The Portion of Vayechi

Genesis 47:28-50:26

In this, the final portion of the book of Genesis, we read of Jacob’s blessings to his sons and grandsons on his deathbed, and his final passing and burial. The book concludes with Joseph’s final days, as well, and his death and enbalming in Egypt.

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  • Brian Malinowski

    When Jacob crossed his arms to bless Manasseh and Ephraim he was not only bestowing the first born blessing on Ephraim, he was making a prophetic statement. When his arms were crossed he formed the Paleo Hebrew letter 'tav' which is the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. By doing this Jacob was saying these are my last words spoken in my life, it is the final chapter of all the words that I have spoken.
    Also, there is another prophetic sign by the 'tav' or cross, a cross that would bring all his sons together by the sacrifice of YHVH's son Yeshua on the cross who would be the sign to everyone that the promises of YHVH will be accomplished. If you look at the Hebrew alphabet in a circle, and you get to the 'tav' which means cross, the next letter is the 'aleph' which can be defined to mean 'Elohim'. So the way we get to Elohim is through the cross.
    Baruch Hashem Adonai

  • Martha Williams

    Hello: Well, I do not understand all of this, but I know in 2005 God spoke to me & gave me scriptures. I wrote them down and then in 2007 I went back to Israel with a group of people who had gone in 1996, 1997. God told me I would go 3 times. I was a housewife not into traveling but I went because I love the Lord. He had me take 2 sticks from my back yard and write Ephraim and Manasseh on them. He told me to bury them at a particular spot in Israel, which I did. The only think God has told me since was: "NOW I CAN REMOVE THE CURSE I PUT ON THEM AND BLESS THEM THE WAY I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO.' martha
    I am 82 yrs old. I have known God for 72 years and HE does still speak as HE did to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

  • Lori

    Joseph's wife was the daughter of a gentile priest.

  • First thought is , was Ja’acov blind ? But i is also possible that he didn’t recognize them. Maybe that in the spirit he foresaw the wicked kings that would descend from them or for me the shocking truth: may they “proliferate abundantly like fish within the land” I am still shocked in reading this for the first time in my life. Christians had the sign of a “fish”. Does this sign refer to the blessing of the sons of Joseph ? Anyhow there are good and bad christians…..I am happy to know many good Christians. So I can have peace at this thought…..Ephraim would become a congregation of nations….Are they the Western part of Europe and The United States? Did Ja’acov again flee to the disapora of Joseph and become spread over the nations of Efraim ?

    • Gene Gerber

      There is much evidence that this could be the case. There are some Christian groups that believe that Manasseh is Great Britain and Ephraim is the United States. Also interesting that these two countries have helped Israel more than most countries. And also interesting that the term British translates into "covenant man."

      • Gene Gerber

        Oh, and as far as the sign of the fish, Jesus came to the earth at the early part of the Piscean age which is now coming to a close. New things may come into play now.

  • In addition to what you have said above, somewhere in this portion, it says that Yaacov had grown so old and his eyesight wearing out, it probably explains why he had to ask.

  • He probably hasn't seen them in a while as Joseph is the ruler of the land.

  • I see this as simply a loving and playful comment made by a doting grandfather when faced with his two grandsons that are always growing up and changing.
    I would think that Yosef's duties as viceroy would keep him and his family in the main city near the Pharaoh and Ephraim and Mannasseh wouldn't be able to spend as much time with their grandfather as a result of that. They would have gaps of time between visits that would make for a more long distant type of relationship as opposed to growing up in the same camp like in Yosef's childhood.
    Baruch Hashem.

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