Vayeshev /And He Lived
Welcome to Vayeshev /And He Lived, this week’s Torah portion.
Parashah 9: Vayeshev (He continued living) 37:1–40:23
37 Ya‘akov continued living in the land where his father had lived as a foreigner, the land of Kena‘an.
2 Here is the history of Ya‘akov. When Yosef was seventeen years old he used to pasture the flock with his brothers, even though he was still a boy. Once when he was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, he brought a bad report about them to their father. 3 Now Isra’el loved Yosef the most of all his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a long-sleeved robe. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they began to hate him and reached the point where they couldn’t even talk with him in a civil manner.
5 Yosef had a dream which he told his brothers, and that made them hate him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen while I tell you about this dream of mine. 7 We were tying up bundles of wheat in the field when suddenly my bundle got up by itself and stood upright; then your bundles came, gathered around mine and prostrated themselves before it.” 8 His brothers retorted, “Yes, you will certainly be our king. You’ll do a great job of bossing us around!” And they hated him still more for his dreams and for what he said.
9 He had another dream which he told his brothers: “Here, I had another dream, and there were the sun, the moon and eleven stars prostrating themselves before me.” 10 He told his father too, as well as his brothers, but his father rebuked him: “What is this dream you have had? Do you really expect me, your mother and your brothers to come and prostrate ourselves before you on the ground?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
(ii) 12 After this, when his brothers had gone to pasture their father’s sheep in Sh’khem, 13 Isra’el asked Yosef, “Aren’t your brothers pasturing the sheep in Sh’khem? Come, I will send you to them.” He answered, “Here I am.” 14 He said to him, “Go now, see whether things are going well with your brothers and with the sheep, and bring word back to me.” So he sent him away from the Hevron Valley, and he went to Sh’khem, 15 where a man found him wandering around in the countryside. The man asked him, “What are you looking for?” 16 “I’m looking for my brothers,” he answered. “Tell me, please, where are they pasturing the sheep?” 17 The man said, “They’ve left here; because I heard them say, ‘Let’s go to Dotan.’” Yosef went after his brothers and found them in Dotan.
18 They spotted him in the distance, and before he had arrived where they were, they had already plotted to kill him. 19 They said to each other, “Look, this dreamer is coming! 20 So come now, let’s kill him and throw him into one of these water cisterns here. Then we’ll say some wild animal devoured him. We’ll see then what becomes of his dreams!” 21 But when Re’uven heard this, he saved him from being destroyed by them. He said, “We shouldn’t take his life. 22 Don’t shed blood,” Re’uven added. “Throw him into this cistern here in the wilds, but don’t lay hands on him yourselves.” He intended to rescue him from them later and restore him to his father.
(iii) 23 So it was that when Yosef arrived to be with his brothers, they stripped off his robe, the long-sleeved robe he was wearing, 24 and took him and threw him into the cistern (the cistern was empty; without any water in it). 25 Then they sat down to eat their meal; but as they looked up, they saw in front of them a caravan of Yishma‘elim coming from Gil‘ad, their camels loaded with aromatic gum, healing resin and opium, on their way down to Egypt. 26 Y’hudah said to his brothers, “What advantage is it to us if we kill our brother and cover up his blood? 27 Come, let’s sell him to the Yishma‘elim, instead of putting him to death with our own hands. After all, he is our brother, our own flesh.” His brothers paid attention to him. 28 So when the Midyanim, merchants, passed by, they drew and lifted Yosef up out of the cistern and sold him for half a pound of silver shekels to the Yishma‘elim, who took Yosef on to Egypt.
29 Re’uven returned to the cistern, and, upon seeing that Yosef wasn’t in it, tore his clothes in mourning. 30 He returned to his brothers and said, “The boy isn’t there! Where can I go now?”
31 They took Yosef’s robe, killed a male goat and dipped the robe in the blood. 32 Then they sent the long-sleeved robe and brought it to their father, saying, “We found this. Do you know if it’s your son’s robe or not?” 33 He recognized it and cried, “It’s my son’s robe! Some wild animal has torn Yosef in pieces and eaten him!” 34 Ya‘akov tore his clothes and, putting sackcloth around his waist, mourned his son for many days. 35 Though all his sons and daughters tried to comfort him, he refused all consolation, saying, “No, I will go down to the grave, to my son, mourning.” And his father wept for him.
36 In Egypt the Midyanim sold Yosef to Potifar, one of Pharaoh’s officials, a captain of the guard.
38 (iv) It was at this time that Y’hudah went off from his brothers and settled near a man named Hirah who was an ‘Adulami. 2 There Y’hudah saw one of the daughters of a certain Kena‘ani whose name was Shua, and he took her and slept with her. 3 She conceived and had a son, whom he named ‘Er. 4 She conceived again and had a son, and she called him Onan. 5 Then she conceived yet again and had a son whom she called Shelah; he was in K’ziv when she gave birth to him.
6 Y’hudah took a wife for ‘Er his firstborn, and her name was Tamar. 7 But ‘Er, Y’hudah’s firstborn, was evil from Adonai’s perspective, so Adonai killed him. 8 Y’hudah said to Onan, “Go and sleep with your brother’s wife — perform the duty of a husband’s brother to her, and preserve your brother’s line of descent.” 9 However, Onan knew that the child would not count as his; so whenever he had intercourse with his brother’s wife, he spilled the semen on the ground, so as not to give his brother offspring. 10 What he did was evil from Adonai’s perspective, so he killed him too.
11 Then Y’hudah said to Tamar his daughter-in-law, “Stay a widow in your father’s house until my son Shelah grows up”; for he thought, “I don’t want him to die too, like his brothers.” So Tamar went and lived at home with her father. 12 In due time, Shua’s daughter, the wife of Y’hudah, died. After Y’hudah had been comforted, he went up to be with his sheep-shearers in Timnah, he and his friend Hirah the ‘Adulami. 13 Tamar was told, “Your father-in-law has gone up to Timnah to shear his sheep.” 14 So she took off her widow’s clothes, completely covered her face with her veil, and sat at the entrance to ‘Einayim, which is on the way to Timnah. For she saw that Shelah had grown up, but she still was not being given to him as his wife. 15 When Y’hudah saw her, he thought she was a prostitute, because she had covered her face. 16 So he went over to her where she was sitting and said, not realizing that she was his daughter-in-law, “Come, let me sleep with you.” She answered, “What will you pay to sleep with me?” 17 He said, “I will send you a kid from the flock of goats.” She said, “Will you also give me something as a guarantee until you send it” 18 He answered, “What should I give you as a guarantee?” She said, “Your seal, with its cord, and the staff you’re carrying in your hand.” So he gave them to her, then went and slept with her; and she conceived by him. 19 She got up and went away, took off her veil and put on her widow’s clothes.
20 Y’hudah sent the kid with his friend the ‘Adulami to receive the guarantee items back from the woman, but he couldn’t find her. 21 He asked the people near where she had been, “Where is the prostitute who was on the road at ‘Einayim?” But they answered, “There hasn’t been any prostitute here.” 22 So he returned to Y’hudah and said, “I couldn’t find her; also the people there said, ‘There hasn’t been any prostitute here.’” 23 Y’hudah said, “All right, let her keep the things, so that we won’t be publicly shamed. I sent the kid, but you didn’t find her.”
24 About three months later Y’hudah was told, “Tamar your daughter-in-law has been acting like a whore; moreover, she is pregnant as a result of her prostitution.” Y’hudah said, “Bring her out, and let her be burned alive!” 25 When she was brought out, she sent this message to her father-in-law: “I am pregnant by the man to whom these things belong. Determine, I beg you, whose these are — the signet, the cords and the staff.” 26 Then Y’hudah acknowledged owning them. He said, “She is more righteous than I, because I didn’t let her become the wife of my son Shelah.” And he never slept with her again.
27 When she went into labor, it became evident that she was going to have twins. 28 As she was in labor, one of them put out his hand; and the midwife took his hand and tied a scarlet thread on it, saying, “This one came out first.” 29 But then he withdrew his hand, and his brother came out; so she said, “How did you manage to break out first?” Therefore he was named Peretz [breaking out]. 30 Then out came his brother, with the scarlet thread on his hand, and he was given the name Zerach [scarlet].
39 (v) Yosef was brought down to Egypt, and Potifar, an officer of Pharaoh’s and captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Yishma‘elim who had brought him there. 2 Adonai was with Yosef, and he became wealthy while he was in the household of his master the Egyptian. 3 His master saw how Adonai was with him, that Adonai prospered everything he did. 4 Yosef pleased him as he served him, and his master appointed him manager of his household; he entrusted all his possessions to Yosef. 5 From the time he appointed him manager of his household and all his possessions, Adonai blessed the Egyptian’s household for Yosef’s sake; Adonai’s blessing was on all he owned, whether in the house or in the field. 6 So he left all his possessions in Yosef’s care; and because he had him, he paid no attention to his affairs, except for the food he ate.
Now Yosef was well-built and handsome as well. (vi) 7 In time, the day came when his master’s wife took a look at Yosef and said, “Sleep with me!” 8 But he refused, saying to his master’s wife, “Look, because my master has me, he doesn’t know what’s going on in this house. He has put all his possessions in my charge. 9 In this house I am his equal; he hasn’t withheld anything from me except yourself, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” 10 But she kept pressing him, day after day. Nevertheless, he didn’t listen to her; he refused to sleep with her or even be with her.
11 However, one day, when he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men living in the house was there indoors, 12 she grabbed him by his robe and said, “Sleep with me!” But he fled, leaving his robe in her hand, and got himself outside. 13 When she saw that he had left his robe in her hand and had escaped, 14 she called the men of her house and said to them, “Look at this! My husband brought in a Hebrew to make fools of us. He came in and wanted to sleep with me, but I yelled out loudly. 15 When he heard me yelling like that, he left his robe with me and ran out.” 16 She put the robe aside until his master came home. 17 Then she said to him, “This Hebrew slave you brought us came in to make a fool of me. 18 But when I yelled out, he left his robe with me and fled outside.” 19 When his master heard what his wife said as she showed him, “Here’s what your slave did to me,” he became furious. 20 Yosef’s master took him and put him in prison, in the place where the king’s prisoners were kept; and there he was in the prison.
21 But Adonai was with Yosef, showing him grace and giving him favor in the sight of the prison warden. 22 The prison warden made Yosef supervisor of all the prisoners in the prison; so that whatever they did there, he was in charge of it. 23 The prison warden paid no attention to anything Yosef did, because Adonai was with him; and whatever he did, Adonai prospered.
40 (vii) Some time later it came about that the Egyptian king’s cupbearer and baker gave offense to their lord the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh became angry with his two officers the chief cupbearer and the chief baker. 3 So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, in the same place where Yosef was kept. 4 The captain of the guard charged Yosef to be with them, and he became their attendant while they remained in prison.
5 One night the two of them, the king of Egypt’s cupbearer and his baker, there in prison, both had dreams, each dream with its own meaning. 6 Yosef came in to them in the morning and saw that they looked sad. 7 He asked Pharaoh’s officers there with him in the prison of his master’s house, “Why are you looking so sad today?” 8 They said to him, “We each had a dream, and there’s no one around who can interpret it.” Yosef said to them, “Don’t interpretations belong to God? Tell it to me, please.”
9 Then the chief cupbearer told Yosef his dream: “In my dream, there in front of me was a vine, 10 and the vine had three branches. The branches budded, then it suddenly began to blossom, and finally clusters of ripe grapes appeared. 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, so I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and gave the cup to Pharaoh.” 12 Yosef said to him, “Here is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office: you will be giving Pharaoh his cup as you used to when you were his cupbearer. 14 But remember me when it goes well with you; and show me kindness, please; and mention me to Pharaoh, so that he will release me from this prison. 15 For the truth is that I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and here too I have done nothing wrong that would justify putting me in this dungeon.”
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Yosef, “I too saw in my dream: there were three baskets of white bread on my head. 17 In the uppermost basket there were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.” 18 Yosef answered, “Here is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head from off of you — he will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.”
(Maftir) 20 On the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, he gave a party for all his officials, and he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his officials. 21 He restored the chief cupbearer back to his position, so that he again gave Pharaoh his cup. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Yosef had interpreted to them. 23 Nevertheless, the chief cupbearer didn’t remember Yosef, but forgot him.
Here is what Adonai says:
“For Isra’el’s three crimes,
no, four — I will not reverse it —
because they sell the upright for silver
and the poor for a pair of shoes,
7 grinding the heads of the poor in the dust
and pushing the lowly out of the way;
father and son sleep with the same girl,
profaning my holy name;
8 lying down beside any altar
on clothes taken in pledge;
drinking wine in the house of their God
bought with fines they imposed.
9 “I destroyed the Emori before them;
though tall as cedars and strong as oaks,
I destroyed their fruit above
and their root below.
10 More than that, I brought you up from Egypt,
led you forty years in the desert,
so that you could have the Emori’s land.
11 I raised up some of your sons to be prophets,
other young men of yours to be n’zirim.
People of Isra’el!
Isn’t that true?” asks Adonai.
12 But you gave the n’zirim wine to drink
and ordered the prophets, ‘Don’t prophesy!’
13 “Enough! I will make all this crush you,
just as a cart overloaded with grain
crushes what’s under it.
14 Even the swift won’t be able to flee;
the strong won’t be able to use their strength,
the warriors won’t save themselves.
15 Archers won’t be able to stand,
the fastest runners won’t save themselves,
those on horses won’t save themselves.
16 On that day even the bravest warriors
will throw off their weapons and flee,” says Adonai.
3 “Listen to this word which Adonai has spoken against you, people of Isra’el, against the entire family that I brought up from the land of Egypt:
2 “Of all the families on earth,
only you have I intimately known.
This is why I will punish you
for all your crimes.”
3 Do two people travel together
without having so agreed?
4 Does a lion roar in the forest
when it has no prey?
Does a young lion growl in his lair
if it has caught nothing?
5 Does a bird get caught in a trap on the ground
if it hasn’t been baited?
Does a trap spring up from the ground
when it has taken nothing?
6 When the shofar is blown in the city,
don’t the people tremble?
Can disaster befall a city
without Adonai’s having done it?
7 Adonai, God, does nothing without
revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.
8 The lion has roared. Who will not fear?
Adonai, God, has spoken. Who will not prophesy?
18 I don’t think the sufferings we are going through now are even worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed to us in the future. 19 The creation waits eagerly for the sons of God to be revealed; 20 for the creation was made subject to frustration — not willingly, but because of the one who subjected it. But it was given a reliable hope 21 that it too would be set free from its bondage to decay and would enjoy the freedom accompanying the glory that God’s children will have. 22 We know that until now, the whole creation has been groaning as with the pains of childbirth; 23 and not only it, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we continue waiting eagerly to be made sons — that is, to have our whole bodies redeemed and set free. 24 It was in this hope that we were saved. But if we see what we hope for, it isn’t hope — after all, who hopes for what he already sees? 25 But if we continue hoping for something we don’t see, then we still wait eagerly for it, with perseverance.
26 Similarly, the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we don’t know how to pray the way we should. But the Spirit himself pleads on our behalf with groanings too deep for words; 27 and the one who searches hearts knows exactly what the Spirit is thinking, because his pleadings for God’s people accord with God’s will. 28 Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose; 29 because those whom he knew in advance, he also determined in advance would be conformed to the pattern of his Son, so that he might be the firstborn among many brothers; 30 and those whom he thus determined in advance, he also called; and those whom he called, he also caused to be considered righteous; and those whom he caused to be considered righteous he also glorified!
31 What, then, are we to say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare even his own Son, but gave him up on behalf of us all — is it possible that, having given us his Son, he would not give us everything else too? 33 So who will bring a charge against God’s chosen people? Certainly not God — he is the one who causes them to be considered righteous! 34 Who punishes them? Certainly not the Messiah Yeshua, who died and — more than that — has been raised, is at the right hand of God and is actually pleading on our behalf! 35 Who will separate us from the love of the Messiah? Trouble? Hardship? Persecution? Hunger? Poverty? Danger? War? 36 As the Tanakh puts it,
“For your sake we are being put to death all day long,
we are considered sheep to be slaughtered.”[a]
37 No, in all these things we are superconquerors, through the one who has loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor other heavenly rulers, neither what exists nor what is coming, 39 neither powers above nor powers below, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God which comes to us through the Messiah Yeshua, our Lord.
This is from Prophecy 105, YAHUVEH said to put this up on all Prophecies from now on: I warned you a long time ago Elisabeth (Elisheva) not to name this Ministry after a man or a woman even before there was a Ministry. I put it in your spirit for none of this has been done by your hand, none of this has come forth from your mouth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUVEH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of YAHUSHUA your MASHIACH that has given birth. It is from the Mouth of the RUACH ha KODESH your IMMAYAH that has given birth. If it had only been by your hand it would have failed long ago. It is by the SHKHINYAH GLORY’S Wind that blows across this earth, the Holy Wind of Revival, it is not by your breath or it would have failed. (Isaiah 42:8)
December 8, 2017
Torah Portion: Folly of Favoritism
Prophecy 22 Beloved Don’t Become Your Worst Enemies!
As for your recent thoughts and transgressions the greatest has been the beating you have given someone that I love far more than you can dare dream or understand. Someone I shed MY Blood for and gave MY Life for and would have if that someone would have only been you alone. Someone I was beaten beyond recognition for. That someone is you. Now stop trying to tell ME I made a mistake when I chose you. Are you trying to tell ME MY business? Are you trying to tell ME I make junk?
Are you trying to tell ME you know more than ALMIGHTY God your Lord and Savior? Are you trying to tell ME I make mistakes? Are you trying to tell ME the Blood I shed isn’t sufficient to wash you completely clean. Why would you take your life when it’s not yours to take? Why would you even consider robbing ME of the joy of proving it’s not the proud I chose to speak for ME in this world, it’s the humble. It’s those that feel unworthy that make themselves worthy by knowing this. You know this; I am only reminding you of what you know. I choose not those filled with their own strength, but the weakest for then the weak are made strong through YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH alone. You can do anything in YAHUSHUA’s name. I did not make a mistake when I chose you to speak in MY Name, I am ALMIGHTY God and I don’t make mistakes.
How long must I say this to you? When will you listen to ME? I chose you and I knew what material you were made of and yes what transgressions would tempt you before you were even born. I knew what demons you would wrestle even before satan sent them. I also know MY grace is sufficient in all things. I also know, as Shaul (Paul) said, “The harder MY son you try and please ME the more satan sends his demons to attack.” But be on guard against these attacks. Don’t put yourself in position to succumb to these attacks. Use the wisdom of the Lord that I have given you. You know what I am speaking of, if not ask ME, for this prophet speaking to you has felt all of these things in different ways. All MY true Prophets, even in biblical times, felt unworthy. If you didn’t, then I would deem you unusable if you think you’re sufficient without ME.
Hear ME MY beloved Sons and Daughters. Stop trying to kill what I have given life and life more abundantly. Stop receiving the spirit of insanity. Those that judge you insane understand not what I have spoken and shown you. For MY purpose I chose you. This is not a tug of war. I WILL WIN and you will lose if you continue on doubting that which you know to be true. You have been warned because I LOVE YOU! I have called you and there are those that think you’re insane for believing I speak to you and show you things that others don’t see. The only thing insane about you, is believing that I am punishing you for sins that have been long forgotten and forgiven. Only satan and you go fishing there, not your Savior. Stop trying to wash clothes that are already clean. Don’t you think MY Blood is sufficient? You preach it, now BELIEVE IT!
I have many more things to say to you and I shall, but for now digest what I have spoken for it is truth. I have given you MY armor to stand, MY Word to stand, MY Blood to cleanse and MY Name and Blood to heal and chase the demons away that torment your mind and body and Spirit. Now satan fears this power for I have given you the anointing to pray. Why aren’t you believing what you are praying? Do you think I am deaf? Do you think MY arms are too short to deliver you? Do you think MY Blood, Name, Word and armor is NOT sufficient? You, MY darling beloved, have angered ME for not believing what I have spoken.
Now you know these to be truth’s, so hold on tight and stop watching the waves on the troubled seas of your life, for this is why you’re drowning in depression and sinful thoughts at times. Instead keep your eyes on ME your Lord and Savior YAHUHUA ha MASHIACH and come and let’s walk on the water together. You’re smart enough to know I don’t mean physically but spiritually. Come take MY hand and believe and do not doubt. Leave your past behind you once and for all. Put your hand to the plow and labor in MY harvest field and don’t look back. One last thing, you seek reassurance from some that you have sought and how can they help you?
Torah Portion: Obedience Is Rewarded
Prophecy 59 I AM Not Coming For A Disobedient Bride!
You want to know the ones I honor the most, like this handmaiden and her household. They possess nothing of worldly goods; they know not where the next meal comes from. They have laid everything on the altar of sacrifice. They have walked away from their worldly possessions. Even their family and their friends think that they are mad, insane, for they follow after ME, they follow after MY Word, they follow after MY footsteps. They do not build up their earthly treasures in this world. Instead they store up their heavenly treasures for they are not of this world, even though right now they are in this world. These are the ones that I honor. These are the ones that will reap their rewards. These are the wealthiest of the wealthy. For you cannot see their heavenly treasures, you cannot see their rewards because they are in MY treasury in Heaven, where they are stored. You cannot see their mansions. You cannot see their beautiful garments. For you look at them through eyes of this world, but I look at them through the eyes of the Kingdom of Heaven.
I have made MY true apostles and prophets go in lack to test the people. For does not MY Word say, “When you so much as give a cup of water, in YAHUSHUA’s Name, so you have done it onto ME”. Did I not command you to feed and to clothe the poor? Did I not say, “When you do this for MY Children, in MY Name”. I am not telling you to do this for the heathens, I am telling you to do this for MY Children, your sisters and your brothers. How can you say you love ME and let them go hungry? How can you say you love ME and let them thirst? How can you say you love ME and let them wear rags? How can you say you love ME and let them go homeless? How can you say you love ME and let them go in need? You will answer at the Judgment day.
For each time I put it upon your heart to be an answer to prayer. Does not MY Word say, “Those that preach MY gospel, should be able to live off that gospel.” But how can you say you love ME when you’re selfish and you’re greedy and all you think of is your own needs. This handmaiden pays a price, all MY Children who are anointed, the greater the anointing, the greater the suffering in this world. The greater the attacks of the enemy and if you’re not there to protect them, to intercede and fast for them, I will want to know why and I ask you now, “How can you say you love ME?”
I am not coming for a disobedient Bride. You’re going to be like those five, the foolish maidens that only had enough oil in their lamps for a short while. You do not study, you do not intercede, you do not even fellowship, or get a relationship with ME. You do not seek the higher anointings, you deny MY gifts and you will find out one day when I say, “Depart from ME, for I never knew you.”
Prophecy 86 – Away From ME You Disobedient Bride!
This Ringmaiden will speak forth MY truths, she will not compromise. You think you hate her now, those who are not of ME? You haven’t seen anything yet. But those who truly belong to ME, you will have a love like you never dreamed possible for you will embrace the truths that I speak forth. For those of you who are obedient, who truly do wait and pant for MY every word…
GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT, GREAT! Shall their blessings be!
Oh how I LOVE YOU! How I embrace you. When you say, “Tell me the way, light the path, I will do whatever you say even if it goes against my flesh, even if it means I have to financially sacrifice, I will do it your way.” These are MY Bride. And you recognize one another for you are a family like no other family. You think with one mind and you love with one heart and MY Name is never far apart
Each and everyone of you embrace ME with a love anew. These are MY Bride. Your desire to live Holy before ME only grows stronger each day. You say, “Speak to me my beloved, I want a glimpse of you” and I say, “I am here and I embrace you and I kiss you and I love you and I hug you and I hold you”. These are MY Bride. They are not a disobedient so-called Bride.
Those who are in unequally yoked marriages that I never yoked, it’s like it is a rope around their neck and you are being hung, but when I come to cut the rope you say, “No, no let me hang.” Away from ME you disobedient so-called Bride. You are a Bride no more. In your eyes you call yourself a Bride, in your prayers you claim to be a Bride, but I test your obedience for I know your heart. I know who you love the most.
Torah Portion: From Pit To Palace
Prophecy 86 Away From ME You Disobedient Bride!
All of you please ME so much. All of you please ME so much. Oh MY precious Bride you know who you are, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH. Can’t you hear MY tender words? Don’t you know how much you mean to ME? There is no sacrifice that you have made that has not been pleasing unto ME. I LOVE YOU, MY PRECIOUS BRIDE!
For those of you who are the guests at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, I shall dance with you, I shall laugh with you, I shall kiss you, I shall hug you, I shall thank you. For not everyone has been ordained to be MY Bride. Oh, but the precious guests, what a price you have paid, what a price you will pay to be at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The Bride shall embrace you and the Bride shall thank you for the price that you have and will pay.
I say, behold MY Bride. You are Royalty in MY eyes, all over the world MY Bride is Royalty in MY eyes. How can MY Bride not be Royal when you are betrothed to the King. Did I not say you are as a Queen Esther; you are Royalty before all of Heaven. Woe be unto anyone that touches MY Bride. Woe be unto anyone that curses MY Bride. Woe be unto anyone that slanders MY Bride. Woe be unto anyone that tries to harm MY Bride or does harm MY Bride. It would have been better off if you had never been born.
I give this word to you as the Day of Pentecost approaches; expect the anointing to only grow stronger. Meet with ME on the Day of Pentecost. Expect a greater anointing; expect to hear from ME, and greater revelations you will see.
So it is spoken, so it is written under the anointing for the Glory of YAHUVEH and YAHUSHUA.
“Jacob lived [yeshev] in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.” (Genesis 37:1)
In last week’s Torah study, Vayishlach, Jacob returned from Haran with his entire household to settle in the Land of Canaan. After all the twists and turns of Jacob’s life, he longed to settle down in the land ELOHIM had promised.
The opening Hebrew Scripture of this Parasha uses the word yeshev, which means to settle. In Israel, a settlement is called a yishuv, and those who settle in Israel, especially within the disputed territories of Judea and Samaria, do so at great risk from Palestinian terrorists who often live nearby.
In this Parasha, we learn about the trials of Jacob’s favorite son, Joseph, whom ELOHIM had given the gift of dreams and their interpretation. Many of those dreams revealed Joseph’s future exalted position.
By relating these dreams to his brothers, however, Joseph fueled their jealousy, which had already been aroused by their father’s favoritism toward Joseph, son of his favored wife, Rachel.
The Folly of Favoritism
“Now Israel [Jacob] loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a varicolored tunic.” (Genesis 37:3)
Jacob made no secret of the fact that he loved Joseph more than any of his other children, and he gave him a special coat of many colors.
By giving him this coat, Jacob was proclaiming Joseph’s sovereignty and leadership over all his other sons, since in the patriarchal age, Semitic chiefs wore coats of many colors as an insignia of rulership. and also presents just like the colors of he’s coat so as the people form all different color’s from all the nation’s will return to YAHUSHUA in the last day.
Perhaps Jacob should have foreseen the negative effects of sibling rivalry that usually result from such favoritism, since he was also a victim of this kind of dysfunction.
His mother, Rebecca, favored Jacob but his father, Isaac, favored Jacob’s brother Esau. This caused a great deal of animosity between the two brothers. Rather than learn from his parents’ mistakes, however, Jacob simply perpetuated their parental weaknesses.
Instead of following Jacob’s example, we can make a choice to learn from our parents’ mistakes and decide today not to carry on with unhealthy parent-child relationships that have been modeled for us by previous generations.
Of course, to make such a change requires us to be set free from the past, and that begins with repentance and forgiveness—repentance for judging our parents -and perhaps for being a troublesome child, and forgiving them for their mistakes.
Everlasting spiritual new beginnings are found in the freedom that Messiah YAHUSHUA offers when we repent of our sins and receive His forgiveness.
Favor Follows Joseph into the Pit
The name Yosef /Joseph is associated with the term yesod, meaning foundation, from the expression, “Tzadik yesod olam”—a righteous man is the foundation of the world.
Indeed, Joseph had a great destiny upon his life, the twists and turns of which would provide a foundation for the survival of his family; and in the fullness of time, a freedom that provides a foundation for Jewish life and salvation.
Jacob’s favored son is so important that he is allotted more text in the Tanakh /Old Testament than any other character except Moses.
But he was not immediately ready to fulfill his divine purpose. Either Joseph needed to learn humility, which he gained through painful and difficult trials, or through his trials, ELOHIM positioned him to fulfill that destiny. Perhaps both.
The drama began when Jacob dispatched Joseph on a mission to check on his brothers. Unbeknownst to both of them, the jealous siblings had already plotted to kill Joseph.
Their plan might have succeeded except for the protests of Reuven, who urged them to throw Joseph into a pit instead. He secretly intended to rescue him later. But Reuven never had the opportunity to save his brother, since the other brothers sold Joseph, at Judah’s suggestion, to an Ishmaelite caravan.
“They sold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver to the Ishmaelites.” (Genesis 37:28)
Once in Egypt, Joseph was sold to Potiphar, an Egyptian captain of Pharaoh’s guard, who soon discovered the greatness within Joseph. Potiphar came to trust Joseph so implicitly that he placed him in charge of all of his affairs.
Meanwhile, Joseph’s brothers returned to their father with his coat of many colors. They dipped it in blood to deceive their father into thinking that a wild animal had killed his beloved son.
It was Judah, fourth son of Jacob and future ruler of the twelve tribes of Israel, who led the decision to sell Joseph rather than kill him.
“Then Judah said to his brothers, ‘What do we gain by killing our brother and covering up his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, but let us not do away with him ourselves. After all, he is our brother, our own flesh.” (Genesis 37:26–27)
Judah seems to be a complex character, with signs of integrity as well as duplicity.
Keeping Hope Alive through Inheritance
There is a curious interruption in the narrative of Joseph’s story, as the Scriptures turn to the episode of Judah.
At this point, Judah had married the daughter of a Canaanite, Shua:
“There Judah saw the daughter of a certain Canaanite whose name was Shua, and he married her and cohabited with her.”
Shua conceived and had a son named Er, who married Tamar. But Er died without giving Tamar a child because ELOHIM was displeased with this son of Judah and prematurely took his life.
Judah then urged his second-born son, Onan, to take Tamar as a wife. It was the duty of the brother of a man who died without children to marry his widow in order to perpetuate his brother’s line.
“Then Judah said to Onan, ‘Join with your brother’s wife and do your duty by her as a brother-in-law, and provide offspring for your brother.’” (Genesis 38:8)
This kind of familial responsibility may seem alien to us, but YAHUVEH later included it in the laws found in the Book of Deuteronomy:
“When brothers live together, and one of them dies childless, the wife of the deceased man shall not marry outside to a strange man; her brother-in-law shall come to her, and take her to himself as a wife, and perform levirate marriage.
“The firstborn son whom she bears will then perpetuate the name of the dead brother, so that his name will not be obliterated from Israel.” (Deuteronomy 25:5–6)
Why would YAHUVEH maintain a custom that predates even Abraham?
One reason is grounded in eternal inheritance. Another is “for the express purpose of keeping alive the hope of resurrection in the minds of the chosen people.”
By keeping the inheritance within the family, this law of levirate marriage kept alive the hope of an earthly resurrection of the family name.
We see this in the Book of Ruth: the wealthy Bethlehem landowner Boaz /who foreshadowed YAHUSHUA gave this hope of resurrection and eternal inheritance to the widow Ruth who foreshadowed those who follow YAHUSHUA when he became her bridegroom and she his bride. (Ruth 4)
The hope of our spiritual, eternal resurrection and inheritance was fulfilled when Yeshua became the “Bridegroom” of all chosen people—Gentiles and Jews—creating a marriage covenant with all those who enter into that covenant with Him. Those who become His Bride receive His eternal inheritance.
All Believers who put their hope in YAHUSHUA as Savior have the hope of the resurrection sealed into their spirit.
“Blessed be YAHUVEH and Father of our LORD YAHUSHUA HaMashiach! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of YAHUSHUA HaMashiach from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you.” (1 Peter 1:3–4)
Obedience Is Rewarded
Still, we can well imagine that sin might get in the way of this hope, and it did in the case of Judah’s second son, Onan. In fact, the Lord was displeased with him, too, because he refused to raise up a son for his brother. In judgment, ELOHIM took his life also.
Instead of admitting that his sons died early because of their sin, Judah blamed the widow, Tamar. And though he promised her that his third and last son, Shelah, would give her a son, he did not want to risk losing him as well.
He told Tamar to wait as a widow until Shelah grew to maturity. But when Shelah became a man, Judah still did not give him to Tamar as her husband, so she took matters into her own hands.
Tamar disguised herself as a cult prostitute and lured Judah into an encounter that resulted in her becoming pregnant. Approximately three months later, when her pregnancy became evident, Judah ordered her executed for harlotry; but it was then that Tamar displayed Judah’s seal, cord, and staff, which Judah had given Tamar as pledge of payment for her services.
“As she was being brought out, she sent this message to her father-in-law, ‘I am with child by the man to whom these belong.’ And she added, ‘Examine these: whose seal and cord and staff are these?’” (Genesis 38:25)
Judah then realized that though Tamar’s actions were less than perfect, she had acted to fulfill the familial responsibility to raise up a child for her husband under the family name. He realized that she was more righteous than he was, so he set her free.
Tamar gave birth to twins, one of whom, Perez, became a forefather of Boaz, who became the great-grandfather of King David, who became a forefather of the Messiah. (see Matthew 1; Ruth 4:18–22)
he will rise out of the tribe of judah, who we know to be YAHUSHUA , the Lion from the tribe of Judah.
“The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of the one to whom it belongs, the one whom all nations will honor.” (Genesis 49:10)
From Pit to Palace
What does this story show us? It shows us that YAHUVEH, by His mercies, can redeem us and take us from the depths of despair to the heights of fulfilled dreams.
Although Judah made some very bad decisions that tremendously hurt people, and although he fell into immorality, YAHUVEH still chose to bring forth the Messiah of all mankind through his lineage.
Similarly, Joseph’s dark descent into a pit, his betrayal by his brothers, his period of slavery in Egypt, and abandonment in a dungeon for a crime he did not commit served to position him to be exalted over all of Egypt, next to Pharaoh.
In this exalted position Joseph was able to arrange for all of Egypt to have enough food to eat during the seven-year famine throughout the region. The people living around Egypt, including his own brothers who came to Joseph seeking food, survived the famine because of Joseph’s wise leadership.
Each of us may have to endure challenging situations in life as we journey toward fulfilling our calling in ELOHIM.
When times are the darkest—when we have fallen into a pit, either by those who sin against us, or by our own sin—we can take heart because this is not the end of the story. ELOHIM promises to make all things work together for our good:
“And we know that ELOHIM causes all things to work together for good to those who love GOD, to those who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
It is during life’s dark times that the light of YAHUSHUA seems brightest.
YAHUSHUA said, “I am the Light of the world.” His light of truth and eternal love can sustain us through the darkest of nights as we continue to place our faith and trust in Him.
“Then YAHUSHUA spoke to them again: ‘I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows Me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.'” (John 8:12)
Although today is a dark time in the lives of the people of Israel as we are being attacked on streets, in stores and synagogues, and on social media by Palestinian terrorists, in the center of this darkness YAHUSHUA can shine His light through us.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of YAHUVEH rises upon you.” (Isaiah 60:1)
“For my eyes have seen your YAHSHUAH /salvation, which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.” (Luke 2:30–32)
Shabbat Shalom from AMIGHTYWIND!