Observing the Protection of the Tarag Mitzvot ©
Parshat Bereisheit Vayera
By Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk
B'nai Noach Torah Institute, LLC
Dear Ones next week we will be half way through this course. Are you enjoying the Textbook, the audio discussions and the blog? Please remember these course are supported by you contribution of any size. Please remember to make a contribution. Thank you! Our Textbook is Mysterious SIGNS Of The Torah Revealed In GENESIS.
In this lesson we return to a discussion of the 613 Mitzvot of The Lord. In the textbook: Mysterious SIGNS of the Torah Revealed in GENESIS we teach the 613 Commands of Ha Torah are a revelation of our Creator. Our Creator said, Let My Light be revealed and what resulted was a revelation of the 613 Commands in the Torah. Now in this weeks Parshat we add to this the power of PROTECTION. What our Creator has Revealed to us we are to guard, to protect.
וַיְהִי אַחַר הַדְּבָרִים הָאֵלֶּה וְהָאֱלֹהִים נִסָּה אֶת־אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר אֵלָיו אַבְרָהָם וַיֹּאמֶר הִנֵּנִי:
And it happened after these things that the [Eternal] Judge tested everything from the Letter א Aleph to the Letter ת Tav of Avraham. And He Said to him, 'Avraham'. And he, [Avraham] responded 'behold'.
Notice the two Words in red.
To Test / to Prove
נ50 ס60 ה5 =115
Behold / I am Here / I am Ready
ה5 נ50 נ50 י10 = 115
To be Strong / To be Courageous
ח8 ז7 ק100 = 115
Dear Ones Avraham was ready to be proven. Avraham was strong in Torah Observance and Courageous. The tests are not for the weak. What Avraham was about to experience washout of the realm of normally. When things are challenging for us we should not think of ourselves as being proven like Avraham was proven. We are not in his realm. Our Creator took Avraham down an entirely different road. Avraham had to travel three days just to arrive at the proving grounds... Dear Ones what we face are struggles and difficulties of an entirely different Spiritual level. We think of them as tests. We call them tests. Yet, Did the Eternal Judge Speak to us? Did the Eternal Judge Direct us to do something that is considered very much out of the ordinary?
The point is many of us struggle from our own errors in judgment. There is a difference between what Avraham faced and what we face. Avraham was an entirely righteous man. No where in the Torah do we observe Avraham use strong language like Jesus did in Matthew 23. We see Avraham as a man that is very sensitivity. Avraham was a pure man. Avraham was a sanctified man.
Then one has to ask what about Yitzchok? How could Avraham at 137 years overcome his 37 year old son to offer him as a sacrifice. It would seem to me that Yitzchok a very very great man also.
Dear Ones, the facts are that most of us we are not on the very high Spiritual level of these great men. Can we image what it would be like to be proven as Avraham and Yitzchok? The greatness of these two men provides us with a reality check.
Avraham and Yitzchok learned in the Academy of Shem and Eiver. Shem and Eiver learned from Metushelach and Noach. Metushelach learned from Chanoch who was taken. Chanoch and Metushelach learned from Adam. We are many generations down the road. We did not have the opportunity to sit at the feet of Metushelach and learn what Adam taught him.
This may seem like we are denied the opportunity to be an Avraham. Not so. We must learn as Avraham did on how to gathering the 613 Commands of Torah and how to preserve and protection them.
May we learn from their courageousness, strength and humility.
1. Draw at least five distinctions between Avraham and us.
2. There are three Gematrias of 115. Please discuss there relevance to Avraham and to us.
Blessings, Love and Peace,
Dr. Akiva Gamliel Belk