March 7, 2018

Covenant and Vows

Covenant and Vows

Wealth and Wells

Thoughts on Torah Portion Toldot and Vayetzey

God says: Don’t go down to Egypt! Stay here, in Gerar! And I’ll be with you and bless you. Then, God reiterates the covenant he made to Abraham:
If you follow in my way, Isaac, I’ll bless you with land and children. So what happens next? Isaac settles in Gerar. It seems like Isaac did exactly what God told him to do.

But that’s not exactly true… look carefully again at what God told Isaac to do and at what he did. God said:

  • Sojourn, temporarily, in the land. Like a stopover. But Isaac did more than that: he settled. That implies permanence. He planted roots.

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