This Sabbath’s video Torah study at 4pm Central Time with the staff and friends of Sabbath Keepers Fellowship.
Here is the Zoom Link:https://zoom.us/j/4731209848
This week’s parasha is:
Vayyeira – וַיֵּרָא – “And he appeared”
Torah reading: B’reishyth (Genesis) 18:1 – 22:24
Haftarah reading: Melekym Beyth (II Kings) 4:1 – 37
Ketuvym Hatalmidym reading: Ivrym (Hebrews) 11, Luqas (Luke) 17:26-37
Shalom aleykhem, achym, b’shem YHWH Yireh ~ Peace to you, my brothers, in the name of YHWH who sees.
Ki y’da’ativ l’ma’an asher y’tzaveh El b’nav v’et beito acharav v’shamru derek YHWH, la’asoth tz’dakah umishpat l’ma’an haviy YHWH al Avraham et asher diber alav ~ “For I have known him, to the end that he may command his sons and his household after him to guard The Way of YHWH, to perform righteousness and justice, to the end that YHWH may bring upon Avraham that which He has spoken of to him.”
In this passage, YHWH has decided to inform Avraham of His plans and to allow Avraham to better know Him, so that he and his descendants will be able to truly become the set-apart nation and chosen people that YHWH has destined them to be. YHWH declares that they will do this by guarding Haderek YHWH – “The Way of YHWH.”
What exactly is The Way of YHWH? The first mention of it describes the path of the Tree of Life in B’reishyth. The prophets have associated it with the keeping of commands, and of performing acts of charity and mercy. The apostles of Yehoshua attest that it is the actual form of Yehudaism to which they belong. In fact, all of these are true.
As we have previously learned, YHWH progressively reveals His plans and desires for His people. The scriptures have, over millennia, described with an ever-increasing clarity, detail and illumination, who His people are and will be, as well as what He expects from them. In other words, the written and spoken Word of YHWH is, through the urging of His Spirit and the example set by His son, from its beginning to its end, showing them “The Way.”
For those people who are truly His, YHWH will always show them what is to come and how they should go. They will not argue with His Word or try to deviate from the path He sets before them, by turning either to the right or the left. They will simply follow Him and do what He says. And YHWH, through His Spirit, will help to keep them on that path, as it is written in the prophets, “And your ears hear a word behind you, saying, ‘This is The Way, walk in it,’ whenever you turn to the right, or whenever you turn to the left.” And YHWH will always bless His people, the children of Avraham, when they do what is right by having faith in Him and obeying His Word. That is His promise, and His promise is true.
Walk in Haderek, brethren, that is The Way. Keep His commandments, do charity and give mercy, join the apostles and disciples of Yehoshua on the path to the Tree of Life. Then receive the blessings of Avraham our father and the peace of Yehoshua our Messiah. Enter into His rest, as it says, “Let us therefore do our utmost to enter into His rest,” and again, “Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the ancient paths, where the excellent Way is, and walk in it; and find rest for your souls.”
B’Shalom, Ovadyah Ben Yisrael