Lekh Lekha 2017
This week’s Torah portion, Lekh Lekha/”Go Forth, Yourself!” covers Genesis 12:1-17:27. It is the history of Abram/Abraham and the entire portion is marked with divine encounters where promise after promise is given by Yahweh, to Abram and his household. The question we have to ask though, is what sets Abram apart from all the others? So much so that he becomes the one chosen to be the Father of the Promised Seed, Yahweh’s representative, and known as His friend and father of the faith! Yet all of this begins with his obedience to the command to go forth, interestingly this same command is repeated for the generation at the end in Revelation!
Revelation 18:4 – “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people…” Is it possible that Abram’s journey reveals the pattern of how to accomplish this task? Let’s look!
The opening statement, “Get thee out” in the Hebrew is written as Lekh Lekha לֶךְ־לְךָ
Anytime something is repeated, it’s there for emphasis, so before ever looking at the root, these 2 letters immediately leap out!
ל = Picture of a shepherd’s staff, represents authority as well as something used to direct, indicates moving something in a different direction. The root word indicates to teach, instruct, or to learn.
*Immediately, this first command to Abram by Yahweh indicates that He’s about to change the course of his life, there’s a move into a different direction, in order to be taught, instructed, and to learn some things!
כ = Palm of the hand, sole of the foot; directly connected to Abram’s Covenant Promises (wherever the sole of the foot touches), represents authority, possession, and ownership; it’s interesting to note that the Sages connect this letter with the power of the Spiritual realm being made manifest into the physical!
Connecting the pictures of these letters, now we can understand that what’s being presented to Abram is a journey that’s going to change the course of his life by teaching and instructing him regarding how to possess and own the Covenant promises that are available and rightfully his if he walks with Yahweh! It’s about Abraham understanding how to walk in the authority that is necessary to access these promises and see them go from just a spiritual promise to being made manifest in the physical!
2 Peter 1:3-4 – “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.”
The simple picture here is that Abram is being commanded to take the staff in his hand! The staff represents power, authority, leadership, but more than that it also represents the seed line – the head of the household responsible for building the family name! The connection here is that Abram is charged with being responsible for the seed/Word of Yahweh and building His house! His very name declares this is to be his purpose, Abram: #87 אַבְרָם exalted father
Yet Abram has a dilemma! Directly before this command is given, we’re told in Genesis 11:30 – “But Sarai was barren; she had no child.”
Barren: Strong’s #6135 ‘aqar עָקָר barren, sterile; from the root #6131 ‘aqar עָקַר to pluck up, to root up, to dig out and tear down, used of tearing out living plants and destroying or rooting them out; it can also infer to cut the hamstring, anciently was the practice of victors to treat horses thus taken in battle rendering them useless and unfit for work – it’s the crippling of the leg rendering them incapable of effective movement!
Of all the people for Yahweh to give this command to – go forth, walk, take the staff in your hand, and build my house – he gives it to Abram who at this point is incapable of effective movement, he walks crippled, the Word/Seed/Promises have been destroyed, rooted out and plucked up by the enemy, and they are barren! It would seem they’ve been told to do the impossible!
How then can Abram accomplish this? The command he’s given “lekh lekha” literally could be translated as “go find yourself” or “look within yourself” – is this a clue as to how one who has had the promises stolen and been rendered as ineffective could be able to change his circumstances and see the spiritual promises made manifest? It starts with Abram finding himself – learning who he is!
It’s from the root Strong’s #3212 yalak יָלַךְ to go, walk, come, depart, proceed, the manner of one’s life, but also can infer to die; it’s a cognate of #1980 halak הָלַךְ which also seems to mean exactly the same. Both are connected with the concept of going with someone, to be intimate with someone, to go after anyone to follow him, to worship or pursue, to follow any manner of life, to follow in any one’s footsteps (to imitate him in life and manners).
*Could it be that in order for Abram to properly walk again, to go with Yahweh, to follow after Him, pursue Him, worship Him, be able to imitate and therefore represent Him in the earth it is directly connected to Abram understanding who He is – what Yahweh Himself and the Word declares about him?!
If we’re not careful we’ll miss the subtle hints of these terms yalak and halak! The first command given to Abram is yalak (Gen. 12:1), later in this same portion he is told to halak! Genesis 17:1 – “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, Yahweh appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God./El Shaddai; walk (halak) before me, and be thou perfect.”
Why the change? The first time yalak is seen in Scripture is Gen. 3:14 – “And Yahweh said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go (yalak), and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”
*The first reference of yalak deals with one who wallows in the dead things and is unable to walk upright! Could this be the lesson Abram must learn before he is able to truly worship and follow after Yahweh? He has to learn to find himself and define himself by the LIVING WORD of Yahweh and quit wallowing in the dead things! It’s only when he grasps this that he’ll ever be able to wield the type of authority and power Yahweh is planning on depositing within him and see the promises made a reality!
This is not an isolated command to Abram! Notice the Voice walked/halak in the Garden with Adam, Jacob later also becomes known by the way he walks and the entire nation becomes named Israel – Yashar El – those who would stand upright and walk upright before Yahweh! This is the process of how we come out bondage, get out of Babylon, and see the promises that we’ve been given made manifest in our lives!
It’s no accident that he is first given this command while dwelling in the location called Haran: Strong’s #2771 Charan חָרָן mountaineer; but a better definition is road or way; cognate of #2788 charar חֲרֵרִ a parched place, a scorched place where lack of water keeps plants from prospering; symbolizes the lives of those who trust in people rather than in Yah! In contrast, those who trust in Yahweh have enough water even in heat and drought!
*This is why Abram must lekh lekha – have a change in course and direction! The road/way they’ve been traveling is a parched place – a dead place, and they’ve been guilty of wallowing on that path putting trust in man rather than in Yahweh. Yet if he’s going to see the promises that he’s been given made manifest, it will be because he chooses to put his trust in Yah and changes course to pursue the one who gives life!
It is here in Haran that Terah dies! Terah: Strong’s #8646 Terach תֶּרַח station, delay; the תר root infers to spy out, explore, yet the core meaning of this root deals more with the idea of that upon which the eye falls, what attracts the eye; it’s connected to the רח root meaning Ruach/Spirit
*In the midst of the parched place there’s a distinction made between those who are driven by what they see with their natural eye (what’s appeasing and attractive to the eyes/flesh) and those that are able to see beyond that and are led by the Ruach/Spirit! The ones who are led by what their natural eyes see, dictated to by their circumstances (where they wallow in the dead things) don’t make it out of the parched places!
The lesson here is that we have to learn to look beyond that! We’ve got to learn to begin to speak and truly believe what His Word says about us and our circumstances, and rise above what we’ve been bound by if we’re ever going to see the exceeding great and precious promises that we’ve been given made a reality instead of just something spiritual, that to be honest we don’t have our eyes on anyway because we’re dictated to by what we see in the natural!
It’s no accident that the 3 letter root of Abram’s name forms #1297 beram בְּרַם but, nevertheless, however; it indicates that something is being done in spite of certain contrary circumstances or expectations! His very name declares that in spite of what his circumstances may look like, in spite of what may be going on in the natural, he was going to accomplish what Yahweh had tasked him with – he would go forth, he would walk, and he would build the house!
Genesis 12:6 – “And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain of Moreh.”
Sichem/Shechem: Strong’s #7927 Shekem שְׁכֶם shoulders, shouldering the responsibility, indicates consent, the phrase shoulder to shoulder indicates sharing in a common effort or open consent to something; שך root can infer to plow or till up
Abram’s response to the call of Yahweh is to go to Shechem – the place of the shoulders, representing that he was choosing to take on the responsibility of this covenant and was openly consenting to the terms. And he begins to plow the field in preparation for the Seed/Word!
*Remember prior to this Abram and Sarai have been barren, the seed’s been torn from them, they’ve been rendered as one who will be ineffective and useless. Yet despite what the natural circumstances dictated to them, Abram goes to plow the field anticipating the Spiritual promises that he’s been given will be made manifest in the physical! What do you think would happen if we began to do the same?
Moreh: Strong’s #4176 Mowreh מוֹרֶה teacher, – it’s the same root as the term Torah – Abram’s come to the place where the Moreh, the teacher of the Torah, will instruct him, speak the Promised Word into the ground that he has made ready! Yet it can also mean the early rain, which happens to be the specific rains needed to soften the ground for the first planting!
The יָרָה root though reflects an exchange of energy from a higher dispensing level to a lower receiving level. This root deals with the exchange viewed from the perspective of the receiving side, and is being accompanied with the anticipation of intense alteration!
In fact, since this is dealing with the former rain – one of the terms for rain is geshem גשם which shares the same 3 letter root as the term lehitgashem להתגשם which means to fulfill or realize something, making something come into being that was not!
Abram becomes recognized as the father of the faith, one who walked with and before Yahweh, the first Hebrew because he was obedient to take the necessary steps to prepare the ground with the anticipation of an intense alteration in his life and circumstances – regardless of whether he could see how it would come about or not! He placed himself in the right position to see the fulfillment and realization of the spiritual promises into his life, believing and working towards those promises coming into being which had not been!