Lech Lecha “Go forth, to yourself”

Genesis 12:1-17:27

Isaiah 40:27-41:16

Romans 4:1-25

This D'var discusses what faith is and what we need to do to, walk in faith.  The Torah shows us we must rely upon GOD.  Nothing is impossible if we put our trust and faith in the Living GOD.  Just as Abraham was blessed, we, too, are blessed and can be called "friends of GOD."

Psalm 20:8 Some trust in chariots and some in horses; but we will trust in the name of the Lord, our GOD.


Patriarchal Age Begins With Abraham

Abraham established in Canaan (12:1-14:24)

Transition from Haran to Shechem, Bethel and the South Country (12:1-9)

Sojourn in Egypt (12:10-20)

Separation of Abraham and Lot (13:1-13)

The Land is Promised (13:14-18)

Lot rescued (14:1-16)

Abraham blessed by Melchizedek (14:17-24)

Abraham awaits the promised son (15:1-22; 24)

The son promised (15:1-21)

The birth of Ishmael (16:1-16)

The promise renewed AND  The covenant and its sign (17:1-27)

The scriptures declare "The just shall live by faith."  This declaration is quoted in four places in the Bible: Hab.2:1-5, Rom.1:17. Gal.3:10, 11; Heb.10:38.

The just live by faith, have their confidence in GOD.  To the person of faith walking in faith is more than a philosophy of life; it is the very principle of life.  Faith is the whole life.  Like our father Abraham we live by faith, we are redeemed by faith, we are kept by faith in GOD's promises as was Abraham.

(Heb. 11:8-10) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place he was to receive an inheritance.  He went out, not knowing whither he was going.  By faith he sojourned to the land of promise as if it were foreign, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise.  He was waiting for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder GOD.

Faith defies reason.  It moves mountains.  It never gives up.  Faith says that GOD is working out His perfect will in my life, and I can wait, endure, and suffer.  Faith does not make anything easy, but it does make all things possible.

Abraham left his town, his friends, his family, and by faith in GOD, he obeyed and turned from vain idols after GOD revealed His glory to him (Acts 7:2).

Though we are not told about his journey to the promised land; we are told that GOD gave him a promise of a future for him and his family, to his children that he did not have yet; and blessing to all who would bless him and his decedents; "I will bless those that bless you; and curse those who curse you."

Just as GOD was with Abraham, He also goes before us and has a word of encouragement to us as we also walk in faith and obedience.

Shavua Tov

Rabbi Z.

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