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Lech Lecha Question 3

Weekly Parsha Questions

Lech Lecha Question 3

Yechiel Shaffer

After Abraham wins the day in the battle between the four Kings and the five Kings (Bereishis 14:1-17), there is a perculiar interaction between Malchizedek and Abraham. Rashi, quoting the Medrash Aggadah identifies Malchizedek as Shem, the son of Noah. We are introduced to Malchizedek in the following way:

בראשית פרשת לך לך פרק יד

ח) ומלכי־צדק מלך שלם הוציא לחם ויין והוא כהן לאל עליון

18. And Malchizedek the king of Salem brought out bread and wine, and he was a priest to the Most High God.

When Malchizedek addresses Abraham he adjusts the reference to God as ‘Most High’ to ‘Most High God, Who possesses heaven and earth’.

Why is Malchizedek compelled to add Gods dominion of heaven and earth after witnessing the conclusive victory of Abraham? According to this, what actions testify towards, not only God’s lofty nature but his dominion over the heaven and earth (See Kli Yakar Bereshis 14:19)?

How should we view our purpose in this world differently in light of Abraham’s conclusive victory and Kiddush Hashem(sanctification of God’s name)?