Vayeshev (וישב) And He settle -Voice Podcast Dec 27, 2022

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And He Settled
Torah: Gen. 37:1-40:23
Haftarah: Amos 2.6-3.8
Gospel: Matt 1.18-25


After the promise of the seed of the woman
The Book of Genesis is about the FIRSTBORN
Is this the one who was promised?
1 Chronicles 5:1 NKJV
Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel—he was indeed the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel, so that the genealogy is not listed according to the birthright;
Genesis 49:3–4 NKJV
“Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power. Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you went up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it He went up to my couch.
Firstborn # 01060 bechor
child emulates parent
Gematria bet haf rash 2, 20, 200
Genesis 30:24
“So she called his name Joseph, and said, “The LORD shall add to me another son.””
# 3130 Joseph = Let him add
It is Joseph who will continue the mission which was entrusted to Jacob by Abraham and Isaac.
That is why in the genealogy of Jacob - Joseph is listed first, as though he were the first born of Jacob.
Genesis 37:2
“This is the history of Jacob. Joseph…
Although a savior, Joseph was not THE Savior of the promise, but a ‘type’ of Him.
Yeshua the Firstborn
Colossians 1:15, 18 ““He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.” “And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the pre-eminence.”
Psalm 89:27 NKJV
Also I will make him My firstborn, The highest of the kings of the earth.
Genesis 49:22–25 NKJV
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
Psalm 1 NKJV
Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, But are like the chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

Torah: Genesis 37:1-40:23

He settled:
Jacob longed for shalom after having dealt with Laban, and then his frightening encounter with Esau.
He turns to the promise God had given Abraham his grandfather.
He turns to the land where Isaac his father was a stranger.
He turns to the land of Canaan.
Genesis 37:1–2 NKJV
Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. This is the history of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.
history #08435 towlᵉdah to-led-aw’
descendants, generations, genealogies
lad #05288 na‘ar nah’-ar a boy, lad, servant, youth, retainer
The adolescent Joseph is working as a kind of apprentice shepherd with his older brothers.
Hebrew naʿar is also used in this sense in describing Joshua’s relationship to Moses.
Bilhah and Zilpah
The order of the wives is here reversed since Joseph would have been naturally closer to Bilhah, his late mother’s maid. The concubines were until now referred to as “maidservants” when mentioned together with Rachel and Leah. The use of “wives” here, as Ramban suggests, may indicate a new status acquired after their mistresses had both died.
Genesis 37:3 NKJV
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors.
The outer garment identified you – who you were.
It is interesting that the text uses the name Israel as opposed to Jacob, implying that the love was not just sentimental but on a level that pertained to the nation of Israel as God's people.
Leah still rejected, and Reuben and brothers rejected
Rachel accepted - so Joseph and Benjamin accepted
Genesis 29:30 (NKJV)
Then Jacob also went in to Rachel, and he also loved Rachel more than Leah. And he served with Laban still another seven years.
Genesis 30:8 (NKJV)
Then Rachel said, “With great wrestlings I have wrestled with my sister, and indeed I have prevailed.” So she called his name Naphtali.
Leah speaking to Rachel
Genesis 30:15 (NKJV)
But she said to her, “Is it a small matter that you have taken away my husband? Would you take away my son’s mandrakes also?” And Rachel said, “Therefore he will lie with you tonight for your son’s mandrakes.”
Genesis 33:7–8 NKJV
And Leah also came near with her children, and they bowed down. Afterward Joseph and Rachel came near, and they bowed down. Then Esau said, “What do you mean by all this company which I met?” And he said, “These are to find favor in the sight of my lord.”
Genesis 37:4 NKJV
But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.
When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak to him in shalom.
Genesis 37:5–6 NKJV
Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:
Genesis 37:7 NKJV
There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”
“binding sheaves in the field”?
Genesis 47:3 (NKJV)
Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” And they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and also our fathers.”
Wheat foreshadows Egypt
Genesis 37:8 NKJV
And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Prophetic words and not just concerning Joseph in Egypt;
Gideon, Joshua, Jeroboam, and Jehu we're all descendants of Joseph.
Hebrews 1:2 (NKJV)
has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds;
“And they hated him”
The threefold repetition of this phrase (vv. 4, 5, 8) suggests an ever-increasing intensity of hostile emotions.
Genesis 37:9 NKJV
Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”
Philippians 2:9–11 (NKJV)
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Throughout the Joseph narratives, dreams come in pairs, in order to demonstrate their seriousness
Genesis 41:32 (NKJV)
And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
Genesis 37:10 NKJV
So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”
Jacob expresses himself as taking the dream seriously
This particular episode seems to assume, in flat contradiction of the preceding narrative, that Rachel is still alive, though Benjamin has already been born (there are eleven brothers in the dream bowing to Joseph).
“bow down to the earth”
Joseph has not uttered this phrase. In adding it, Jacob subconsciously echoes the manner in which he himself had made obeisance to his brother Esau. Its use here is an intimation of future developments, for it appears in the narrative each time the brothers bow to Joseph in Egypt.
Genesis 42:6 (NKJV)
Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.
Genesis 43:26 (NKJV)
And when Joseph came home, they brought him the present which was in their hand into the house, and bowed down before him to the earth.
Genesis 44:14 (NKJV)
So Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house, and he was still there; and they fell before him on the ground.
Genesis 37:11 NKJV
And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Luke 2:19 (NKJV)
But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
Luke 2:51 (NKJV)
Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.
Luke 2:33 (NKJV)
And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
Luke 2:51 (NKJV)
Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and was subject to them, but His mother kept all these things in her heart.
Genesis 37:12–13 NKJV
Then his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.”
Shechem A distance of some 50 miles (80 km.). The entire journey must have taken about five days by foot
Genesis 37:14 NKJV
Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem.
1 Samuel 17:17 (NKJV)
Then Jesse said to his son David, “Take now for your brothers an ephah of this dried grain and these ten loaves, and run to your brothers at the camp.
Genesis 37:15–16 NKJV
Now a certain man found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.”
Genesis 37:17 NKJV
And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’ ” So Joseph went after his brothers and found them in Dothan.
Genesis 37:18–19 NKJV
Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming!
Then they said to one another, Look, this dreamer <01167> <02472> is coming!
# 02472 chalowm khal-ome’ dream
# 01167 ba‘al bah’-al noun of relationship used to characterize, master of dreams
Genesis 37:20 NKJV
Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”
“kill him”
In Hebrew connotes ruthless violence, is the same verb that is used when Cain slays Abel.
Luke 23:21 (NKJV)
But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!”
The flinging after the killing underscores the naked brutality of the brothers’ intentions.