Monday, December 12, 2011

Vayetze וַיֵּצֵא — Hebrew for “and he left”

Vayetze  וַיֵּצֵא — Hebrew for “and he left”

Interestingly enough the story here begins with Yaakov having to perform a personal exodus as his life was in danger.  However regardless of how he obtained his blessing HaShem was on his side and now he is receiving a promise the same as his father and his grand father Abraham.  The best part is that when makes a promise and a blessing on someone, that will come to pass regardless of what others think and try and do to prevent it. In Bereisheet (Genesis) 28:14-15, Yaakov is promised a descendency as numerous as the dust of the earth that would spread to the four cardinal points.  Not only that that HaShem promised to not only keep him but to also be with him and never to leave him until He had done this deed.  As far as Yaakov was concerned right there was a covenant made between God and Yaakov, and as it was customary he erected a pillar in commemorance of the event.  However, what struck me about the naming of the place is that it used to be called Luz and it got changed into the House of God, Bethel.  To most people Luz is just another word but to Spanish speakers it should be clear that Luz means Light and so that change is from a place of light to the House of God.  How appropriate that where God chose to meet Yaakov was the place of light from my perspective. Other meanings include a bone in the spinal cord and in Aramaic it means almond.  Returning to the previous thought in which Yaakov makes his mark by placing and stone and proclaiming that this will be a house of God and that from this time forth a tenth of his possessions will be HaShem’s Bereisheet Genesis 28:22: then this stone, which I have set up for a pillar, will be God’s house. Of all that you will give me I will surely give the tenth to you.”

For a second time in his life Yaakov makes a pillar to show that he has made a covenant but this time is over twenty years later after he had married and had sons and amassed a great wealth after having come to his relatives land empty handed.  This time the covenant was with another man his father in law that did not wanted to let go of him due to the blessings that surrounded Yaakov. Laban the Syrian did not wanted to let go of him, he wanted to bind him and prevent Yaakov from achieving his potential, however what he did not know was that HaShem was with Yaakov and would not permit his influence to destroy or imprison Yaakov.  What we learn from this is that similarly we are partakes of Yaakov’s blessing either by birth of by faith as we are part of his promise that in his seed the world shall be blessed.  Ha Satan like Laban the Syrian wants to bind us and prevent us from achieving our potential and to spread west to east and north to South.  However like Yaakov when we have HaShem and Yeshua’s Ruach in us who will stand in our path and who can prevent us from achieving that which was promised to us, freedom and Salvation in our great Rabbi and Messiah.

Further more we are not to fear what is in front of us our past nor what is behind us our future, but we are to plan like Yaakov did, per adventure that an attack may come.  HaShem blesses those that are prepared and softens the heart of the enemies provided that we are in Him and trust him implicitly.  Even though he feared what may come to him he had a goal and a promise yet he planned a strategy in case his own brother still seek revenge, at least he felt that if his life was coming to an end his promise, his children and his family would have a chance to fulfill HaShem’s promise.  Yaakov’s trust was in HaShem but he did not stood still, he worked and prepared, as we also should in every endeavors in our lives.  His reward in all this was a long life in the land of his promise and the land of his prophesy.

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