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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Lech Lechah 3-3

Go for you

Genesis 13:4-18

The LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, "Lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward, for all the land that you see I will give to you and to your offspring forever. I will make your offspring as the dust of the earth, so that if one can count the dust of the earth, your offspring also can be counted. 

Gen 13:14-16 ESV

What is the reward for generosity?

Avraham sought peace with his nephew Lot. He didnt want quarrel between both sides. The Eternal had multiplied their riches in such a way that they couldn’t live together anymore because the pasture wasn’t enough. Avraham chose not to fight for his rights. He had received a calling to go to the land and he was blessed financially because he obeyed that calling. Avraham walked with the Eternal. But Lot didn’t walk with the Eternal, he walked with Avraham. Lot didn’t know where the source of true prosperity was. It wasn’t in men, but in the Eternal.

HaShem brought up a situation that caused a crisis in their relationship, so Avraham told Lot to choose first the place he wanted to move to. Lot chose for himself what he considered better. Avraham chose to give in and humble himself, and not to try to get benefit from his calling, or his relative or anyone. This attitude is highly pleasing to the Eternal.

When Avraham was called to leave his land, he was also told to leave his family. He had not left Lot so the Eternal had to bring up this situation in order to free Avraham from his nephew. Avraham parted from him in a very courteous manner, with no disputes or emotional wounds left between them.

What was the reward for this kind of generosity?

The Eternal made him look at everything his sight could reach and He told him all that would belong to him and his descendants forever, including the area where Lot had settled. He who gives in wins - he who is generous prospers. But he who chooses for himself at the end will lose everything.  

Don’t fight to get what is yours. Be generous. Humble yourself before others. Don’t be greedy. Don’t be jealous. Let others choose first and the Eternal will greatly reward you in His own way and time.

May the Eternal help us understand this great truth. This way we’ll be like the Messiah,


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