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Parashah 4: Vayera
("He Appeared")

by Michael Bugg

Torah:  Bíresheit (Genesis) 18:1-22:24

Haftarah:  Mílakhim Bet (2 Kings) 4:1-23 (S), 1-37 (A)

Bírit Chadasha:  Luke 7:1-23

The Theme

The second benediction of the Amidah is called ďMight,Ē or ďGodís Might,Ē but to the Jew, the measure of Godís power has never been as most of humanity measures it.  When we speak of the President of the United States as the most powerful man in the world, we think of his power to control the world by steering our nationís great economy or of his ability to destroy whole cities through our enormous military and arsenal of nuclear weapons.  But when the Jew thinks of Godís might, it isnít in His power to force others to do his bidding or to destroy, but rather to His ability to create life and resurrect the dead.

Isaac, the son of the Shunemite woman, and Yeshua all had two things in common:  They were all the products of miraculous births, showing Godís ability to create life, and they were all recipients of resurrection from the dead (metaphorically, in Isaacís case), showing His authority to return it.  Yeshua demonstrated this same authority in the little village of Nain, which lay just on the other side of the hill from Shunem, when like Elisha, He raised a womanís son from the deadóand He will show it yet again, when He sounds the shofar and Resurrects the dead who are united with Him at His Coming!




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