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6th (ክፍል/פרשה) Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the Torah portion of Toldot-תּוֹלְדֹת.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5775, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 28th-כח, & the 29th-כט, of the Hebrew month of MarKH’eswan-מַרְחֶשְׁוָן, or simply known as “KH’eshwan-חֶשְׁוָן,” for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2007/2027/7507, on theEthiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 22nd-፳፪, & the 23rd-፳፫, on the (ወርኀ)month of T’Q’imt-ጥቅምት.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as Tiwildim Y’h New-ትውልድም ይህ ነው The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to thisSabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).

Readings:

Genesis 25: 19- 28:9

Malachi 1: 1- 2:7

Romans 9: 1-31

Samuel 20: 18-42*

toldot - parsha4

This week’s portion of the study of the Scriptures, is Toldot, by Hebrew meaning “generations“, pertaining to descent.  Coincidentally, the readings begin the Rebekah enduring a long period of time where she was barren; having no child with her husband, IsaacIsaac loved Rebekah dearly, & pleaded God on her behalf. [Gen. 25: 20-21] His prayers were accounted for and God blessed them, because Rebekah conceived.

[Gen. 25: 19-23]

Rebekah & Isaac

Rebekah was due to give birth to twins, in which God spoke to her, saying that that were two nations that struggled within her.

modern sculpture of story of the twins of Rebekah & Issac _ by Charles Sherman

modern sculpture of story of the twins of Rebekah & Issac _ by Charles Sherman

Two manner of people, that would be separated from her.  One would be stronger than the other, and the older would serve the younger.  Thus Esau & Jacob were born to, Rebekah &Isaac.  Esau was a skilled hunter, Jacob was a simple man, dwelling in tents, wholesome.  But, leaving a man of the field to match wits with a man of intellect, Jacob was able to convince Esau to give up his birthright. (But Esau, despising his birthright made it all but difficult)

[Gen. 25: 24-34]

Jacob (L) & Esau (R) _ painting by James J. Tissot

After convincing Esau to give up his birthright, Jacob, with the help of his mother Rebekah also was able to receive a blessing from his father, Isaac. ( a blessing that was meant for Esau)

Esau, even took wives from among the Hittites, which was of concern for Rebekah & Isaac.

[Gen. 26]

Isaac blessing Jacob  -by Gustave Dore' from the 1865 La Sainte Bible

Esau, then recognizes what his brother has done to him & despises him for it.  Rebekah, once again help Jacob, making him flee to her brother Laban, because his brother’s anger was kindled against.  Rebekah also sought that her son Jacob should not take a wife from among the children of Heth.

[Gen. 27]

Jacob & Laban (the Syrian/Aramaen)

Esau seeing that he blessed Jacob, & charged him not to take a wife of the children of Canaan, he(Esau) went to Ismael& took wives of his people.

[Gen. 28: 1-9]

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14th Kifil Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the Torah portion of Wa’era-וָאֵרָא.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5774, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 24th-כד, & the 25th-כה, of the month of Tebetטֵבֵת, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2006/2026/7506, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 18th-፲፰, & the 19th-፲፱, on the (ወርኀ)month of Tah’sas-ታኅሣሥ.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as TegeleT’hu-ተገለጥሁ.  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).

Readings:

Exodus 6:2 – 9:35

Ezekiel 27:25 – 28:21

Romans 9: 14-23

This portion of our studies of the Scriptures comes the Plagues of Egypt.

waera - parsha

The God of Israel, appeared to Moses, & showed how the Hebrew children knew God ,as El Shadai(y)-אֵל שַׁדָּי,…but YHWH-יְהוָה, was not known to them.  He also spoke with Moses about how he heard the cry of Israel, and sought to bring them out of Egypt with an outstretched arm.

[Ex. 6: 2-8]

Moses, told the people but they wouldn’t harken to his words, then God gave Moses and Aaron charge of the children of Israel & to speak with Pharaoh, the words of God.

[Ex. 6: 9-30]

waera - parsha (rod-serpent)

Moses & Aaron, then instructed by God to speak to Pharaoh, & to show forth the signs, wonders, and great judgments that were to come of Egypt.  God knew that Pharaoh would not consent the words of Moses and his brother Aaron.

[Ex. 7: 1-15]

waera - parsha (JamesTissot[Water_Is_Changed_into_Blood])

Vying again, for the release of the children of Israel, from the house of Pharaoh, Moses and Aaron, bring on more of the judgments of God.  But Pharaoh’s heart continued to harden and clutches, metaphorically still held to the Hebrews.

[Ex. 7: 15-25]

waera - parsha (plague-lice)

Again, the words of the God of the children of Israel, came to the house of Pharaoh, (LET MY PEOPLE GO!), for there were surely more signs, wonders, and judgments to come if these words were met with refusal.

[Ex. 8: 1-14]

waera - parsha (plagues of Egypt)

Pharaoh, becoming more than disgruntled with the actions of Moses and Aaron, at the hands of the God of Israel, yielded not continuously.

[Ex. 8: 15- 9:12]

waera - parsha (prince-of-egypt-grasshoppers)

Famine, lice, pestilences, blood in the rivers of Egypt for seven days’ time, Pharaoh surely had to be at his wits’ end, in trying to fully grasp how the control of the house of Pharaoh had become been lost so rapidly.  But, even in the midst of all of this, the hardening of his heart was at its height.

[Ex. 9: 13-35]

waera - parsha (plague-of-hail-and-fire)

12th Kifil Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the Torah portion of W(V)ayeKH’i-וַיְחִי.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5774, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 10th-י, & the 11th-יא, of the month of Tebetטֵבֵת, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2006/2026/7506, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 4th-፬, & the 5th-፭, on the (ወርኀ)month of Tah’sas-ታኅሣሥ.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as TeQ’emeT’e-ተቀመጠ.  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).

Readings:

Genesis 47: 28 – 50:26

I Kings 2:1 – 3:12

I Peter 1: 1-9

Hebrews 11: 22-22

* FAST OF TEB(V)ET *

Fast of Teb(v)et - Aserah B'Tebet, עשרה בטבת.   Readings: Exo. 32: 11-14; 34: 1-10, Isa. 55:6 -56:8, Hos. 14: 2-10, Micah 7: 18-20

Fast of Teb(v)et – Aserah B’Tebet, עשרה בטבת.
Readings: Exo. 32: 11-14; Exo. 34: 1-10, Isa. 55:6 -56:8, Hos. 14: 2-10, Micah 7: 18-20

This portion of our studies in the Scriptures, deals Jacob‘s(Israel) tenure in Egypt.  Jacob(Israel), felt that the time drew near to his death, so he spoke to his son, Joseph; telling him of an obligation he would like his son to fulfill.

Jacob(Israel) desired to be laid to rest among his ancestors in the land of Canaan, which God has promised that his descendants would inherit.

[Gen. 47: 28-30]

wayechi - parsha [joseph's journey to egypt]

Joseph, after speaking with his father, Jacob(Israel) and taking into account that his father drew close to his death; Joseph brought his two sons, Manasseh & Ephraim.  Jacob(Israel), told them to come closer for he would bless them according to the covenant he received from God from his ancestors: Abraham & Isaac.  Oddly, Jacob(Israel), blessed Ephraim, the younger son, in the place of the elder son, Manasseh.  Even, after the attempts of Joseph, who noticed that his father blessed his younger son in the place of his eldest and vice-versa.

[Gen. 48: 1-22]

Jacob(Israel) blesses Manasseh & Ephraim.

Jacob(Israel) blesses Manasseh & Ephraim.

 

After blessing his grandchildren, Jacob(Israel), then proceeded to bless all of his children, as well.  Each one receiving a blessing, pertaining to themselves.

[Gen. 49: 1-33]

wayechi -parsha [Jacob's belessings to his sons before his death in Egypt]

Jacob(Israel), then died in Egypt & Joseph, made preparations for his body & burial, but more importantly the fulfillment of his oath to his father.  Because Joseph, was such a great man of stature in Egypt, the passing of his father was a grievous thing among the Egyptians.  This was so much so, that when Joseph, went to Pharaoh and told him of the oath that his father wished him to fulfill, Pharaoh allowed it, even allowing many of the elders of the house, and of the land, along with servants of the house to go with him to Canaan.  But, upon arrival into the land of Canaan, the Canaanites saw the people that brought up Jacob(Israel), from Egypt, & they saw them mourning at Atad….& said “this is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians.”  Which brought about the name of Abel-Mitz’raim-אָבֵל מִצרַיִם, which translates to the “Meadow of Egypt“, or the “Mourning of Egypt.

[Gen. 50: 1-14]

Jacob's Body Taken To Canaan _painting by James J. Tissot

Jacob’s Body Taken To Canaan _painting by James J. Tissot

 

Joseph’s brothers, though surely after their father’s passing that Joseph would in one or another return the favor for their jealousy from their past.  But Joseph did no such thing, but returned to Egypt & witnessed the birth of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren until his death.  Joseph also made oath with the Israelites that they should bring his bones out of Egypt & into Canaan

[Gen. 50: 15-26]

Burying the body of Joseph _illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible

Burying the body of Joseph _illustration from the 1890 Holman Bible

11th Kifil Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the Torah portion of W(V)ayigash-וַיִּגַּשׁ, On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5774, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 3rd-ג, & the 4th-ד, of the Hebrew month of Tebet-טֵבֵת, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2006/2026/7506, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 27th-፳፯, & the 28th-፳፰, on the (ወርኀ)month of KH’idar-ኅዳር.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as Q’erebe-ቀረበ.  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).

Readings:

Genesis 44:18- 47:27

Ezekiel 37: 15-28

Ephesians 2: 1-10

From the last portion of study shows Judah, pleading on behalf of his brother, Benjamin, explaining to Joseph, the affinity that Jacob(Israel) had to Benjamin, because of Joseph’s supposed disappearance.  Joseph, cunningly made arrangements of his own to have family in the land of Canaan, to come to Egypt.  For Joseph knew not at first, if his father Jacob(Israel), was alive or not; but upon speaking with his brother & going unnoticed by him, he knew that he was now, of old age.

[Gen. 44:18-34]

wayigash - parsha [joseph-brothers]

But, going on in speech with his brother Judah, Joseph couldn’t hold back his emotion at hearing about the plight of his kindred during the famine.  Joseph, revealing who he really was, wept and embraced his brothers.  Forgiving them, for their past encounters, & revealing to them how their families, flocks and possessions would now find a home in Egypt, for the famine so great.  So Joseph, pleaded with Pharaoh to allow his kindred to relocate.

[Gen. 45:1-17]

Jacob(Israel) Goes Into Egypt

Jacob(Israel) Goes Into Egypt

Jacob(Israel) upon hearing the his son, Joseph, was alive & well, slng with his youngest son, Benjamin.  He rejoiced, but was reluctant to venture into Egypt to dwell.  But, God came to him in a vision and gave him the encouragement to see his son, & that his posterity in the covenant that Israel had with God, from Abraham & Isaac would be preserved.  So, the Hebrews ventured into Egypt by the workings of Joseph, and the blessing of Pharaoh.

[Gen.45:18-30]

wayigash - parsha [hebrewsentryintoegypt]

Hieroglyphic remodeling from Egypt accounts of migrations in flight of famine.

Joseph, gathered his family and his kindred into the land of Goshen, for they had flocks, cattle and he coached them into telling Pharaoh that they were shepherds.

Yosef(Ts'afnat Paa'neachk) & his wife Asenath welcome in the Hebrews

Yosef(Ts’afnat Paa’neachk) & his wife Asenath welcome in the Hebrews

Joseph, managed the house of Pharaoh in Egypt, well for he was a governor & because of the famine many came to buy food from Joseph.  He stored the grains and seeds of the land in plenty, & many came to barter to feed themselves and their families, in exchange for others things.

[Gen. 45:31- 47:27]

Jacob(Israel) reunites with his son Joseph

Jacob(Israel) reunites with his son Joseph

10th Kifil Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the Torah portion of Miketz-מִקֵּץ.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5774, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 26th-כו, & the 27th-כז, of the Hebrew month of Kislew(v)-כִּסְלֵו,for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2006/2026/7506, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 20th-፳, & the 21st-፳፩, on the (ወርኀ)month of KH’idar-ኅዳር.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as Ke’hulet Amet BeKH’walam-.  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).

Readings:

Genesis 41:1 – 44:17

I Kings 3:15 – 4:1

Romans 10: 1-13

** SHABBOT H’ANUKAH **

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In continuation of our study of the Scriptures, we come to the parsha of Miketz, Ethiopically known as Kehulet Amet BeKHwalam.

The last portion ended with Joseph, the son of Jacob(Israel), had been sold by his own brothers, & through trials of times, Joseph found himself in Egypt.  As a prisoner in Egypt, he is still blessed by God grace.

Joseph, now in the company of other prisoners, (ie. the chief baker, and butler), interprets visions they’ve had.  The news of the gift that Joseph has, reaches the ears of the Pharaoh, & Pharaoh, inquires of Joseph assistance for a vision he cannot make sense of.

miketz - parsha [7cows]

miketz - parsha [pharaoh's dream]

Pharaoh, summoned all of the magicians, of Egypt to interpret the dream troubling dreams he had been having.  But, surely, there was none of them who could interpret the dreams for him.  So, upon hearing about an Hebrew, in the dungeon, who seemingly interpreted dreams in accuracy, of other prisoners and others, Pharaoh, called for Joseph’s release; for he wished to see if Joseph could give an interpretation of his dreams.

[Gen. 41: 1-40]

miketz - parsha

Joseph, then was set in high regard to Pharaoh, by his command because he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream with such great understanding.  Pharoah called Joseph, Tz’aphnat Paneah’kh-צָפְנַת פַּעְנֵחַ, & he was given Asnath-אָסְנַת, the daughter of Potipherah, the priest of OnAsnath, bore Joseph, two sons, which he called Manasseh & Ephraim.  Because of Joseph’s interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream, many nations came to Egypt to buy food, for Joseph had stored for the years of famine that was great upon the land.  Jacob(Israel) sent his sons, all but the youngest, Benjamin, for he feared that something may happen equivalent to Joseph’s disappearance.

[Gen. 41: 40- 42:5]

Joseph(Tz'afnat Pa'aneahkh') & Asnat

Joseph(Tz’afnat Pa’aneahkh’) & Asnat

 

The sons of Israel, went into Egypt to buy things like grain, for the famine had left them with very little.  Joseph, saw his brethren, but they were unable to notice him for he was dressed in the apparel of Egyptian nobility.  There he confronted them as if, he were dealing with spies & commanded that they send their youngest brother along with them for Joseph had not seen Benjamin, with the others.  The brothers returned and told Jacob(Israel) what happened while they were in Egypt.  Judah, one of the brethren spoke firmly with Joseph, and their father Jacob(Israel), in the matter of their youngest brother, Benjamin.

[Gen. 42: 6 -43:17]

Joseph & his brother Judah

Joseph & his brother Judah

 

Upon the return of all his brothers, with their youngest brother, Benjamin; Joseph made haste to see all of them together again.  Joseph, appealed to Pharaoh to bring his family to Egypt, for the famine was so great & he wished not to see his family struggle in the land of Canaan; Pharaoh permitted the Hebrews to enter in, on Joseph’s behalf.

[Gen. 43:18- 44:18]

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers

Joseph reveals himself to his brothers

9th Kifil Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the Torah portion of W(V)ayesheb-וַיֵּשֶׁב.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5774, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 19th-יטכ, & the 20th-כ, of the Hebrew month of Kislew(v)-כִּסְלֵו,for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2006/2026/7506, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 13th-፲፫, & the 14th-፲፬, on the (ወርኀ)month of KH’idar-ኅዳር.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as Benorebet TeQ’emeT’e-በኖረበት ተቀመጠ.  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).

Readings:

Genesis 37:1 – 40:23

Amos 2: 6- 3:8

Matthew 1: 1-6; (same chapter: 16-25)

This kifil(portion) of the study of the Scriptures, deals with the stories of the lives of the B’nei Ysrael(or the sons of Israel-Jacob).

B'nei Yshrael-B'nei Yaakob (Twelve Sons of Jacob-Israel)

…each of them having a particular situation they had to deal with, in specific intervals of time, in their lives…

For instance, from the past parsha/kifil(portion), of W(V)ayishlaKH’-Lake’, Simeon & Levi, Jacob-Israel‘s sons by Leah, slew the Shechemites for the rape of their sister, Dinah.

wayishlech - parsha [simeon-and-levi-slay-the-shechemites]

Reuben, violated his father, and his other wife, by sleeping with her in the depth of the night, while she thought that it was her husband. (so the firstborn, not only violated his father, but his birthright as well)

Benjamin, is born of Jacob-Israel‘s wife, Rachel, but his birth goes “hand-in-hand” with Rachel‘s passing. (leaving him as the “baby of the family” & attracting much of Jacob‘s attention)

Now, in this portion of study, Jacob-Israel settled in Canaan.  While in Canaan, Joseph, Jacob-Israel‘s other son of Rachel, is adorned by his father with a beautiful coat with an array of colors and designs.  The love, Joseph received from his father evoked the jealousy of his brothers, & the ability to tune into the dreams and visions, which God continued to send him, did no better for Joseph, pertaining to his brother’s envy.

[Gen. 37: 1-11]

Joseph's dream of the sheaves

Joseph’s dream of the sheaves & stars

Joseph‘s brothers were in Shechem to feed their flocks, & Jacob sent Joseph, to join them.  But, because of their envy, Joseph’s brothers plotted against him, to the point that they considered killing him.

[Gen. 37: 12-24]

Joseph sold by his brother to Midianites

Joseph sold by Midianites into Egypt

But, because the other sons of Jacob-Israel, had not found their brother Joseph in the place where they left him, which was a pit with no water.  Then the other brother, made a story to tell their father that their brother was killed by a wild beast, for they wished not to tell Jacob-Israel, that they plotted rid themselves of their brother, for they were envious of him.

[Gen. 37: 25-36]

Now, in an interim, from the story of Joseph; his brother, Judah marries a Canaanite woman, whom was the daughter of Shua.  This daughter of Shua bore Judah, three sons: Er, Onan &, Shelah.  After the disobedience and deaths of the first two sons, Judah was left to care for his daughter-in-law, Tamar, whom had married his firstborn son, ErOnan, was to take on responsibility of being the caretaker, & his brother’s keeper, in the matters of his sister-in-law, Tamar, but he(Onan) rejected the responsibility; & provoked God to punish him.  So, Judah, as her(Tamar) father-in-law, proposed that she return to her family, & await until Shelah;  Judah‘s youngest was to come of age, so that he may assume the position of being his brother’s keeper.

Shelah grew, but he was not given to Tamar, for a husband.  So, she plotted to make Judah acknowledge that he had wronged her, in that his arrangement, responsibility, & commitment to her as a father-in-law, had not been kept.

[Gen. 38]

Judah and Tamar (1840 painting by Horace Vernet)

Judah and Tamar (1840 painting by Horace Vernet)

So, returning to Joseph‘s story; he ends up in Egypt, a servant to Potiphar, a captain of the Egyptian guard.  Joseph, while in servitude, is blessed by God that even the Egyptians sense that there is something special about him.  Joseph finds himself in charge of the many things that someone of his status just hadn’t been able to attain.  But, of course, a challenge to his continued success is inevitable.  So, the wife of Potiphar, is enamored by Joseph, continuously tried to persuade him to sleep with her: but, he resisted her, every time.  But, in one instance, Potiphar was on leave from his home leaving Joseph in charge of all that he had.  Potiphar, trusting Joseph, Potiphar‘s wife, took the opportunity to get Joseph all to herself.  Joseph, again refused her, but she forced herself upon him, to the point that he had to flee from her, leaving his garment in her hand.  She being ashamed & angered at Joseph, made false accusations, but turned the words in Potiphar‘s guards and Potiphar‘s ears that Joseph, found himself in the prisons of Egypt, for betrayal, among other accusations.

[Gen. 39: 1-23]

Joseph resist Potiphar's wife

Joseph resist Potiphar’s wife

But, while in prison, Joseph is still favored by God, for staying steadfast even in the midst of his adversity; he receives the responsibility that not many would’ve as a prisoner, interpreting dreams and visions, like the ones he had as a child in the land of Canaan.

[Gen. 40: 1-23]

Joseph interprets the dreams of fellow prisoners; the chief butler & the baker

Joseph interprets the dreams of fellow prisoners; the chief butler & the baker

8th Kifil Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

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I welcome you all to one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So,with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the Torah portion of W(V)ayishlaKH’-וַיִּשְׁלַח, On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5774, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 12th-יב, & the 13th-יג, of the Hebrew month of Kislew(v)-כִּסְלֵו,for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel.  (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2006/2026/7506, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 6th-፮, & the 7th-፯, on the (ወርኀ)month of KH’idar-ኅዳር.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as Lake’-ላከ.  The Ethiopic calendar is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet-ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic, which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez-(ግእዝ).

Readings:

Genesis 32: 4- 36:43

Obadiah 1: 1-21

Hebrews 11: 11-20

Matthew 26: 36-46

This portion of the study of the Scriptures, begins with Jacob making his return to the land of Canaan, with his family after a long tenure in Haran.

[Gen. 32: 4-6]

wayishlach - parsha [esau and jacob]

Jacob set out to meet his brother, Esau, in which did the same, upon hearing of Jacob‘s arrival in HebronJacob, weary of the past events that took place with his brother, sent word ahead with gifts, to appease Esau.

[Gen. 32: 7-8]

Jacob, praying to God, to see him through the possibly unfavorable encounter with his brother, Esau; feared that an attempt on his life at the hands of brother Esau, would be inevitable.  But, Jacob harkened to the call God made to him, of his father Isaac, and Abraham.

[Gen. 32: 9-32]

wayishlach - parsha [jacob at peniel]

Though, Esau came with many, Jacob was humble with only his family & those with them.  Even, with their recent history, they were both able to reconcile with one another.

[Gen. 33: 1-7]

wayishlach - parsha [meeting of esau & jacob]

Esau, then even invited Jacob to live in Seir(Edom), but Jacob chose to settle in Sukkot, near Shalem*.  Nearby, Jacob erected an altar, to the name of the God that blessed him, continuously.

[Gen. 33: 8-20]

el-elohei-yisraelwayishlach - parsha [jacob - well and altar at shalem_el elohe ysrael]

Dinah, the only daughter of Jacob, by Leah, then went out among the people of the land, & there was a Hivite, named Shechem, the son of Hamor, a prince of the country, took her in no formal way of courtship, but spoke to the ideals of love for her.  Shechem spoke to his father to make arrangements to marry Dinah, but Jacob had heard of his daughter’s encounter with the Hivite prince, along with all of Jacob‘s sons.  Hamor, sought to make peace between the Hivites and the Jacobites(Israelites), with marriages between the people, with the initiate being the union of Shechem & Dinah.  But, Jacob‘s sons saw the actions of the Hivite prince to be morally a crime, against them.

[Gen. 34: 1-12]

Dinah - דִּינָה - ዲና

Dinah – דִּינָה – ዲና

The sons of Jacob, answered deceitfully, with the intent to punish the Hivites for morally wicked actions done to their sister.  The sons of Jacob, made prerequisites pending the negotiations that the Jacobites would marry into the families of the HivitesShechem, and Hamor made haste that they and all the males of them should comply with the requests of the sons of Jacob, to gain not only the peaceable marriage to their daughters, but giving the daughters of the Hivites to the sons of Jacob to marry.  Thus, gaining their consent to dwell together with them.  For Jacob, blessed of God, was wealthy in flocks and substance.  But, Simeon & Levi, foiled their plans and instead sacked ShechemJacob was inagered with his sons for the deeds, but Simeon & Levi saw it, as if their sister had been taken to be a harlot.

[Gen. 34: 13-31]

Massacre of the Hivites by Simeon and Levi

Jacob, then made it so that all of his household, were to know the God that preserved him throughout his years.  So, he made sure that they put away strange things from among them, before going to Bethel once more.  Deborah, who came with Jacob‘s mother Rebekah to the land of Canaan with Isaac, dies just before God appears to Jacob again.  Rachel, Jacob‘s wife, then bear labor pains for the second time, & bear a second son, which she named “Benoni“(son of my sorrow), but Jacob named him, “Benjamin“(son of my right hand).  But, Rachel passed at Ephrath, in Bethleham.  Jacob set a memorial stone on the grave of his wife, Rachel. 

[Gen. 35: 1-21]

Jacob & Leah, went to see Isaac, but while they were away Reuben, lusted after Bilhah & lay with her unknowingly to her before it was too late for her to notice that she was not with her husband; but Reuben loved her, as if she were to be his wife.  Jacob was exceedingly wroth with Reuben because he had lain with Bilhah.”(Apocrapha: Gen. 35)  For this, Reuben defiled his birthright, as the first born of Israel.  

Before his death, Isaac, saw & blessed his younger son Jacob, and his family.

[Gen. 35: 22-43]