradition in Acts 7:2 instead of a variant Hebrew or Greek text since we have no evidence of such a text existing today. While it is true that the Greek text agrees with the Samiritan text in almost 2000 places against the Masorectic text possibly suggesting that a variant Hebrew text did indeed exist; Nevertheless, both the Samaritan nor the Greek text doesn’t deviate from the Masorectic text in Genesis 12:2, but Jewish tradition based on Genesis 15:7 speaks of Abraham being delivered from a fiery furnace while he was dwelling in Mesopotamia and it may very well have been at that time G-d appeared to Abraham. In a similar fashion based on the Scriptural text G-d appears to Israel at Mt. Sinai after delivering them from the furnace of Egypt. Stephen again adds to this story that the tablets of stone were delivered to them by the hand of angels ( Acts 7:53 ). My point in all this is that there are many in Christedom and even in the Torah observant communities that don’t give Jewish tradition the ” time of day” or see it as having little or no value when interpreting or evaluating Scripture when in fact the authors of the Apostolic Scriptures appear to give it a certain amount of credibility. My own thoughts are that such an attitude can only lead to further misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the Sacred text, what do you think?

    • Bill says:

      I think that we can learn a lot from Jewish tradition and it shouldn’t be quickly dismissed just because it is tradition. That being said, I’m hesitant to submit to tradition as the final authority on anything.

  3. LaVonne Taylor says:

    Hello Bill,

    As I am new to Hebrew Roots, I find all of this fascinating! I SO appreciate your insight and instruction. However, I was wondering something that is perhaps naïve, but nevertheless….I was under the impression that a sacrifice must be perfect, without blemish, etc. That being said, was Isaac also as such in order to even BE a sacrifice? Or am I looking at it wrong?

    Thanks again,
    LaVonne

    • Bill says:

      I don’t think Isaac was ever intended to be s sacrifice because the intent was to prove Abraham – not Isaac. God said to Abraham, “Now I know that YOU are a man who fears God in that you have not withheld your only son.”

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