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genesis 47:28-50:26, vayechi, “and he lived”

Read Genesis 47:28-50:26 at Bible Gateway.

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

The paragraph divisions for vayechiare posted here.

The complete chiastic structure formed by vayechi is posted here.

That Jacob split the birthright and blessing of Abraham into two, to confer part to Ephraim and part to Judah, is discussed here.

The statement of fact which Joseph makes in Gen 50:20, that what the brothers intended for evil, God intended for good, in order to save many lives, is a repeating theme, first mentioned by him in Gen 45:5. I find it something worthy to meditate on, that despite what the faith and prosperity preachers will tell you, God’s plan for your life might not be your absolute comfort in every circumstance. In order to accomplish the saving of many lives, which Joseph sets as the greater goal than his own personal comfort, Joseph needed to go through many years of hardship, to position him in the right place at the right time.

In fact, Jesus did not live for His own personal comfort either, but went through the ultimate hardship without rancor or bitterness toward God, in order to accomplish the saving of many lives. Jesus taught us to take up our cross and follow Him. Being His disciple is not about claiming a new car or a bigger house, but personal sacrifice from the motivation of love, for the saving of as many lives as possible.

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torah teachings index for sat 07 dec 2013

...If you are reading the annual Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 44:18-47:27, annual parashah vayigash, “and he drew near”  (index of study notes). This is the new post for this torah reading.

If you are reading the triennial Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 41:38-42:17, triennial cycle hanimtza, “can we find” (index of study notes).

genesis 44:18-47:27, vayigash, “and he drew near”

Read Genesis 44:18-47:27 at Bible Gateway.

I am God, 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 close your eyes.

I apologize that there is no new post for vayigash this week. We had a family emergency when Sabbath ended last week which is just now being resolved, so I trust I will be back to my regularly scheduled life and blog posting for next week.

The paragraph divisions and complete chiastic structure formed by vayigash is posted here.

The end of vayigash ends in a strong paragraph, the strong theme running from Gen 41:1-47:27. This strong theme also forms its own complete chiastic structure, which is posted here.

The extent of Judah’s transformation is discussed here. The logic of the paragraph divisions and how their unusual placement highlights Judah’s transformation and is prophetic of Messiah, is discussed here.

torah teachings index for sat 23 nov 2013

Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Genesis 37:28

If you are reading the annual Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 37:1-40:23, vayeshev, “and he dwelt”  (index of study notes). This is the new post for this torah reading.

If you are reading the triennial Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 40:1-23, triennial cycle chateu, “they offended” (index of study notes).

genesis 37:1-40:23, annual cycle vayeshev, “and he dwelt”

Read Genesis 37:1-40:23 at Bible Gateway.

Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

Genesis 37:28

The paragraph divisions for vayeshev are posted here. Vayeshev forms its own complete chiastic structure, which is posted here. Now, each of the paragraphs in vayeshev also form their own chaistic structures:

Gen 37:1-36 {p} Joseph’s advancement and enslavement (this chiastic structure is posted here …)

Gen 38:1-30 {s} Judah departed from his brothers among the Canaanites (this chiastic structure is posted here …)

Gen 39:1-23 {p} Joseph departed from his brothers among the Egyptians

1a) Gen 39:1-6, Joseph brought low, but YHVH’s favor upon him;
1b) Gen 39:7, Master’s wife seeks to lie with Joseph;
central axis) Gen 39:8-10, Joseph’s refusal;
2b) Gen 39:11-19, Master’s wife lies about Joseph;
2a) Gen 39:20-23, Joseph brought low, but YHVH’s favor upon him.

(The significance of the strong theme from Gen 38:1-39:23, Judah and Joseph …)

Gen 40:1-23 {p} Joseph in prision

1a) Gen 40:1-4, The chief butler + baker offended Pharaoh, so he confined them in the prison house;
1b) Gen 40:5-8, They each dream a dream + Joseph: interpretations belong to God;
1c) Gen 40:9-14, The chief butler’s dream and interpretation;
central axis) Gen 40:14-15, Joseph: Remember me to Pharaoh for I have done nothing deserving of prison;
2c) Gen 40:16-19, The chief baker’s dream and interpretation;
2b) Gen 40:20a, The interpretation came to pass on the third day;
2a) Gen 40:20b-23, Pharaoh lifted butler + baker from prison/ restored one + hanged other, according to the interpretation.

Vayeshev reveals that Joseph was promoted three times: under his father, under Potiphar, and under the keeper of the prison; and he was brought low three times: into the pit, into slavery, and into the prison house. Three times Joseph faced a type of death, and was delivered from death: the first in the pit, the second as a slave (slavery is a type of death in scripture, for the former life is no more) and the third as a prisoner (prison is likewise a type of death in scripture, for the former life is again no more). Passages which are prophetic of Messiah in Torah contain Messianic signs consistently used … three, and deliverance from death, are significant Messianic signs (please see the teaching tools of scripture for more on that). Joseph is being highlighted as a Messianic type. Vayeshev is prophesying of the first coming and ministry of Messiah, which is: though exalted, and though righteous, Messiah will be brought low and suffer, not because of his own sins, but because of the sins of others.

torah teachings index for sat 16 nov 2013

And He said, "Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed."

Genesis 32:28

If you are reading the annual Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 32:3-36:43, vayishlach, “and he sent”  (index of study notes). This is the new post for this torah reading.

If you are reading the triennial Torah cycle, this Sabbath’s Torah reading is Gen 39:1-23, triennial cycle vayosheph, “now joseph” (index of study notes).