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“Lech Lecha”

written by Asher Intrater
November 01, 2013

In Genesis chapters 12 to 22, the phrase “Lech Lecha” is found twice, once at the beginning and once at the end. “Lech Lecha” is a play on words that can mean either “go you” or “go, go.” It is used to emphasize the personal sacrifice of going somewhere to obey God.

In the first instance Abraham, the first “believer,” is given his first commandment, which is to move his home and family to the land of Canaan.

Genesis 12:1
Go you from your land and from your birthplace and from your father’s house to the land which I will show you.

This mandate to possess the land can be traced to the creation of Adam and Eve in which God commanded them to be fruitful and multiply, and to take dominion over the planet which God created. Abraham’s journey to Canaan is the beginning of the restoration of the original dominion mandate.

In the second instance God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only beloved son on Mount Moriah. This is the greatest sacrifice that anyone could make.

Genesis 22:2
Take your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac and go you to the land of Moriah and offer him there as burnt offering on one of the mountains which I will tell you.

These two events have extraordinary importance throughout Scriptures. They lay two major foundations for the entire plan of God. They are parallel yet different. 

Abraham’s offering his son as a sacrifice laid the covenantal foundation of atonement by substitution. It was a legal precedent for God to offer His Son as a sacrifice for our sin. Through Yeshua the sins of mankind are forgiven all the way back to those of Adam and Eve.

When Adam and Eve sinned, they also yielded their authority over planet earth to Satan. Therefore Yeshua will also come again to take possession over planet earth away from Satan and return it to mankind under God’s rulership.

As the binding of Isaac laid the covenant foundation for Yeshua’s sacrifice, so does Abraham’s possessing the land by faith “stake a claim” for Yeshua to return and repossess the whole planet. As with Abraham, Yeshua also has two “Lech lecha’s” – one for forgiveness of sin and the other for repossessing planet earth.

Asher serves as president of Tikkun Global family of ministries and congregations, dedicated to the dual restoration of Israel and the Church. He is founder of the Revive Israel five-fold ministry team, and oversees both Ahavat Yeshua and Tiferet Yeshua congregations in Israel.

He and his wife Betty share a passion for personal prayer and devotion, local evangelism and discipleship in Hebrew, and unity of the Body of believers worldwide.

Asher was raised in a conservative Jewish home and holds degrees from Harvard University, Baltimore Hebrew College and Messiah Biblical Institute. He has authored numerous books, tracts and articles.

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