Parashat Vayera

Genesis 18:1 – 22:24

2 Kings 4:1-37

Luke 1:26-38 & 17:28-37

Brief Overview:

  • 3 “Men” appear to Abraham at Mamre’.
  • Hospitality.
  • Sarah laughs, will she have a son?
  • YHWH’s intend to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah. Intercessory-negotiations settles on 10.
  • Escape available for 6: 3 wise, 3 unwise.
  • Moab & Ammon is conceived.
  • Beer-Sheba agreement.
  • Akedah Yitzhak.

We’ll look further into the Promise of a Son, the Rapture and the Akedah.

The Promise of a SON

Gen 18:1-15

  • Sarah & Hagar
  • Rachel & Leah
  • Hannah & Peninna
  • Israel & 70 Nations

Barren vs. Fertile

Human plans fail.

The Groom loves His bride…

Things got ugly.

The “Barren” cries to GOD.

GOD answered with a special Son.

The Promise of a SON

  • To Adam
  • To Abraham
  • To Manoah (Samson) (Judges 13:1-24)
  • To Hannah (Samuel) (1 Sam 1:1-28)
  • To David (2 Sam 7:12-16)
  • To Israel (Isaiah 7:13-15)
  • To Israel (Micah 5:1-3)

All pointing to THE SON.

A Rapture from Sodom & Gomorrah

Gen 18:16 – 19:29

  • Lot & family chose the bright city lights.
  • 6 is less than 10.
  • Lot’s family is warned to flee.
  • Only Lot & 2 daughters reach Zoar (Tzo’ar)

–“Insignificant / Small”

  • 3 wise & 3 unwise reminds of the Parable of the Bridesmaids (Matt 25:1-13 follows Matt 24)
  • The destruction of S&G reminds of the Flood (Gen 7:1-24)
  • Paul encourage us to be ready. (1 Thes 5:1-11 & 2 Thes 2:1-17)

Rapture from S&G and Floods

Do we live in S&G?  Days like Noah’s?

Are we waiting for the Groom? (Fire/Flood?)

Be ready! 

  • “Thieve in the night” refers to the High Priest
  • Don’t miss the boat.
  • What’s inside your lamp matters.
  • Have oil to spare.
  • Prepare now, before we sleep.
  • Will the Groom know/recognise you?
  • Don’t look back. (Let bye-gones be)(Monkey-trap)
  • Long for Salvation, i.e. “Yeshua”

Akedah Yitzhak

Gen 22:1-19

  • Abraham’s 10th of 10 tests of faith. Test = Growth
  • Abraham slept, arose early.
  • On the 3rd day, GOD led him to the Temple Mount.
  • Isaac asked about the lamb, accepted the answer.
  • “GOD will provide for Himself a Lamb”
  • Messianic prophecy.
  • Did Abraham “over-power” Isaac (37) to bind him?
  • “Hineni” in Abraham, Moses, EliYah’s words.

Akedah Yeshua

  • Human sacrifice? Sages have no clear answer. Only that Isaac will be raised from the dead, is believable.  Isaac had to be resurrected or be born again.
  • Meaningful that the Akedah is read on Rosh Hashanah – when the year is born again.
  • Kierkegaard wrote that faith is paradoxical. Ethically it is murder, Religiously it is sacrifice. The “Voice of (human) reason” creates conflict, faith supersedes understanding.
  • Sarah’s death.
  • The SON of GOD willingly allowed Himself to be sacrificed to atone for our sin. Through the Akedah of Yeshua Ha’Meshiach we are saved.