Vayechi /And He Lived
Shabbat Shalom !
Welcome to Vayechi /And He Lived, this week’s Parasha (Torah Portion).
Parashah 12: Vayechi (He lived) 47:28–50:26
28 Ya‘akov lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; thus Ya‘akov lived to be 147 years old. 29 The time came when Isra’el was approaching death; so he called for his son Yosef and said to him, “If you truly love me, please put your hand under my thigh and pledge that, out of consideration for me, you will not bury me in Egypt. 30 Rather, when I sleep with my fathers, you are to carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.” He replied, “I will do as you have said.” 31 He said, “Swear it to me,” and he swore to him. Then Isra’el bowed down at the head of his bed.
48 Awhile later someone told Yosef that his father was ill. He took with him his two sons, M’nasheh and Efrayim. 2 Ya‘akov was told, “Here comes your son Yosef.” Isra’el gathered his strength and sat up in bed. 3 Ya‘akov said to Yosef, “El Shaddai appeared to me at Luz in the land of Kena‘an and blessed me, 4 saying to me, ‘I will make you fruitful and numerous. I will make of you a group of peoples; and I will give this land to your descendants to possess forever.’ 5 Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Efrayim and M’nasheh will be as much mine as Re’uven and Shim‘on are. 6 The children born to you after them will be yours, but for purposes of inheritance they are to be counted with their older brothers.
7 “Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died suddenly, as we were traveling through the land of Kena‘an, while we were still some distance from Efrat; so I buried her there on the way to Efrat (also known as Beit-Lechem).”
8 Then Isra’el noticed Yosef’s sons and asked, “Whose are these?” 9 Yosef answered his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” Ya‘akov replied, “I want you to bring them here to me, so that I can bless them.” (ii) 10 Now Isra’el’s eyes were dim with age, so that he could not see. Yosef brought his sons near to him, and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 Isra’el said to Yosef, “I never expected to see even you again, but God has allowed me to see your children too!” 12 Yosef brought them out from between his legs and prostrated himself on the ground. 13 Then Yosef took them both, Efrayim in his right hand toward Isra’el’s left hand and M’nasheh in his left hand toward Isra’el’s right hand, and brought them near to him. 14 But Isra’el put out his right hand and laid it on the head of the younger one, Efrayim, and put his left hand on the head of M’nasheh — he intentionally crossed his hands, even though M’nasheh was the firstborn. 15 Then he blessed Yosef: “The God in whose presence my fathers Avraham and Yitz’chak lived, the God who has been my own shepherd all my life long to this day, 16 the angel who has rescued me from all harm, bless these boys. May they remember who I am and what I stand for, and likewise my fathers Avraham and Yitz’chak, who they were and what they stood for. And may they grow into teeming multitudes on the earth.”
(iii) 17 When Yosef saw that his father was laying his right hand on Efrayim’s head, it displeased him, and he lifted up his father’s hand to remove it from Efrayim’s head and place it instead on M’nasheh’s head. 18 Yosef said to his father, “Don’t do it that way, my father; for this one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know that, my son, I know it. He too will become a people, and he too will be great; nevertheless his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will grow into many nations.” 20 Then he added this blessing on them that day: “Isra’el will speak of you in their own blessings by saying, ‘May God make you like Efrayim and M’nasheh.’” Thus he put Efrayim ahead of M’nasheh.
21 Isra’el then said to Yosef, “You see that I am dying, but God will be with you and will bring you back to the land of your ancestors. 22 Moreover, I am giving to you a sh’khem [shoulder, ridge, share, city of Sh’khem] more than to your brothers; I captured it from the Emori with my sword and bow.”
49 (iv) Then Ya‘akov called for his sons and said,
“Gather yourselves together, and I will tell you
what will happen to you in the acharit-hayamim.
2 Assemble yourselves and listen, sons of Ya‘akov;
pay attention to Isra’el your father.
3 “Re’uven, you are my firstborn,
my strength, the firstfruits of my manhood.
4 Though superior in vigor and power
you are unstable as water, so your superiority will end,
because you climbed into your father’s bed
and defiled it — he climbed onto my concubine’s couch!
5 “Shim‘on and Levi are brothers,
related by weapons of violence.
6 Let me not enter their council,
let my honor not be connected with their people;
for in their anger they killed men,
and at their whim they maimed cattle.
7 Cursed be their anger, for it has been fierce;
their fury, for it has been cruel.
I will divide them in Ya‘akov
and scatter them in Isra’el.
8 “Y’hudah, your brothers will acknowledge you,
your hand will be on the neck of your enemies,
your father’s sons will bow down before you.
9 Y’hudah is a lion’s cub;
my son, you stand over the prey.
He crouches down and stretches like a lion;
like a lioness, who dares to provoke him?
10 The scepter will not pass from Y’hudah,
nor the ruler’s staff from between his legs,
until he comes to whom [obedience] belongs; [a]
and it is he whom the peoples will obey.
11 Tying his donkey to the vine,
his donkey’s colt to the choice grapevine,
he washes his clothes in wine,
his robes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes will be darker than wine,
his teeth whiter than milk.
13 “Z’vulun will live at the seashore,
with ships anchoring along his coast
and his border at Tzidon.
14 “Yissakhar is a strong donkey
lying down in the sheep sheds.
15 On seeing how good is settled life
and how pleasant the country,
he will bend his back to the burden,
and submit to forced labor.
16 “Dan will judge his people
as one of the tribes of Isra’el.
17 Dan will be a viper on the road,
a horned snake in the path
that bites the horse’s heels
so its rider falls off backward.
18 I wait for your deliverance, Adonai.
(v) 19 “Gad [troop]— a troop will troop on him,
but he will troop on their heel.
20 “Asher’s food is rich —
he will provide food fit for a king.
21 “Naftali is a doe set free
that bears beautiful fawns. [b]
22 “Yosef is a fruitful plant,
a fruitful plant by a spring,
with branches climbing over the wall.
23 The archers attacked him fiercely,
shooting at him and pressing him hard;
24 but his bow remained taut;
and his arms were made nimble
by the hands of the Mighty One of Ya‘akov,
from there, from the Shepherd, the Stone of Isra’el,
25 by the God of your father, who will help you,
by El Shaddai, who will bless you
with blessings from heaven above,
blessings from the deep, lying below,
blessings from the breasts and the womb.
26 The blessings of your father are more powerful
than the blessings of my parents,
extending to the farthest of the everlasting hills;
they will be on the head of Yosef,
on the brow of the prince among his brothers.
(vi) 27 “Binyamin is a ravenous wolf,
in the morning devouring the prey,
in the evening still dividing the spoil.”
28 All these are the twelve tribes of Isra’el, and this is how their father spoke to them and blessed them, giving each his own individual blessing.
29 Then he charged them as follows: “I am to be gathered to my people. Bury me with my ancestors in the cave that is in the field of ‘Efron the Hitti, 30 the cave in the field of Makhpelah, by Mamre, in the land of Kena‘an, which Avraham bought together with the field from ‘Efron the Hitti as a burial-place belonging to him — 31 there they buried Avraham and his wife Sarah, there they buried Yitz’chak and his wife Rivkah, and there I buried Le’ah — 32 the field and the cave in it, which was purchased from the sons of Het.”
33 When Ya‘akov had finished charging his sons, he drew his legs up into the bed, breathed his last and was gathered to his people.
50 Yosef fell on his father’s face, wept over him and kissed him. 2 Then Yosef ordered the physicians in his service to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Isra’el. 3 Forty days were spent at this, the normal amount of time for embalming. Then the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
4 When the period of mourning was over, Yosef addressed to the household of Pharaoh: “I would like to ask a favor. Tell Pharaoh, 5 ‘My father had me swear an oath. He said, “I am going to die. You are to bury me in my grave, which I dug for myself in the land of Kena‘an.” Therefore, I beg you, let me go up and bury my father; I will return.’” 6 Pharaoh responded, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.”
7 So Yosef went up to bury his father. With him went all Pharaoh’s servants, the leaders of his household and the leaders of the land of Egypt, 8 along with the entire household of Yosef, his brothers and his father’s household; only their little ones, their flocks and their cattle did they leave in the land of Goshen. 9 Moreover, there went up with him both chariots and horsemen — it was a very large caravan.
10 When they arrived at the threshing-floor in Atad, beyond the Yarden, they raised a loud and bitter lamentation, mourning for his father seven days. 11 When the local inhabitants, the Kena‘ani, saw the mourning on the floor of Atad they said, “How bitterly the Egyptians are mourning!” This is why the place was given the name Avel-Mitzrayim [mourning of Egypt], there beyond the Yarden.
12 His sons did to him as he had ordered them to do — 13 they carried him into the land of Kena‘an and buried him in the cave in the field of Makhpelah, which Avraham had bought, along with the field, as a burial-place belonging to him, from ‘Efron the Hitti, by Mamre.
14 Then, after burying his father, Yosef returned to Egypt, he, his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father.
15 Realizing that their father was dead, Yosef’s brothers said, “Yosef may hate us now and pay us back in full for all the suffering we caused him.” 16 So they sent a message to Yosef which said, “Your father gave this order before he died: 17 ‘Say to Yosef, “I beg you now, please forgive your brothers’ crime and wickedness in doing you harm.”’ So now, we beg of you, forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Yosef wept when they spoke to him; 18 and his brothers too came, prostrated themselves before him and said, “Here, we are your slaves.” 19 But Yosef said to them, “Don’t be afraid! Am I in the place of God? 20 You meant to do me harm, but God meant it for good — so that it would come about as it is today, with many people’s lives being saved. (vii) 21 So don’t be afraid — I will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he comforted them, speaking kindly to them.
22 Yosef continued living in Egypt, he and his father’s household. Yosef lived 110 years. (Maftir) 23 Yosef lived to see Efrayim’s great-grandchildren, and the children of M’nasheh’s son Makhir were born on Yosef’s knees.
24 Yosef said to his brothers, “I am dying. But God will surely remember you and bring you up out of this land to the land which he swore to Avraham, Yitz’chak and Ya‘akov.” 25 Then Yosef took an oath from the sons of Isra’el: “God will surely remember you, and you are to carry my bones up from here.” 26 So Yosef died at the age of 110, and they embalmed him and put him in a coffin in Egypt.
1 Kings 2:1–12;
2 The time came near for David to die; so he commissioned Shlomo his son as follows: 2 “I am going the way of all the earth. Therefore, be strong; show yourself a man. 3 Observe the charge of Adonai your God to go in his ways and keep his regulations, mitzvot, rulings and instructions in accordance with what is written in the Torah of Moshe; so that you will succeed in all you do and wherever you go. 4 If you do, Adonai will fulfill what he promised me when he said, ‘If your children pay attention to how they live, conducting themselves before me honestly with all their heart and being, you will never lack a man on the throne of Isra’el.’
5 “Moreover, you are aware of what Yo’av the son of Tz’ruyah did to me, that is, what he did to the two commanders of the armies of Isra’el, Avner the son of Ner and ‘Amasa the son of Yeter — he killed them, shedding the blood of war in peacetime, putting the blood of war on the belt around his waist and the shoes on his feet. 6 Therefore, act according to your wisdom; don’t let his gray head go down to the grave in peace.
7 “But show kindness to the sons of Barzillai the Gil‘adi. Include them with those who eat at your table, because they came and stood with me when I was fleeing from Avshalom your brother.
8 “Finally, you have with you Shim‘i the son of Gera the Binyamini, from Bachurim. He laid a terrible curse on me when I was on my way to Machanayim; but he came down to meet me at the Yarden; so I swore to him by Adonai that I would not have him put to death with the sword. 9 Now, however, you should not let him go unpunished. You are a wise man, and you will know what you should do to him — you will bring his gray head down to the grave with blood.”
10 Then David slept with his ancestors and was buried in the City of David. 11 David had ruled Isra’el for forty years — seven years in Hevron and thirty-three years in Yerushalayim.
12 Shlomo sat on the throne of David his father; and his rule had become firmly established,
10 “Yes, indeed! I tell you, the person who doesn’t enter the sheep-pen through the door, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 But the one who goes in through the gate is the sheep’s own shepherd. 3 This is the one the gate-keeper admits, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep, each one by name, and leads them out. 4 After taking out all that are his own, he goes on ahead of them; and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice. 5 They never follow a stranger but will run away from him, because strangers’ voices are unfamiliar to them.”
6 Yeshua used this indirect manner of speaking with them, but they didn’t understand what he was talking to them about. 7 So Yeshua said to them again, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All those who have come before me have been thieves and robbers, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. 9 I am the gate; if someone enters through me, he will be safe and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only in order to steal, kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, life in its fullest measure.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, since he isn’t a shepherd and the sheep aren’t his own, sees the wolf coming, abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf drags them off and scatters them. 13 The hired worker behaves like this because that’s all he is, a hired worker; so it doesn’t matter to him what happens to the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd; I know my own, and my own know me — 15 just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father — and I lay down my life on behalf of the sheep. 16 Also I have other sheep which are not from this pen; I need to bring them, and they will hear my voice; and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
17 “This is why the Father loves me: because I lay down my life — in order to take it up again! 18 No one takes it away from me; on the contrary, I lay it down of my own free will. I have the power to lay it down, and I have the power to take it up again. This is what my Father commanded me to do.”
19 Again there was a split among the Judeans because of what he said. 20 Many of them said, “He has a demon!” and “He’s meshugga! Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the deeds of a man who is demonized — how can a demon open blind people’s eyes?”
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 29, 2017
Torah Portion: Jacob’s Prophetic Blessing Over The 12 Tribes
Prophecy 37 Bless and Pray For The Peace of Jerusalem!
I Will Bless those that Bless Jerusalem, I will curse those that curse Jerusalem! Oh Jerusalem, Oh Jerusalem! MY beloved Daughter Jerusalem, you tiny envied, abused nation called Israel. I send MY handmaiden to bring forth a message of Hope for you. You know the laws but now I use her to bring you MY Promise. I, YAHUVEH, have blessed you and spared you because of YAHUSHUA, MY beloved Son. I alone chose the Savior of all mankind to be born, minister with signs, wonders and miracles and give you MY love. For you HE died, was resurrected to Glory, defeated the adversary of your souls and taking back what satan stole.
YAHUSHUA now sits at MY right hand as your only intercessor. YAHUSHUA, MY Beloved Son’s Holy Blood was spilled into the soil of Jerusalem so that this world would be saved. Only by accepting this pure Holy Blood covering as a Blood Covenant will you be saved. There is no other way into MY presence. Away with your feast, sacrifices, fasting, repetitious prayers and special days set apart to glorify “I AM” if you are NOT accepting MY Beloved Son, YAHUSHUA then all you speak and do is done in Vain! I gave MY gift of YAHUSHUA not only to this world, but first I gave HIM to you.
Oh beloved nation I call Israel. HIS Holy Blood was shed not only for this world but first it was shed for Israel. His Blood that was spilled cries out in the soil now and speaks “I did this for you, will you forever reject ME? Will you forever curse MY Name? When will you see I am your only sacrifice that will appease the anger of MY Father once again?”
When will you see I allowed you to do this to ME and you are not to blame?” Oh for that coming day when you shall call ME your beloved and reverence MY HOLY Name! I warn you this; no longer will lambs or animal sacrifices appease MY Father’s anger or MINE only by accepting ME, YAHUVEH’s Beloved Son. I laid down MY life willingly on Jerusalem’s soil for you to be saved. Only by acknowledging that I, YAHUSHUA, sit at the right hand of YAHUVEH as KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS, will you be saved.
Only by calling upon MY Name YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH during the coming Tribulation will you be saved. Only by loving, obeying, and looking for ME can you be called MY Bride as I catch you up to be by MY side. I am the only deliverer of this world, the only redeemer, there is no other. So I speak not only to Jerusalem, but to this world, get ready for what is to come you will not survive if you don’t call upon the Name of YAHUSHUA! Loving just MY Father YAHUVEH is not enough! He sacrificed ME not only for MY Jewish people, but for people of all kindred’s and tongues he gave HIS only Son to this nation so you would have a covering for your sins, all have sinned and all have fallen short of YAHUVEH’s Glory!
I and MY Father alone are Holy and perfect. Because of the fall of Adam and Eve no human created is without need of a Savior and of MY Blood sacrifice! Jerusalem is so blessed for it was on this soil the only pure Holy, healing resurrecting, delivering, Blood of YAHUSHUA was poured forth on this ground in Jerusalem. Why do you think satan hates this land so much? Why do you think this land is fighting for survival since it was birthed? Why do you think it is war torn and every nation on the face of this earth wants to control it?
Why do you think MY Father has blessed it in ways he has blessed no other nation? MY Blood was poured forth and now will bring forth secret treasures in this world untold! The evil ones will bite and gnash their teeth as they try to the riches control. They will argue amongst themselves who will bring Israel to her knees and the riches and spoils they will war to seize. But MY Father speaks forth and says to the enemies you will not continue to divide and conqueror a nation and a people I have called, preordained as MINE!
Torah Portion: Jacob Proclaims Judah The Leader of The Tribes
Prophecy 136 The Holy Trinity Needs Comfort Also!
There’s never been a leader to this Ministry but one and that’s until Ezra came. Now there’s a male leader. Before, it was only you. Before, it was only you Elisheva. There never was another leader except one and it was you Eilsheva that heard MY instructions from Heaven and did obey.
But now I bring Judah and Ephraim together (Ezk 37:19). And I want you to celebrate that on Shavuot. I bring you an Israeli Prophet, Ezra, and this Ministry has gone a different way as I teach you more, the Jewish ways, as Judah and Ephraim have been married together.
Neither of them will ever teach you to sin. If they ever teach you to sin, then that’s when you are to run away. They will never tell you to look at any other god than the HOLY TRINITY. They will never teach you to turn away from the Holy Scriptures, then tell you there is another MESSIAH. For I have anointed them to only tell you the truth.
So again I say war has been decreed from Heaven, from I YAHUVEH.17 For all of those that have written their words that on this Internet have stayed, and full of lies and slander, you are reprobate in MY eyes! You shall hang where the fallen angels hang in that which Enoch calls the 3rd Heaven,18 but you know it as hell. And your suffering and your torturing shall even be greater than the fallen angels for you who have done this.
You never would repent even though you know I speak the Truths through her. You made a deal with the devil and you refuse to get out of it. And you will pay a price for every tear that has been shed when you have hurt this leadership and those who minister along her side.
For every time you slandered and you libelled their names, for every tear that was shed, I multiply it now a million times—as once again I wait and I tell them do not release this Word until Shavu’ot day—you who mocked the Holy tongues, I will show you how I mock you as everything is taken away. For all you reprobates and all of you who refuse to repent, listen to this. Go read Deuteronomy 28, the curses of I YAHUVEH! For you will reap each and every one!
Torah Portion: Jacob Prophesies The Coming Of The Messiah
Prophecy 48 Yisrael Your Enemies Seek To Make You A Scapegoat!
I, HaShem Adonai, and YAHUSHUA have a special love for Yisrael like no other land for MY Beloved Son YAHUSHUA, poured HIS Blood out on that soil. No where else in the world was MY Son’s physical Blood poured forth, only in Jerusalem. No other planet needs a Savior but earth, where satan was cast down from Heaven when he rebelled. My son YAHUSHUA was declared King of the Jews even words nailed atop of that cross. What was spoken and written in mockery was really MY Prophecy foretold thousands of years ago before the birth of YAHUSHUA on earth. Even before the sin of Adam and Eve, I knew what would happen before it happened. “I AM” is the Elohim of all knowledge and “I AM” is the Elohim of time. “I AM” truly is Father Time. In MY eyes there is no beginning or end.
After the fall of Adam and Eve, mankind needed a redeemer, for all I could see was your sins ever before ME. I destroyed the world with a flood because of sin. But not all perished, for Noah and his family had favor with ME, so I used them to repopulate the earth. Blood was spilled at the first murder from Adam and Eve’s seed, Cain slew Abel. It took a Blood Sacrifice to wash away the blood on Cain’s hands. Adam and Eve’s son was killed and their other son was the murderer. Satan had again deceived the seed of Adam and Eve because of the original sin of rebellion when Adam and Eve ate from the tree they were forbidden to eat from. Animal blood sacrifices were just a shadow of what was to come in MY timing. A more perfect unblemished sacrificial lamb that I love and who loves you, MY own Son YAHUSHUA. How quickly you forget how many miracles “I AM” did through this Prophet that was Prophesied in all your Holy Scriptures. It was not the majority that shouted “Crucify him”. It was a plan well orchestrated by the religious and political systems.
Those that LOVE YAHUSHUA, were ministered to by HIM, HE fed tens of thousands with only a few fish and loaves of bread and HE had multitudes sing Hosannah to the King. They did not shout ‘Crucify him,’ as many were taught, and crowds so large that followed HIM everywhere HE went. How many were healed, delivered, raised from the dead? Scriptures do not say it all, but these voices went unheeded. Multitudes of these miracles were documented and used against HIM in the mockery of a trial. Ask yourself, if YAHUSHUA is not MY Son, by what power did he do these miracles? Would satan bless people in such a way as to lead them to do good and obey the Elohim of Creation? Even your own scribes and rabbi’s could find no fault in him except he dared heal and do miracles on the Sabbath Day. Do you not realize the political system feared such a good King to be in control and the religious system feared for the rabbi’s had no such healing, delivering and resurrection power? Jealously, fear, covetness and greed were the prime reasons MY Son was condemned by man.
It was MY good plan for your sakes I allowed this to take place, at any time YAHUSHUA, could have called 10 legions of angels to come and fight and no man would have been left alive and none reading this would be saved from their sins. All reading this would have been doomed to pay the price for their own sins. I, YAHUSHUA, became your sacrificial lamb, for it was the plan of HaShem Adonai, asking ME to take your place, for your sins, requiring a Blood atonement of Holy Sinless Blood so you could be forgiven and reunited with the Elohim of your Creation and live in Heaven with us. I, YAHUSHUA, am the one spoken of in ISAIAH 53. Do not let your unholy rabbi’s lie to you any longer. Yisrael did not pay the price I have paid. How could Yisrael be the one spoken of in Isaiah 53?
I speak this forth through MY Apostle Sherrie Elijah [Elisheva Eliyahu], you Jews did not crucify I, YAHUSHUA. It was the Romans that nailed ME to that cross. The Romans sacrificed MY Children who worship ME in truth. The Romans built a coliseum to mock ME as they tortured MY Children, beheaded, sawed them asunder, various methods of death, torture, stoning, fed them to the lions and killed men, women and children for sport, for pleasure. Beware, the Roman Empire seeks to do it again, yes, to you also oh Yisrael. Beware the one who comes to you Yisrael, wearing a long robe, carrying a scepter, sits on a throne, speaking peace, in MY Name and yet no peace is found in him. He serves not the Elohim of peace. He sat in the unholy temple and even removed his shoes putting on white slippers that have no purity in them, as if to say this is hallow ground and he who is to stand for the Elohim of Creation damned his soul in a new way that day.
Vayechi /And He Lived
“And Jacob lived (Vayechi Yaacov) in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were a hundred forty and seven years.” (Genesis 47:28)
This week’s Torah portion, Parasha Vayechi (and he lived) is the final Shabbat reading from the book of Genesis /Bereisheet.
In last week’s study, Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers and invited them, as well as his father, to live in Egypt in order to provide for them during the famine. Joseph, his brothers, and his father were joyfully reunited and reconciled.
Parasha Vayechi ends the first book of the Bible with the death of Jacob and Joseph.
Jewish Longing for the Promised Land
In this Parasha, Jacob compelled Joseph to vow that he would carry his body out of Egypt and back to the Land of his Fathers and bury him there. Joseph agreed to his dying father’s request. (Genesis 47:29–30)
Although Jacob had lived the last 17 years of his life in Egypt, he never forgot the Land ELOHIM had promised him by divine Covenant.
Likewise, ever since YAH called Abraham out of Ur, the Jewish People have not lost sight of the Promised Land given to them through Isaac and Jacob. Even when Nebuchadnezzar took the people of Israel captive, they sat by the rivers of Babylon weeping and remembering Zion, vowing to never forget her.
“If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth — If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.” (Psalm 137:5–6)
We must understand this eternal longing planted in the Jewish soul to comprehend the fierce determination of the people of Israel to remain in the Land that YAHUVEH promised us through our forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Many maintain a strong emotional tie to the Land of Israel even while living in exile among the nations of the world.
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
As Jacob neared his death, Joseph brought his two sons before his father for a blessing. Jacob asked who the two boys were and Joseph answered, “They are my sons, whom ELOHIM has given me in this place (Egypt).” (Genesis 48:9)
When he saw Joseph’s sons, he thought only of the goodness of YAH.
Jacob said to Joseph, “I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, YAH has also shown me your offspring!” (Genesis 48:11)
At the end of his life, Jacob praised the ELOHIM for His exceedingly abundant goodness, despite having experienced many difficulties and trials.
YAH’s goodness not only met, but also exceeded his expectations.
“Glory belongs to , YAHUVEH whose power is at work in us. By this power He can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine.” (Ephesians 3:20)
Jacob blessed Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh; however, in a surprise move, he put his right hand on Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left on Manasseh, who was the firstborn and should have rightfully received the primary blessing.
“So he blessed them that day, saying, ‘By you Israel will bless, saying, “May YAHUVEH make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!”’ And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.” (Genesis 48:20)
Even today, many Jewish fathers will bless their sons on Friday evening when families usher in the Shabbat, saying, “May YAHUVEH make you like Ephraim and Manasseh (Ye’simchs Elohim ke’Efrayim ve’khe-Menasheh).”
But why would we bless our sons to be like Ephraim and Manasseh? What was so special about these young men?
Although they were born into the pagan, idolatrous culture of Egypt, they remained faithful to the worship of the GOD of Israel.
This is what we desire for our children—that despite being surrounded by a sea of questionable ethics and morality, they will grow up to be of good character, holding onto faith in the One True GOD, worshiping Him in spirit and in truth, keeping the Torah that has been written on the hearts of those who follow YAHUSHUA.
When we bless our children to be like Ephraim and Manasseh, we are exhorting them to resist the negative peer pressure and immorality of the society in which they live, and instead hold true to the values we have taught them from YAH’s Word.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of YAH is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2)
Through his blessing, Jacob elevated these two grandsons to be on an equal level with his own sons. Manasseh and Ephraim became leaders of their own tribes, representing the House of Joseph, receiving their own portion of land, and waving their own flags.
Jacob’s Prophetic Blessings over the 12 Tribes
“Jacob called his sons, and he said: ‘Come together that I may tell you what is to befall you in the end of days. Assemble and listen, O sons of Jacob, and listen to Israel [Jacob], your father.’” (Genesis 49:1–2)
Jacob, of course, did not only bless his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh. He also called all of his sons together to bless and prophesy over them on his deathbed. All of them were blessed in that they would all enter the Promised Land and receive an inheritance there.
The blessings were carefully constructed and appropriate to the individual. They were often based on past behavior that was projected beyond the life of these sons to their descendants.
When Jacob blessed his firstborn son, Reuben, he did not give him the double portion or preeminence usually reserved for firstborn sons. Because of Reuben’s instability, the double portion was given to Joseph and preeminence was given to Judah.
He did this because Reuben slept with Jacob’s concubine, Bilhah, which revealed his lust for power over the family. In other words, when Reuben took possession of his father’s harem, it revealed an attempt to usurp his authority. For this reason, Jacob resisted giving Reuben a position of preeminence.
When Jacob blessed Simeon and Levi, he cursed their anger for their role in the massacre on Shechem after Jacob’s daughter Dinah was raped.
Though their anger was a fitting response, it was not a righteous anger. They tricked the men of Shechem into a false peace agreement and used it as a trap to kill them.
Their violence was so excessive that they even hamstrung the oxen.
However, other sons were blessed with beauty and fertility (Joseph); swiftness of a deer (Naphtali); ferociousness of a wolf (Benjamin); scholarship (Issachar); military might (Gad); and so on.
Jacob Proclaims Judah the Leader of the Tribes of Israel
“Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise; your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you.” (Genesis 49:8)
When the people of Israel came out of slavery in Egypt, Judah became YAH’s “holy ones”:
“When Israel came forth out of Egypt, the house of Jacob from a people of strange language; Judah became His sanctuary -kadosho, Israel His dominion [memshalah].” (Psalm 114:1–2)
The word translated sanctuary is kadosho (קָדְשׁוֹ), meaning holiness or holy portion. It comes from the word kadosh (קדוש), which means holy or set apart.
In Judah, we see the call to holiness. Although he showed lapses of holiness and good judgment at times, he saved Joseph’s life from his brother’s wrath after they threw him in a pit. And, later, Judah was the only brother willing to enslave his own life in order to free his brother Benjamin.
These actions revealed character traits similar to our Messiah—the One who saves us from spiritual death and releases us from spiritual enslavement.
When we are not sure what to be thankful for, we can praise and thank Him for these gifts of freedom. In fact, the Hebrew word for Jew comes from Judah (Yehudah יהודה), from the root YDH—yadah (ידה), which means to thank.
Leah, Jacob’s wife, used a play on words in naming her last son Judah (Yehuda), saying that now she would praise (yadah—thank) the LORD (Genesis 29:35).
And the apostle Paul said that a true Jew, inwardly, is one who praises (thanks) YAHUVEH, whether Jewish or Gentile (Romans 2:28–29).
Jacob also likens Judah to a lion cub; therefore, the tribe of Judah is known as Gur Ariyeh (lion cub).
“Judah is a lion’s whelp [Gur Ariyeh]; from the prey, my son, you have gone up. He bows down, he lies down as a lion; and as a lion, who shall rouse him?” (Genesis 49:9)
Indeed, from the royal tribe of Judah came forth kings, prophets,legislators, and the promised Redeemer—Messiah, the anointed King of Israel—YAHUSHUA HaMashiach!
As prophesied, one day, the dominion of His authority will extend to the entire world. To Him, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess He is KING OF KING’s and LORD OF LORD’s (Philippians 2:10).
Jacob Prophesies the Coming of Messiah
“The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.” (Genesis 49:10)
The meaning of the word Shiloh as it is used in this verse literally means that is his or he whose it is.
So, this verse could be restated to say that the scepter -staff of a ruler will not depart from Judah until the one comes to whom it belongs.
More specifically, Shiloh is considered to be a synonym for Messiah, even by ancient Jewish scholars and Rabbis who wrote commentaries on this Scripture:
“The rulership abideth with the tribe of Judah until the arrival of Shiloh YAHUSHUA the Messiah.”
We find hints of who this Messiah is as we look closer at the words of this prophecy.
In Jacob’s prophecy—”the scepter shall not depart from Judah”—we find every letter of the Hebrew alphabet except the letter zayin (ז), which represents the Hebrew word for weapon.
This, perhaps, indicates that when the Messiah would come the first time, He would not come with physical weapons. Indeed, YAHUSHUA held the sovereign staff of YAHUVEH Himself, releasing spiritual oppression and setting the captives free through RUACH HAKODESH.
With YAH’s staff in hand, YAHUSHUA came as the suffering servant Mashiach ben Josef.
The Jewish leadership of YAHUSHUA’s day, however, were looking for a scepter to be raised by a military leader who would conquer the Roman oppressors with weapons and force (Mashiach ben David).
As a result, many completely missed their Messiah.
Over time, as Christianity developed and Christians persecuted Jews in the name of the Messiah, a majority of the Jewish People came to define themselves as people who reject any claim that YAHUSHUA is the Messiah.
Yet there have always been Jewish Believers. Today many Messianic Believers remain true to Jewish culture and traditions, standing strong against the pull of assimilation.
Jacob wanted to reveal the Messiah’s coming at the end of days but was prevented by the RUACH HAKODESH.
“Jacob wished to reveal to his sons the end of days [ketz ha-yomin], whereupon the divine presence departed from him.” on he’s death bed
In His sovereignty, the RUACH has revealed those end days through YAHUSHUA’s many teachings (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) and the vision of the apostle John in the book of Revelation, as well as other Bible prophecies.
Further signifying Judah’s prophetic call as GOD “holy ones,” the name Judah uses all four letters of the proper name of God, YAHUVEH -יהוה with the addition of one Hebrew letter dalet (ד), which stands for delet or door.
YAHUSHUA died in the Land of Judah on the Roman execution stake, rose again, and became the door to salvation.
“I am the door. If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9)
YAHUSHUA HaMashiach will one day become known by His brethren as this door, and they will praise and thank HIm for it.
“In this way, all Israel will be saved, as it is written, ‘The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will banish ungodliness from Jacob.’” (Romans 11:26; Isaiah 59:20)
In these Last Days, as we wait for the return of YAHUSHUA in a display of might and power,
“Hear the word of YAHUVEH, you nations; proclaim it in distant coastlands: ‘He who scattered Israel will gather them and will watch over His flock like a shepherd.’” (Jeremiah 31:10)
Shabbat Shalom from AMIGHTYWIND!