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Vayeshev (He Settled)

Joseph is an absolute shadow of Yeshua. He is one of Jacob’s two sons with Rachel. Jacob loved Joseph. We see a re-creation pattern as Joseph did what was right in God’s eyes, reflecting the correct image to the world.

One day– Once again, we see this Hebrew phrase ‘abar, meaning to pass through, in the Joseph narrative.

Gen 41:46: Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out (‘abar) from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Day Two– Jacob blessed Joseph and gave him a double portion reserved for the firstborn. The blessing includes the upper waters and the lower waters of the second day. Heaven is the shamayim or upper waters, and the deep could connect us to the lower waters. In the recreation pattern of Noah, the waters from above and below sprung forth. Here, in Joseph’s narrative, the blessings from above and below will spring forth.

Genesis 49:25: 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.

Day Three– During the seven years of abundance in Egypt, right before the seven years of famine, we have the ground bringing forth abundantly just like the third day in the Genesis creation account.

Genesis 1:11: Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth”; and it was so.

Genesis 41:47: Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly.

Day Four– Joseph has now been lifted up as ruler by Pharoah. Rulership is connected to the fourth day.

Genesis 42:6: 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 45:8: “So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Day Five– Joseph was sold and taken into Egypt as one little boy. By the time he died, he had gathered all of Israel to himself and multiplied as we will see in the sixth-day pattern. While Joseph dwelt in Egypt, the nation was blessed by Israel, just as Yahweh promised to Abram. “In your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed,” Genesis 22:18. Joseph also brought his two sons to Jacob so he could bless them. This blessing could be the way that Joseph brings his household into covenant, fulfilling the command of the fifth day of creation.

Genesis 48:5: “And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

Day Six– Be fruitful and multiply. This is the command given to Adam in the Genesis account (1.28) Here, due to Joseph’s fear of God, Israel is fruitful and multiplying. The Hebrew word for grew is para and means fruitful.

Genesis 47:27: So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there and grew (were fruitful) and multiplied exceedingly

Joseph overcame massive amounts of trials. He was given authority and did not abuse it but walked humbly before God. In wisdom, he sustained the subjects of the kingdom. He walked before the face of God and was blameless. Joseph continues to plant the “Seed of Abraham” by obeying the voice of God. 

Brianna Lehmann

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