Parashah #12: Vayechi "He Lived"
RaYBaSH's Torah Thought's
Parashah #12: Vayechi "He lived"
B'reshit (Genesis) 47:28-50:26
By Yehudah ben Shomeyr ben Avraham
In Parashah Vayechi Yisrael (Ya'akov) dies but before he does he
blesses Yosef and the rest of the sons. Yisrael makes Yosef sware to
bury him in the family grave plot at Machpilah. Yisrael adopts Yosefs
sons Ephrayim and Maneshe as his sons thus completing the tribes. This
makes 12 not 13, for Levi becomes the Priestly Tribe and is eventually
scattered among all the tribes and has no land or inheritance among
the rest of the tribes. Eventually Yosef is about to die and he makes
all of the tribes swear to take his bones with them when they leave
Egypt, and they do when they leave with Moshe in the Exodus.
Chapter 50 lets us in on the secrets of Egyptian mummification. Yosef
has Ya'akov mummified.
40 days embalming
+70 days mourning (Setting in salts)
Then the sons of Irsrael (Ya'akov) take his body to Machpelah and sit
sheva (Jewish tradition of 7 days of mourning).
Then the brothers fear Yosef will take vengeance upon them for selling
him into slavery, but Yosef reassures them.
Gen. 50:15 "And when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead,
they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly
requite us all the evil which we did unto him.
16And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did
command before he died, saying,
17So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass
of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now,
we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy
father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him.
18And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they
said, Behold, we be thy servants.
19And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God?
20But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto
good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
21Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you, and your little ones.
And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them."(KJV)
Gen. 47-48 Ya'akov becomes ill, and Jasher says:
Jasher 56:2 At that time Jacob was attacked with that illness of which
he died and he sent and called for his son Joseph from Egypt, and
Joseph his son came from Egypt and Joseph came unto his father.
Now what that illness was, we do not know, but he becomes ill and
summons Yosef and his sons Ephrayim and Maneshe to his death bed and
adopts Yosef's two sons as his own equal with Yosef's other brothers.
This is not to make 13 tribes because Levi becomes the Levitical
priestly tribe and has no inheritance, because YHWH is their inheritance.
Gen. 48:8-22 Ya'akov blesses Yosef's two sons, and seems to carry on
the tradition of blessing the younger one first, just as he (Ya'akov)
was blessed over his elder brother Esav.
Yosef is displeased with this. Possibly thinking he's dealing with his
old fathers senility (maybe this was the illness Jasher refers to?).
Yosef tries to move his fathers hands and Ya'akov basicly said, "Now
son, I know what I'm doing." He then gives Yosef the city of Shekem.
And here is the famous blessing we Jews bless our sons with every Sabbath.
Gen.48:20 "And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel
bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set
Ephraim before Manasseh." (KJV)
Interestingly Jasher does record a battle where Ya'akov fights and
uses a bow!
Gen. 48:22 "Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy
brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword
and with my bow." (KJV)
Chapter 49 Ya'akov calls all his sons together, for he knows he will
soon die. Then he proceeds to bless them. Then again charge his sons
collectively to be sure to bury him in the patriarchal family burial
cave in Machpelah. Then he dies.
Now the blessings of the sons of Israel are a bit mysterious and every
I can honestly saw I do not know what all this means. All I know is that:
1. The Blessings are past, present, and future prophetic.
2. They reveals their tribal symbols we see on menorahs and crests.
3. It reveals the traits and characteristics and function of each tribe.
4. It reveals enigmatically what will happen to them in the
Acharit-Hayamim (the Last Days) which has yet to fully happen.
Ezekiel 37 speaks of the Two Houses / the Two Kingdoms :
1. Yehudah, the Southern Kingdom, made up of Yehudah, Levi, and
Benyamin. They went into Babylonian captivity and returned to the Land
of Israel. This is recorded in Ezra and Nehemiah
2. Yisrael or Efrayim, the Northern Kingdom made up of what is known
today as the "Lost 10 Tribes". They were taken into Assyerian
captivity and never returned but were lost and assimilated into the
countries they were exiles and migrated to. Essentially they became
Goyim (Gentiles), assimilated into the nations.
We may not have hard evidence who and where the 10 tribes are, but we
have some indicators, so called coincidences, uncanny similarities and
circumstantial evidence concerning such.
Here is where some scholars, Christian and Jewish, Rabbi's, and
anthropologist think and have a good indication where they are.
I suggest obtaining a copy of "Quest for the Lost Tribes" put out by
A&E. A Jewish Scholar traces the Tribes locations trough the texts of
Scripture, finding the modern name for ancient locations, and he has
found they are where the Bible said they would be.
Now this is not to say that everyone from these places is from one of
these tribes, I am not given to British Israelitism. But I am saying
there is a remnant of Israel in practically every people group world
wide. Shem has mingled with the other two sons of Noah, Hamm and Yefet.
NAME, SYMBOL AND POSSIBLE LOCATION:
RE'UVEN: (Water: Gen. 49:4) Holland, Belgium, Netherlands
SHIMON: (Swords: Gen. 49:5-7) Spain
LEVI: (Swords/ Now a Breastplate: Gen. 49:5-7) They have been
scattered world wide and were embedded within all the tribes.
YEHUDAH: (Lion's cub: Gen. 49:9, 10) Germany, America's, Israel.
ZEVULUN: (Ships: Gen. 49:13) France, India (Bombay).
DAN: (Serpent: Gen. 49:17) Denmark, Africa, Scotland, Ireland.
GAD: (Spear: Gen. 49:19) Italy.
ASHER: (Wheat: Gen. 49:20) Sweden, Tunisia.
NAFTALI: (Doe: Gen. 49:21) Norway, Uzbekistan, China, Iran.
EFRAYIM: (Grapevine: Gen. 49:22) USA, England, British Isles, Turkey.
MANASHE: (Grapevine: Gen. 49:22) USA, E.U. Welch, India.
The Pathans of Afghanistan and Pakistan has tribes with almost the
identical names of the 12 tribes, plus one called the Nazeri who look
and live like Biblical Nazarites!
Almost everywhere in the world there are civil disputes between
peoples, one group always accuses another group of not being
indigenous and not being fully apart of their people group. The groups
in dispute usually have slightly different customs and traditions,
many of which are very Jewish in nature.
It is no Surprise Black Jews from Africa and India have already made
Aliyah (Return to the Land of Israel) and are recognized by religious
Jews and the Israeli government as Jews, and some even serve in the
Israeli Defense Forces.
After their tribal blessing is said, Ya'akov gave each an individual
blessing which is not recorded for us. Then he dies.
Gen. 50:1 "And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him,
and kissed him."(KJV)
Jasher 56:23 And Joseph fell upon his father and he cried out and wept
over him and he kissed him, and he called out in a bitter voice, and
he said, O my father, my father.
24 And his son's wives and all his household came and fell upon Jacob,
and they wept over him, and cried in a very loud voice concerning Jacob.
25 And all the sons of Jacob rose up together, and they tore their
garments, and they all put sackcloth upon their loins, and they fell
upon their faces, and they cast dust upon their heads toward the heavens.
Ya'akov was well respected and honored among the peoples around him:
Gen. 50:7 "And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up
all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the
elders of the land of Egypt,
8And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's
house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they
left in the land of Goshen.
9And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a
very great company.
10And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond
Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation:
and he made a mourning for his father seven days.
11And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the
mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning
to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abelmizraim,
which is beyond Jordan." (KJV)
Jasher 5626 And the thing was told unto Osnath Joseph's wife, and she
rose up and put on a sack and she with all the Egyptian women with her
came and mourned and wept for Jacob.
27 And also all the people of Egypt who knew Jacob came all on that
day when they heard this thing, and all Egypt wept for many days.
28 And also from the land of Canaan did the women come unto Egypt when
they heard that Jacob was dead, and they wept for him in Egypt for
29 And it came to pass after this that Joseph commanded his servants
the doctors to embalm his father with myrrh and frankincense and all
manner of incense and perfume, and the doctors embalmed Jacob as
Joseph had commanded them.
30 And all the people of Egypt and the elders and all the inhabitants
of the land of Goshen wept and mourned over Jacob, and all his sons
and the children of his household lamented and mourned over their
father Jacob many days.
This is how Ya'akov was honored:
Jasher 56:35 And the sons of Jacob carried the bier upon which he lay;
according to all that their father commanded them, so did his sons
36 And the bier was of pure gold, and it was inlaid round about with
onyx stones and bdellium; and the covering of the bier was gold woven
work, joined with threads, and over them were hooks of onyx stones and
37 And Joseph placed upon the head of his father Jacob a large golden
crown, and he put a golden scepter in his hand, and they surrounded
the bier as was the custom of kings during their lives.
38 And all the troops of Egypt went before him in this array, at first
all the mighty men of Pharaoh, and the mighty men of Joseph, and after
them the rest of the inhabitants of Egypt, and they were all girded
with swords and equipped with coats of mail, and the trappings of war
were upon them.
39 And all the weepers and mourners went at a distance opposite to the
bier, going and weeping and lamenting, and the rest of the people went
after the bier.
40 And Joseph and his household went together near the bier barefooted
and weeping, and the rest of Joseph's servants went around him; each
man had his ornaments upon him, and they were all armed with their
weapons of war.
41 And fifty of Jacob's servants went in front of the bier, and they
strewed along the road myrrh and aloes, and all manner of perfume, and
all the sons of Jacob that carried the bier walked upon the perfumery,
and the servants of Jacob went before them strewing the perfume along
42 And Joseph went up with a heavy camp, and they did after this
manner every day until they reached the land of Canaan, and they came
to the threshing floor of Atad, which was on the other side of Jordan,
and they mourned an exceeding great and heavy mourning in that place.
43 And all the kings of Canaan heard of this thing and they all went
forth, each man from his house, thirty-one kings of Canaan, and they
all came with their men to mourn and weep over Jacob.
44 And all these kings beheld Jacob's bier, and behold Joseph's crown
was upon it, and they also put their crowns upon the bier, and
encircled it with crowns.
45 And all these kings made in that place a great and heavy mourning
with the sons of Jacob and Egypt over Jacob, for all the kings of
Canaan knew the valor of Jacob and his sons.
Moshe in Deuteronomy 33 also gives a prophetic blessing over all the
tribes of Israel. This furthers the clues on who and where the tribes are.
Mysteriously Shimon is not mentioned in Deut. 33 but show up in
Revelation 21 as the name of one of the 12 gates in the New Jerusalem,
and that 12,000 from each tribe (including Shimon) was sealed.
So we will survive and we will all one day know who we are, what
tribes we are from, or have been adopted into, and we will be one
Jewish Tradition says that when Messiah returns that He will separate
us from the Nations and put us in our designated tribes.
Yosef Lives to see his great grandchildren. Yosef too was mummified
and made a similar charge to the sons of Israel.
Gen. 50:22 "And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and
Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
23And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the
children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon
24And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit
you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to
Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.
25And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will
surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.
26So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they
embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." (KJV)
Jasher 59:20 And Joseph lived in the land of Egypt ninety-three years,
and Joseph reigned over all Egypt eighty years.
21 And when the days of Joseph drew nigh that he should die, he sent
and called for his brethren and all his father's household, and they
all came together and sat before him.
22 And Joseph said unto his brethren and unto the whole of his
father's household, Behold I die, and God will surely visit you and
bring you up from this land to the land which he swore to your fathers
to give unto them.
23 And it shall be when God shall visit you to bring you up from here
to the land of your fathers, then bring up my bones with you from here.
24 And Joseph made the sons of Israel to swear for their seed after
them, saying, God will surely visit you and you shall bring up my
bones with you from here.
25 And it came to pass after this that Joseph died in that year, the
seventy-first year of the Israelites going down to Egypt.
26 And Joseph was one hundred and ten years old when he died in the
land of Egypt, and all his brethren and all his servants rose up and
they embalmed Joseph, as was their custom, and his brethren and all
Egypt mourned over him for seventy days.
27 And they put Joseph in a coffin filled with spices and all sorts of
perfume, and they buried him by the side of the river, that is Sihor,
and his sons and all his brethren, and the whole of his father's
household made a seven day's mourning for him.
During the Exodus from Egypt, led by Moshe, the Children of Israel
carried the body of Yosef with them to the land of Israel.
Legends of the Bible says:
"All this time in the desert Israel carried two shrines with them, the
one the coffin containing the bones of the dead man Joseph, the other
the Ark containing the covenant of the Living God. The wayfarers who
saw the two receptacles wondered, and they would ask. "How does the
ark of the dead come next to the ark of the Ever-living?" The answer
was, "The dead man enshrined in the one fulfilled the commandments
enshrined in the other.""
And like Yeshua, when he returns He will set foot on the Mount of
Olives (Zec. 14:4) and we will all return to the Holy Land. A Jewish
Tradition states when this happens that even the dead will roll
underground all the way to the Holy Land to be resurrected. So our
bodies like Yosef's and Yeshua's will one way or another be brought
back to the Land of Israel.
This concludes our Torah Portion for this week and ends our in depth
study of the life of Yosef and how it compares to Yeshua Messiah's
Shabbat Shalom and Shavuah Tov!