VAYIGASH (and he drew near)

Genesis 44:18. Then Judah came close to him and said, Oh my master, let your servant please speak a word in my master’s ears and let your anger not burn against your servant: because you are equal to Pharaoh. 19 My master asked את־ his servants saying, Have you a father or a brother? 20 And we said to my master, We have a father, an old man and a child of his old age and his brother is dead and he alone is left from his mother and his father loves him. 21 And you said to your servants, bring him down to me that I may set my eyes upon him. 22 And we said to my master, The boy cannot leave את־ his father: because if he should leave את־ his father, his father would die. C-MATS 

Question: How does verse 22 foreshadow the House of Judah? Jacob (Israel) sits in a position of authority over the 12 sons as את, and eventually they will have to confront Jacob and confess what they have sworn never to tell him under penalty of death to each other that they were responsible for getting rid of Joseph. This is also a type and foreshadow of the House of Judah one day realizing what they did to Yahushua and having to both confess and seek forgiveness before our heavenly Father. C-MATS

23 And you said to your servants, Unless your youngest brother comes down אתכֶם with you, you will see my face no more. 24 And it came to pass when we came up to your servant, my father, we told him את the words of my master. 25 And our father said, Go again and buy us a little food. 26 And we said, We cannot go down unless our youngest brother goes אתנוּ with us, then can we go down: because we cannot see the man’s face, unless our youngest brother is אתנוּ with us. 27 And your servant, my father, said to us, אתם You know that my wife gave birth to two sons: 28 And the one was taken away from me and I said, Certainly he is torn in pieces; and I saw him no more: 29 And if you take also את־ this from me and harm comes to him, you will bring down את־ my gray hairs with grief to the grave. 30 Now therefore, when I come back to your servant, my father and the boy is not אתנוּ with us; seeing that his life is bound up in the boy’s life; 31 When he sees that the boy is not with us, then he will die: and will bring down your servants את־ the gray hairs of your servant, our father, with grief to the grave. C-MATS 

 

Question: The Chumash describes יהוה as being our ‘parent.’ How do you think that description is applied? A parent gives us our life. In a more ultimate sense, so does יהוה. A parent loves us more than anyone else – so does יהוה. A parent’s greatest pleasure is when we are genuinely happy – so is יהוה‘s. (Chumash)

32 Because your servant gave a guarantee for את־ the boy to my father saying, If I do not bring him to you, then I will bear the blame to my father forever. 33 Now therefore, please, let your servant stay instead of the boy and be a bondman to my master; and let the boy go with his brothers. C-MATS 

Question: Why did Judah offer himself as a slave in place of Benjamin? יהוה deals with man measure for measure: because Judah had sold Joseph into slavery, he was now compelled to offer himself to Joseph as a slave. (Chumash)

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