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Saturday, December 9, 2017

Vayesheve /וישב / “And he dwelt.”

By Maria Merola אריאל 
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, December 9th 2017

Vayesheve /וישב / “And he dwelt.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 37:1-40:23.

Nabiym (Prophets): Amowc (Amos) 2:6-3:8.

Briyth Chadashah (Renewed Covenant): Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 1:18-25: Ma’aseh Shlichiym (Acts of the Apostles) 7:9-16.

In this week’s Towrah Portion, we learn that Ya’aqob (Jacob) moved his entire family to Canaan, where his father, Yitzchaq (Isaac) dwelt as a stranger.

Jacob’s favor toward Joseph (his first-born son to Rachel) caused much jealousy and rivalry in the family. However, to be fair to Jacob, we must realize that the dysfunction in this family began with the father of Leah & Rachel (Laban) who tricked Jacob into marrying Leah (the older daughter) before he would allow him to marry his younger daughter, Rachel. 

After Jacob’s marriage to these two sisters, there was “rivalry” and jealousy between Leah & Rachel. We are told that Rachel was loved by Jacob, but Leah was hated. Joseph, (being the son of the beloved wife, Rachel) was favored by Jacob above the others. As a matter of fact, in  Genesis 48:22, we read that Jacob gave Joseph “a double portion inheritance” above his brothers.

Joseph inheriting a double portion is a prophetic picture of the future Messiah who will inherit both Houses of Yisra’el. Never-the-less, to avoid this type of rivalry and jealousy from being repeated in families, YaHuWaH handed down this commandment to Mosheh (Moses):

Debariym (Deuteronomy) 21:

15 If a man have two wives, one beloved, and another hated, and they have born him children, both the beloved and the hated; and if the firstborn son be hers that was hated:

16 Then it shall be, when he makes his sons to inherit that which he has, that he may not make the son of the beloved firstborn before the son of the hated, which is indeed the firstborn:

17 But he shall acknowledge the son of the hated for the firstborn, by giving him a double portion of all that he has: for he is the beginning of his strength; the right of the firstborn is his.

Jacob even had a coat of many colors made for Yahuwceph (Joseph), much to the disapproval of his brothers. To make matters worse, Joseph had two prophetic dreams, which also reveal prophetic shadow pictures of the future Messiah. 

These two dreams reveal that the sun, the moon, and the stars (all of creation) would bow to our Messiah, as he is the Creator of all things (Colossians 2:16). 

Additionally, all three celestial signs in the heavens would testify to our Messiah at his birth, as seen in the Constellations. 

To learn more, see this blog entitled: “When was the Real Messiah Born & Why Does it Matter?”

Joseph’s Coat of Many Colors

Yahuwceph (Joseph) was a prophetic “type” of our Messiah Yahuwshuwa, and his coat given to him by his Father Ya’aqob (Jacob) is symbolic of the Heavenly Father giving to our Messiah “the nations for an inheritance” (Psalms 2:8).

The coat of many colors symbolizes the various colors of the flags of the nations and it represents the skin colors of the people of these nations.

It also symbolizes “covenant,” because in Genesis 9:13, YaHuWaH set a rainbow in the sky as a sign to Noah and the inhabitants of the earth, of his “seven covenants” which are called “everlasting covenants.”

There are seven colors in a rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet.

Each millennium from creation represents one of these colors. Thus, the rainbow will be completed when our Messiah returns and fulfills the Sabbath Millennium for 1,000 years, taking us to the 7th color in the rainbow!

What color is that? Purple!

What does the color purple symbolize? It symbolizes “royalty.”

You see, one of the colors used in the Tabernacle of Mosheh (Moses) is “purple,” which is a blend of “blue and red.” 

As you can see by the illustration of the curtain, the purple color is in the center (sandwiched between blue and red). This is to signify that our Messiah (who is Melchizedek) is the first one to hold the office of both a king and a priest. It is he who brings both offices together, thus uniting the earthly priests with him as the heavenly priest. 

When the earthly priests are given a new resurrected body, they will be called “kings and priests” after the order of Melchizedek, the royal priesthood (see 1st Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; 5:10).

Red is symbolic of the priesthood, because in Exodus 24:8-12, “Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which YHWH has made with you concerning all these words.”

Immediately afterward, Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and the seventy elders met with the Elohiym of Yisra’el, and there was under his feet “a paved work of sapphire stone and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.”

This means that the color of heaven, (sapphire blue) radiated from the aura of YaHuWaH as he summoned Mosheh:

“Come up to me into the mount, and be there: and I will give you tables of stone, and a Towrah, and commandments which I have written; that you may teach them.”

Thus, we see that red is the color of the “blood of the goat” which only the High Priest (Kohen ha’Gadowl) ministers at the altar once per year on Yom Kippur. However, the color blue symbolizes the Kings of Judah, as they were commanded to “rule with the scepter of the Towrah” (Genesis 49:10).

The office of Melchizedek is one of a “King & Priest,” which means that he ministers the Towrah, as a “King of Judah” (represented by the blue), but he also sprinkles the blood of the goat on behalf of the people (represented by the color red). When these two colors are blended together, they form a brand new color---purple, and purple is the color of royalty!

The office of Melchizedek (King of Righteousness) is called “A Royal Priesthood” (1st Peter 2:9). 

Melchizedek is symbolized by these two colors (blue and red), which results in the color purple! In other words, he holds both offices, king and priest.

In the gospels of Mark, Luke, and John, we read that our Messiah was clothed with “purple” and crowned as a king with thorns. What does this tell us?

It shows us that like Joseph, (who was a “suffering servant”), our Messiah came the first time to suffer, and to bear the sins of the people. The crown of thorns was to symbolize that he bore the “curse of sin and death” (Genesis 3:18; Romans 5:12; Romans 8:2; Matthew 7:16).

Melchizedek, the Royal Priest Clothed in Purple

Marqos (Mark) 15:17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head...

Marqos (Mark) 15:20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:2 And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe...

Yahuwchanon (John) 19:5 Then came Yahuwshuwa forth, wearing the crown of thorns, and the purple robe. And Pilate said unto them, Behold the man!

The last color in the rainbow is purple, because it represent the 8th Millennium, when all seven covenants will be completed:

1.) The Adamic Covenant: Genesis 3:15
2.) The Noahide Covenant: Genesis 6:18- 9:9-17
3.) The Abrahamic Covenant: Genesis 15:18-17:21
4.) The Mosaic Covenant: Exodus 2:24- Joshua 23:16
5.) The Davidic Covenant: 1st Chronicles 17:1-Jeremiah 33:21
6.) Messiah’s Renewed Covenant: Jeremiah 31:31, Hebrews 8:8 & 12:24
7.) The Everlasting Covenant: Genesis 9:16, Genesis 17:7,13,19; Leviticus 24:8, Numbers 25:13, 2nd Samuel 23:5, 1st Chronicles 16:17, Psalms 105:10, Isaiah 24:5, 55:3, 61:8, Jeremiah 32:40, Ezekiel 16:60, 37:26, Hebrews 13:20.

Because there are “seven colors” in a rainbow, YaHuWaH was demonstrating to Noah and to humanity that all seven of his covenants are one everlasting covenant!

Before the flood, all nations of the earth were connected as one continent. However, in Genesis 10:32 YaHuWaH divided the nations of the earth:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 10:

25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

After YaHuWaH divided the nations of the earth, how many continents did he divide the earth into?


That is what the rainbow symbolizes, and that is what Yahuwceph’s (Joseph’s) coat of many colors represents!

Joseph’s coat symbolizes all the nations of the earth coming into covenant with our Creator in the last days.

Interestingly, Yahuwceph’s (Joseph)’s very name means “YaHuWaH will increase,” but his son Ephrayim’s name means “double fruit.”

Yahuwceph/Joseph, (who symbolizes our Messiah), will become doubly fruitful through his son Ephrayim.

The stick (scepter) of Joseph is in the hand of his son Ephrayim, because Ephrayim will become doubly fruitful in the last days:

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 37:19 Say unto them, Thus says YHWH Elohiym; Behold, I will take the stick of Yahuwceph (Joseph), which is in the hand of Ephrayim, and the tribes of Yisra’el his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Yahuwdah (Judah), and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand.

It was Ya’aqob/Jacob (whose name was changed to Yisra’el) that prophesied over his grandson Ephrayim:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 48:19 “…..and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.”

In Hebrew, this phrase “multitude of nations” literally means “fullness of the gentiles,” or “melo ha’goyim” (see Roman 11:25).

Yisra’el shall become a multitude of nations in these last days! This means that all nations of the earth shall be blessed if they join themselves to the covenant that YaHuWaH made with Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. 

All those goat nations that disobey the commandments of YaHuWaH shall be sent away into “everlasting punishment,” but those who are obedient shall be given “eternal life” (Matthew 25:46).

The Two Dreams of the Cup-Bearer & the Baker

Finally, this week’s Towrah Portion ends with Joseph going to prison (just like our Messiah). While Joseph was in prison, he ministered to two of his inmates.

These inmates represent the “two thieves” on the cross on either side of our Messiah when he was nailed the tree (Matthew 27:38 & Mark 15:27). 

These two prisoners also symbolize the “sheep and the goat nations” that will be separated by our Messiah when he returns (Matthew 25:32-33).

You may be asking yourself “How do you know that the baker and the cup-bearer symbolize the two thieves and the goat/sheep nations?” 

The cup-bearer was fruitful when he squeezed the grapes for his master, and made him something to drink. But the baker lost the food that he had made when the birds ate it all up. This means that all of his work was done in vain. The cup-bearer symbolizes those of the House of Ephrayim who become “doubly fruitful” by preaching Messiah and his good news. The baker symbolizes those of the House of Judah who had done many “good works” (by obeying the Towrah), yet their efforts were in vain, for they rejected the Messiah and had no fruit to show for their work.

The night before our Messiah, was sacrificed on the tree, he said the following words at the Passover meal with he disciples as he lifted up the cup of wine:

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

Marqos (Mark) 14:24 And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many.

Luqas (Luke) 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament (covenant) in my blood, which is shed for you.

The cup-bearer squeezing the grapes into the cup symbolizes those who sins are atoned for by the blood of the Passover Lamb, and therefore, they will be restored back to the covenant, and to the kingdom. The baker, however symbolizes all those who count on their own “good works” rather than the atoning work of our Messiah.

As we read the account, we are going to see similarities with the two prisoners and the two thieves on the cross, as well as the sheep and the goats parable:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Yahuwceph (Joseph) said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to Elohiym? tell me them, I pray you.

9 And the chief butler (cup-bearer) told his dream to Yahuwceph (Joseph), and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

*Note: Our Messiah likened himself to “The Vine” in his Father’s vineyard in John 15:1-5. The branches symbolize those who “abide in him,” as they will become fruitful. However, the branches that do not “abide in the vine” will be “cut off.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

*Note: these three branches symbolize three groups of people, which are the Two Houses of Yisra’el, and the gentile nations who believe in Yahuwshuwa as the Messiah, and they are “grafted into the vine” (Romans 11:11-24). By the way, what color are grapes? Purple! Those who abide in the vine are part of the “Royal Priesthood of Melchizedek!” 

In other words, those who “have washed their garments in the blood of the lamb” (red) and keep his commandments (blue for towrah) will have the right to eat from the tree of life! (Revelation 7:14; 12:17; 14:12; 22:14).

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

11 And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

12 And Yahuwceph (Joseph) said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head, and restore you unto your place: and you shall deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when you were his butler (cup-bearer).

*Note: In Revelation 11:11, the two witnesses will be raised from the dead “after three days.” Similarly, the righteous thief asked our Messiah in Luke 23:42 “Master, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” 

After “three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:40), Yahuwshuwa was raised from the dead, and the righteous thief was restored back the kingdom because he believed on him (Luke 23:43). In Genesis 40:14, Joseph asked the cup-bearer “remember me when you are restored back to Pharaoh’s kingdom.”

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

14 But think on me when it shall be well with you, and show kindness, I pray you, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

*Note: like our Messiah (who was unjustly put into a dungeon and punished), Joseph was also unjustly put into prison for the purpose of ministering to these two men, who symbolize “both houses of Yisra’el.” Our Messiah was punished on behalf of both houses, and it seems that Joseph was also sent to prison to bring these two men out of prison. However, one man was cut off, while the other was restored.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:

16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Yahuwceph (Joseph), I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats (foods) for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

18 And Yahuwceph (Joseph) answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up your head from off you, and shall hang you on a tree; and the birds shall eat your flesh from off you.

20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

*Note: Do you remember another person who was beheaded at another birthday party? In Matthew 14:6-11 & Mark 6:21-28, Yahuwchanon (John) the Immerser (Baptist) was beheaded at the birthday of King Herod! 

What is the connection? In Revelation 20:4, those who are “beheaded for the testimony of Yahuwshuwa will be restored to the kingdom after their resurrection. In this case, both the butler and the baker represent two halves of a whole nation. Both Houses of Yisrael make up the entire nation. Though one part of the nation (Judah) was killed because of their rejection of Messiah, later on, they will be restored as a nation. This means that although the House of Judah rejected their Messiah, and thus they were “cut off,they will again be restored just as the cup-bearer was restored.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40:22  But he hanged the chief baker: as Yahuwceph (Joseph) had interpreted to them.

*Note: Judas Iscariot (who hung himself) represents the House of Yahuwdah (Judah), as the entire nation rejected our Messiah at his first coming. Like the chief baker (who was hung), his flesh would be eaten by the birds. Similarly, there will be those who will be counted as “wicked goats” when our Messiah returns, and their dead bodies will be eaten by the birds on the “Great Day of Wrath” in Revelation 19:21.

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 40: 23 Yet did not the chief butler (cup-bearer) remember Yahuwceph (Joseph), but forgot him.

As we continue reading in Genesis 41, we will find out that the cup-bearer did eventually remember Joseph at the proper time, when Pharaoh was troubled by two dreams. You see, even though there was a delay, the cup-bearer eventually did what was right and remembered Joseph. In the same way, the House of Judah has delayed in accepting Yahuwshuwa as their Messiah, but eventually, they will remember him and receive him at his second coming.

The lesson that we learn from the dreams of the baker and the cup-bearer, is that both men were condemned to death. In other words, just like all sinners, we are guilty and thus, worthy of death. Yet, only one of them was restored back to the kingdom, because he was humble, and thus he bore fruit. How do we know that he was humble and fruitful? 

The cup-bearer squeezed the juice from the grapes for Pharaoh, and this correlates to the parable that our Messiah told in Luke 21:33-41.

When the master of the vineyard sent his servants, (and finally his son) to reap the harvest of grapes, those who “brought forth fruit” from the vine, received a reward. However, those who allowed “the birds to eat the seed” (as in the parable of the sower in Matthew 13), were banished from the kingdom and destroyed. They did not bring forth fruit for the master, and therefore, they were counted as worthless and wicked.

The two dreams of Joseph as a youth, the two dreams of the butler and the baker and finally, the two dreams of Pharaoh, tell us a story of the future Messiah, and the Two Houses of Yisrael. 

In the first dreams that Joseph had as a youth, we are shown that although there were ten wicked sons of Jacob, and two righteous sons (Joseph & Benjamin), in the end, they would all be united and restored to one another. Similarly, both Houses of Yisrael will be united and restored back to their Messiah.

The two dreams of the butler and the baker tell us that although both houses have been condemned and sentenced to death, (like the two thieves), eventually both of them will be restored back to the kingdom at different times in history. Our Messiah taught us that “the first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”

At his first coming, the House of Judah rejected Yahuwshuwa, and as a result, they ceased to be fruitful, and their kingdom was taken away from them. However, at his second coming, the House of Ephrayim (the gentile nations) will cease to be fruitful unless they agree to help restore their big brother Judah back to the kingdom. 

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 20:8 So when even was come, the master of the vineyard said unto his steward, Call the labourers, and give them their hire, beginning from the last unto the first.

Mattithyahuw (Matthew) 20:16 So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.

Marqos (Mark) 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all.

Marqos (Mark) 10:31 But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Luqas (Luke) 13:30 And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

It is clear that the two prisoners whose dreams were interpreted by Joseph represent two groups of people. Those who are humble, versus those who are prideful and unrepentant. Those who place their trust in their own self-righteousness, versus those who trust in the righteousness of their Messiah and his finished atoning work. 

Ya’aqob (James) 4:6 But he gives more grace. Wherefore he says Elohiym resists the proud, but gives grace unto the humble.

1st Keefa (Peter) 5:5 ..... for Elohiym resists the proud, and gives grace to the humble.

I recommend reading this blog for deeper insight into this week’s Towrah Portion: “Two Conditions of the Human Heart Seen in Ephraim & Judah.”

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  1. This is not meant to diminish the importance of your writings, Maria, but I always enjoy the relevance of all of the graphics that you use - that always makes the text on the webpage 'come to life'!