Shalom All, Welcome to this week’s Torah / Bible study Portion of God’s instructions. “Yahweh said to Abram, ‘Go forth [lech lecha] from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you ... and I will bless you.’” (Genesis 12:1–2).
In last week’s reading, Noach (Noah), concluded with a genealogy of Shem, Noah’s son. That genealogy ended with Terah, father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. Terah took his son Abram and Abram’s wife Sarai, as well as Lot, son of Haran, who had died, out of Ur of the Chaldeans and headed toward the Land of Canaan. Instead of reaching their destination, however, they settled at Haran where Terah lived out the rest of his days. In this week’s portion, at God’s command, Abram carries on with his father’s unfinished mission, to reach the Land of Canaan, the name given to the Promised Land at that time. Gen 12:10 And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land. To get Abram to go to Egypt, God caused a famine in the land in which he was. Similarly to get Jacob / Israel to go to Egypt God did similar. Gen 47:13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
This week we start with Abraham, the sole righteous man God chose to be the father of the righteous children.
Mat 1:1 The book of the generation of Yahshua (Jesus Christ), the son of David, the son of Abraham. Mat 1:17 So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; and from David until the carrying away into Babylon are fourteen generations; and from the carrying away into Babylon unto Christ are fourteen generations.
Why does God have a love for Abraham and calls Himself the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob? God said to Abraham “Go ye forth,” and Abraham went forth. He said, “Sacrifice for me,” and he sacrificed. He said to Isaac, “Stay,” and Isaac stayed. He said to Jacob, “Go back,” and he went back. Whatever He told them to do, they did. In short Gen 26:5 Because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws. Deu 4:37 And because he loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt; See also Heb 11:16. God’s love is not limited to Israel only. When Moses gave directives on how to get God’s love he was not only speaking to mixed multitude Israel but Deu 29:14 Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath; Deu 29:15 But with him that stands here with us this day before Yahweh our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day: Deu 30:16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it.