Parsha Thought – Vayechi

Jacob Is Blessing Joseph and His Sons (illustration from the 1897 Bible Pictures and What They Teach Us by Charles Foster)

This week we study the Parsha of Vayechi (Gen 47:28-50:26) which, in English, means “And he lived”.

The portion starts off with us reading that Jacob lived in the land of Egypt for 17 years only to find out that he dies there. We also close the book of B’resheit/Genesis by reading about Joseph’s death. This parsha seems to indicate that even though one dies, one’s life and one’s mantle does not end. So just before Joseph passes, he speaks a word of hope and life to his brothers.

“I am about to die, but Elohim will surely remember you and bring you up out of this land to the land that He swore to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Ya’acov.”

We see this come to pass in Shemot/Exodus 3:16 when Elohim speaks those same prophetic words to Moshe. Joseph knew that no matter how much time elapses, HaShem will redeem them as if suddenly “remembering” them. However, He had never truly forgotten them to begin with. This parallels the teaching from last Shabbat almost perfectly.

So, what promises are you waiting on?

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