The Tabernacle Times

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November 2013
Cheshvan - Kislev 5774

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Torah Overview

Pastor Clint Morrison
By Pastor
Clint Morrison

Toldot (Generations)
2 November 2013
(Genesis 25:19-28:9)

  This parashah relates to us the generations of Isaac, the son of Abraham.  Isaac’s wife Rebecca was sterile and Isaac pleaded with God for a son. God gave Rebecca two sons in answer to prayer.  The son with spiritual traits received the birthright and the blessing even though he was younger. Both Abraham and Isaac experienced a time of famine, Abraham visited Egypt during this crisis but Isaac was forbidden to leave the land of Israel.  Isaac was the only patriarch that remained monogamous. God told Rebecca that she had two nations in her womb. The two sons struggled with each other in the womb causing great discomfort to Rebecca. Jacob and Esau struggled with each other all of their lives. Esau did not value his birthright and traded it for a pot soup. For 3,900 years the descendants of Esau have struggled over the land of Israel with Jacob. At Isaac’s death bed Jacob deceived his father and received the blessing. Jacob’s concealed identity was a sign that the Messiah’s identity would be concealed from the eyes of the nation.

Vayetze (And he went out)
9 November 2013
(Genesis 28:10 – 32:3)

  This parashah is about Jacob going out of his mother’s tent into the world. Rebecca sent Jacob away to protect him from Esau’s anger over the birthright incident. Jacob was gone over two decades and lived with Rebecca’s brother Laban. Jacob left home with only his staff and cloak and his father’s blessing. On the way he stopped at Bethel (House of God). Jacob took a stone and used it for a pillow. In his sleep he dreamed about a ladder to heaven. Angels were ascending and descending on the ladder. Jacob began the practice of the tithe. Jacob told God, since you are going to protect me and provide for me, I will set aside a tenth for you. We remember that Abraham gave Melchizdek a tenth of all. Jacob met a beautiful woman at the well named Rachel. The shepherds were waiting for enough people to move the bolder on top of the well. Jacob singlehandedly moved the stone to impress Rachel. Jacob kissed Rachel and asked to meet her parents. He worked seven years to get Rachel and was tricked into marrying Leah. He therefore had to work another seven years to marry his lover. Laban  tricked Jacob, but God blessed Jacob and made Jacob very wealthy

Vayishlach (and he sent)
16 November 2013
(Genesis 32:4 – 36:43)

   Jacob sent scouts ahead of him as he made his journey back home to Israel after decades with Laban. Jacob feared that Esau would want revenge. The scouts informed Jacob that Esau was coming with four hundred men. Jacob was terrified.  Jacob decided to divide his family into several hiding places. Jacob sought Esau’s forgiveness by sending gifts of livestock to him. That night Jacob wrestled with God.  Jacob called the place Peniel or “face of God” Jacob was struggling with his role in life. Do you struggle with God over His calling on your life? Do you struggle with aligning yourself with God’s perfect will?  Jacob would not let go of God. The socket of his thigh was dislocated, and he never walked the same again. When we have a genuine encounter with God we are changed forever. Our walk is different. Jacob’s name was changed to “Israel”.  Jacob prevailed because he recognized the true value of God’s blessing. We need to cling to God despite adversity and trial. Jacob then went to Sukkot. Sukkot foreshadows the future kingdom of heaven when Israel will dwell under the shade of God .

Vayeshev (and he dwelt)
23 November 2013
(Genesis 37:1-40:23)

  Jacob settled down and dwelt in the land of Canaan. He favored his son Joseph above his other sons and made a coat of many colors for him. Joseph made matters worse by sharing his dreams with his brothers. In one dream his mother, father, and brothers bowed down before him.. His brothers tried to get rid of him and dipped his coat in the blood of an animal. They presented the coat to their father and the father assumed animals killed his son.  Jacob was deceived by his sons, even as he had deceived his father Isaac. Joseph was cast into a pit and sold to a caravan of merchants. Joseph’s father, Jacob refused to be comforted.  Joseph ended up being sold into slavery in Egypt. There he received favor from his masters.

Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him, but he withstood the temptation. Potiphar’s wife falsely accused Joseph and he was thrown into prison for his righteous actions. While in Prison Joseph was asked to interpret the dreams of his cellmates, the Pharaoh’s butler and his baker. Jacob’s interpretations came true. The cupbearer forgot Joseph but God did not forget him. God never forgets us, even if others do.

Miketz (at the end)
30 November 2013
(Genesis 41:1-44:17)

  Two full years passed and Pharaoh had a dream. Seven fat cows were eaten by seven lean cows, or seven fat ears of corn were eaten by seven lean ones. Why could the Egyptian sages not interpret the Pharaoh’s dreams? God was creating blindness in them so that Joseph would have an opportunity to interpret the dreams. When the cupbearer heard this he remembered his broken promise to Joseph.  Joseph was unchained and released from prison on Rosh Hashanah. Just as Joseph was released unexpectedly, so too the Messiah will come unexpectedly. Joseph said that surpluses of grain needed to be set aside for years of famine.  Pharaoh said can we find a man like Joseph? Joseph was made second in command over all Egypt.  Pharaoh gave many gifts to Joseph including a bride who had two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy grain, and Joseph recognized them. The brother’s did not recognize Joseph. God brought all these things together to save Israel from starvation.

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Fish PictogramThe pictograph is the back of the head

 


Manna for Thought

 Nun
The nineteenth letter
of the Hebrew Alef-Bet

Is used for the number one hundred

Means KadoshTraditionally symbolizers Kadosh (holiness).

Means Monkey Means monkey referring to man's animal nature.

Each of the verses in the nineteenth stanza of Psalm 119 starts with the letter Koof

Koof means what follows – We are
to follow after God

Beit Midrash

In Hebrew,Beit means house & Midrash comes from the word root that means to seek, to search out, to dig for meaning.

So, a Beit Midrash is a House of Study. Classes are given on many different subjects depending on who is giving the teaching.

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