“Get Yourself Out” by Ariel E………..
This Weeks Torah Portion: Lech Lecha–Get Yourself Out
Haftarah Portion: Isaiah 40:27-41:16
Priesthood Portion: Mattityahu 14-18
Lech Lecha “Get Yourself Out”
Much is made today about Abrahams Faith; but what exactly is the faith of Abraham? Was Abraham a Torah obedient individual? Or was Abraham a sinful man, full of rebellion and disobedience towards God who somehow found favor with God because of his faith demonstrated through his steadfast obedience to YHWH– apart from any notion of works?
Or was Abraham a man of faith because he believed the Word of God to be Truth, and showed his faith through his daily obedience to Torah–God’s teaching and instruction?
How was this different from Lot His Nephew?
What does it say to us today?
1 When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. 2 I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” 9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come.
YHVH is going to make His covenant with Avraham, and through this covenant—YHVH is promised to make Avraham the “Father of many Nations.” Why does the word Nation(s) have and “s” on the end—and what does this indicate? The covenant is not just for Ephraim and Judah, but for every nation that wishes to be grafted into Israel. (Romans 11) What is foundational to this covenant that would bless the “Nations/Gentiles?”
1 Now there was a famine in the land-besides the earlier famine of Abraham’s time-and Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines in Gerar. 2 The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. 3 Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father Abraham. 4 I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring  all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”
What? Abraham had the Torah? What will my Theologian say about that!
Even thought the Modern Theologians of our day—our versions of Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s have told us for years that the “Law” of God did not come for 430 years after the “Promise made to Abraham”—as they misquote Rabbi Sha’ul. Yet we see in this passage very clearly that all nations on earth will be blessed, 5 because Abraham obeyed me and kept my requirements, my commands, my decrees and my laws.”
Peat Peat and Repeat—MT. Sinai
Abraham knew Gods Torah—His teaching and Instructions long before the Israelites reached Mt. Sinai. This may come as a shock to our religious system, but Mt. Sinai is a retelling of the Torah by the time Moses gets there
How can this be You good Talmidim ask? Mt. Sinai was a reintroduction to the Teaching and Instructions of God that was lost when the Israelites were in Slavery in Pagan Egypt!
Up to the Day of Joseph and His Brothers—your ancestors—Torah was passed on Father to Son, Mother to daughter by word of Mouth!
This “Oral” Halacha—or telling of the Torah was lost when they became slaves following the death of Joseph—victims of cultural assimilation
A. There are two primary reasons:
1-One, because when the people of a nation become slaves to another nation, they are stripped of their identities, their heritage, their customs and their culture; and are forced to adopt the customs and religious practices of their masters.
2-Just think how much America has changed in your lifetime—with no slavery, culturally forced assimilation, no printing presses, just image over 400 years!
Why part 2
Secondly-When Joseph’s brothers went into Egypt—they were on 70, after Slavery there were over 500 thousand Men, and adding Women and Children there were over 3 million when they left; Oral traditions are better kept in small group, Hunter Gatherer (roughly 25-30 people), or “Big Man” (up to 1000 people) Social Structures. Add to this the identity destruction that results from Slavery—and it is easy to understand and you will come to see more clearly how conditions of the covenant made with Abraham are the same ones made with Moshe (Moses) and the children of Israel.
So What’s Different?
A-Though they are two covenants, the latter made at Mt. Sinai, and the former made with Jerusalem up above which is free; Galatians 4:21-31, you will find that they contain the same Law, the Torah, and that the only thing that is different, is not the Torah, but how the administration of atonement for the remission of sins is carried out. That is the only change!
It’s like renting an Apartment—You have to sign a covenantal contract to move in. When you have fulfilled the contract you move out.
Say a new family moves in the same Apartment—they would have to sign the same covenant agreement. It is separate from the 1st families rental contract, but identical in it’s rights and responsibilities. So it is with this covenant of Abraham—and the Covenant of Moses. It is a renewal with the new tenants at “Mt. Sinai;” because there were now millions of Tenants now, a sophisticated Priesthood was empowered to make atonement for the sins of the “entire” nation—not just One Family!
10 This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 11 You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you. 12 For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner-those who are not your offspring.
A. – Thus the tutor mentioned in Galatians (a sophisticated Priesthood that was empowered to make atonement for the sins of the “entire” nation—not just One Family! The Sacrificial system that was added 430 years later to the covenant was to attend to the issue of sin–or Torah violation until Messiah Yeshua could come; Galatians 3:16-19.
Members of Abraham’s Covenant
A—People love to claim their part of the Abrahamic Covenant. Yet when they come against circumcision—they almost always say, “The Law is Done Away With” [YHWH FORBID] Thinking it part of the Mosaic Covenant
B-They do not realize it is part of the Abrahamic Covenant—and was given to “BLESS ALL THE NATIONS THROUGH IT”
C. Abraham’s covenant sign—is circumcision—all covenants are sealed with a “SIGN”
Things that make you go Hmmmm…
Isn’t it interesting that the covenant requirement for the covenant that most “Faith” preachers teach– as your key entitlement to financial reward—requires circumcision as a stipulation for ALL time? Most Pastors today call you a Legalist—if you ask for a strict rendering of what the Bible says.
Legalist versus what? An Illegalist? An Illegalist = A Criminal
By Today’s standard, anyone who wishes to obey the Torah—God’s Teaching and Instruction is considered a legalist—or one who puts people in bondage. Yet these same Theologians—get on TV-and claim the promises of Abraham’s Covenant; claiming promises that are not yours–yep, that is the sure sign of a squatter–a criminal trespasser!
But if circumcision, or any other act of obedience to Torah, constitutes “legalism” then Abraham would have to be declared a legalist as it is written “Abraham BELIEVED YHWH and it was credited to him as RIGHTEOUSNESS!
Abraham Legalist or man of Faith?
A-Abraham was a man of the Faith, a man who believed and looked forward to the coming of Messiah; but the Faith that our father Abraham displayed was everything that the theologians speak out against today as “legalism.”
A Real Life Example …..to ponder
A-Let’s put this into contemporary terms. Imagine yourself driving 20 miles over the speed limit and you discover yourself being pulled over for speeding. L
B-As the police officer writes out the ticket you turn to him and state, “Excuse me officer, don’t you think you are being a little legalistic? After all, officer, I am under grace, not under the law, right?
C-This would be a very unwise thing to say to a police officer wouldn’t it?
D- Yet many say it about YHVH’s Word every day!
Watch out for that Angry Cop!
A. Every time we call someone “A Legalist” for simply wanting to obey YHVH’s Teaching and Instruction—We are like that Lawbreaker—who was trying to make the Cop look bad for their own irresponsible behavior!
Was Abraham under grace? Both Abraham and Moses were under God’s Grace as well. Hebrews 4:2a says, “2For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did;
THEY WHO? TO WHOM IS THE WRITER OF HEBREWS REFERRING TO?
They heard the gospel and knew the grace of God even as we; yet Abraham knew and obeyed the Torah. And Moshe (Moses) likewise, heard the gospel and knew the grace of God; and knew and obeyed the Torah. And these two men are the two greatest men of faith presented in the Tenach (the “Old Testament“) of Scripture.
Hey… did they know something we ought to know??
A-The Scriptures are clear that being under the grace of God did not mean that Abraham and Moshe (Moses) were free to violate His Torah (His “Law“).
B-Being under grace, and not under law, does not mean the Law is done away; and to speak such heresy is to speak against Yeshua Himself, who stated emphatically that not the least stroke of a pen contained in the Torah would pass away until the heavens and the earth pass away.
So what was done away with?
A-Grace means we are no longer under the law of sin—or the Priestly Sacrifices for Atonement.
B-That is, we are no longer bound to be servants to the law of sin, but are now free to be servants to the law of righteousness.
C-Psalm 119:172 says “172 May my tongue sing of your word,
for ALL your commands ARE righteous!!”
God Commands Abraham to “Go”
Notice that God does not tell Abram “where” to go—only that He will show him. God speaks things that are not as though they are—and he expects Abram to believe YHWH’s promise of future provision and obey His command. Abraham does believe—trusting faithfully—” from the Hebrew word “EMUNAH”–meaning faithful, steadfast obedience to God’s teaching and instructions. He leaves His Fathers House with his Wife Sarai and His Nephew Lot, and all their possessions–leaving himself NO parachute
Abraham arrives in Canaan: Modern Day Israel
Abram is only 75 when He left His country, His Brother, and His Father’s House. When Abram arrives YHWH covenants with Him to Have the Land for ALL Generations ((which by the way includes ours–SO STOP GIVING AWAY TERRITORY IN ISRAEL))
Abraham is blessed beyond His wildest imagination
Just like all who fully submit to God’s Teaching and Instructions by Faith!
What About Lot?
A- Lot in this potion is very much like the modern “Organized Traditional Christian Church” and “The Lost Tribes of Israel”—that believes they have replaced the Covenants of the Houses of Judah and Ephraim!
B- Lot who started out in biblical trusting faithfulness with Abraham—moving out with His family Member—that represents Judah (So did the “Organized Traditional Christian” Church—and their Israelite brothers—” The Lost Tribes of Israel”– They started as One with Judah under King David’s Unified Tent)
C-Lot gets to Canaan (promised land)—goes to Egypt (places of confinement)—then back to Canaan—and gets wealthy along the way (As does “Organized Traditional Christianity” and “The Lost Tribes of Israel”)
D- His employee’s end up fighting with Abrahams (As does “Organized Traditional Christianity” and “The Lost Tribes of Israel”—with their Brothers in the Tribe of Judah)
So Lot strikes out on his own
A-Lot decides in His own power to move and set up His tents toward Sodom—a wicked pagan place
1-This symbolizes the movement of the organized Christian Church and Judaism away from the Torah, YHWH’s Teaching and Instruction done by faith!
B-Abraham asks of YHWH, and G-d gives him the promised land by faith.
1-This represents the Judeans that DID receive Yeshua as Messiah and enter into their rest—while keeping Torah—the Remnant, and their Christian Brothers and Sisters who kept all YHVH’s Instructions by faith
Lot gets taken Hostage
Sodom is such a Pagan place—there is violence everywhere and perversion. Lot and all he owns are taken into bondage
A-This is where the “Body” is to this day—in bondage with NO real power!
B- But YHVH had a plan to redeem Lot from the pagan’s that had captured His family
1- Abraham and His 318 men trained for war, attacked the enemy stronghold and freed Lot and His family
Genesis 14:14-16 says “14 When Abram heard that his relative had been taken captive, he called out the 318 trained men born in his household and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 During the night Abram divided his men to attack them and he routed them, pursuing them as far as Hobah, north of Damascus. 16 He recovered all the goods and brought back his relative Lot and his possessions, together with the women and the other people.”
It’s time for the Sons of Abraham to Arise for battle!
A-In the last days the scripture calls for a reawakening of those Sons of Abraham who are called of the Lord
B-We have to go get those who are stumbling off to their death
19 O LORD , my strength and my fortress, my refuge in time of distress,
to you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say,
“Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good. 20 Do men make their own gods? Yes, but they are not gods!” 21 “Therefore I will teach them- this time I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the LORD!”
A-There is a worldwide revival of people turning back to the Torah
1-EV FREE, CGGC, AOG, BAPTISTS, WORD OF FAITH, 7TH DAY ADVENTISTS, All have active Messianic Congregations that are growing!!!
2- People are seeking “more” than the cotton candy—prosperity only messages—they are seeking a real life change
1 In the last days the mountain of the LORD’s temple will be established
as chief among the mountains; it will be raised above the hills,
and peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob.
He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.
Then the word of the LORD came to me: 24 “Son of man, the people living in those ruins in the land of Israel are saying, ‘Abraham was only one man, yet he possessed the land. But we are many; surely the land has been given to us as our possession.’ 25 Therefore say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: Since you eat meat with the blood still in it and look to your idols and shed blood, should you then possess the land? 26 You rely on your sword, you do detestable things, and each of you defiles his neighbor’s wife. Should you then possess the land?’
Are You Living in Ruins?
A-Have you been Keeping G-d’s Teaching and Commands?
B-Or Like Righteous Lot—have you placed the opening of your tent (Your Heart) toward the pagan—sinful world?
C-Have you been carried away from the Truth by false doctrine—and held powerless—full of Religion?
D. Do you want to live like Abraham really did? In Blessing, and Power and Prosperity?
E-You must die to your flesh and obey G-d Gen 26:5
YHVH’s covenant with YOU –God’s Side of the Covenant
4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram  ; your name will be Abraham,  for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you are now an alien, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.”
Abrahams RESULTS require Abrahams ACTIONS! Your Side of the Covenant:
9 Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. Yeshua said
10If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.
Doing the Covenant: Means Death to the Flesh
A-A Dead Person Has No Reputation! Phl 2:7
B-A Dead Person Seeks not His Own 1 Cor 13:5
C-A Dead Person Does Not Fight Back Ex 14:14
D- A Dead Person is never tempted 1 Cor 10:13
E-A Dead Person is never vein Ps 24:4
F-A Dead Person is never offended Matt 11:6
G-A Dead Person never opens their Mouth! Is 53:7
H-A Dead person never argues-or needs to win one!
I-A Dead person has no agenda! Jn 8:50 1 Cor 13:5
A-Father Abraham sacrificed his past by leaving all he had known to obtain God
B-He was willing to sacrifice His future by offering His only son—because He knew God was faithful to keep His word
C-Power in this last revival will be held by those who are obedient to ALL YHWH’s Word
D-Not just the parts that we like
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