Dr. Allen and Dr. Karen Ranney
November 24, 2018 (16 Kislev 5779) Vayishlach "and he sent"
November 24, 2018 (16 Kislev 5779) Vayishlach "and he sent"
“and he sent”
This Torah study titled “Vayishlach” in Hebrew means “and he sent” teaches in Genesis that if we earnestly ask forgiveness and seek how to make things right, mercy will be given to us. We also see in Obadiah there are consequences if we continue in sin. In our reading from the book of John, we see that if we follow in the statutes Yeshua has put forth, we, like Yeshua’s disciples will see His miracles done in this Earth.
1 John 1:9 Ephesians 4:31
Matthew 4:17; 6:14-15 Matthew 10:32
Romans 10:8-13 John 13:34-35
Vayishlach “and he sent”
The Torah study “Vayishlach” is a phrase “Va is a conjunction it means and”, ish or yish #376 means he, him and husband”, “shlach #7971 means sent,” it is found in Genesis 32:3-36:43.
Genesis 32:3 records Jacob sending messengers to his brother Esau.
Genesis 32:22 records Jacob wrestling with God.
Genesis 33 records the meeting between Jacob and Esau.
Genesis 34 records the rape of Dinah.
Genesis 35:1 records Jacob’s return to Bethel.
Genesis 35:16-29 records the death of Rachel and Isaac.
Genesis 36 records the family of Esau.
The Haftarah or prophets portion is in the book of Obadiah.
Obadiah 1:21 records the coming judgment on Edom.
The Gospel portion is in the book of John 1:19-2:12.
John 1:19-2:12 records John’s witness to the priests and Levites, his witness at
Christ’s baptism, and it records Andrew, Peter, Philip and Nathanael following Christ and Jesus turning the water into wine so the disciples will believe.
Vayishlach “and he sent”
Genesis 32:3-4 (Interlinear Bible) reads, “and Jacob sent ‘Vayishlach #7971’ messengers before his face to his brother Esau, to the land of Seir, the field of Edom.”
When Jacob learned Esau was coming in v 6, he was greatly afraid. He learned that his older twin brother, the brother that was cheated out of his rightful inheritance by his mother and himself, was approaching with 400 armed men, Jacob, of course, thought Esau was coming for vengeance because when he stole the blessing, Esau swore he would kill Jacob after Isaac died. Jacob cried out to God for help. He prayed, “Deliver me, I pray from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau; for I fear him, lest he come and attack me and the mother with the children. (Genesis 32:11) and in v 13, Jacob took what had come to his hand and made droves of animals goats, sheep, camels, cows and donkeys and sent them as a present for Esau. That night Jacob wrestled with God. The following day, Genesis 33:1 says, “now Jacob lifted his eyes and looked, and there, Esau was coming, and with him or 400 men.” So he divided the children among Leah, and the two maidservants and kept himself, Rachel and her children in the rear. When Esau showed up, Jacob bowed before him seven times (Genesis 33:3), when to Jacob’s surprise, “but Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck and kissed him, and they wept” (Genesis 33:4). Now that’s forgiveness.
Jacob and Esau are examples of how the deceitfulness of riches, the pride of life, our past relationships, and unforgiveness can influence our actions and decisions in ungodly, selfish ways. But God has a plan even for that. God is “El Nasa #5375” God who forgives (Psalm 99:8).
First John 1:9 reads, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
These confessions, assertions and professions of and from our mouths are designed by God to bring us to a true understanding of the root of forgiveness, which is love. His love, God’s great unfailing love for us, for all humanity, the root of unconditional forgiveness is available to us, just for the asking. Amen.
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35)
These are the words of the master teacher Yeshua, Jesus Christ, written in red in my Bible as if they were penned from the shed blood of Calvary.
Forgiveness is freely available; all you have to do is ask. Example: Psalm 51. King David came before God to ask forgiveness, so Psalm 51 is a prayer to God that we can use as a pattern for our own lives.
In Genesis 32:25-33, Jacob wrestles with God. Man, Angel, God, Jesus pre-incarnate, however you interpret it, Jacob struggled all night holding on to Him, refusing to let Him go until he received a blessing.
“So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel #6439, for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Genesis 32:30
Jacob wrestled with God, you and I wrestle with God also, and too often I would guess if you are anything like me, human, and as such we are bombarded with ethical, moral, religious and secular choices every minute of the day. TV, radio, newspapers and especially magazines seem to beckon you to compromise your beliefs and morals. We wrestle with these choices the world would have us choose instead of God, but I say to you, hold on to God with everything in you, and you will be blessed. Amen.
As we read in the Torah portion of Genesis 32, the book of Obadiah deals with the culmination of the ancient feud between Jacob and Esau, the nation of Israel and the nation of Edom, between the descendants of Jacob and his brother Esau.
In the Torah portion we saw Esau’s forgiveness of Jacob’s treachery. This great forgiveness is a type and shadow of God’s forgiveness to us through His Son Yeshua. Now, in the book of Obadiah, the ancient feud and animosities rear their ugly heads again. Through the prophet Obadiah, the Lord expresses His indignation at the children of Esau, the nation of Edom, when they should have been coming to the aid of their cousins they were aiding Israel’s enemies.
When they should have been helping, they were hindering and adding to Israel’s plight by raiding their land, fields and vineyards, taking livestock, grain and fruit. But by the mouth of Obadiah, the Lord God Himself will deal with all the unforgiveness, jealousies and contentions held against His people Israel. A day is coming, the Day of the Lord, when all these wrongs will be righted, and the Lord will bring justice and righteousness into the land of Israel. Hallelujah!
Matthew 6:14-15, once again written in red, reads, “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Amen.
Don’t hold on to unforgiveness for past hurts. Your jealousies, strife’s and contentions leave an open door that evil can walk right through. Forgiveness, grace, mercy and love close that door, enabling only love to abide there. “Vayishlach” And He sent, God sent His only begotten Son to be that love. Amen
In John 2:1, it records Jesus and His disciples attending a wedding in Cana. It would be so easy to focus on the miracles done there: six water pots of stone being turned into wine (John 2:6), and the healing of the noble man’s son (John 4:46), but I want to focus on the true miracle of Yeshua our Christ, our salvation through Him. Amen.
John 1:28 reads, “These things were done in Bethabara beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” Amen. Okay why? Why was John baptizing? What was he preaching? Luke 3:3 answers that. “And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.” And Matthew 3:1-2 reads, “In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying repent, repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
“Repent” “#7725 shub” in Hebrew meaning to turn away. So to repent is to turn from or to change one’s mind. Repent is to turn from sin, to repent you change your mind about what you have been doing and then turn to God and ask forgiveness for that sin. Amen.
John 1:28 records that John was at Bethabara beyond the Jordan preaching and baptizing.
“Bethabara #1012” in Hebrew means “house at the ford” or “house at the river crossing.” It was a natural ford to cross the river. So John, who was not only a preacher, but an evangelist taking the message of God to the people, went to a place where he would have a steady supply of tradesmen, pilgrims, soldiers and all manner of travelers to teach God’s unfailing love and forgiveness to. Amen. The symbolism here is amazing when you look at it: pilgrims, travelers crossing the Jordan into the promised land. The ford, the river crossing, being the only way to get to that promised land; the water washing away sin. Rising from the water represented resurrection into a new life in Christ. The waters carrying sin to the sea to be forgotten, never to be remembered again, forgiven, forgiven, forgive.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
“For God so loved the world that “Vayishlach”, “He gave” His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not “shlach #7971 send” His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
Do you want or need to be forgiven, or do you need or want to forgive someone in your life? Well, it’s as easy as ABC.
A. Admit, admit that you have sinned and your sorry you have.
B. Believe, believe Jesus died for that sin, then rose from the grave on the third day.
C. Confess, confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and make Him King in your life.
Read Romans 10:8-13 and Matthew 10:32, then pray, “Father fill me with your spirit that I too can be forgiven and forgive as you do. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.”
Addition to Torah study
This part of the Torah study from Genesis 34 touches on a very abominable act, the rape of a young woman. The reason I chose to address this topic here in the Gospel portion instead of the Torah portion is that only through the precepts set forth in the Gospel can we begin, and I mean “only begin” to understand rape. This vile act (satanic attack) is so devastating that we see in Genesis 34:25-29, Simeon and Levi react in the same vein (demonically) and kill all males in that city.
This incident is a shameful reminder of how all too human we are. But the love of God, patterned by Christ, should be our example. Of course there should be justice served for such an abominable act, but as hard as this seems, there should be forgiveness also, and that forgiveness can only be found in Christ, in His love for us. Yes, there should be punishment for the offender, including a very long prison sentence. For the victim, in many instances for them it is a life sentence of having to deal with the physical, mental and spiritual issues that will affect the victim for the rest of their life, but and again, the victim has to come to a place of forgiveness or there will never be healing.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31) Amen.
Bibliography for the Vayishlach “and he sent”
Interlinear Bible, the, Hendrickson publishing, 2006
New King James Version of the Bible, Thomas Nelson publishers, 2007
Strong’s Complete Dictionary of Bible words, Thomas Nelson publishing, 1996