Vayechi – ויחי
December 18, 2021
Genesis 47:28-50:26; 1 Kings 2:1-12; 1 Peter 2:11-17
Torah Portion “ויחי/Vayechi” which means “And he lived” and begins, “And Ya‛aqoḇ lived in the land of Mitsrayim seventeen years. So the length of Ya‛aqoḇ’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.”
This week we finish the book of Genesis, and in our Torah portion we hear the blessings that Jacob gives to his twelve sons.
Pastor Richard teaches us that Jacob shows us how we can live with darkness and death all around us, yet we can still show the world our light. As a light we do not hide it, we allow our light to shine. Pastor Richard asks, “Why does Hashem want us to gather together, and what is Hashem’s purpose?” Gen.49:1-2 is the blueprint. Pastor Richard shows that the scepter never departs from Judah and how this means that the tribes follow this authority. He also shows that the legislation of our faith is with the Jews.
What a loving Father! He has left authority here for His people until the Messiah returns.
This week’s Torah portion is full of blessings, leadership, but mostly repentance. We need to understand the past so we can move forward in love for one another and unity. May this teaching bring you shalom!
This week our Haftorah teaching is delivered by Ro’ah Alpha from 1 Kings 2:1-12, and the New Covenant E-drash is delivered by Brother Mark from 1 Peter 2:11-17.
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