Torah Reading: Vayechi (Genesis 47:28-50:26)
Gospel Reading: Romans 11: 17-18
Commentary by: Lauren Judah
In the portion of Vayechi (and he lived), we read about the Father’s desire for the redemption of his children. Jacob, whose name is now Israel, receives Joseph and his two sons to bestow a blessing. As the sons of Joseph stood before him, Israel crossed his arms, making the sign of the Paleo-Hebrew Tav (covenant). The promise he pronounced over their lives, grafts them into the tribes and grants them recipients of the blessings and promises of the father.
This moment in scripture is a foreshadow of our Heavenly Father and his longing to have those outside of the kingdom (family of God) to be grafted in as legitimate heirs to the His blessings and promises.
Through the redemption of Yeshua’s sacrifice, we who are scattered in the earth can be grafted into the family of God.
Romans 11 explains that grafting into the natural root (God) is both hopeful and cautioning. We can take heed in understanding that we are to not be arrogant having been grafted in, because it is the root that supports the branch, and not the other way around. We are also to hope for ourselves and others, that if the branch is broken off and falls into unbelief, that it can be redeemed and grafted in again by the power of God and his everlasting kindness.
They were broken off because of their unbelief, but stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear… And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for god has the power to graft them in again. (Romans 11: 20-21, 11:23)
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