One of the Creator’s names is YHWH Yireh (Jehovah Jirah), translated as “the LORD sees” or “the LORD is seen.” And one of the key times Yeshua haMashiakh (Jesus Christ) is foreseen is Abraham’s near-sacrifice of is “one and only son.” The mercy and sacrifice of God is on full display in this week’s Torah portion, וַיֵּרָא Vayera (“he appeared,” Gen. 18:1–22:24).
Companion readings from the B’rit Chadashah (New Testament) from MessianicJudaism.net (also has through-the-Bible readings for prophets and B’rit Chadashah) and First Fruits of Zion:
- Luke 17:26-37; Romans 9:6-9; Galatians 3:15-18, 5:1-6; Colossians 2:11-15; Hebrews 7:1-19, 11:8-12 (Complete Jewish Bible by David H. Stern)
- Luke 1:26-38, 24:36-53 (Parashiot From the Torah and Haftarah by Jeffrey E. Feinbe of Flame Foundation)
- Luke 2:1-38 (First Fruits of Zion)
The following are notes and recordings of studies by Hallel Fellowship teachers Richard, Daniel and Jeff on Vayera. Also included are notes and the recording for the Haftarah (Prophets) reading (2nd Kings 4) by Daniel.
Discussions on Vayera
Nov. 19, 2016 — Why is Abraham considered so faithful when so much of his biblical biography shows examples of his utter lack of faith? He laughed in God’s face about a son from a barren wife, circumvented God’s prophesy for that son and lied to two different kings about his relationship with Sarah, putting her in real danger.
In the Torah parashah Vayera, we learn that despite Abraham’s (and Sarah’s) ups and downs, their faith was growing, not shrinking. That is why God Himself not only credited Abraham’s trust as righteousness but also made them patriarch and matriarch of “a great and mighty nation” through which all nations of Earth would be blessed.
Oct. 31, 2015 — Do we trust God in His promises? We can come up with all sorts of ideas about God. But if we don’t really trust Him and His leading, why bother following? These are questions tackled in this discussion on the Torah portion Vayera. Abraham is shown to have trust issues up to his great test of faith. At that point, he sees something. This passage is all about the Promised One — the Mashiakh (Messiah) — represented by Abraham’s son Yitzkhak (Isaac).
Parallel: Judges 19:1 – 20:7: A Levite, his concubine & the life in Israel without the King
Genesis 21:22–34: Abraham makes seven-fold covenant with Abimelech at Beersheba
Genesis 22:1-9: God tests Abraham and Yitskhak on Mt. Moriah
2nd Kings 4: Understanding + Spirit = Salvation: Eliyahu, Elisha foreshadow Messiah in freeing, healing sons
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