As though wrenching a prized object from a fire, Abraham moves in to rescue his nephew, Lot, held captive. The tradition of tithing has its beginnings as Abraham gives to Melchizedek a tenth of his spoils of war. The gift of Christ’s body and blood is anticipated in this King of Salem, King of “Peace,” as he brings out bread and wine to meet Abraham.
Chapter 15 is one of the great moments in Hebrew History. The Lord tells Abraham that he will be the father of a people special to the Lord above all nations of the earth.
God acts when hopelessness sets in for Abraham and Sarah, childless in their old age. The Lord acted then and is acting now in your life. May the light of God’s Spirit pass between what is separated and broken in your life and make it ablaze with the fire of God’s healing love.
What are these?
You breathing the breath of life 2:7
Discerning good from evil 3:1ff
We are dust; to dust return 3:19
I am by brother’s keeper. 4:9
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
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