Every Saturday, Jewish Synagogue services include two Old Testament Bible readings. One reading is from the Torah (Law), the first five books, or Books of Moses. The second reading is from one of the Old Testament Prophets. That tradition is described in 13:14 of the Book of Acts in the New Testament. There, Paul speaks at the Synagogue in Pisidian Antioch “after the reading from the Law and the Prophets”.
Last Week’s Synagogue Torah reading was “Lekh Lekha” (Go, Get Moving) found at Genesis 12 to 17). It discusses how Abraham and his nephew Lot leave their homes in Syria and travel together first to Canaan, then to Egypt and then back to Canaan. However, when they are back in Canaan, there is trouble between their households.
Does how Abraham and Lot make peace suggest the only way left to end the the growing hatred between Trump America and “woke” America?
Old Testament Book of Genesis, Chapter 13:
Abraham And His Nephew Lot Separate And Divide The Land
“13:1. So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. . .
3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the Lord.
5 Now Lot, who was moving about with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents. 6 But the land could not support them while they stayed together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to stay together. 7 And quarreling arose between Abram’s herders and Lot’s. The Canaanites and Perizzites were also living in the land at that time.
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Let’s not have any quarreling between you and me, or between your herders and mine, for we are part of the same family. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Let’s part company. If you go to the left, I’ll go to the right; if you go to the right, I’ll go to the left.”
10 Lot looked around and saw that the whole plain of the Jordan toward Zoar was well watered, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt. (This was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.) 11 So Lot chose for himself the whole plain of the Jordan and set out toward the east. The two men parted company: 12 Abram lived in the land of Canaan, while Lot lived among the cities of the plain and pitched his tents near Sodom.
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