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Vayigash, וַיִּגַּשׁ

Vayigash, וַיִּגַּשׁ

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B. Scott 12/21/12
Vayigash 2012
 This week’s portion, Vayigash/”And he drew near” brings us close to the endof Genesis, covering Genesis 44:18 – 47:27, sharing with us how Josephrevealed himself to his brothers and the restoration of the whole house. Butit also falls in a new month on the Hebrew calendar. After closing out thefestival of Hanukkah, we now find ourselves having entered into the monthof Tevet, the 10
month on the calendar. This month becomes one oparadox. It is interesting to note that this month begins in the midst of acelebration dealing with the light of Yahweh (Hanukkah) yet it was also onthe 10
day of this 10
month that the Babylonian armies of Nebuchadnezzar laid siege to Jerusalem – the light being removed/hidden.*It is traditionally observed as a day of fasting, mourning, andrepentance (one of the 4 fast days associated with the destruction of the Temple: 1) 17
of Tammuz – walls were breached, sacrificesceased 2) 9
of Av – Holy Temple destroyed 3) 3
of Tishri – the leaderof the remnant that was left after the Babylonian captivity isassassinated 4) 10
of Tevet – Jerusalem comes under siege). Tevet: Strong’s #2887 Tebeth goodness; according to
Klein’sEtymological Dictionary 
“month of sinking”, to sink; from #2883 taba’to sink, sink into/down, to pierce, press in to any soft material such as clay,hence to impress a seal – so it would seem as a vessel made of clay thatwhatever we are sealed with/impressed with (whatever Word seals ourhearts) becomes the determining factor of whether the light is hid orrevealed in us!*10 =
atom/spark/light of all life, it is part of every letter andtherefore every word; 10 also becomes synonymous with the idea of acovering because on the 10
day of Nisan the Passover lamb isselected and it’s also on the 10
day of Tishri that we have the Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur.It’s during this month that we are reminded that His Word/every letter of every word that issues forth from the Creator/His Light – literally thelanguage of Yahweh should be our covering (just like the lamb’s blood on thedoorpost and the covering of Yom Kippur) – this is what becomes the seal forHis people! The constellational sign that rules during this month is commonly known asCapricorn, the goat or in Hebrew Gedi
its seen in the heavens as a half goat/half fish, quite strange unless we remember that the fish is the pictureassociated with the Hebrew letter = seed and life
So during the wintermonths of darkness, we’re reminded of the sacrifice (goat of Yom Kippur)that covers and protects the seed so that we can have life! What exactly is1
being preserved and protected?Gematria of Gedi = 17, the 17
letter is the the mouth/the language; Hepromises to preserve His language because it’s the vessel of His life/seed! Yet it is during this month as well that the “light” is removed.Nebuchadnezzar: Strong’s #5019 Nebuwkadne’tstsar may Neboprotect the crown
= prophet, from the root meaning to prophesy, or tospeak, also the Babylonian deity that ruled over writing/letters and learning;= jar, vessel, also a play on words with meaning one or unity; = toguard, watch, keep, observe, to hide
Israel had become “echad” with onewho fomented another speech/writing/and letters, and because of that theirseal that was on their vessel is changed and it becomes guarded or hid fromthem!*Gematria = 423 same value as #2106 zaviyth corners of thealtar; from #2099 ziv brightness
connecting Nebuchadnezzar tothe brightness/light on the altar; in other words, he became the vesselused to put the altar fire out and it becomes the pattern for this 10
month – the potential for the light to be hid/the Word removed!Leviticus 6:13 – “The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall nevergo out.” This same pattern plays out in this Torah Portion as well. At the beginning Joseph (represents the light) is hid from his brothers, yet through aseemingly strange turn of events he is made known/revealed.*Remember Joseph was given a coat of many colors. Colors: Strong’s#6446 pas and it shares the same root as Pesach/Passover
He’sthe covering of the house.Could this be the significance of the month of Tevet? That we have thepotential to either have the light and the increase (Joseph) revealed to us (tohave light on the altar) by having the proper seal, or it can be hidden andremoved leaving us in confusion (Babylon) if we choose to reject it! As youwill see, this depends upon whom we choose to draw near to (vayigash) inthe days ahead!
 The Famine
 The setting of this portion is in the midst of a famine that would last 7 years(another connection to the light via the 7 branched Menorah! Could it bereferring to a famine of the light/Word of Yahweh?)Famine: Strong’s #7458 ra’ab famine, hunger; = to shake &
) an architectural term meaning a threshold, from an unused rootmeaning to cover; the famine will shake and expose what is covering the2
threshold!*The proper covering is the light of Yahweh, Adam and Eve are firstcovered with the light, after the fall the light takes on the form of blood, it’s slowed down. Without the proper covering in the midst of the famine (ra’) evil enters into the house () and this becomes thelight source (same letters form famine form /ba’ar to kindle,consume, be brutish, stupid, dull hearted) This is why Joseph becomes so important during the famine! Joseph:Strong’s #3130 Yowceph Yahweh has added; 2 letter root
) a spreading out, basin, bowl 2) threshold, sill; from #5605 caphaphto stand at or guard the threshold
He’s the one able to guard thethreshold, keeping the evil out of the house during the famine!Caph is first seen in
Exodus 12:22 – “And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop,and dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the bason/caph, and strike the lintel andthe two side posts with the blood that [is] in the bason/caph; and none of youshall go out at the door of his house until the morning.”*He’s the one that will apply the blood covering to the threshold!Restoring the covering of light in the face of one who would attempt toremove it!Notice that this is dealing with the 10
plague in Egypt just as this isconnected to the 10
month! The 10
plague was the death of the firstbornsons.Exodus 12:29-30Firstborn: Strong’s #1060 bekowr firstborn, firstling; gematria = 228,same value as the phrase “ve’uwriyah”
And Yahweh is mylight/flame”
the light went out unless they had the covering provided bylamb*Later Israel was told to have something else upon their doorposts aswell. Deuteronomy 11:20 – “And thou shalt write them upon the doorposts of thine house, and upon thy gates:” referring to theWords/commandments of Yahweh
connecting for us that the coveringthat will seal us is the Living Torah!Write: Strong’s #3789 kathab to write, record, enroll; gematria = 422,same value as Nebuchadnezzar!Genesis 44:18Came near: Strong’s #5066 nagash to draw near, approach, be broughtnear; it carries within it the idea of approaching for intimacy or of approaching as a priest would to the altar Judah: Strong’s #3063 Yehuwdah praised; from #3034 yadah to3

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