Abraham ,"You shall be a Blessing"

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Lech Lecha: Genesis 12:1–17:27:

We read in the Biblical text the following;

"And the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you. 2And I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will aggrandize your name, and you shall be a blessing.( Genesis 12:1-2)

We then read "And Abraham will become a great and powerful nation, and all the nations of the world will be blessed in him (Genesis 18:8:)

Then we hear even more; 

That I will surely bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand that is on the seashore, and your descendants will inherit the cities of their enemies. And through your children shall be blessed all the nations of the world, because you hearkened to My voice  (Genesis 22:17  )

 

So who is this man that received an overflow of blessings and promises? What is it about him that results in the dramatic statement "all the nations of the world will be blessed in him "?

All this can be understood when we focus on following words;

“.. I will surely bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand that is on the seashore, ...because you hearkened to My voice  "

This then is the secret of the blessing of Abraham!

Blessing begins, as it always does, with an act of obedience to a higher calling and destiny. Because obedience necessitates a stepping into and a seizing of that  destiny. If that steeping in does not occur then  the promise and the blessing simply waits.

When Avraham is looking for comfort and encouragement he experiences the following with Hashem

G-d tells Avraham to go out and count the stars “And He took him outside, and He said, "Please look heavenward and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And then He said to him, "So will be your seed."(Genesis 15:5).

Hashem says “if you are able to count them”, that is to say that He is declaring to Avraham that it is an impossible task.

Then the verse says “." And then He said to him”(ibid)”. G-d was in the midst of talking to Avraham. Why do we learn from the words

"then He ( G-d)  said”.

Clearly there was a pause between “If you are able to count them “ and the words “and then He said”.

What did Avraham do during that pause?

Abraham went out and started counting the stars just as G-d had asked him to do. At that point G-d declares "So will be your seed.". He is telling him that it is that characteristic of obedience even if G-d Himself declares it to be an impossible task will be passed unto his children.

This then helps us understand another statement made in G-d's promise to Abaraham;

"and you shall be a blessing"( Genesis 12:2)

What does it mean "to be a blessing"?

Avraham was not a man who lived a life of miracles and wonders yet he was consistently faithful. G-d says of Abraham; " And he believed (He-Emeen) in Hashem, and He accounted it to him as righteousness."( ibid 14:6)

The word "believed" translated from the word in Hebrew, He-emeen is actually rooted more in the term “faithful-Ne-Eman” than the term belief. The word "Faithful" is not a word describing a man filled with belief or faith. Rather it describes one who is faithful in his actions. Those actions are what liberates the servant into a deeper sense of understanding.  When one is involved in active obedience with the Divine , then one becomes one with Divine will. The result is a deepening of faith and awareness.

The state of “being blessed”  is the state of "connectedness" and "Divine Cognizance”. That state of “ Being Blessed”  is not necessarily achieved through the actions of an outside force. It is accessed by the walk and the actions of an individual. "And the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth ( Lech Lecha)from your land and from your birthplace and from your father's house, to the land that I will show you.( Genesis 12:1). The words Lech Lecha are more accurately translated as " Go Into What is Yours".

"all the nations of the world will be blessed in him ". G-d blessed all of mankind through the example of AbrahamAbraham then will be the prototype and the example. When mankind will attempt to walk in Abraham’s footsteps and learn from all the characteristics that made him into "a friend "of G-d, " ( Isaiah 41:8), then the secret of Abraham's blessing will be revealed and actualized for all.

LeRefuat Yehudit Bat Golda Yocheved and Yehudit bat Chaya Esther






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