Parsha Noach & Parsha Lech Lecha: Bereshith/Genesis 6:9 - 17:27
Ever since we stopped following the New Testament, the book of Christianity, people have been trying to convince us that we’re wrong. Many agree that the Hebrew path is the way to go, but very few dare to leave the fold of Christianity.
If we look closely at Parsha Lech Lecha, we see where this opposition originated and how and why it continues today.
Before we get into Lech Lecha, we need to back up a little to the end of Parsha Noach.
In Bereshith/Genesis 10, we’re introduced to a descendant of Noach named Nimrod. He was the son of Kush, the son of Ham, the son of Noach. He was a mighty hunter who became powerful in the earth, rising to become king of Babel (and other cities) in the land of Shinar. He became so powerful that people began using his name to bless and praise one another: “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before YAHUAH” (Ber. 10:9).
Then, in chapter 11, we read about the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar. This was Nimrod’s “pet project.” His purpose was to build a tower to the heavens in order to reach the Most High and take His place as Ruler of the world.
Nimrod wanted his name to be spread throughout the earth, not the Name of YAHUAH.
You see, it’s not that Nimrod didn’t believe in YAHUAH, because he did. He just didn’t want to submit to YAHUAH. In fact, he wanted nothing to do with YAHUAH.
Nimrod wanted a complete disconnect from YAHUAH. He wanted to be independent from Elohim.
The Scriptures say that the people learned to make bricks (Ber. 11:3). They didn’t have to rely on natural stone anymore. They could make what they needed with their own hands.
There’s nothing wrong with being creative (in fact, we’re supposed to be), but when people begin to think that they can do everything on their own and don’t need YAHUAH, then there’s a problem.
The people of Babel began to think they didn’t need Elohim. So, under the direction of Nimrod, they built a tower to the heavens to once and for all sever ties with the Almighty.
Of course, their endeavor was an epic failure. YAHUAH stopped them in their tracks.
Then, at the end of chapter 11, Abraham comes on the scene. Now begins Parsha Lech Lecha.
Abraham is the complete opposite of Nimrod.
Abraham worshiped YAHUAH, the One and Only Elohim. Abraham heard the voice of YAHUAH and followed Him wherever He said go. He received the promises of YAHUAH and believed Him completely.
Abraham entered into Covenant with YAHUAH, forever connecting himself and his descendants in an unbreakable bond with the Most High.
Abraham called out in the Name of YAHUAH spreading His Name throughout the land. He brought many over from the pagan belief into the worship of the One and Only El, and many joined and followed him.
Abraham was completely connected to YAHUAH, and his goal was to connect everyone else to YAHUAH as well.
Abraham and Nimrod were complete opposites, diametrically opposed to one another in their mission:
Abraham sought to connect the world to YAHUAH, and Nimrod sought to disconnect the world from YAHUAH.
In Bereshith 14, they battle it out.
The Great Battle
Four kings join together and fight against an alliance of five kings. One of the four is Amrapahel, king of Shinar. Some sources say this was another name for Nimrod. Even if it wasn’t, there’s no doubt that as the king of Shinar (Babel), Amrapahel took over the ideals of its founder Nimrod.
The four kings take Lot captive, and Abraham arms 318 trained servants and goes to free his captured nephew. They defeat the four kings and rescue Lot, bringing back all his goods, the women, and the people.
Surely, Abraham went to battle out of love for his nephew. However, there’s another reason that undoubtedly compelled Abraham to fight.
Abraham could not allow Nimrod to defeat him.
Taking Lot was an attack on Abraham. If they succeeded, then all that Nimrod stood for would triumph over everything that Abraham stood for.
Abraham battled for the sake of the Name of YAHUAH.