Torah Pearls #4 – Vayeira (Genesis 18:1-22:24)

Torah Pearls Vayeira, Genesis 18:1-22:24, abomination, abominations, Abraham, angels, angels messengers, cheeseburger, dead sea, dietary laws, grafted, homosexuality, human sacrifice, Isaac, Ishmael, Ishmaelites, kid, Lot, meat, meat and milk, milk, nehemia gordon, parashah, Parsha, parshas, parshat, rape, sacrifice, salt sea, seed, Sodom, Torah PearlsThis episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Vayeira (Genesis 18:1-22:24). The trio sheds light on interpreting the words and actions of “messengers” by comparing the three men who visited Abraham with other examples in scripture. They debate which of the many depravities of Sodom left it covered in salt to this day. With information about Abraham’s place and time, Gordon brings understanding to the more baffling events in this portion—particularly Lot’s approach to hospitality. Other Torah pearls include: the significance of Abraham bargaining with the number ten, Ishmael’s “mocking” of Isaac, and word puns that prove the Creator not only has a keen sense of humor but that he’s willing to work with us.  The trio ends by exploring the “blessing” that Abraham bequeathed to the world—the opportunity to be grafted in.

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18 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #4 – Vayeira (Genesis 18:1-22:24)

  1. Is it possible that Lot knew the guys would not accept his daughters and that is the only reason he made the offer? Basically to diffuse the situation rather than to give his children as another possibility? I mean if the problem(sin) of Sodom is “rape”, then the men would have been willing to rape anyone wouldn’t they? Therefore they would have accepted the daughters.

    • If you believe Peter (a Jew), his perspective of Lot is that he is righteous. Therefore, Lot either knew the men of Sodom would not accept his daughters or the messengers could and would intervene if they did, just like the messengers intervened anyway.

  2. Lot was like a prodical son, who took his inheritance and sqandered it in the ,big city where there is always more graft and corruption. However, we don’t see he ever realized his error and repented, He choose to be assimulated, was kidnapped, and rescued by Abraham. Even then we do not hear any admission of error to Abraham, and we do not see him in the TaNaK ever again. Perhaps he turned away again. He brought shame on his uncle/father the family and Yehovah.

  3. The people of Soddom was interested in the messengers that was Lot. Although Lot offered his daughters, the Soddomites didn’t show interest in them.

    The Scriptures are clear regarding perversion. The Soddomites displayed one version of perversion, and Lot another.

  4. What was the sin of Sodom and Gomorrah? Their sexual perversion is what always comes to mind. Yet in Ezekiel 16:49-50 NKJV, Yehovah says, “Look, this was the iniquity of your sister Sodom: she and her daughter had pride, fullness of food, and abundance of idleness; neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy. And they were haughty and committed abomination before Me; therefore I took them away as I saw fit.”

    That could probably be said of most, if not all, of our big cities today.

  5. Is it possible there are 4 persons. Yehovah then 3 men standing by him. but then why only 2 went to Sodom. but here it says 3 men. then says 2 angles. so that is not same men.

  6. Thank all of you. Love listening to the conversation makes me want to get friends together and people I may not see as friends but study the word to build closer relationships as we all grow closer to our Father. love the insite that you Nehemia bring with meaning of the words we just read over with preconceived ideas and never really understood what was really going on. The way im looking at scripture is so different now. now when something just don’t seem right or why. I look up words in concordance. Im limited to what study helps I have and using strongs but not satisfied. Just llke word for mocking. In strongs doesn’t give good definition but you can see it is same word used later and can see there is more to what is happening. If not for your ministry I would have never known or looked at it like that. Just like with Ham and Noach. who would ever thought but makes sense. Where that is what happened or not it is awesome to have been given a new way to look and search for truth in Torah. Thank you and Keith and others that have worked with you. awesome to hear as I watch and listen to you both grow closer as friends. Can hear it in the way you talk to each other. its amazing. I thank Yehovah our Father in heaven for you and your ministry and ministry partners. Thank you for our obedient service so we all can grow as Yehovah uses you to give us wisdom revelation and knowledge of our Fathers will and ways.

  7. I’ve just started listening to these, and I’m enjoying them. I’ve found many pearls just within the 1st 4 broadcasts.

    Specifically in this broadcast, the point that has caused me to offer a comment is the sacrifice test of Abraham. My mom and I study on Shabbat frequently, and have both tried to understand the reason that YHWH would ask such a thing when it is completely wrong. We’ve even said to ourselves that if this was to be something we would here (today), we would think it is from “The Adversary”, which though we both differ on who/what “The Adversary” is, we both do not apply the typical view we find in Christian churches. We ourselves don’t claim to be Christian, but that point is digressing.

    In trying to understand this verse, until it was explained in this broadcast, the ONLY way I could reconcile this was to say that Abraham, being in the midst of nations that offered their children in the fire, misunderstood the command from YHWH. I could ONLY reconcile by understanding that to offer a child in sacrifice is basically committing them completely in the service to YHWH, and it seems to me there are stories in the Tanakh that give that impression/understanding of the text.

    The other question that has come up between my mom and me is, if YHWH knows all, then why does it say, “And know I know…” Gen 22:12. This has caused my mom to believe YHWH does not know everything.

  8. I very much appreciate the lovely art work shown. Thank you. Also Why do we only look for one sin? Would Yehova wipe out entire cities for one sin? So even if Ishmael were the 1st born, both his mom and he, violated covenant behavior and disualified; like Reuven from being the inherited one.

    • Janice, you wrote: “So even if Ishmael were the 1st born, both his mom and he, violated covenant behavior and disqualified”.

      Can you explain what these violations were? I don’t follow you.

  9. Hello Nehemina, its Eva from Hesperia I love your teaching. I love the way you teach keep up the good work and know you’re in my prayers. Many many blessing to you and all you do!!!:)

  10. It is interesting that this Torah Portion sometimes comes the week of Haloween; so these sodomites come to Lot’s home, knock on the door, and say” trick or treat”.

  11. Nehemia and I disagree on the possible motive of Lot in this commentary. I am wondering if Lot didm’t understand the importance of these 3 men and was willing to sacrifice his daughters to protect them.

    Any other ideas/comments/suggestions?

    I also wanted to mention that in 2 Peter Lot was called Righteous and also that he met these messengers at the gate of the city and bowed postdate to them… definitely a sign he know these guys were special. All times men see angels scripturally, they seem to bow to them…

  12. Excellent!! I am delighted to find this. I had really missed Torah Pearls. So wonderful that I can list to both now.

  13. This isn’t an angel is it?
    *[[Exo 24:10]] KJV* And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.

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