Thursday, January 5, 2012


Vayechi

In last week’s parasha Vayigash "And came near" we saw that Joseph revealed himself to his brothers and for the first time Torah introduce us to repentance and forgiveness, to us, future spectators of the events that transcurred over three millennia ago, this becomes a guide a teaching to our lives.  This in itself is very significant in that from the very beginnings of Torah we are being led into a reoccurring theme of the coming of Messiah and the relationship that he wants to have with us.  It is said that Joseph’s account is a picture of Messiah and in his life; we ought to see the true Messiah when he comes.  Messiah came to reintroduce us once again to the concept of teshuvah, repentance, that is, turning back to HaShem.  After a short period of Jacob dwelling in Egypt and once again finding the joy of being reunited with his son, that was lost and was dead to him, his days are numbered and it is time to come into HaShem’s rest and be joined to his fathers.  Right down to his last days and hours Jacob continue to struggle in his life and in this earth, as he comes to deliver his blessing on his children.

 

In our western mentality a blessing conjures wealth, good days, enjoyment, prosperity, and all that pertains to what is good in our minds.  However in this Hebraic setting we see otherwise, the youngest supersedes the older, the first born is not blessed with success but rather is admonished and reaps what he sowed in his youth.  Two of the brothers Simeon and Levi have no better fairing, as per the first born, they do not have an inheritance in the land and in hindsight, we know that his words came to pass as they were spoken, by Israel.  This is not the blessing that one would expect to give his loved ones, what is going on? Jacob was given the privilege to look down the generations and his words , his blessing was a prophetic utterance that will be fulfilled down the generations. Yet in the wrestling of his final words there is hope not only for his seed but also for the whole world, because it is through Abraham’s seed through Isaac’s seed and his seed, that we end up with a true blessing of redemption and forgiveness via Messiah, through true repentance and obedience to HaShem’s commandments. 

Through out the generations of the seed of Abraham the children of Israel endured cycles of prosperity abundance.  These included physical as well as spiritual. Whilst at the same time there were periods of scarcity also in the physical realm as in the spirit.  Until the day that like Joseph, Messiah came to his brothers and yet they did not accepted him instead they rejected him, likewise to the point that his life was cut short from amongst his brethren.  Yet this was part of the plan all along, that Messiah came and was rejected and will return again, just as Joseph was revealed to his brothers so will the real Yeshua will be revealed to his brothers.  Until the day that the cycle repeats itself, the day of Messiah, true repentance and forgiveness will not be fully understood by all, some are fortunate that that revelation comes sooner to them.  Others like Joseph’s brothers will need to wait until his return for them to understand that the Jewish Messiah was indeed that one that was rejected and pierced for our transgressions.  Unfortunately the messiah that it is presented in the world these days it is not recognised by our Jewish brothers, as he looks too foreign, as Joseph did to his brothers when they met him in Egypt.

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