Vayeira 5770 – Talent on Loan from God

Genesis 18:1-3 And YHWH appeared to him in the plains of Mamre, and he sat at the tent door in the heat of the day. (2) And he lifted up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by him. And when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed toward the ground. (3) And he said, My Lord, if now I have found favor in Your sight, do not pass away, I pray, from Your servant.

Abraham recognized YHWH immediately and ran to meet him. If God appeared to you or I in human form, would we recognize him? Many people did not. Abraham was chosen by God from among all the other people of Babylonia to receive a special revelation of his Name, such that Abraham would know him and all his ways instinctively. He wrote his Torah on Abraham’s heart so “that he will command his sons and his house after him, and they shall keep the way of YHWH, to do justice and judgment, that YHWH may bring upon Abraham that which He has spoken of him.”

Every one of us has been hand picked by God to perform some vital task for his kingdom. Few of us are meant for such a prestigious role as Abraham’s, but we have all been called none-the-less. Not only have we been called, but, like Abraham, we have been given the means to answer the call and to accomplish our work. Our gifts, our talents, are not ours by right or to do with whatever we choose, but they are tools to serve God. The revelations which we have been given are for God’s glory, not ours. We must recognize the opportunities that God places before us to use those gifts and be willing to throw ourselves at his feet or else be passed by and forgotten.

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