Vayigash -Then He Drew Near
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Welcome to Vayigash -Then He Drew Near, this week’s Parasha .
18 And Judah came near to him and said, O my master, please let your servant speak a word in the ears of my master, and let not your anger glow on our servant, for you are like Pharaoh.
19 My master asked his servants, saying, Is there a brother or a father to you?
20 And we said to my master, An aged father is to us, and a young child of his old age; and his brother is dead; and he alone is left of his mother; and his father loves him.
21 And you said to your servants, Bring him down to me, and let me see him.
22 And we said to my master, The youth is not able to leave his father; and if he should leave his father, he will die.
23 And you said to your servants, If your youngest brother does not come down with you, you shall not see my face any more.
24 And it happened, when we had gone up to your servant, my father, we told him the words of my master.
25 And our father said, Go back, buy a little food for us.
26 And we said, We cannot go down. If our youngest brother is with us, we will go down. For we cannot see the face of the man if our youngest brother is not with us.
27 And your servant, my father, said to us, You know that my wife bore two to me.
28 And one went out from me. And I said, Indeed, surely, he is torn in pieces; and I have not seen him until now.
29 And if you take this one also from my face, and harm happens to him, you will bring down my gray hair to the grave in sorrow.
30 And now when I come to your servant, my father, and the youth is not with us and his soul being bound to his soul,
31 it will be when he sees that the youth is not, he will die. And your servants will bring down the gray hair of your servant our father to the grave in sorrow.
32 For your servant was surety for the youth with my father, saying, If I do not bring him to you, I shall be a sinner against my father all the days.
33 And now please let your servant remain as a slave to my master instead of the youth; and let the youth go up with his brothers.
34 For how can I go to my father, and the youth not be with me, lest I look on the evil which will find my father?
*~Genesis Chapter 45 ~*
1 And Joseph was not able to control himself in regard to those standing beside him. And he called out, Cause every man to go out from me. And no man stood before him as Joseph was making himself known to his brothers.
2 And he wept aloud; and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard.
3 And Joseph said to his brothers, I am Joseph. Is my father still alive? And his brothers were not able to answer him, for they trembled before him.
4 And Joseph said to his brothers, Now come near to me. And they came near. And he said, I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt.
5 And now do not be grieved, and let no anger be in your eyes because you sold me here, for ELOHIM sent me before you to save life.
6 For the famine has been in the midst of the land for two years. And there are still five years in which no plowing and harvest will be.
7 And ELOHIM sent me before you to put a remnant in the land for you, and to keep alive for you a great deliverance.
8 And now you did not send me here, but ELOHIM. And He has placed me for a father to Pharaoh, and for a master in all his house, and a ruler in all the land of Egypt.
9 Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, So says your son Joseph, ELOHIM has placed me as a master to all Egypt. Come down to me, do not delay.
10 And you shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near to me, you and your sons and sons of your sons, and your flocks, and your herds, and all you have.
11 And I will nourish you there, for there are still five years of famine; lest you be made poor, you and your house and all which abides with you.
12 And behold, your eyes and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see that my mouth is speaking to you.
13 And you tell my father of all my honor in Egypt, and all that you have seen. And hurry and bring down my father here.
14 And he fell on the neck of his brother Benjamin and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck.
15 And he kissed all his brothers, and wept on them. And afterwards his brothers spoke with him.
16 And the report was heard in Pharaoh’s house, saying, The brothers of Joseph have come. And it was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of his servants.
17 Pharaoh said to Joseph, Say to your brothers, Do this; load your animals and depart; go to the land of Canaan.
18 And take your father, and your houses, and come to me. And I will give to you the good of the land of Egypt; and you shall eat the fat of the land.
19 And you are commanded; you do this: Take for yourselves wagons from the land of Egypt, for your little ones, and for your wives. And take your father and come.
20 And your eye, let it have no regard for your vessels, for the good of all the land of Egypt is yours.
21 And the sons of Israel did so. And Joseph gave wagons to them according to the mouth of Pharaoh, and he gave provisions to them for the way.
22 He gave to all of them, to each one, changes of clothing. And he gave to Benjamin three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of clothing.
23 And to his father he sent this: ten donkeys bearing the good things of Egypt, and ten she-donkeys bearing grain, and bread, and food for his father for the way.
24 And he sent his brothers away; and they went. And he said to them, Do not quarrel along the way.
25 And they went up from Egypt and came into the land of Canaan, to their father Jacob.
26 And they told him, saying, Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler in all the land of Egypt. And his heart froze up, for he did not believe them.
27 And they spoke to him all Joseph’s words which he had spoken to them. And he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him; and the spirit of their father Jacob revived.
28 And Israel said, It is enough! My son Joseph is alive; I will go and see him before I die.
*~Genesis Chapter 46 ~*
1 And Israel and all which were to him departed, and he came to Beer-Sheba. And he sacrificed sacrifices to the Elohe of his father Isaac.
2 And ELOHIM said to Israel in visions of the night, and He spoke, Jacob! Jacob! And he answered, I am here.
3 And He said, I am Elohe, The El of your fathers. Do not fear to go down into Egypt, for I will make of you a great nation there.
4 I will go down with you into Egypt, and I will also surely return you. And Joseph shall put his hand on your eyes.
5 And Jacob rose up from Beer-Sheba; and the sons of Israel carried their father Jacob, and their little ones, and their wives in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
6 And they took their livestock and their property which they had acquired in the land of Canaan. And they came into Egypt, Jacob and all his seed with him.
7 His sons and the sons of his sons were with him, his daughters and his sons’ daughters, and all his seed he brought with him into Egypt.
8 And these were the names of the sons of Israel, those coming into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: the first-born of Jacob was Reuben.
9 And the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
10 And the sons of Simeon: Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanitess.
11 And the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
12 And the sons of Judah: Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zerah. And Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez: Hezron, and Hamul.
13 And the sons of Issachar: Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.
14 And the sons of Zebulun: Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
15 These were the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Padan-Aram, and his daughter Dinah. All the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty three.
16 And the sons of Gad: Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
17 And the sons of Asher: Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Ishvi, and Beriah, and their sister Serah. And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel.
18 These were the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah; and she bore these to Jacob, sixteen souls.
19 The sons of Rachel the wife of Jacob: Joseph and Benjamin.
20 And Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph in the land of Egypt, whom Asenath the daughter of Potipherah, priest of On, bore to him.
21 And the sons of Benjamin: Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, and Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
22 These were the sons of Rachel which were born to Jacob; all the souls were fourteen.
23 And the son of Dan was Hushim.
24 And the sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.
25 These were the sons of Bilhah whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel; and she bore these to Jacob, all the souls were seven.
26 All the souls belonging to Jacob coming into Egypt, those springing from his loins, besides the wives of the sons of Jacob, all the souls were sixty six.
27 And the sons of Joseph which were born to him in Egypt, two souls. All the souls belonging to the house of Jacob coming into Egypt were seventy-five.
28 And he sent Judah before him to Joseph, to give directions before him to Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
29 And Joseph prepared his chariot and went up to meet his father Israel to Goshen. And he appeared to him, and fell on his neck and wept on his neck a long time.
30 And Israel said to Joseph, This time let me die after seeing your face, because you are still alive.
31 And Joseph said to his brothers, and to the house of his father, I will go up and report to Pharaoh. And I will say to him, my brothers and the house of my father, who were in the land of Canaan, have come in to me.
32 And the men are shepherds of flocks for they have been men of cattle. And their flocks and their herds, and all which belongs to them they have brought in.
33 And it shall be, when Pharaoh calls to you and says, What is your occupation?
34 You shall say, Your servants have been men of livestock from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers. This is so that you may live in the land of Goshen. For the abomination of Egypt is every shepherd of flocks.
*~Genesis Chapter 47 ~*
1 And Joseph came in and made known to Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brothers, and their flocks and their herds, and all which is theirs, have come in from the land of Canaan.
2 And, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. And he took five men from among his brothers and set them before Pharaoh.
3 And Pharaoh said to his brothers, What is your occupation? And they said to Pharaoh, Your servants are shepherds of flocks, both we and our fathers.
4 And they said to Pharaoh, We have come in to stay in the land, because there is no pasture for the flocks which belong to your servants, for the famine is heavy in the land of Canaan. And now please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.
5 And Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, Your father and your brothers have come in to you.
6 The land of Egypt is before you; cause your father and your brothers to live in the best of the land; let them live in the land of Goshen. And if you know men of ability among them, make them chiefs of livestock over what is mine.
7 And Joseph brought in his father Jacob and placed him before Pharaoh. And Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said to Jacob, How many are the days of the years of your life?
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, The days of the years of my camps are a hundred and thirty years. Few and evil have been the days of the years of my life and they have not reached the days of the years of the life of my fathers, in the days of their camps.
10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
11 And Joseph caused his father and his brothers to live, and gave them a place in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Ramses, as Pharaoh commanded.
12 And Joseph nourished his father and his brothers, and all his father’s house with bread for the mouth of the little ones.
13 And no bread was in the land, because the famine was exceedingly severe. And the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan were completely burned up from the famine.
14 And Joseph gathered up all the silver found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan in return for the grain they were buying. And Joseph brought in the silver to the house of Pharaoh.
15 And the silver failed from the land of Egypt, and from the land of Canaan. And all Egypt came in to Joseph, saying, Give us bread; and, Why should we die before you? For the silver has failed.
16 And Joseph said, Give your live-stock, and I will give to you for your livestock, if silver has failed.
17 And they brought in their livestock to Joseph. And Joseph gave bread to them for the horses, and for the livestock of the flocks, for the livestock of the herds, and for the donkeys . And he satisfied them with bread in that year for all their livestock.
18 And that year ended, and they came in to him in the second year and said to him, We cannot hide from my master that the silver and the livestock of the animals have failed, going to my master. Nothing is left before my master except our bodies and our lands.
19 Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread; and let us, we and our land, become slaves to Pharaoh. And give seed so that we may live and not die, and the land not be desolate.
20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, because each one in Egypt sold his field, because this famine was severe on them; and the land became Pharaoh’s.
21 And as for the people, he caused them to pass over into the cities, and from the end of the border of Egypt to its other end.
22 Only he did not buy the land of the priests; for Pharaoh had appointed a portion for the priests, and they usually ate their appointed portion which Pharaoh gave to them. For this reason they did not sell their land.
23 And Joseph said to the people, Behold, I have bought you and your land today. Behold! Here is seed for you; and you sow the land.
24 And it shall be, as you gather you shall give a fifth part to Pharaoh; and four parts shall be yours, for the seed of the field and for your food, and for those in your houses, and for food for your little ones.
25 And they said, You have saved our lives; let us find favor in the eyes of my master, and we will become slaves to Pharaoh.
26 And Joseph made it a law until this day on the land of Egypt, the fifth part is for Pharaoh; only the land of the priests being excepted; it did not become Pharaoh’s.
27 And Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they owned in it, and were fruitful, and multiplied exceedingly.
15 And the Word of YAHUVEH was to me,
16 saying, And you, son of man, take one stick to yourself and write on it, For Judah, and for his companions, the sons of Israel. And take another stick and write on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.
17 And draw them one to one for yourself, into one (echad) stick. And they shall become one (echad) in your hand.
18 And when the sons of your people shall speak to you, saying, Will you not declare to us what these mean to you?
19 Say to them, So says Adonai YAHUVEH: Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions. And I will put them with him, with the stick of Judah, and I will make them one stick, and they shall be one (echad) in My hand.
20 And the sticks shall be in your hand, the ones on which you write before their eyes.
21 And say to them, So says Adonai YAHUVEH: Behold, I will take the sons of Israel from among the nations, there where they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and will bring them into their own land.
22 And I will make them one (echad) nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel, and one King shall be for a king to all of them. And they shall not be two nations anymore. And they will not be split into two kingdoms any more.
23 And they will not still be defiled with their idols, even with their filthy idols, nor with all of their transgressions. But I will save them out of all their dwelling places where they have sinned in them, and I will cleanse them. So they shall be for a people to Me and I will be for ELOHIM to them.
24 And My servant, David, shall be King over them. And there shall be one Shepherd to all of them. And they shall walk in My judgments and keep My statutes, and do them.
25 And they shall dwell on the land that I have given to My servant, to Jacob, there where your fathers dwelt in it. And they shall dwell on it, they and their sons, and the sons of their sons, forever. And My servant David shall be a ruler to them forever.
26 And I will cut a covenant of peace with them, an everlasting covenant it shall be with them, And I will place them and multiply them, and I will put (Aleph/Tav) My sanctuary in their midst forever.
27 And My tabernacle shall be with them, and I will be their ELOHIM, and they shall be My people.
28 And when My sanctuary shall be in their midst forever, the nations shall know that I, YAHUVEH, sanctify Israel.
*~Ephesians Chapter 2 ~*
1 And He has quickened you also who were dead because of your sins and trespasses,
2 in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the will of the ruler of the authority of the air, the spirit which is active in the sons of disobedience,
3 in those very deeds in which we also were corrupted from the very beginning through the lusts of our flesh, doing the things willed of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature the children of wrath, even as the rest.
4 But ELOHIM, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us,
5 even when we were dead in our sins, He made us alive together with Messiah by whose grace we are saved;
6 and raised us up together and seated us together in heaven through Messiah YAHUSHUA,
7 that in the ages to come, He might demonstrate, the exceeding great riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Messiah YAHUSHUA.
8 For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this is not of yourselves; it is the gift of YAHUVEH;
9 not of works, that not anyone should boast;
10 for we are His workmanship, created in Messiah YAHUSHUA unto good works, which ELOHIM before prepared that we should walk in them.
11 Because of this, remember that you, the nations, were then in the flesh from the beginning and you were called Uncircumcision, differing from those called Circumcision, which is the work of the hands in the flesh;
12 that at that time you were without Messiah, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without ELOHIM in the world.
13 But now, in Messiah YAHUSHUA you who then were afar off, are brought near by the blood of Messiah.
14 For He is our peace, who has made both one (echad), and has broken down the wall of separation between them,
15 in His flesh He has caused to cease the enmity due to the (man-made) laws in regulations, that He might in Himself create the two into one new man, making peace,
16 and He reconciled both in one body to ELOHIM and destroyed the enmity through the crucifixion.
17 And coming, He proclaimed “Peace to you, the ones afar off, and to the ones near.”
18 For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
19 So, then, you are no longer strangers and family members living abroad, but you are natives of the same family of the saints and children of the family of YAHUVEH,
20 being built up on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, YAHUSHUA Messiah Himself being the cornerstone of the building,
21 in whom all the building being fitted together grows into a holy sanctuary in YAHUVEH,
22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling place of ELOHIM in the Spirit.
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)
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Instead there is a new Holy man, where the other left Holiness.
And his name is Ezra. And he will love you. And he does love you. And you will have another leader standing by Elisheva’s side that you can trust, truly trust. For he is a man after MY Own Heart. And Elisheva, I did not leave your soul alone. For he went inside your soul. And even his Holy tongues enfold you, cover you. You’ve not had anyone but the “YAHUSHUA’S demon stompers,” your sons [as a prayer covering]—but now I give you a Holy man—and I do not speak of the daughters. I now speak of the men.
And I took his soul and I joined it together with yours. And with the Surgeon’s Hands and with the Anointing that MY Ezra has. With golden thread from Heaven, I bound you two up. And you shall go forth and minister all over this world with a new Anointing and with a new love.
I take this Ministry in a new direction—satan thought that he could destroy. Yet now the new birth, the new beginning will go where this Ministry has never gone before.
And you new ones, you were not there at the beginning. You were not there at the ‘Youtube War’. If you were there, you would have seen he did not lift a finger to help MY Elisheva.
Instead he tried to say, “Do not defend her. Do not defend the Ministry”—he tried to silence all who would do this—tried to turn Adam & Kathrynyah against her.
But when he touched Adam & Kathrynyah that was a last straw. And a War Cry came forth! And it was directed at him!4 And death and destruction is what he heard. And still he did not repent.
He mocked her [Elisheva] and said for many years, “I don’t like the way you pray. I don’t want to pray with you. I don’t want to do communion with you. I don’t want to do communion at all. Anointing is just a waste.”
Abuse! Abuse! Abuse! I ABBA YAHUVEH, YAHUSHUA & IMMAYAH could no longer take constant cries to ME, “All I’ve ever known is abuse from a man. Where is ‘the best’?”
Where is the leader? As this Ministry grows, Kathrynyah & Adam can only help so much, as she explains. Where is the leader to stand by her side? Where is the leader to welcome Ezra! Where is the leader to welcome the new ones! Where is the leader to mentor and teach!
MY Ezra has done more in this brief month of April than he [the blotted out one] has done in 14 years, just one month. Just one month. Imagine what I’M going to do. Imagine what I’M going to do—as I bring these two Jews together, and one is born in Israel—imagine what I’M going to do. Imagine what I’M going to do.
And each and every one of you, as you break that ungodly soul tie to him [the blotted out one]—the Anointing, the Anointing, the Anointing shall come off on you. Not just from the new freedom your momma will walk in, but the new freedom that your Dad Ezra walks in! Imagine what I’M going to do when the void is filled with the new—a new beginning, a new birth! And I did all of this after 21 years.
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You shall see and the people shall perceive the new Anointing in the Prophecies! Where the “Ringmaiden” stood alone without a male leader by her side—no longer shall prophesy in bondage, no longer shall prophesy while being abused.
Now!—she shall prophesy—in freedom! With a leader who only loves and protects, who’ll only encourage her to keep pressing forward! For both of them press forward! For more Anointing and not less.
So those who come to the Ministry this day on Shavu’ot, I tell you this.
Do not grieve for the one that was once called ‘Nikomia’! Get angry at the one who was once called ‘Nikomia’! Did you grieve [over] Judas? Then do not grieve [over] this ‘Judas’.
Instead rejoice! For I’ve given you more! Not just one Apostle, two Apostles! Not just one Prophet, two Prophets! Not just one! Not just one Pastor, but two Senior Pastors! Not just one Teacher, but two Teachers! Not just one Evangelist, but two Evangelists!
I YAHUVEH say where there was one leader, always [had] been one leader—it was an illusion [that] there ever was a male leader!—now I give you an anointed, chosen, appointed male leader. And in unison Ezra & Elisheva shall stand side by side, hand in hand—soul mates—with a love that this world will never understand. For even they shake their head in amazement.
And if you see that first video chat on March 7, 2016 you will see before your eyes what I was already doing. You will see how Elisheva said she does not trust any man easily other than their sons in the YDS and of course Adam. But you will see that I spoke it forth that Ezra could be trusted, should be trusted.
You will see the sense of humor. You will hear the laughter. You will see the love. You will see the Anointing. You will hear the teaching—where Elisheva even feels honored and never tires of hearing him teach—where no man, no man, no man had ever gone before. For I would not allow it.
It was for this set and appointed time.
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How many I see and they no longer fear. They stay in their sin. They take the communion cup with sinful lips. I am faithful to forgive. But never do this with an unrepentent heart for you’re only drinking damnation. You are only drinking of curses. Come to ME with a repentent heart. Ask ME to forgive you of your sins. I am faithful and I am merciful and just one drop of MY Blood, just one drop of MY Blood can save all of humanity if they had just received ME. Just one drop of MY Blood. And look how much more I gave. This is what I want you to tell them. This is the new Message I give you. This is the Message that is meant to be before the world. This is the only weapon you have. Tell them, “Thus saith YAHUSHUA ha MASHIACH,” as you see the weapons pointed at you in so many different directions, lift up the only weapon I have given you.
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.
YAHUSHUA willingly gave HIS Life on the cross 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 see these preachers fall by the wayside. You see them betray the sheep and the lambs. You see them preaching another gospel than what I planned. But as they betray ME now, they betrayed ME then. For I tell you something in Truth that you did not know and even now Elisabeth (Elisheva) you struggle to speak forth these Words, but there is no such thing as a new soul. For all of earth and all of earth’s time have been filled with old souls. This is why I know the number of hairs on each of your heads. This is why I know each one of your names, be they friend or foe. This is why I know when I chose MY Bride on earth, I already know who was loyal in Heaven. This why I know and I let Jeremiah know as he was formed in his mother’s womb, as each day of his life was charted out, I knew that I had ordained him as a prophet because I knew who I can trust.
VAYIGASH -Then he Drew Near
“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 the 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 YAHUVEH 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, YAHUVEH 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, YAHUVEH 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 YAHUSHUA 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.” (Genesis 49:10)
The ONE to whom the sovereign staff of rule belongs is YAHUSHUA 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?
Perhaps because he is the only brother who showed compassion toward 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 YAHUVEH’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.”
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 Egypt to save them from the famine in Israel. Leaving the Promised Land was not easy.
YAHUVEH, 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 YAHUVEH, the ELOHIM 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, YAHUVEH 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 YAHUVEH’s voice and obey rather than simply go with whatever decisions seem right to us, or rely on a solution 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.”
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 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, YAHUVEH 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 YAHUVEH.
In an amazing prophecy, however, YAHUVEH 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.”
Of course, there is another reconciliation that YAHUVEH 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, YAHUVEH’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 YAHUVEH in one body through the execution stake, thereby putting to death the enmity.” (Ephesians 2:14–16)
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 YAHUSHUA.” 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.
You can make a difference by standing united with scriptures for Israel as we proclaim YAHUSHUA the Messiah in these last days before HE returns.
Shabbat Shalom from AMIGHTYWIND!