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Parasha Veyechi Bereshit (Gen) 47:28-50:26
By Rav Mikhael

Included within this week’s parasha is Ya’akov’s blessing of his sons before his death. He begins his poetic testament with his firstborn Reuven, who receives condemnation for his illicit relationship with Bilhah. He moves on to Simeon and Levi whom he criticizes for their actions at Shechem and for being cruel in general. Then he moves to Judah.

One would think that Judah would receive some negative testimony as well. This is the one that was in on the conspiracy to kill Yosef and then came up with the suggestion they make a little money and sell him, all the while deceiving his father into thinking his favorite son was dead. This is the one who had relations with his daughter in law thinking she was a prostitute. Certainly we could make a case that this should not have been a privileged son, one who would receive such a blessing over his other brothers. But as we saw last week, a great change had come in Yehudah’s life. He had pledged himself to Ya’akov for Benjamin’s protection and when it came time to take that action, he showed he was a man of his word, willing to remain a slave in Benjamin's place. He had taken leadership when his brothers would not, speaking boldly to the second highest Egyptian official in the land. Ya’akov had obviously taken note of this and coupled with the disqualification of the previous three sons, to whom no real change is ascribed, Yehudah is the logical choice to receive the blessing.

Yehudah is promised leadership over his brothers, who will praise him, he is promised victory over his foes and that the scepter of leadership would not depart from his descendents until Shiloh comes. Ancient traditions, found in the texts at Qumran, in the targums and in early rabbinic literature say that Shiloh is a messianic title. This is supported by the equivalent gamatria for ‘Shiloh comes’ and ‘messiah’. It also fits in with the context. Ya’akov begins his testament by saying that he is going to reveal to them what is going to befall them in the ‘last days’ but then goes on to rebuke Reuven, Simion and Levi. Did he change his mind or was the revelation hidden? Not at all, Ya’akov was merely giving the reasons why the promise of the messiah would not be found in the lines of Yehudah’s older brothers.

“’The scepter shall not depart’. This means the kingly throne,....”The lawgiver from between his feet,’..refers to the time when the King will come to whom belongs the kingdom.” Midrash Tanhuma. Judah was to have authority in Israel until Shiloh, the Messiah, came. He has come in the person of Yahushua. And the messiah took the authority that had been given to Judah and transferred it to those who were part of his kingdom, regardless of parentage. “Whatever you bind (prohibit) on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose (permit) shall be loosed in heaven.” This was the authority he gave his talmidim, it is authority that comes with a very heavy responsibility. But it is a responsibility we must take up with seriousness and wisdom. He has given us, not the rabbis, not the supreme court of Israel, not the sanhedrin; he has given us the authority to interpret and apply Torah. What we need to do is train and study and pray to show ourselves worthy of such a great privilege and responsibility. And then men and women need to rise up in the community who will take on this responsibility in a sincere, humble manner, seeking what is best for the community and true to the will of G-d.


This weeks portion begins with Ya’akov’s command to Yosef not to let him be buried in Egypt and concludes with Ya’akov’s burial in the Cave of Machpelah and Yosef’s similar petition to his children to take his bones with them when G-d takes them out of Egypt. When Ya’akov entreats Yosef with his desire, he doesn’t just accept Yosef's word that he will do it but binds him with an oath. There is something very important in this request to be buried in Eretz Israel.

For Ya’acov, the sages give several explanations for this urgent request. Ya’akov was a prophet and knew that eventually G-d would destroy Egypt with a series of plagues, including ‘kinim’, usually translated as lice. He did not want his body to be subject to this plague. Previously he had blessed Pharaoh, showing how highly regarded he was in Egypt and he was also concerned that the Egyptians would set his grave up as a shrine and worship him. Finally, he did not want to delay his resurrection, believing that those outside of the land do not come to life until they move through the earth into the land.

I believe that the primary reason for his request was to establish the centrality of the land of Israel for his descendants. He was worried they would eventually get too comfortable in the land of Egypt and forget where their real home was, what G-d had called the true promised land. Our previous parasha ended with the statement that they settled in the land, acquired property and they were fruitful and multiplied. They were putting down roots and bringing up the next generation without an experience in the promised land. By taking the clan back to the land for his funeral he would have exposed his grandchildren and great grandchildren to their true heritage. He wanted to make sure that they saw the good land and developed a longing for it. Except for the prophesy given to Avraham, they should have left right after the famine, or at least after the death of Yosef.

Shemot, our next parasha, tells us what happened. They were in danger of getting too comfortable in Egypt and as they did, assimilation began to take it’s toll and had it run it’s course, the descendants of Avraham would have been absorbed into the larger Egyptian culture. YHVH was not about to let that happened so he had the next Pharaoh separate them from the Egyptians and by doing so, put them into servitude. This is an important lesson for Avraham’s descendants today. They can maintain their identity and heritage voluntarily through Torah faithfulness or G-d will force the Gentile nations to separate them and enforce their identity. The most assimilated Jews in the twentieth century were the Jews of Germany. The separation and the forced identification of Jews there and throughout the world was one of the most painful in Jewish history. It happened in Babylon in the time of Esther and with the Greeks 200 years before the Messiah. Each time there was horrible persecution planned or executed and G-d blessed the faithful and delivered them. If the children of Avraham would learn from their own history they would be a strong, blessed people who would not find themselves in these positions of desperation again.


This week we end Bereshit and we say goodby to the last of the patriarchs. Both Ya’akov and Yosef ‘sleep with their fathers’ at the end of this parasha. Except for Elijah and Enoch, this has been the way of all the men and women of Scripture, and of all mankind. Our own mortality is not something we like to dwell on, particularly when we are younger. However, as the events of the last several months have demonstrated, death can come unexpectedly sitting in the safety of an office. Or at the wheel of a car. Or with a sudden and tragic diagnosis. Life can end in a moment or a few weeks. Do we ignore this fact, do we dwell on it? Do we fear it? Looking at the way the patriarchs dealt with their own deaths can help us deal with this universal event.

There are two things we notice about the patriarchs approach to death that differ from our own experience, one cultural and one spiritual. Culturally, death was a real, everyday experience to people in the ancient world and even in our own until fifty years ago. Death from disease, famine or war was a part of life in the past when life expectancy was low and one’s chances of surviving infancy weren’t that good. People saw other people die all the time. It was a part of life and people learned to live with that fact. One hundred years ago, it was still this way in most places in the world. Today in the western world, we don’t see death. Death is confined to hospitals and taken care of in the funeral home. Death from disease in the western world is an anomaly until old age is reached, famine does not affect us and until Sept. 11, war was something that happened somewhere else. The death of an infant or a young person is news because it’s rare. Most people who live normal lifestyles will live for sixty or seventy years, perhaps longer. Most will die in a hospital or nursing home, often without family and friends nearby. They will be sanitized for the funeral, we will see the made up face for a few moments and then they will be put in a plot seldom visited. Because death is not part of our everyday experience, it is seen as an unwelcome intruder, a specter to be feared and held off or hidden. It is the source of all the rest of our fears. When we are embarrassed we say, ‘Oh I could have just died!’. We equate many of our negative emotional states to death because it is our fundamental fear.

So how could the patriarchs and others in scripture face death so calmly, without fear? Because they had died long ago. If death had already happened, what is there to fear? Fear is rooted in our concept of ourselves. We create this fiction of who we are, we call it the ego or the ‘I’ and then we attach it to our impermanent body. It is not real, it only exists in our minds. It is no more real than the picture of us that other people have that may be more or less accurate. It is this illusion we hold onto so stubbornly. It is the source of our pride and identity and knowledge. It gets embarrassed, it gets hurt, it fantasizes. We create it as we get older, children don’t have it. It is because we fear the destruction of our illusion that we fear death, we fear embarrassment, we fear truth. We choose to remain blind and deaf.

The patriarchs and all the great spiritual men of scripture understood the reality of who they were, they did not live in an illusion. Because they left the illusion, they put it to death, they died to ‘self’, they could experience the connection with their God in a way that made what we call ‘spiritual reality’ an everyday reality. Y’shua said that God is spirit and we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. They connected moment by moment with the eternal, they experienced life in the eternal, eternal life. To someone that lives in such a way, death is just a physical bump in the road of existence. It is not something to be feared. Once there is no fear of death, life can really begin. We become alive to every moment, we commune with God, we are free to act and love.

“God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God and God in him. Love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgement, because in this world we are like Him. There is no fear in love. Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The man who fears is not made perfect in love.” I John 4:16-18


In this parasha, Ya’akov blesses his sons. We have seen this phenomenon quite a few times in Bereshit and it is a common occurrence in Tenach. There is, however, a specific blessing that is passed down from Avraham to Yitzach to Ya’acov and now to Yosef. It is limited to direct descent and is not given to others. The question is, what is it?

Yosef is blessed with “the blessings of heaven above, the deep below, the blessing of the bosom and womb.....the endless bounds of the worlds hills.” Ya’akov was blessed with “the dew of heavens and the fatness of the earth...peoples will serve you...” The blessing to Yitzak is not specifically recounted. It only says that “Avraham gave Yitzak everything.” Most think that this is the promise that Avraham’s descendant would inherit the land and his descendants would be a numerous as the stars in the sky. Not quite. No one has the ability to predict or force future generations to follow a specific course of action. If that was true the story of Israel would have read very differently. The blessing was the power to make it happen, the power of heaven and earth, if that power was used wisely. The power I am talking about is what is commonly referred to as ‘knowing God’. In order to understand this, we first need to understand who God is and then we can develop an idea of what the blessing is.

YHVH Elohim, what does this term/name mean? Elohim is the totality of the created universe, all the matter and power that exists. YHVH is the kinetic energy, the active force, the ‘first and continuing cause’, that brings the order of creation about. It is, at it’s root, impersonal. ‘Knowing YHVH’ is not relational but the practical reality of being in harmony with the creative force in it’s totality. As we read the biblical text and see people relating to or talking to YHVH, it is an attempt to use a common point of reference and the confines of everyday language and terms to describe a transcendent experience. It is similar to the relation of a dream. Dreams do not follow the rules or conventions that govern our normal lives. For example, one can have two or more YHVH’s in the text or some other obvious contradiction and although our Greek minds attempt to make sense of it, applying the rules of logic, dreams do not follow logical patterns and have their own rules of interpretation. The key to understanding YHVH is to first find the proper context to understand the way the experience has been related by the person who had it and then enter into that experience so one can understand the common points of reference.

It is our ignorance of this that causes so many problems. For example, idolatry is a result of attempting to invent a relationship with the creative force. Those who have not had the transcendent experience with the power know they should be connecting with something beyond themselves. Because they don’t have the reality, they invent a context in which they can have such an experience according to a worldview they understand, usually a relational one. The creative force then becomes personified as ‘father’ or ‘brother’ or ‘wife’, all of which have been expressed in idolatrous contexts over the millennia. Since the context of the experience has been invented, the rules and expectations surrounding the experience are completely subjective. This subjectivity results in the great variety of religious expression we see today and have seen throughout most of history. All religion and it’s interpretation are the result of a man’s invention of a substitute for a transcendent experience he knows exists but cannot, for some reason, experience. Such individuals then bring about some kind of experience, usually through psychological manipulation, and convince themselves they have found the way and seek to convert others. The worst results are from those who are convinced they alone know the truth or hold the key. Such belief has led to untold bloodshed throughout the ages.

The ability to actually ‘know God’ and be in harmony with the universe also brings with it the ability to manipulate the creation. We were formed with this power. ‘YHVH breathed into us’ means that the kinetic energy of the universe is within us. Originally, this meant that the adam had the ability to manipulate and control his environment in ways we can only imagine. He could be in harmony with all the animals and the garden met all of his needs. After the fall, this was no longer the case but the potential remained. Noach had it and recognized that the course of action mankind had taken would result in an imbalance in creation so severe that a catastrophic readjustment would take place. He prepared accordingly. Avraham left the confines of idolatry in Ur and after spending years in the nomadic lifestyle, got in touch with the created order enough to exercise it’s power. Apparently he was the first one with the ability or knowledge to pass this power on to his descendants and with such a power could foresee them being numerous and powerful. The blessing did not cause it but gave them the ability to see it happen if they used it wisely. He passed this blessing to Yitzach. Ya’akov received it from his father even though it was by deception. It would seem that the passing on of this ability to be in touch with the creative power of the universe is not always dependent on righteousness. And the exercise of this power is not always done in a wise manner. We have looked at the ‘law of unintended consequences’ and have seen how both Ya’akov and Yosef exercised this power in a way that was selfish and resulted in negative consequences down the line.

The key to obtaining the blessing seems to be according to two different paths. The one we have been dealing with is that of direct transference, usually by the laying on of hands by someone who has the blessing. The second is to develop the characteristics through lifestyle that put one in touch with the created order in an intense and powerful way. This was the route of Avraham, Moshe, David, many of the prophets and even Y’shua. We were all created with the potential, we are all children of Adam. In order to obtain it we must stop living by and believing in the illusion we or others have created and begin to operate according to reality.

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Parashah #12: Vayechi "He Lived"
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Parashah #12: Vayechi "He lived"
B'reshit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26
By Yehudah ben Shomeyr ben Avraham
In Parashah Vayechi Yisrael (Ya'akov) dies but before he does he
blesses Yosef and the rest of the sons. Yisrael makes Yosef sware to
bury him in the family grave plot at Machpilah. Yisrael adopts Yosefs
sons Ephrayim and Maneshe as his sons thus completing the tribes. This
makes 12 not 13, for Levi becomes the Priestly Tribe and is eventually
scattered among all the tribes and has no land or inheritance among
the rest of the tribes. Eventually Yosef is about to die and he makes
all of the tribes swear to take his bones with them when they leave
Egypt, and they do when they leave with Moshe in the Exodus.
Chapter 50 lets us in on the secrets of Egyptian mummification. Yosef
has Ya'akov mummified.
40 days embalming
+70 days mourning (Setting in salts)
110 days
Then the sons of Irsrael (Ya'akov) take his body to Machpelah and sit
sheva (Jewish tradition of 7 days of mourning).
Then the brothers fear Yosef will take vengeance upon them for selling
him into slavery, but Yosef reassures them.
Gen. 50:15 "And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead,
they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly
requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did
command before he died, saying,
17So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass
of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now,
we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy
father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they
said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto
good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones.
And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them."(KJV)
Gen. 47-48 Ya'akov becomes ill, and Jasher says:
Jasher 56:2 At that time Jacob was attacked with that illness of which
he died and he sent and called for his son Joseph from Egypt, and
Joseph his son came from Egypt and Joseph came unto his father.
Now what that illness was, we do not know, but he becomes ill and
summons Yosef and his sons Ephrayim and Maneshe to his death bed and
adopts Yosef's two sons as his own equal with Yosef's other brothers.
This is not to make 13 tribes because Levi becomes the Levitical
priestly tribe and has no inheritance, because YHWH is their inheritance.
Gen. 48:8-22 Ya'akov blesses Yosef's two sons, and seems to carry on
the tradition of blessing the younger one first, just as he (Ya'akov)
was blessed over his elder brother Esav.
Yosef is displeased with this. Possibly thinking he's dealing with his
old fathers senility (maybe this was the illness Jasher refers to?).
Yosef tries to move his fathers hands and Ya'akov basicly said, "Now
son, I know what I'm doing." He then gives Yosef the city of Shekem.
And here is the famous blessing we Jews bless our sons with every Sabbath.
Gen.48:20 "And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel
bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set
Ephraim before Manasseh." (KJV)
Interestingly Jasher does record a battle where Ya'akov fights and
uses a bow!
Gen. 48:22 "Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy
brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword
and with my bow." (KJV)
Chapter 49 Ya'akov calls all his sons together, for he knows he will
soon die. Then he proceeds to bless them. Then again charge his sons
collectively to be sure to bury him in the patriarchal family burial
cave in Machpelah. Then he dies.
Now the blessings of the sons of Israel are a bit mysterious and every
bit prophetic.
I can honestly saw I do not know what all this means. All I know is that:
1. The Blessings are past, present, and future prophetic.
2. They reveals their tribal symbols we see on menorahs and crests.
3. It reveals the traits and characteristics and function of each tribe.
4. It reveals enigmatically what will happen to them in the
Acharit-Hayamim (the Last Days) which has yet to fully happen.
Ezekiel 37 speaks of the Two Houses / the Two Kingdoms :
1. Yehudah, the Southern Kingdom, made up of Yehudah, Levi, and
Benyamin. They went into Babylonian captivity and returned to the Land
of Israel. This is recorded in Ezra and Nehemiah
2. Yisrael or Efrayim, the Northern Kingdom made up of what is known
today as the "Lost 10 Tribes". They were taken into Assyerian
captivity and never returned but were lost and assimilated into the
countries they were exiles and migrated to. Essentially they became
Goyim (Gentiles), assimilated into the nations.
We may not have hard evidence who and where the 10 tribes are, but we
have some indicators, so called coincidences, uncanny similarities and
circumstantial evidence concerning such.
Here is where some scholars, Christian and Jewish, Rabbi's, and
anthropologist think and have a good indication where they are.
I suggest obtaining a copy of "Quest for the Lost Tribes" put out by
A&E. A Jewish Scholar traces the Tribes locations trough the texts of
Scripture, finding the modern name for ancient locations, and he has
found they are where the Bible said they would be.
Now this is not to say that everyone from these places is from one of
these tribes, I am not given to British Israelitism. But I am saying
there is a remnant of Israel in practically every people group world
wide. Shem has mingled with the other two sons of Noah, Hamm and Yefet.
RE'UVEN: (Water: Gen. 49:4) Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
SHIMON: (Swords: Gen. 49:5-7) Spain
LEVI: (Swords/ Now a Breastplate: Gen. 49:5-7) They have been
scattered world wide and were embedded within all the tribes.
YEHUDAH: (Lion's cub: Gen. 49:9, 10) Germany, America's, Israel.
ZEVULUN: (Ships: Gen. 49:13) France, India (Bombay).
DAN: (Serpent: Gen. 49:17) Denmark, Africa, Scotland, Ireland.
GAD: (Spear: Gen. 49:19) Italy.
ASHER: (Wheat: Gen. 49:20) Sweden, Tunisia.
NAFTALI: (Doe: Gen. 49:21) Norway, Uzbekistan, China, Iran.
EFRAYIM: (Grapevine: Gen. 49:22) USA, England, British Isles, Turkey.
MANASHE: (Grapevine: Gen. 49:22) USA, E.U. Welch, India.
The Pathans of Afghanistan and Pakistan has tribes with almost the
identical names of the 12 tribes, plus one called the Nazeri who look
and live like Biblical Nazarites!
Almost everywhere in the world there are civil disputes between
peoples, one group always accuses another group of not being
indigenous and not being fully apart of their people group. The groups
in dispute usually have slightly different customs and traditions,
many of which are very Jewish in nature.
It is no Surprise Black Jews from Africa and India have already made
Aliyah (Return to the Land of Israel) and are recognized by religious
Jews and the Israeli government as Jews, and some even serve in the
Israeli Defense Forces.
After their tribal blessing is said, Ya'akov gave each an individual
blessing which is not recorded for us. Then he dies.
Gen. 50:1 "And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him,
and kissed him."(KJV)
Jasher 56:23 And Joseph fell upon his father and he cried out and wept
over him and he kissed him, and he called out in a bitter voice, and
he said, O my father, my father.
24 And his son's wives and all his household came and fell upon Jacob,
and they wept over him, and cried in a very loud voice concerning Jacob.
25 And all the sons of Jacob rose up together, and they tore their
garments, and they all put sackcloth upon their loins, and they fell
upon their faces, and they cast dust upon their heads toward the heavens.
Ya'akov was well respected and honored among the peoples around him:
Gen. 50:7 "And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up
all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the
elders of the land of Egypt,
8And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's
house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they
left in the land of Goshen.
9And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a
very great company.
10And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond
Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation:
and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
11And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the
mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning
to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim,
which is beyond Jordan." (KJV)
Jasher 5626 And the thing was told unto Osnath Joseph's wife, and she
rose up and put on a sack and she with all the Egyptian women with her
came and mourned and wept for Jacob.
27 And also all the people of Egypt who knew Jacob came all on that
day when they heard this thing, and all Egypt wept for many days.
28 And also from the land of Canaan did the women come unto Egypt when
they heard that Jacob was dead, and they wept for him in Egypt for
seventy days.
29 And it came to pass after this that Joseph commanded his servants
the doctors to embalm his father with myrrh and frankincense and all
manner of incense and perfume, and the doctors embalmed Jacob as
Joseph had commanded them.
30 And all the people of Egypt and the elders and all the inhabitants
of the land of Goshen wept and mourned over Jacob, and all his sons
and the children of his household lamented and mourned over their
father Jacob many days.
This is how Ya'akov was honored:
Jasher 56:35 And the sons of Jacob carried the bier upon which he lay;
according to all that their father commanded them, so did his sons
unto him.
36 And the bier was of pure gold, and it was inlaid round about with
onyx stones and bdellium; and the covering of the bier was gold woven
work, joined with threads, and over them were hooks of onyx stones and
37 And Joseph placed upon the head of his father Jacob a large golden
crown, and he put a golden scepter in his hand, and they surrounded
the bier as was the custom of kings during their lives.
38 And all the troops of Egypt went before him in this array, at first
all the mighty men of Pharaoh, and the mighty men of Joseph, and after
them the rest of the inhabitants of Egypt, and they were all girded
with swords and equipped with coats of mail, and the trappings of war
were upon them.
39 And all the weepers and mourners went at a distance opposite to the
bier, going and weeping and lamenting, and the rest of the people went
after the bier.
40 And Joseph and his household went together near the bier barefooted
and weeping, and the rest of Joseph's servants went around him; each
man had his ornaments upon him, and they were all armed with their
weapons of war.
41 And fifty of Jacob's servants went in front of the bier, and they
strewed along the road myrrh and aloes, and all manner of perfume, and
all the sons of Jacob that carried the bier walked upon the perfumery,
and the servants of Jacob went before them strewing the perfume along
the road.
42 And Joseph went up with a heavy camp, and they did after this
manner every day until they reached the land of Canaan, and they came
to the threshing floor of Atad, which was on the other side of Jordan,
and they mourned an exceeding great and heavy mourning in that place.
43 And all the kings of Canaan heard of this thing and they all went
forth, each man from his house, thirty-one kings of Canaan, and they
all came with their men to mourn and weep over Jacob.
44 And all these kings beheld Jacob's bier, and behold Joseph's crown
was upon it, and they also put their crowns upon the bier, and
encircled it with crowns.
45 And all these kings made in that place a great and heavy mourning
with the sons of Jacob and Egypt over Jacob, for all the kings of
Canaan knew the valor of Jacob and his sons.
Moshe in Deuteronomy 33 also gives a prophetic blessing over all the
tribes of Israel. This furthers the clues on who and where the tribes are.
Mysteriously Shimon is not mentioned in Deut. 33 but show up in
Revelation 21 as the name of one of the 12 gates in the New Jerusalem,
and that 12,000 from each tribe (including Shimon) was sealed.
So we will survive and we will all one day know who we are, what
tribes we are from, or have been adopted into, and we will be one
nation again!
Jewish Tradition says that when Messiah returns that He will separate
us from the Nations and put us in our designated tribes.
Yosef Lives to see his great grandchildren. Yosef too was mummified
and made a similar charge to the sons of Israel.
Gen. 50:22 "And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and
Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
23And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the
children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon
Joseph's knees.
24And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit
you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will
surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
26So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they
embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." (KJV)
Jasher 59:20 And Joseph lived in the land of Egypt ninety-three years,
and Joseph reigned over all Egypt eighty years.
21 And when the days of Joseph drew nigh that he should die, he sent
and called for his brethren and all his father's household, and they
all came together and sat before him.
22 And Joseph said unto his brethren and unto the whole of his
father's household, Behold I die, and God will surely visit you and
bring you up from this land to the land which he swore to your fathers
to give unto them.
23 And it shall be when God shall visit you to bring you up from here
to the land of your fathers, then bring up my bones with you from here.
24 And Joseph made the sons of Israel to swear for their seed after
them, saying, God will surely visit you and you shall bring up my
bones with you from here.
25 And it came to pass after this that Joseph died in that year, the
seventy-first year of the Israelites going down to Egypt.
26 And Joseph was one hundred and ten years old when he died in the
land of Egypt, and all his brethren and all his servants rose up and
they embalmed Joseph, as was their custom, and his brethren and all
Egypt mourned over him for seventy days.
27 And they put Joseph in a coffin filled with spices and all sorts of
perfume, and they buried him by the side of the river, that is Sihor,
and his sons and all his brethren, and the whole of his father's
household made a seven day's mourning for him.
During the Exodus from Egypt, led by Moshe, the Children of Israel
carried the body of Yosef with them to the land of Israel.
Legends of the Bible says:
"All this time in the desert Israel carried two shrines with them, the
one the coffin containing the bones of the dead man Joseph, the other
the Ark containing the covenant of the Living God. The wayfarers who
saw the two receptacles wondered, and they would ask. "How does the
ark of the dead come next to the ark of the Ever-living?" The answer
was, "The dead man enshrined in the one fulfilled the commandments
enshrined in the other.""
And like Yeshua, when he returns He will set foot on the Mount of
Olives (Zec. 14:4) and we will all return to the Holy Land. A Jewish
Tradition states when this happens that even the dead will roll
underground all the way to the Holy Land to be resurrected. So our
bodies like Yosef's and Yeshua's will one way or another be brought
back to the Land of Israel.
This concludes our Torah Portion for this week and ends our in depth
study of the life of Yosef and how it compares to Yeshua Messiah's
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuah Tov!
-- Yehudah













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