Friday, November 3, 2023

Towrah Portion: Vayera | וירא | “He appeared”

By Maria Merola אריאל

This Week’s Towrah Portion & Who Confirmed the Abrahamic Covenant in Daniel’s 70th Week? 

Vayera | וירא | “He appeared” 

*Towrah: Bereshiyth (Genesis) 18:1-22:24. 
*Nabiym (Prophets): 2nd Melekiym (Kings) 4:1-37. 
*Besowrah (Gospel): Luqas (Luke) 2:1-38.

This week’s Towrah Portion begins with the appearance of YaHuWaH himself along with two heavenly witnesses. 

The first thing that YaHuWaH does is he “CONFIRMS” the earlier promise to Abraham that he will give Sarah a son (Genesis 18:10). 

Since Sarah is a prophetic “type” of Jerusalem (the free woman) according to Galatians 4:26, this promise of a “SON” has greater meaning than simply Sarah’s son Yitzchaq (Isaac) who would come from her own womb. 

The promise of a “SON” is also being given to the future Jerusalem! 

When Sarah heard of this promise, she laughed in disbelief. This reminds us of how in the end of days, the inhabitants of Jerusalem will be largely in unbelief, until their promised son arrives!

YaHuWaH then questioned her about why she laughed, and she denied it. YaHuWaH’s response to her was this: 

“Is anything too hard for YaHuWaH?” (Genesis 18:10-15).

Interestingly, the name “Yitzchaq” (Isaac) means “laughter,” as if to show Sarah “You did laugh in disbelief, and you will laugh when the child arrives.” 

In other words, it is YaHuWaH who “HAS THE LAST LAUGH!” 

The Towrah Portion concludes with the greatest test of Abraham’s obedience. 

This test is a prophetic picture of the Heavenly Father offering up “HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON,” the Messiah in the future (John 1:14). 

Abraham was a prophetic “type” of the heavenly Father, who inherits the promise of becoming “A Father of many nations,” but the promise can only be fulfilled, if his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON dies! 

Even though Yitzchaq (Isaac) didn’t physically die, he had to accept the fact his earthly life was going to be taken from him, in order to fulfill the promise. 

And just as it was Abraham’s physical “seed” that produced his promised son in the womb of Sarah, it was also our heavenly Father’s “seed” in the womb of Miryam (Mary) who produced the ultimate son of promise: 

Hebrews 11:17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Yitzchaq (Isaac): and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son. 

Some people may question, “Why was our Messiah called the ‘ONLY BEGOTTEN SON’, when Yah referred to the nation of Yisra’el as ‘MY FIRSTBORN SON?’” (Exodus 4:22 & Jeremiah 31:9). 

The difference between being a “FIRSTBORN SON,” and being an “ONLY BEGOTTEN” son has to do with “PROMISE & COVENANT” versus biology and chronology. 

You see, even though Ishmael was Abraham’s first biological son, it was Isaac who was born to him by promise, and therefore the only HEIR to the promise (see Galatians 4:28-31). 

Similarly, the nation of Yisra’el was called “My firstborn son,” and yet only those whose hearts are “REBORN” after the promise of the Messiah, can be called “Sons of Elohiym.” 

So, while the nation of Yisra’el is the “FIRSTBORN SON,” the Messiah, Yahuwshuwa is the only one who was truly “BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER.” 

What does this word “Begotten” mean? 

The Greek word is:

#3439, monogenes mon-og-en-ace' from 3441 and 1096; only-born, i.e. sole:--only (begotten, child); Single of it’s kind, only. 

Essentially, this word means “THE ONLY ONE OF ITS KIND.” 

What differentiated the Messiah from the nation of Yisra’el? 


To understand this phenomenon, please see this blog:

In other words, YaHuWaH himself, put on a human body and came to earth in the form of a FINITE human being, in order to take the sins of humanity upon himself! 

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 9:6 speaks of this promise given to Jerusalem, a “type” of Sarah, the free woman! 

Yeshayahuw (Isaiah) 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, El Shadday (The Mighty EL), The Everlasting Father, Sar Shalom (The Prince of Peace). 

Did you get that? 

The Son born to Jerusalem is also THE EVERLASTING FATHER, because he was THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER! 

In other words, our Messiah, Yahuwshuwa is the only one to ever be conceived by the Ruwach haQodesh (Holy Spirit), and thus, he had the sinless blood of the Father flowing through his veins. To learn more, see this other blog:

Abraham offering up his son Isaac---his only heir was a foreshadow of the Father in heaven giving up what seemed like his only chance to redeem humanity. 

If the Messiah had not resurrected, his chance to redeem humanity was also dead forever! 

This is why Abraham offering up his son had such high stakes! Can you imagine gambling away all the money that you have, knowing that if you lose, you won’t have another chance to gain that money back? 

Abraham was essentially gambling away his promise to become “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS” when he offered up HIS ONLY BEGOTTEN SON! 

Similarly, when YaHuWaH offered up our Messiah on the tree, he also was gambling away his only chance to be a “Father” to the nations, and thereby bring Yisra’el back to himself! 

In this one act of Abraham offering up his son Isaac, his incredible faith was demonstrated. 

Abraham’s great faith mirrors the loving heart of our Creator. Our Heavenly Father is so completely sure that he will bring back his prodigal sons, that he was willing to risk it all! 

What seemed like a “gamble” was actually the ONLY WAY TO BRING THE PROMISE TO PASS! 

Yahuwchanon (John) 12:24 “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone: but if it dies, it brings forth much fruit. 

In other words, in order for YaHuWaH to become a “Father” to the nations and to Yisra’el, he had to allow his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON (his only seed) to die! 

Daniel’s 70th Week being “divided in half” was absolutely necessary in order to CONFIRM & RATIFY the Abrahamic Covenant! 

The concepts laid out in these blogs illustrate an important truth. If two people buy a lottery ticket, they tear it in half, and they win, the ticket will only be redeemable if they come together and join the pieces back together again! 

The House of Yahuwdah (Judah) has one-half of the ticket, and The House of Ephraim has the other half. Judah has the Towrah, and Ephraim has the Messiah. 

Until these two halves come together, there can be no redemption or restoration for Yisra'el. Ephraim wants to hold on to his half (Messiah), but he wants to reject Judah’s half--- Towrah. 

Without that other half, Ephraim (Christianity) will hear these words on judgement day “Depart from Me, I never knew you.” 

Revelation 12:17 and Revelation 14:12 elude to the two halves of the “lottery ticket.” 

Revelation 14:12 tells us that the saints (set-apart ones) have both:

1.) Faith in Messiah,Yahuwshuwa. 
2.) They keep the commandments (Towrah). 

Revelation 12:17 tells us who the remnant of Yisra’el are (the woman’s seed). 

1.) Those who keep the commandments (Towrah). 

2.) Those who have the testimony of Yahuwshuwa Messiah. Many other verses tell us that salvation depends on both halves coming together. 

If you are holding onto one half of your winning lottery ticket, (and you don’t find the matching half), you will never collect your prize! 

In other words, like Abraham, you must be willing to risk losing your half of the winning lottery ticket in order to have the entire ticket come back together! 

This means that we cannot resurrect and inherit the promise unless we are willing to die! 

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

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