Thursday, October 22, 2015

Torah Trails #3 Lekh L'kha

Torah Trails
Rabbi Yehudah “Tochukwu” ben Shomeyr
Kristopher Shoemaker

#3 Lekh L’kha
Gen. 12:1-17:27
Isa. 40:20-41:6
Rom. 3:19-5:6
Memory Verses: Gen. 12:1-3, Isa. 41:16, Romans 4:24-25

Gen. 12:1-3

Abraham was backwards from most of us. He seemingly had no fear of leaping into the unknown and unimaginable, but feared what he could see and imagine. That was his problem; he let his imagination run away with him. He had no qualms walking away from country and kin into the middle of literally “only God knows where” and drive his stakes down when God said, “Drive’em in Abe!” Yet he trembled at the thought, the possibility that people might kill him to get to his wife (Gen. 12:10-20). This was his Achilles heel, his weak spot, his button that the evil one know how and when to push. He had am issue with fear and passed it on to his son Isaac via a familiar generational spirit, for Isaac did the exact same thing his father did; lie for fear he would be killed because of his wife (Gen. 26:1-11). God had to tell Abraham not to fear (15:1) as well as Isaac (26:24). Make no mistake, fear is not just an emotion, it is a spirit!

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. II Tim. 1:7

Fear is a spirit that whispers in your ear in the first person making fear seem to be your own rational thoughts. You don’t need exposure therapy to conquer your fear, you don’t even need to face your fear necessarily. It’s a spirit, subject to Messiah Yeshua and can be rebuked and cast out once repentance has been made for giving into such a spirit (II Cor. 10:4-5).

In the Haftarah Portion Isaiah proclaims the All Powerful might of our God and in Messiah Yeshua we have access to that power! Fear has no chance to stand against it!

Romans speaks of faith. Faith and fear are the 2 sides of the same coin. Both making declarations and both demanding fulfillment and both requiring belief to cause and allow them to come to pass. Bottom line is that the choice is ours, whether we choose Fear or Faith. Choose Faith.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Heb. 11:1

“Abba YHWH Elohim, Expose any and every part of our lives where fear maybe trying to infiltrate, influence and hi-jack our being, so that we may repent, recognize, renounce, rebuke and cast out into the dry place, the spirit of fear, so we can be free and therefore give glory and honor to you. In Yeshua’s Name, Amen!”