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RSS #8 (ላከ / וַיִּשְׁלַח)

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

This is another 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) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) into the study of the Scriptures.

So,with this Hebrew Shabbot (or Shabbat) we move into the opening of the Torah portion with W(V)aYishlach- וַיִּשְׁלַח , on the 13th – יג, & on the 14th – יד, of the month of Kislew(v) – כִּסְלֵו,in the year of 5778. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the MoonFrom an Ethiopic Judeo-Christian perspective and calculation, where the current year is 2010/7510; these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known, also as Lake’ – ላከ, on the 22nd – ፳፪, & on the 23rd – ፳፫, of the month of Cḥídár – ኅዳር.  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

In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, we begin with Jacob making his return to the land of Canaan, with his family after a twenty year tenure in Haran. (Aram)

[Gen. 32: 4-6]

wayishlach - parsha [esau and jacob]

Jacob set out to meet his brother, Esau, sought to do the same, upon hearing of Jacob‘s arrival in HebronJacob, weary of the past events that took place with his brother, (…also his uncle/father-in-law…Laban) sent word ahead with gifts, to appease Esau.

[Gen. 32: 7-8]

wayishlach - parsha [jacob at peniel]

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]

Jacob sees Esau afar off _ by James J. Tissot

Jacob sees Esau afar off _ by James J. Tissot

Though, Esau came with many, Jacob was humble with only his family & those with them.  Also, though between them (Esau & Jacob) it was seemingly “bad blood” with their recent history, they were both able to reconcile with one another.

[Gen. 33: 1-7]

La Genese - Genesis (Jacob and Esau) film _ 1999 French-Malian drama film directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko.

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-yisrael

El Elohe Ysrael - Gen 33:20 ኤል ኤሎሄ እስራኤል "The Mighty God of Israel" אל אלוהי ישראל

El Elohe Ysrael
– Gen 33:20
ኤል ኤሎሄ እስራኤል
The Mighty God of Israel
אל אלוהי ישראל

wayishlach - 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 later spoke to the ideals of love for her, in which Dinah never objected too.  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

- Dinah Bat-Leah (Dinah, daughter of Leah) -Dinah Bat-Yaicob (Dinah, daughter of Jacob) - Dinah Bat-Ysrael (Dinah, daughter of Israel)

Dinah Bat-Leah
(Dinah, daughter of Leah)
Dinah Bat-Yaicob
(Dinah, daughter of Jacob)
Dinah Bat-Ysrael
(Dinah, daughter of Israel)

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]

Deborah & (little) Rachel

Deborah & (little) Rebekah

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 firstborn of Israel.  

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

[Gen. 35: 22-43]

- compilation from comingtojesus.com

– compilation from comingtojesus.com

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RSS #11 (ቀረበ/וַיִּגַּשׁ)

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 a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings!  This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (or Yefdeyah).

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 opening of  the Torah portions with W(V)aYïgash – וַיִּגַּשׁ.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 11thיא, & on the 12thיב, of the month of Teb(v)etטֵבֵת, 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 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 28th – ፳፰, & the 29th – ፳፱, of the month of Tah’sas – ታኅሣሥ.  In the Scriptures, this portion of study would also be known as Q’ärräbä – 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

The last portion of study shows Judah, pleading on the behalf of his younger brother, Benjamin.  Judah explained to Joseph, the affinity that Jacob(Israel) had to Benjamin.  He continued to elaborate on those reasons showing that it was because of Joseph’s supposed disappearance that Jacob(Israel) was very “overprotective” (so, to speak) and cautious of Benjamin’s well-being.  Joseph, cunningly made arrangements of his own, to have his family in the land of Canaan, to come to Egypt.  For Joseph knew not at first, if his father Jacob(Israel), was even alive or not; but upon speaking with his brother & going unnoticed by him (& the other nine[9] as well), he knew that he was now, alive & well of old age.

[Gen. 44:18-34]

[Gen. 45: 1-4] ...Joseph made himself known to his brethren...

[Gen. 45: 1-4]
Joseph made himself known to his brethren

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, then revealed 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) upon hearing that his son Joseph, was indeed alive, 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. (But, more definitively by the hands of God.)

[Gen.45:18-30]

wayigash - parsha [ancient hyksos (hebrews)]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

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]

joseph and jacob(israel)

4th 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)ayeira-וַיֵּרָא.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5774, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 14th-יד, & the 15th-טו, 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 2006/2026/7506, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 8th-፰, & the 9th-፱, on the (ወርኀ)month of T’Q’imt-ጥቅምት.  In the Scriptures, what is also known as TegeleT’elet-ተገለጠለት. 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 18:1- 22:24

II Kings 4: 1-37

Luke 1: 26-38

II Peter 2: 4-11

Luke 24: 36-53

We pick up where we left off, from the last Sabbath portion, LeKH’-LeKH’a & come to Wayeira-וַיֵּרָא.  In this study of the Scriptures, Abraham is visited in Mamre,

[Gen. 18; 1-8]

wayeira - parsha (Abraham and Three Angels)

Abraham is asked of his wife, Sarah‘s whereabouts, because a special message is to be delivered.  She is to bare Abraham a son, though the both of them are aged.

[Gen. 18: 9-19]

Sarah Laughed _ painting by James Tissot

Sarah Laughed _ painting by James Tissot

 

In this kifil/parsha(portion), Abraham found himself playing the role of an “intercessor” before the destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah, for the sake of his nephew, Lot, & his family.

[Gen. 18: 20-33]

Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah _ painting by John Martin

Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah _ painting by John Martin

 

After the Sodom & Gomorrah‘s obliteration, Lot was left with only his two daughters.  They feared that wouldn’t be married, so they, the two daughters devised a plan to procure children from their father’s lineage.

[Gen. 19]

Flight of Lot from Sodom & Gomorrah

Flight of Lot from Sodom & Gomorrah

Meanwhile, Abraham passes off his wife, Sarah, for his sister; in the hopes that it would spare his life, to a king named Abimelech.  God, speaks to Abimelech in a vision of sleep, & informs him that Abraham, and Sarah are not brother and sister, but husband and wife.  Also, because of their presence in Abimelech‘s kingdom, all of the wombs were closed up.  Abimelech, of course, confronts Abraham for this, but they both are reconciled with each other and even, make a covenant between them in Beersheba.

[Gen. 20]

Abraham & Sarah go to see Abimelech

Abraham & Sarah go to see Abimelech

 

Sarah, then gave birth to a son of Abraham, and named him IsaacHagar, who was Sarah‘s handmaiden, but had become a mother of Abraham‘s firstborn son; mocked her, in that she gave birth in her old age.

[Gen. 21: 1-10]

wayeira- parsha (Abraham sending Hagar and Ishmael away)

Later, Sarah remembered the callous feelings between she, & Hagar, whom had bore a son,(Ishmael) to AbrahamSarah, feeling as if she placed a burden on Abraham that he shouldn’t bare, told him to cast woman & her child.  Abraham, grievous because of what it seemed like he may have to do, but received assurance of God, that the woman & her child would be preserved.

[Gen. 21: 11-21]

Hagar & Isma'il (ibn Ibrahim)

Hagar & Isma’il (ibn Ibrahim)

 

Abraham & Abimelech, made a covenant in the place near where Hagar & Ishmael, were spared by God, from the desert, & an altar, which Abraham Jehovah Jireh(from translation).

Jehovah Jireh, in Beersheba _ Abraham & Abimelech make a covenant.

Jehovah Jireh, in Beersheba _ Abraham & Abimelech make a covenant.

 

God, did also test, Abraham; to the point where Abraham’s love for his son & God, was the ultimate test.

[Gen. 22]

Abraham Climbs Mount Moriah _illustration by Schirmer from the 1908 Bible, One Thousand Picture Lessons

Abraham Climbs Mount Moriah _illustration by Schirmer from the 1908 Bible, One Thousand Picture Lessons