Vayeira

“And Abraham rose early in the morning, and saddled his donkey.”
~ Genesis 22:3

Abraham spent decades teaching that an Infinite Creator abhors human sacrifice. Yet, when God asks him to sacrifice his beloved Isaac, Abraham jumps at the opportunity.

He even saddles his own donkey, something usually done by servants and therefore totally unbefitting for someone so wise and wealthy. Why go so far?

Because of his great love.

Love isn’t blind but blinding. It disrupts natural order and breaks protocol. If you’re concerned about what people think, you’re probably not in love.

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Lech Lecha

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“God said to Abraham, ‘Go for yourself, from your land, from your birthplace, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you.”
~ Genesis 12:1

When God sends Abraham off on his journey to Canaan, instead of simply giving the destination, He emphasizes the point of departure in a redundant order.

Surely having already left his land, Abraham would’ve also left his birthplace and home!

More than geography, God’s speaking about spheres of influence. The home affects the consciousness more than culture or country. However, the past is to your soul what clothing is to your body. To experience your essence, peel away the layers.

Noach

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“Noah, with his sons, wife, and his sons’ wives, went in into the ark because of the waters of the flood.”
~ Genesis 7:7

Before bringing the flood, God warns Noah and commands him to build an ark. However, despite knowing all along that the flood was certainly coming, Noah and his family only enter the ark when the waters force them to.

Why wait?

Because humans suffer from selective truth. Although we know something to be true, our personal desires delay an appropriate response. Consequently, it takes getting wet before we move out the rain. Better to respond the moment the thunder starts.

Bereishit

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“God formed man of dust from the ground, and He blew into his nostrils the soul of life; and man became a living beast.” ~ Genesis 2:7

In the Biblical narrative, man is the only creation to have the breath of God blown into it. Yet, even with this additional life-soul, man is still described as a beast – the same term used for all other land-based creatures. Why? Surely with a piece of God Himself alive within him, man is the most elevated of all! Because our humanity – and our Godliness – exist in potential only. Like an electric light, your soul needs switching on to shine.