“Then they cried out to HaShem in their distress; from their woes He saved them.” Psalms 107:13
This weeks Torah portion ‘Lech Lecha’ which is found in B’reisheet (Genesis) 12:1-17-27 is a VERY important portion because in it HaShem sets up the foundation for establishment of His people Israel! Why is this so very important? Because HaShem reveals the end out of the beginning, and as such if we want to know what will happen in the end, we MUST go the beginning because there is nothing new under the sun!
This Torah portion has it all…it has everything from watching Avram move to fighting a brutal and long war followed by the sealing of the covenant between the Great King (HaShem) and Avraham which is still very much in effect today!
This Op is meant to be an overview of Lech Lecha in which we will discuss very important and prophetic events. We will be referencing the Chumash, the Mishnah, the Talmud and the Midrash once more and then compare them to what we read in the Apostolic Writings!!
But before we jump into this, always remember the following for they always apply:
– HaShem never changes per Num 23:19/Mal 3:6/Hebrews 13:8/James 1:17
– His Word is firmly established per Psalm 119:89
– He reveals the end out of the beginning per Is 46:10
– He does nothing without first revealing it to His prophets per Amos 3:7
– He says there is nothing new under the sun per Ecclesiastes 1:9
– He says His Torah is eternal per Proverbs 3:19 and Psalm 119:160
– He says His Torah is perfect and restores the soul per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah makes the simple one wise per Psalm 19:7
– He says His Torah Is freedom and liberty per Psalm Ps 119:45 and James 1:25
– He says His Torah is the only good doctrine there is Proverbs 4:2
– He says His Torah will add length of days and years of life and peace per Proverbs 3:2
– He says all of the ways of His Torah are ways of pleasantness and peace per Proverbs 3:17
– He says His Torah is for our good and well-being per Deuteronomy 6:24
– He says His Torah is health for our lives per Proverbs 3:8
– He says His Torah is life to our soul and a graceful ornament for our neck per Prov 3:22
– He says His Torah is better than pearls and all desires cannot compare to it per Prov 8:11
– He says those who walk with His Torah are praiseworthy per Psalms 119:1
– He says observing His Torah is how we purify our path per Psalms 119:9
– He says His Torah is better than thousands in gold and silver per Psalms 119:72
– He says His Torah brings abundant peace to those who love Him and His Torah per Psalms 119:165
– He says there is one Torah for all per Exodus 12:49/Leviticus 24:22
– He says those who hate His Torah love death per Proverbs 8:36
The Hebrew words ‘Lech Lecha’ translate and are encapsulated in the first verse of B’reisheet chapter 12 which says “HaShem said to Avram, ‘Go for yourself from your land, from your relatives, and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.'”
This is very important because in my opinion HaShem is teaching us an important fact about our relationship with Him in that we have to literally at times change our locations in order to grow in our relationship with Him. In my case, I had to move from one part of the United States to another and only in doing so did He use it to open my eyes to the wonders of His Torah. Is it easy? Not a chance!! Is it worth it? Absolutely! I digress.
We see with Avram, he was not a parent and then HaShem tells him to change locations and when Avram does so, He blesses him and promises ‘To your offspring I will give this land.’ Avram then builds a altar to HaShem and invokes the Name of HaShem by Name.
A severe famine in the land occurred and Avram descended to Egypt to find food. Interesting because we see in the future where Israel ultimately descends into Egypt to find food during a great famine i.e. the time when Yosef was sold into captivity and ultimately became the second in command of Egypt! Then further in the future we see Yeshua descend into the Egypt when Herod was seeking to kill Him as a child. Point is, HaShem has an established pattern!
Eventually Avram went back to the land along with Lot. Because they both had abundant livestock, they then part ways, Avram remained in the land while Lot settled in Sodom and Gomorrah. This obviously sets up the events later on when Sodom and Gomorrah and the five cities of the plain are later destroyed by HaShem.
After they parted ways, HaShem then repeats His promise to Avram: ‘Raise now your eyes and look out from where you are: Northward, southward, eastward and westward. For all the land that you see, to you will I give it, and to your descendants forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth so that if one could count the dust of the earth, then your offspring, too, can be counted. Arise, walk about the land through its length and breadth! For to you will I give it.‘ Can HaShem rescind a decree once He renders it? Not a chance!! Therefore this promise is absolutely 100% valid for us today in 2019! The Land of Israel IS our homeland! Why? Because HaShem promised it would be to Avram and his descendants which includes everyone who chooses to serve HaShem and walk according to His Torah! Point is, this is why we must pay very close attention to what the world wants to do with the Land of Israel such as always trying to divide up the Land, etc! It should seriously raise your blood pressure when we see governments attempt to divide up the Land in the name of ‘Peace!’ It is going directly against HaShem!
With this established now we go to B’reisheet chapter 14 which discusses the heart of this Op i.e. ‘The War of the Kings.’ So now we will discuss these kings which were involved in this war because in doing so we WILL see something very prophetic!
The names of the kings are as follows:
- Amrafel – King of Shinar
- Aryoch – King of Ellasar
- Kedorlaomer – King of Elam
- Tidal – King of Goiim
These four kings made war on the following kings:
- Bera – King of Sodom
- Birsha – King of Gomorrah
- Shinav – King of Admah
- Shemever – King of Tzevoiim
- Bela – King of Tzoar
These five kings listed above are all from the Cities of the Plain i.e. the cities HaShem later destroyed due to their wicked sin, which we briefly discussed in the previous Op.
Verse three says “All these (Five kings listed above) joined at the Valley of Siddim, now the Salt Sea (Dead Sea today in 2019).” Then chapter 14 tells us “Twelve years they served Kedorlaomer and they rebelled thirteen years.” So these five kings, listed above, served Kedorlaomer but then they rebelled against him for thirteen years.
What happened during this time frame? Per chapter 14 it tells us in verse 10 “The Valley of Siddim was full of bitumen (Asphalt) wells. The kings of Sodom and Gomorrah fled and fell into them while the rest fled to a mountain.” Then the remaining three kings per verse 11 “Seized all the wealth of Sodom and Gomorrah and all their food and they departed.” Remember what we discussed in the previous Op about Sodom and Gomorrah and their wealth?
Then in verse 12 it lists the reason why Avram joins the war: “And they captured Lot and his possessions, Avram’s nephew, and they left; for he was residing in Sodom.” Apparently, according to the Talmud, “Kedorlaomer went to war mainly to capture Avram. However, he made a mistake and took Lot instead, since Lot looked very much like Avram.”
Avram is then informed of the capture of Lot and then he per verse 14 “And Avram heard that his kinsman was taken captive, he armed his disciples who had been born in his house, 318, and he pursued them as far as Dan. And he and his servants deployed against them at night and struck them; he pursued them as far as Chovah which is to the north of Damascus. He brought back all the possessions; he also brought back his kinsman, Lot, with his possessions, as well as the women and the people.” There is SO much which could be pulled out of this event!!
So Lot is taken captive and taken out of the Land. Avram then rallies 318 of his men, pursues the enemies, destroys them and saves Lot and brings Lot back into the Land! Gee, does this in any way sound prophetic such as Israel is taken captive, exiled into the world and then one day HaShem promises His Agent i.e. Moshiach, will show up to destroy Israel’s enemies once and for all and then bring ALL of Israel back to dwell in the Land!! Notice also the number 318 in that 3 + 1 + 8 = 12 as in the twelve tribes of Israel!!
Then Avram returns from defeating the four kings and meets Malkitzedek, the King of Salem (Jerusalem)! Malkitzedek was a Kohen unto HaShem and also the King of Salem…HINT HINT HINT!! Yeshua is described being both King and Kohen (High Priest) in the order of Malkitzedek in Psalms 110:4 which says “HaShem has sworn and will not relent: ‘You shall be a Kohen forever, in accord with Malchizedek’s word'” Malchizedek is actually two Hebrew words ‘Malchi’ and ‘Zedek’ which mean “King of Righteousness!” Hebrews 5:10 says “Having been designated by Elohim a Kohen Gadol (High Priest) according to the order of Malchizedek.”
So we see Malchizedek is both King and Kohen Gadol, just as Yeshua will eventually be crowned both King and Kohen Gadol and rule from Jerusalem just like Malchizedek ruled!! See how everything is contained in the beginning and there is nothing new under the sun?
HaShem then establishes the covenant with Avram!! He tells Avram to look up into the sky and count the stars if he is able, so shall his offspring be! Verse 6 of chapter 15 says “And he trusted in HaShem, and He reckoned it to him as righteousness.” This verse here in underlined encapsulates our entire walk with HaShem!!! Avram trusted in HaShem and in return HaShem counted his trust/belief/faith as righteousness! Did HaShem tell Avram to first keep the Torah perfectly and then He will reckon it to him as righteousness? How many times have I been accused by many in Christendom today of teaching a works based salvation!!!! This verse, among many, proves this is NOT the case!! First He saves us, THEN we strive to walk out our faith/trust in HaShem by keeping His Torah!! Not vice versa!!
HaShem then instructs Avram “Take to Me three heifers, three goats, three rams, a turtledove and a young dove.” Avram then slaughters them, cuts them up in the center and placed each piece opposite its counterpart, the birds, however, he did not cut up. Then a deep sleep fell upon Avram; and per verse 12 says “Behold, a dread! Great darkness fell upon him.”
Then in verse 13 HaShem said to Avram “Know with certainty that your offspring shall be aliens in a land not their own, and they will serve them, and they will oppress them, four hundred years. But the nation that they will serve, I shall judge, and afterward they will leave with great wealth.” HaShem is referring too the upcoming Egyptian exile and the following Exodus after 400 years in which HaShem destroys Egypt and Israel is led by Moshe!! Which is again a picture of the future Exodus in which Moshiach will deliver all of Israel from the hand of the oppressors and lead all of Israel back into the Land in the very end!! This speaks directly of the defeat of the False Messiah ruling the world during the Seven Year Birth Pangs in the very end of days!!!!
HaShem then ratifies the covenant with Avram in verses 17-19 which says “So it happened: The sun set, and it was very dark. Behold there was a smoky furnace and a torch of fire which passed between the pieces. On that day HaShem made a covenant with Avram, saying, ‘To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt (The Nile) to the great river, the Euphrates River: The Keinites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites, and the Yevusites.'”
The Jerusalem Talmud tractate Kiddushin 1:8 says regarding the above verses “HaShem promises Avram that he will inherit the lands of ten nations. Throughout history, however, Eretz Yisrael consisted only of the territory of seven of these nations: The Chittites, Perizzites, Rephaim, Amorites, Canaanites, Girgashites and Yevusites. The lands of the remaining three nations, the Keinites, Kenizzites and Kadmonites will be given to Israel when Moshiach comes.”
With this all said thus far, I will ask the question again, can HaShem withdraw a covenant He makes? Not a chance!! So how come Christendom has taught these covenants were all fulfilled and tossed aside and now everything is replaced by a brand new, never before seen covenant which has zero to do with HaShem, His Land, His Torah, His Feasts, His Shabbat and His people? Sorry, I digress again as it is a rhetorical question as we know it is utterly impossible!
So finally we will address the last point which discusses these four kings mentioned above:
- Amrafel – King of Shinar
- Aryoch – King of Ellasar
- Kedorlaomer – King of Elam
- Tidal – King of Goiim
Who are these guys and what can we derive from them on a prophetic level? The Midrash addresses these four kings: “This man (Amrafel) was called by three names – 1: Cush because he was definitely a Cushite. 2: Nimrod because he initiated rebellion in the world i.e. initiated the idea of intentionally rebelling against HaShem. 3: Amrafel because his sayings were dark because he stated decrees and thereby darkened the world. He convinced the world to rebel against HaShem and enacted decrees to accomplish the same which brought great darkness to the world i.e. the Tower of Babel.” Remember it was Nimrod who cast Avram down into a fiery furnace!! Amrafel is a picture of Babylon.
Aryoch the king of Ellasar the Midrash says “The coins called Issars are named for Ellasar, where they were first minted.” An Issar was a Middle Eastern coin used during the Talmudic period. Point is Ellasar is a picture of Greece.
Chedorlaomer the king of Elam is a picture of Persia-Media
Tidal king of Goiim is a picture of what is called ‘The Evil Kingdom’ which dictates its tyranny from all the nations of the world i.e. Rome!
The Point is, these four kings represent the four kingdoms Israel will have to contend with and be subjugated too throughout our history until the final deliverance and victory by Moshiach Yeshua in the very end!! Babylon, Greece, Persia and Rome (Christendom). WOW! This lines up with the prophecies recorded in Daniel 7!!
Per the prophecies of Daniel 7, he sees four different immense beasts arise from the sea i.e. an idiom to mean from the world:
- The first like a lion with eagles wings – Babylon
- The second like a bear – Greece
- The third like a leopard with four birds wings on its back – Persia
- The fourth was exceedingly terrifying, the worst empire of them all as this beast was awesome, strong with immense iron teeth. It was different then the first three and it had ten horns – Rome (Christendom: Why do I cite Christendom with Rome? Because Replacement Theology Christendom which has flourished for nearly two thousand years, crushing Israel, forcing mass exiles, pogroms and ultimately the Holocaust in Germany, all derived from Rome. It is the worst empire in that its power, reach and effectiveness was and is gigantic! We today are still under Roman exile in 2019!)
Notice we see Avram and his 318 men defeated and destroyed these four kings, which as I said above, is a great picture of how eventually Moshiach Yeshua will one day destroy these kings in the End of Days on that appointed day!! May it be so very soon in our days!!!
I hope you all can see how much is contained in these Torah portions and how relevant they are to our day and time today? HaShem has embedded so much yet for us to search out and discover!!! But it MUST be done according to His Ways!! SOOOOO much yet for us to learn!!
Much to consider!
- The Scriptures from the Institute for Scripture Research
- The Stone Edition Chumash
- Tractate Kiddushin from the Talmud Yerushalmi
- The Kleinman Edition of The Midrash B’reisheet
- The Book of Daniel