This week’s Portion, VaYera, continues with Abraham’s story. He is visited by three Visitors – two angels and the pre-incarnate Yeshua – who give them the good news of Isaac’s birth.
The two angels continue on to Sodom and Gomorrah to evaluate its condition and then to rescue Lot and his family before the Wrath of God rains down,
The story continues with Isaac’s birth and the departure of Hagar and Ishmael. And it concludes with Abraham’s greatest test from God: the sacrifice of his son Isaac. Of the many tests that God sent to Abraham, this was the most important … and he passed it! This entire scenario is a foreshadow of another Father sacrificing His Son on that same mountain some 2,000 years later.
The final verses of this Portion list the genealogy of Nahor and introduce us to Rebekah, the focus of next week’s Portion.