Vayigash / Then He Drew Near
Welcome to this week’s Parasha Torah Portion, which is called Vayigash / Then He Drew Near.
Parashah 11: Vayigash (He approached) 44:18–47:27
18 Then Y’hudah approached Yosef and said, “Please, my lord! Let your servant say something to you privately; and don’t be angry with your servant, for you are like Pharaoh himself. 19 My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father? or a brother?’ 20 We answered my lord, ‘We have a father who is an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one whose brother is dead; so that of his mother’s children he alone is left; and his father loves him.’ 21 But you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me, so that I can see him.’ 22 We answered my lord, ‘The boy can’t leave his father; if he were to leave his father, his father would die.’ 23 You said to your servants, ‘You will not see my face again unless your brother is with you.’ 24 We went up to your servant my father and told him what my lord had said; 25 but when our father said, ‘Go again, and buy us some food,’ 26 we answered, ‘We can’t go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go down, because we can’t see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’ 27 Then your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons: 28 the one went out from me, and I said, “Surely he has been torn to pieces,” and I haven’t seen him since. 29 Now if you take this one away from me too, and something happens to him, you will bring my gray hair down to Sh’ol with grief.’ 30 So now if I go to your servant my father, and the boy isn’t with us — seeing how his heart is bound up with the boy’s heart — (ii) 31 when he sees that the boy isn’t with us, he will die; and your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant our father down to Sh’ol with grief. 32 For your servant himself guaranteed his safety; I said, ‘If I fail to bring him to you, then I will bear the blame before my father forever.’ 33 Therefore, I beg you, let your servant stay as a slave to my lord instead of the boy, and let the boy go up with his brothers. 34 For how can I go up to my father if the boy isn’t with me? I couldn’t bear to see my father so overwhelmed by anguish.”
45 At last Yosef could no longer control his feelings in front of his attendants and cried, “Get everybody away from me!” So no one else was with him when Yosef revealed to his brothers who he was. 2 He wept aloud, and the Egyptians heard, and Pharaoh’s household heard. 3 Yosef said to his brothers, “I am Yosef! Is it true that my father is still alive?” His brothers couldn’t answer him, they were so dumbfounded at seeing him. 4 Yosef said to his brothers, “Please! Come closer.” And they came closer. He said, “I am Yosef, your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 But don’t be sad that you sold me into slavery here or angry at yourselves, because it was God who sent me ahead of you to preserve life. 6 The famine has been over the land for the last two years, and for yet another five years there will be neither plowing nor harvest. 7 God sent me ahead of you to ensure that you will have descendants on earth and to save your lives in a great deliverance. (iii) 8 So it was not you who sent me here, but God; and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, lord of all his household and ruler over the whole land of Egypt. 9 Hurry, go up to my father, and tell him, ‘Here is what your son Yosef says: “God has made me lord of all Egypt! Come down to me, don’t delay! 10 You will live in the land of Goshen and be near me — you, your children, your grandchildren, flocks, herds, everything you own. 11 I will provide for you there, so that you won’t become poverty-stricken, you, your household and all that you have; because five years of famine are yet to come.”’ 12 Here! Your own eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Binyamin, that it is my own mouth speaking to you. 13 Tell my father how honored I am in Egypt and everything you have seen, and quickly bring my father down here!” 14 Then he embraced his brother Binyamin and wept, and Binyamin wept on his neck, 15 and he kissed all his brothers and wept on them. After that, his brothers talked with him.
16 The report of this reached Pharaoh’s house: “Yosef’s brothers have come”; and Pharaoh and his servants were pleased. 17 Pharaoh said to Yosef, “Tell your brothers, ‘Here is what you are to do. Load up your animals, go to the land of Kena‘an, 18 take your father and your families, and come back to me. I will give you good property in Egypt, and you will eat the fat of the land.
(iv) 19 “‘Moreover — and this is an order — do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little ones and your wives, and bring your father, and come. 20 Don’t worry about your stuff, because everything good in the land of Egypt is yours.’”
21 The sons of Isra’el acted accordingly; and Yosef gave them wagons, as Pharaoh had ordered, and gave them provisions for their journey. 22 To each of them he gave a set of new clothes; but to Binyamin he gave seven-and-a-half pounds of silver and five sets of new clothes. 23 Likewise, to his father he sent ten donkeys loaded with the finest goods Egypt produced, as well as ten female donkeys loaded with grain, bread and food for his father to eat on the return journey. 24 Thus he sent his brothers on their way, and they left; he said to them, “Don’t quarrel among yourselves while you’re traveling!”
25 So they went up out of Egypt, entered the land of Kena‘an and came to Ya‘akov their father. 26 They told him, “Yosef is still alive! He is ruler over the whole land of Egypt!” He was stunned at the news; he couldn’t believe them. 27 So they reported to him everything Yosef had said to them; but it was only when he saw the wagons which Yosef had sent to carry him that the spirit of Ya‘akov their father began to revive. (v) 28 Isra’el said, “Enough! My son Yosef is still alive! I must go and see him before I die.”
46 Isra’el took everything he owned with him on his journey. He arrived at Be’er-Sheva and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Yitz’chak. 2 In a vision at night God called to Isra’el, “Ya‘akov! Ya‘akov!” He answered, “Here I am.” 3 He said, “I am God, the God of your father. Don’t be afraid to go down to Egypt. It is there that I will make you into a great nation. 4 Not only will I go down with you to Egypt; but I will also bring you back here again, after Yosef has closed your eyes.”
5 So Ya‘akov left Be’er-Sheva; the sons of Isra’el brought Ya‘akov their father, their little ones and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had sent to carry them. 6 They took their cattle and their possessions which they had acquired in the land of Kena‘an and arrived in Egypt, Ya‘akov and all his descendants with him — 7 his sons, grandsons, daughters, granddaughters and all his descendants he brought with him into Egypt.
8 These are the names of Isra’el’s children who came into Egypt, Ya‘akov and his sons: Re’uven Ya‘akov’s firstborn; 9 and the sons of Re’uven — Hanokh, Pallu, Hetzron and Karmi.
10 The sons of Shim‘on: Y’mu’el, Yamin, Ohad, Yakhin, Tzochar and Sha’ul the son of a Kena‘ani woman.
11 The sons of Levi: Gershon, K’hat and M’rari.
12 The sons of Y’hudah: ‘Er, Onan, Shelah, Peretz and Zerach; but ‘Er and Onan died in the land of Kena‘an. The sons of Peretz were Hetzron and Hamul.
13 The sons of Yissakhar: Tola, Puvah, Yov and Shimron.
14 The sons of Z’vulun: Sered, Elon and Yachle’el.
15 These were the children of Le’ah whom she bore to Ya‘akov in Paddan-Aram, with his daughter Dinah. In sum, his sons and daughters numbered thirty-three.
16 The sons of Gad: Tzifyon, Haggi, Shuni, Etzbon, ‘Eri, Arodi and Ar’eli.
17 The children of Asher: Yimnah, Yishvah, Yishvi, B’ri‘ah, and their sister Serach. The sons of B’ri‘ah were Hever and Malki’el.
18 These were the children of Zilpah, whom Lavan gave to Le’ah his daughter; she bore them to Ya‘akov — sixteen people.
19 The sons of Rachel Ya‘akov’s wife: Yosef and Binyamin.
20 To Yosef in the land of Egypt were born M’nasheh and Efrayim, whom Osnat the daughter of Poti-Fera priest of On bore to him.
21 The sons of Binyamin: Bela, Bekher, Ashbel, Gera, Na‘aman, Echi, Rosh, Mupim, Hupim and Ard.
22 These were the children of Rachel who were born to Ya‘akov — in sum, fourteen people.
23 The sons of Dan: Hushim.
24 The sons of Naftali: Yachtze’el, Guni, Yetzer and Shillem.
25 These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Lavan gave to Rachel his daughter; she bore them to Ya‘akov — in sum, seven people.
26 All the people belonging to Ya‘akov coming into Egypt, his direct descendants (not counting Ya‘akov’s sons’ wives), totaled sixty-six. 27 The sons of Yosef, born to him in Egypt, were two in number. Thus all the people in Ya‘akov’s family who entered Egypt numbered seventy.
(vi) 28 Ya‘akov sent Y’hudah ahead of him to Yosef, so that the latter might guide him on the road to Goshen; thus they arrived in the land of Goshen. 29 Yosef prepared his chariot and went up to Goshen to meet Isra’el his father. He presented himself to him, embraced him and wept on his neck for a long time. 30 Then Isra’el said to Yosef, “Now I can die, because I have seen your face and seen that you are still alive.”
31 Yosef said to his brothers and his father’s family, “I’m going up to tell Pharaoh. I’ll say to him, ‘My brothers and my father’s family, who were in the land of Kena‘an, have come to me. 32 The men are shepherds and keepers of livestock; they have brought their flocks, their herds and all their possessions.’ 33 Now when Pharaoh summons you and asks, ‘What is your occupation?’ 34 tell him, ‘Your servants have been keepers of livestock from our youth until now, both we and our ancestors.’ This will ensure that you will live in the land of Goshen — for any shepherd is abhorrent to the Egyptians.”
47 Then Yosef went in and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers have come from the land of Kena‘an with their flocks, livestock and all their possessions; right now they are in the land of Goshen.” 2 He took five of his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. 3 Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” They answered Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and our ancestors,” 4 and added, “We have come to live in the land, because in the land of Kena‘an there is no place to pasture your servant’s flocks, the famine is so severe there. Therefore, please, let your servants live in the land of Goshen.” 5 Pharaoh said to Yosef, “Your father and brothers have come to you, 6 and the land of Egypt lies before you. Have your father and brothers live on the best property in the country — let them live in the land of Goshen. Moreover, if you know that some of them are particularly competent, put them in charge of my livestock.”
7 Yosef then brought in Ya‘akov his father and presented him to Pharaoh, and Ya‘akov blessed Pharaoh. 8 Pharaoh asked Ya‘akov, “How old are you?” 9 and Ya‘akov replied, “The time of my stay on earth has been 130 years; they have been few and difficult, fewer than the years my ancestors lived.” 10 Then Ya‘akov blessed Pharaoh and left his presence.
(vii) 11 Yosef found a place for his father and brothers and gave them property in the land of Egypt, in the best region of the country, in the land of Ra‘amses, as Pharaoh had ordered. 12 Yosef provided food for his father, his brothers and all his father’s household, taking full care of even the youngest.
13 There was no food anywhere, for the famine was very severe, so that both Egypt and Kena‘an grew weak from hunger. 14 Yosef collected all the money there was in Egypt and Kena‘an in exchange for the grain they bought, and put the money in Pharaoh’s treasury. 15 When all the money in Egypt had been spent, and likewise in Kena‘an, all the Egyptians approached Yosef and said, “Give us something to eat, even though we have no money; why should we die before your eyes?” 16 Yosef replied, “Give me your livestock. If you don’t have money, I will give you food in exchange for your livestock.” 17 So they brought Yosef their livestock; and Yosef gave them food in exchange for the horses, flocks, cattle and donkeys — all that year he provided them with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18 When that year was over, they approached Yosef again and said to him, “We won’t hide from my lord that all our money is spent, and the herds of livestock belong to my lord. We have nothing left, as my lord can see, but our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we and our land will be enslaved to Pharaoh. But also give us seed to plant, so that we can stay alive and not die, and so that the land won’t become barren.” 20 So Yosef acquired all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh, as one by one the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine weighed on them so severely. Thus the land became the property of Pharaoh. 21 As for the people, he reduced them to serfdom city by city, from one end of Egypt’s territory to the other. 22 Only the priests’ land did he not acquire, because the priests were entitled to provisions from Pharaoh, and they ate from what Pharaoh provided them; therefore they did not sell their land.
23 Then Yosef said to the people, “As of today I have acquired you and your land for Pharaoh. Here is seed for you to sow the land. 24 When harvest time comes, you are to give twenty percent to Pharaoh; eighty percent will be yours to keep for seed to plant in the fields, as well as for your food and for that of your households and your little ones.”
(Maftir) 25 They replied, “You have saved our lives! So if it pleases my lord, we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” 26 Yosef made it a law for the country of Egypt, valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have twenty percent. Only the property belonging to the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.
27 Isra’el lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. They acquired possessions in it and were productive, and their numbers multiplied greatly.
15 The word of Adonai came to me: 16 “You, human being, take one stick and write on it, ‘For Y’hudah and those joined with him [among] the people of Isra’el.’ Next, take another stick and write on it, ‘For Yosef, the stick of Efrayim, and all the house of Isra’el who are joined with him.’ 17 Finally, bring them together into a single stick, so that they become one in your hand. 18 When your people ask you what all this means, 19 tell them that Adonai Elohim says this: ‘I will take the stick of Yosef, which is in the hand of Efrayim, together with the tribes of Isra’el who are joined with him, and put them together with the stick of Y’hudah and make them a single stick, so that they become one in my hand.’ 20 The sticks on which you write are to be in your hand as they watch. 21 Then say to them that Adonai Elohim says: ‘I will take the people of Isra’el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el; and one king will be king for all of them. They will no longer be two nations, and they will never again be divided into two kingdoms.
23 “‘They will never again defile themselves with their idols, their detestable things, or any of their transgressions; but I will save them from all the places where they have been living and sinning; and I will cleanse them, so that they will be my people, and I will be their God. 24 My servant David will be king over them, and all of them will have one shepherd; they will live by my rulings and keep and observe my regulations. 25 They will live in the land I gave to Ya‘akov my servant, where your ancestors lived; they will live there — they, their children, and their grandchildren, forever; and David my servant will be their leader forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant. I will give to them, increase their numbers, and set my sanctuary among them forever. 27 My home will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 The nations will know that I am Adonai, who sets Isra’el apart as holy, when my sanctuary is with them forever.’”
2 You used to be dead because of your sins and acts of disobedience. 2 You walked in the ways of the ‘olam hazeh and obeyed the Ruler of the Powers of the Air, who is still at work among the disobedient. 3 Indeed, we all once lived this way — we followed the passions of our old nature and obeyed the wishes of our old nature and our own thoughts. In our natural condition we were headed for God’s wrath, just like everyone else.
4 But God is so rich in mercy and loves us with such intense love 5 that, even when we were dead because of our acts of disobedience, he brought us to life along with the Messiah — it is by grace that you have been delivered. 6 That is, God raised us up with the Messiah Yeshua and seated us with him in heaven, 7 in order to exhibit in the ages to come how infinitely rich is his grace, how great is his kindness toward us who are united with the Messiah Yeshua. 8 For you have been delivered by grace through trusting, and even this is not your accomplishment but God’s gift. 9 You were not delivered by your own actions; therefore no one should boast. 10 For we are of God’s making, created in union with the Messiah Yeshua for a life of good actions already prepared by God for us to do.
11 Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth — called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised — 12 at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el. You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God.
13 But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood. 14 For he himself is our shalom — he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us 15 by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, 16 and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity.
17 Also, when he came, he announced as Good News shalom to you far off and shalom to those nearby,[a] 18 news that through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father.
19 So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family. 20 You have been built on the foundation of the emissaries and the prophets, with the cornerstone being Yeshua the Messiah himself. 21 In union with him the whole building is held together, and it is growing into a holy temple in union with the Lord. 22 Yes, in union with him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling-place for God!
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 22, 2017
Torah Portion: YAHUVEH’s Sovereign Plan Of Salvation Cannot Be Broken
Prophecy 95 YAHUSHUA Says, “Pick Up Your Weapon! I AM Alive!”
Those who belong to ME. Those who have given their life to ME. Those who have asked ME to come into their hearts. Those who strive to obey ME. Those who strive to please ME. Those who worship ME and put ME first in their life and their love and in their marriage, lift up this weapon before the enemy. Only MY Name and MY Blood, only through MY Body, can anyone be saved! Only through the Blood of YAHUSHUA your MASHIACH, can anyone be saved! There is no name on the face of this world, on the face of this universe, can anyone be saved but through MY Blood and through the price I paid with MY Body, as I laid MY life down.
No man took MY life! No man could murder ME! But I willingly gave it. It is I that said, “It is finished.” It is I that commended MY Spirit to leave. But you do not have a clue what I did during this time. You do not have a clue for though yet MY Body died, I did arise. And I made an open show to satan, the once called Lucifer and I let him know and I let all of hell know, I am alive! And I took the keys of hell and death from his hands! And he cannot send anyone to hell unless it was part of MY plan, unless their name is not found in the Lamb’s Book of Life before the foundation of the world.
And I cannot lose one. I do not lose one. All, all, all whose names are found written in the LAMB’S Book of Life, before the foundation of this earth, all, all, all, all shall be in Heaven. The ones whose names are blotted out! As they betrayed ME in Heaven, they betray ME on earth. But even that name was blotted out before the foundation of this earth. As they betrayed ME in Heaven they betray ME on earth. All of you work out your own salvation with fear and trembling for your soul knows where you will go. You’re only repeating what’s already been done.
You read so faithfully the Torah and the Tanakh but you take away the power when you do not say your CREATOR, your PROTECTOR’S Name. And you have no protection when you do not receive MY Body and MY Blood for I am the only begotten Son of ABBA YAHUVEH. I am the only begotten Son and MY MOTHER is called the RUACH ha KODESH. SHE is MOTHER of WISDOM.
The time is so short now. The lambs become sheep over night. I pour forth MY Truth. I grow them up for there’s not time to remain babies for long. I demand Holiness more than ever before for evil rages all around. I look for the sparkles of gems when I and MY Father look upon this earth. See, those who belong to ME, they sparkle as the brightest gem, as MY light shines upon them. But truly you are in and you are surrounded about with the feces of inhumanity. And I look for the sparkles and the gems and I know just where they are and even from Heaven I can behold the most precious of MY jewels. That’s everyone of you who put ME first in your life and your love, who strive to obey at all costs. Who rebuke satan and let him know he’ll have no part of you. You are MY precious jewels.
Torah Portion: The One To Whom The Sovereign Staff Belongs Is YAHUSHUA
Prophecy 50 Hear Oh Yisrael The Power! The Power! The Power is In YAHUVEH’s Name!
MY Children, MY Children, Yisrael, I have put a power within your own City, even your very walls. It’s where Isaac should have been sacrificed but instead I put a sacrifice where Abraham did not have to slay his son. That is where I put MY sacrifice, on your very own soil, on Calvary. Yisrael, call upon the Name of YAHUVEH. Be not ashamed of the power in that Name. No longer erase it. No longer cover your mouth. But call on MY Name, the only Name that can save. No longer deny MY Son YAHUSHUA. HE comes from your very own land. If He came from another, I could understand, but HE comes from your very own land. It was on your own soil HE was crucified. HIS Blood flowed in the ground. It was in your own tomb HE was placed, in your own ground HE was raised. It was for your sins and the sins of the world HE died and it was for you and the world that HE arose. Deny not the only one that saves. Call upon the Name of YAHUSHUA. Call upon the Name of YAHUVEH.
Listen not to the evil rabbis that lead you astray. Just as I give the warning to the churches, I give the warning to the temples. The temples are filled, but MY Spirit’s not there. You have the law, but you don’t have the RUACH. Oh MY Children, MY Children, MY Children, do you not know why there’s no water on the land? You thirst and wonder why the drought is in Yisrael. It is because you’ve rejected the Living Water from the woman at the well. I keep sending MY ministers, MY Prophets and apostles; they come in MY Son’s Name, YAHUSHUA. They offer you the Living Water but you brush their hands aside. It is you, Oh people of Yisrael that accepted your leader’s lies. The rabbis don’t want you to know the power that is in the Name, of the power in the Name, MY Name is YAHUVEH! Your Savior MESSIAH’s Name is YAHUSHUA. Now would you listen and in that Name would you start learning to pray?
Look around you, oh Yisrael, you see not a friend. Look around Yisrael, what you depended on once you will never depend on again. Now will you listen as I speak through this handmaiden this day? Now will you cry out in the Name of YAHUVEH and accept the gift of YAHUSHUA that I give you and the Name that I’ve given you so you will be saved. You should welcome the Messianic Christians, the ones that are called by MY Name, for this is your protection, oh Yisrael. Quit casting them away. They cry out to ME, to the Elohim YAHUVEH. They cry out to ME in the Name of YAHUSHUA. Stop casting them away, listen to MY Prophets, listen to MY apostles, and listen to those that I send. For they come with MY heart, MY heart of love for you, oh Yisrael.
Torah Portion: Israel Reunites With Judah
Prophecy 128 Shavu’ot Prophecy, Heaven Rejoices Over New Amightywind Leadership
The battle has been raging! This is not just an ordinary ministry! Do you not think that satan knows this?—he has lost some of his top generals!—he has lost some of his top commanders-in-chief!
This is not just an announcement of a male leader—he [satan] had to fight on two different fronts: he had to fight Elisheva in ways she does not know; he had to fight those who made this miracle possible—the YDSs that put so much love and work and Anointing. And that’s why I blessed everything they touched.
But he is a ‘pri—‘1 (“prince of this world,” Jn 12:31; 14:30; 16:11)—satan is a prince and a power and the principality of the air (Eph 2:2) so the YDSs had to fight him there. And then there is the ‘Bone of My Bone’: then there’s you Ezra and you Elisheva that I prophesied so long ago—though you knew it not.
And today is a day of Victory! On this Shavu’ot (Pentecost) is a day of Victory! For the “Goliath”2 shall fall! And I speak of more than one Goliath!
Today is the Victory”! And it shall be acknowledged as such. And it is not just a celebration of one day. For as long as AmightyWind Ministry is on the Internet it shall be in remembrance of this day—for one week—you shall celebrate!
You shall give ME Honor & Glory! And all who consider this Ministry a blessing and all who bless the union that I have put together this day—before the public, before the world—I shall bless them abundantly!
The Anointing on both of you shall overflow to every Minister, every supporter, every one who says, “This Ministry is a blessing and I shall defend it, even defending it in prayer”—MY Ear is inclined to hear!
I tell you this!
Heaven rejoices! The angels rejoice! Because when you’ve done this—this day—you have hastened the time [that] YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH shall come for HIS Bride. And the dragon gnashes his teeth in rage (Rv 12:7-9, 12) because he could not stop what’s taken place today!
It is not just a leadership, it is a love that only comes from Heaven above: ordained, appointed, chosen,3 the “fullness of the Anointing” that was prophesied4 that had never happened—until I brought Ezra by your side. So rejoice for the Victory!
Did I not warn you5 Ezra & Elisheva that there was a war in the Heavenly realm?—a war—as legions of legions of angelic warriors from Heaven had to come down and fight.
But I tell you this. I YAHUSHUA won that battle at the Cross! This was MY battle. For this Ministry does not belong to a man or a woman. This Ministry belongs to YAHUVEH, I YAHUSHUA & IMMAYAH! This is OUR Victory. And now WE share it with thee. And millions and millions shall be reached!
“Then Judah came near [Vayigash וַיִּגַּשׁ] unto him and said, ‘Pardon your servant, my LORD, let me speak a word to my LORD. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself.’” (Genesis 44:18)
In last week’s Torah portion, Pharaoh appointed Joseph administrator over all of Egypt in order to save the people of the nation from the coming famine. That famine affected much of the region; and because of Joseph’s wise stewardship, the nations looked to Egypt as a source of food.
When Jacob sent his sons to Egypt for grain, Joseph recognized them but did not reveal himself right away. He wisely tested their integrity through a series of character challenges.
Judah Reveals His True Character
This week, Parasha Vayigash begins with a plea from Judah, brother of Joseph, on behalf of his younger half-brother, Benjamin. A silver cup had been deliberately planted in Benjamin’s bag by Joseph, causing Benjamin to be in danger of having to remain a slave in Egypt.
Judah can’t bear to return to his father without his youngest brother, Benjamin. He knows that the grief his father will endure for doing so will probably kill him.
He, therefore, pleads with Joseph, saying, “Please let your servant remain instead of the lad as a slave to my LORD, and let the lad go up with his brothers. For how shall I go up to my father if the lad is not with me, lest perhaps I see the evil that would come upon my father?” (Genesis 44:33–34)
Judah seems to realize that his family’s situation is related to the evil behavior of his brothers in selling Joseph, and he doesn’t want such evil to befall them again if Benjamin is now lost in Egypt.
This confession of sin accompanied by sincere remorse and turning from sin fulfills the Torah’s requirements for true repentance –teshuvah.
Judah approaches Joseph privately and explains how it was difficult to bring Benjamin with him to Egypt since he is the only surviving son of Rachel, and his father is very attached to him. He explains that he guaranteed the boy’s safety and is desperate to take his place as a slave.
Joseph, no longer able to control his emotions after seeing his brothers’ repentance, cries out for everyone to leave except his brothers. He wants to be alone with them when he reveals his true identity.
“Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, ‘Make everyone go out from me!’ So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers. And he wept aloud, and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard it.’” (Genesis 45:1–2)
As Joseph reveals himself to his brothers, he comforts them: “I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt. But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for ELOHIM sent me before you to preserve life.” (Genesis 45:5)
YAHUVEH’s Sovereign Plan of Salvation Cannot Be Broken
In placing Joseph in charge of Egypt’s food supply, YAH wanted to do more than preserve the lives of the Egyptians and the nearby world from starvation due to a present famine.
By installing Joseph in a position of power to save his own family, YAH preserved the promise He made to Abraham, which included Israel being a blessing to the nations:
“And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:2–3)
Specifically, this promise would be passed down through Isaac, not his brother Ishmael (Genesis 26:3–5); through Jacob, not his brother Esau (Genesis 28:14–15); and the promise of the Messiah would exclusively come through the line of Judah, not his other 11 brothers:
“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.”
The one to whom the sovereign staff of rule belongs is the Messiah.
YAHUVEH sovereignly chose Joseph to ensure that His promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob not only of land but also of being a blessing to all nations through the Messiah would be fulfilled through the line of Jacob’s son, Judah.
Why did YAHUVEH choose Judah?
because he is the only brother who showed compassion towards Joseph, saving his life when his brothers wanted to kill him (Genesis 37:26–27). And as we saw earlier, he showed even more compassion toward Benjamin by offering to become a slave in his place.
Both of Judah’s acts foreshadowed what YAHUSHUA would do for all of us spiritually.
“By this we know what love is: YAHUSHUA laid down His life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.” (1 John 3:16)
In the end, neither envy, nor jealousy, nor murderous plots against Joseph in his early years could derail YAH’s love and plan of salvation for us—and the hatred against the Jewish People today still can’t derail it.
Jacob Reunites with Joseph
“And they told him, saying, ‘Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt.’ And Jacob’s heart stood still, because he did not believe them.” (Genesis 45:26)
In this Parasha, Jacob is reunited with his beloved son Joseph.
Imagine hearing that your favorite child, whom you thought had been killed many years ago, is actually a governor of the nation next door!
This perhaps reminds many of us of the shock that YAHUSHUA’s disciples experienced when they were told that YAHUSHUA was not dead, but alive.
They had seen Him die and witnessed His burial; yet, here He was alive and well, walking about because death was unable to hold Him.
“When they heard that YAHUSHUA was alive and that she had seen him, they did not believe it.” (Mark 16:11)
Joseph invited his father and all of his brothers into exile in Egypt to save them from the famine in Israel. Leaving the Promised Land was not easy.
YAH, however, assured Jacob that it was right to accept his offer, even though it would begin 400 years of brutal slavery for Jacob’s descendants.
“Then YAHUVEH spoke to Israel in the visions of the night, and said, ‘Jacob, Jacob!’ And he said, ‘Here I am.’ So He said, ‘I am ELOHIM, the GOD of your father; do not fear to go down to Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also surely bring you up again; and Joseph will put his hand on your eyes.’” (Genesis 46:2–4)
During a previous famine, YAH instructed Jacob’s father, Isaac, to stay in the land, but in this instance YAHUVEH told Jacob to leave.
This shows us how important it is to listen for YAH’s voice and obey rather than simply go with whatever decisions seem right to us, or rely on solutions that worked in the past.
“Trust in YAHUVEH with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6)
Joseph was not only a powerful man; he was also an excellent provider. He brought his father and all of his brothers to Egypt where he made sure they were well looked after.
“Then Joseph provided his father, his brothers, and all his father’s household with bread, according to the number in their families.” (Genesis 47:12)
Again, we can draw a parallel to YAHUSHUA—the living bread –lechem chayim who was born in Beit-Lechem -Bethlehem, the house of bread.
The bread that Joseph provided for his brothers sustained them during their lifetime, but the bread that YAHUSHUA gives us sustains life eternally.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Whoever eats this bread will live forever. This bread is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:51)
Israel Reunites with Judah
The theme of this wonderful story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers, after so many years of being separated, continues in the Haftarah prophetic reading, with the reunion of the northern and southern tribes of Israel upon their return from exile.
How did this split between the tribes of Israel happen?
After the reign of King Solomon, the nation of Israel split into the Southern Kingdom represented by the tribe of Judah & Benjamin and the Northern Kingdom represented by the ten other tribes, which are collectively called Joseph, Ephraim, or simply Israel.
While both kingdoms sinned, Judah -Yehudah returned from exile and still exists today as the Yehudim –Hebrew word for Jews. The ten northern tribes went into the nations and became “lost,” although some members of those tribes have returned.
Because of their idolatry, ELOHIM broke the bonds of brotherhood between Judah and Joseph -Ephraim and Israel:
“Then I cut in two My other staff, bonds, that I might break the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.” (Zechariah 11:14)
According to Jewish thought, the animosity between Joseph and his brothers -all children of Jacob foreshadows this later split between Judah and Benjamin with the other tribes of Israel -all children of ELOHIM.
In an amazing prophecy, however, YAH promises that one day there will again be unity between them.
“Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.”’ (Ezekiel 37:19)
To make sure there is no misunderstanding, YAHUVEH plainly explains this prophetic symbolism:
“Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to their own land. And I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel.” (Ezekiel 37:21–22)
Of course, there is another reconciliation that ELOHIM has brought about. Through YAHUSHUA’s sacrificial death on the Roman execution stake—the dividing wall between Jew and Gentile has also been destroyed, resulting in “one new man” out of the two.
Though divisions still do exist, YAH’s purposes are to reconcile us to Himself and to one another.
“For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them both to ELOHIM in one body through the execution stake, thereby putting to death the enmity.”
There is an even greater reconciliation to come. If we look prophetically at this story of Joseph, we may see that just as Joseph said, “Ani Yoseph: I am Joseph, your brother,” likewise, YAHUSHUA one day will say, “Ani YAHUSHUA: I am your salvation, your brother and your Messiah.” Halleluyah!
When the Jewish people recognize YAHUSHUA as their Messiah, there will also be a great reconciliation that will bring about life-giving change all over the world. How we long for that great day!
“For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” (Romans 11:15)
It is exciting to live in a day when we can see prophecy fulfilled before our very eyes as the Jewish people return home from all four corners of the earth. So few Jews, however, realize that YAHUSHUA is the Messiah of whom the prophecies in the Tanakh Old Testament foretell.
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