Torah Portion: Vayera (Shemot 6:2 – 9:35)

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This is our commentary on the portion Vayera - "I appeared." In this portion, the outstretched arm of the LORD begins to move upon the land of Egypt. The first seven of ten plagues are unleashed upon Pharaoh and his people, primarily, to show that the God of the Hebrews is God.! Hope you enjoy. Approximately 1:45



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Torah Portion - Vayera
This is Bill's commentary on the portion Vayera - "I appeared." As this portion begins, God responds to Moses's complaints about the plight of the Hebrews with a simple statement: "I am the LORD (YHVH). Inherent in that statement is the authority by which God will redeem His people so that, in the end, both Pharaoh and Israel will KNOW "that I am the LORD." In follow up to this statement, God begins to pour out the plagues upon Egypt while, simultaneously, shielding Goshen. Some of the highlights are:
  • Why the Patriarchs knew the LORD as El Shaddai.
  • The Four Stages of Redemption.
  • The Zeroah of the LORD
  • Much more. Approximately 1:45

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16 Responses to Torah Portion: Vayera (Shemot 6:2 – 9:35)

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  1. miketz elkins says:

    Shalom Bill,

    What is ineresting to me when it speaks of the patriarchs only knowing G-d as El Shaddai which suggest they only experienced a peculiar revelation or a certain aspect of His nature and character and had little or nothing to do with speaking or pronouncing the name YHVH, but now was making His name YHVH known to Moses and the children of Israel which again suggest that He is going to reveal a paticular aspect of His nature-character that the patriarchs never expeienced. i said all this to say that while the children of Israel knew-experienced Him as YHVH they failed to know His ways (Psalm 95:10 and Psalm 103:7) which again suggest that although they experienced Him as YHVH they nevertheless didn’t really know Him which is very saddening (Psalm 95:11). As to what paticular aspect of His nature-character the name YHVH implies has been debated for ages . Some say it suggest G-d beginning to act on his promise of redemption while others maintain that it more so has to do with G-d revealing the aspect of His unapprochableness (His holiness), and maybe perhaps it is both.

  2. miketz elkins says:

    Just a follow up on the previous comment . Although Abraham never experienced G-d in the manner that the children of Israel did (ie; by the name YHVH); nevertheless, Abraham was aware off and knew His ways (Gen 18:19) and even instructed his household. This would suggest then that the children of Israel although they experienced Him as YHVH and were the off spring of Abraham physically, they were nevertheless uncircumcised of heart. My point in this is that someone may know Him as YHVH or may even know how to pronounce His name correctly and still unfortunately fall short of the grace of G-d,
    For indeed circumcision is of value, if you practice the Law; but if you are a transgressor of the Law, your circumcision has become uncircumcision.
    26 If therefore the uncircumcised man keeps the requirements of the Law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded as circumcision?
    27 And will not he who is physically uncircumcised, if he keeps the Law, will he not judge you who though having the letter of the Law and circumcision are a transgressor of the Law?
    28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly; neither is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh.
    29 But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God. (Rom 2:25-29 NAS)

    Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but what matters is the keeping of the commandments of God. (1Co 7:19 NAS) Shalom, Gary

  3. miketz elkins says:


    I apologize for being long winded here but after thinking a little more on the matter I realized that the Patriarchs themselves experienced God’s power, authority, and even redemption in their lives; albeit, not to the degree Moses and the children of Israel did. Surely Abraham and Sarah experienced a micro redemption when both Pharoah and Abimelek abducted Sarah and yet had to let her go because of G-d’s strong hand. Also Jacob experienced G-d acting on His promise of redemption ( Gen 28:15) after serving Laban for 20 years .

    So just maybe the name YHVH implies something other than G-d acting to fulfill His promise of redemption as some have suggested. At least we can be sure that knowing Him as YHVH has little or more likely nothing to do with speaking or pronouncing His name as some flower child’s suggest.

    PS: Feel free to ask me sometime what I mean by flower child.
    Shalom in Messiah Yeshua, Gary

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