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Torah Reading for September 20 - 26, 2020
Jesus himself said, “These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you that everything written about me in the Law of Moses [Torah] and the prophets and the psalms must be fulfilled...” (Luke 24:44). With this in mind, let us look at this week’s Torah encoded reading, Genesis 12:1- 17:27. In the Hebrew language (God’s sacred tongue) from which our English Bible translation was taken, this week’s Torah encoded reading is called, “Lech Lecha” translated “Go, you shall go,” see Genesis 12:1.
To understand this, one has to first of all identify the double references in the text. On a simple linguistic level which is what we refer to as the first layer of the text’s meaning, the reading focuses on the code “Go, you shall go.” Thus, in the opening part of the reading, we hear God commanding Abram, “Go from your land, your birthplace, and your father’s house, to the land which I will show you.” There he will be made into a great nation. In the main part of the reading, Abram and his wife Sarai, accompanied by his nephew, Lot, journey to the land of Canaan, where Abram builds an altar and continues to spread the message of a one God. God, then, bequeaths the land of Canaan to Abram’s descendants. Childless, Abram marries Hagar and she gives birth to Ishmael. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah. The reading ends with God promising Abraham and Sarah that a son will be born to them whom they should call Isaac.
On a deeper theological level, this week’s Torah reading has a clear message to us, the Church, the Body of Christ. This becomes increasingly clear when the reading is interpreted in the context of this third week of the Creation season, That is, God is calling us to be Abraham and Sarah of today through whom all the families of the earth shall be blessed. How do we know that? Listen, again, to our text” Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country, your kindred, your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great so that you will be a blessing,” (Gen.12:1-3).
How, then, will we be able to fulfill this Divine call of God in a time when the world is in moral and spiritual crisis? By putting our complete trust in God’s hand; God, himself, said, “Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God’ I will strengthen you, I will help you. I will uphold you with my victorious right hand,” (Isa 41:10). It is no wonder why David urged us, saying, “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will live in the land, and enjoy security. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Ps: 37:3-4). Perhaps, it is for this reason that Jesus said, “Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what your will wear; Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?...your heavenly father knows that you need all these things. But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matt. 6:25-33).
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