Friday, December 6, 2013

Vayigash: He Drew Near



VAYIGASH (Then He Drew Near)
Genesis 44:18–47:27; Ezekiel 37:15–28; John 5:1–47
 
The Torah portion for this coming week is about drawing near.  In light of what is happening with Vision Forum and the Doug Phillips scandal ( http://jensgems.wordpress.com/the ) study of this Torah portion will become very applicable to those of us whose lives have been affected by this man's doctrine and teaching.  It is important to remember Joseph was a type of Messiah.  In some earlier posts I have talked about Joseph and how each one of our steps is guided and planned by Abba El.
 
I am reminded from truth 3 that our
Elohim loves to take huge set backs and turn them into astonishing victories or achievements.
He has purpose and plan for our lives.  A planned work for each of us to do.

So with that let us approach this next Torah portion and seek to draw near to our Abba El and His Word.
 
 “Then Judah approached [vayigash] Joseph and said, “Please, my lord!  Let your servant say something to you privately; and don’t be angry with your servant, for you are like Pharaoh himself.”  (Genesis 44:18)

 
In last week’s Parsha, Pharaoh appointed Joseph administrator over all of Egypt after he correctly interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams regarding the seven years of plenty and seven years of famine.
During the seven years of famine, Joseph’s brothers, who about 20 years earlier had sold him into slavery, came to Egypt to buy grain.
 
At the end of last week's Torah portion, Joseph had not yet revealed his identity to his brothers. 
 
Nevertheless, he did test the brothers by planting his silver cup in the sack of his youngest brother, Benjamin.  After it was found in Benjamin’s possession, Joseph announced that Benjamin would be his slave.  
 
Where in our lives are we being tested today, last week, this coming week?  How does this relate to what is happening with VF?  I believe it is a time to examine our own steps and where we are headed.
Are we following the teachings of Scripture or are we following the teachings of a man?
It is a time for drawing near.  A time for examining our lives as to how they line up with Scripture.  Examine our lives in how Abba has directed our steps to learn from those things He has purposely placed in our lives so that we may learn and grow in them. 
2Ti 3:16 All Scripture is breathed by Elohim and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for setting straight, for instruction in righteousness,
2Ti 3:17 that the man of Elohim might be fitted, equipped for every good work.
 As we look at all the adversity placed in Joseph's life and the fact that he overcame that to become the person Abba designed him to be, how have we responded to those same things placed in our own lives to become the person Abba has designed us to be?
 
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Messiah יהושע unto good works, which Elohim prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

This should be a very interesting week of study based on our drawing near to our Abba El and His Word.

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