This week's study is called "Vayishlach" (וישלח) meaning "and he sent,"
The Scriptures for this week's study are from:
TORAH: Genesis 32:3-36:43
PROPHETS: Hosea 11:7-12:12, Obadiah 1:1-21
Brit Hadasha: 1 Corinthians 5:1-13, Hebrews 11:1-40, Revelation 7:1-12
Genesis 32:3 - 36:43
Wow, what an unexpected turn of events in the first chapter of the portion! I don't know if I would have even had the courage to face a family member after pulling a stunt like that, asking for forgiveness. Although this is an extreme example where the cost (or the potential cost) may very well could have cost Jacob his life, here's an example (not to be taken literally - but objectively), of what we should do and how we should be - in seeking forgiveness from those who we've wronged.
Something really cool sort of "pop'd out" to me at the end of the first chapter, where Jacob wrestles with a man who changes his name... This name change thing, happens periodically throughout scripture. However, where Yahweh changes the name of a person - This only happens to 4 people throughout all of Scripture. I believe that the significance in the name changes are huge (because of Identity)! And the implications have such a broader scope of impact than we tend to give it enough thought to.
I think that there's a lot more to it than this but my biggest takeaway from this week's Parsha, is that we're only human and we'll make mistakes along the road of life. But when we have a genuine desire to obey what Yahweh calls us to do, He will use THE MOST messed up situations, people and families to bring Himself glory. So that we (his people) can never say that we did it on our own.
Haftorah (The Prophets) Portion
Hosea 11:7 - 12:12
This portion reminds me of the state we as those who claim to be followers of Yeshua ha 'Mashiach always seem to come into and go out of. We're a part of that "cycle of sin" (see week 7) no matter how much we don't like to admit it. It also reminds me that I need to remember that God is God, and I am not - Though He is full of perpetual grace and forgiveness, He will recount a persons ways and He will repay him according to his deeds. My basis for saying this (even though it says this about "Jacob") is that Yahweh's scales of Justice are perfect and undiscerning.
Oh man! So truth be told, I don't completely understand the prophecy in this portion of scripture. It seems as though Obadiah is pointing to the Edomites, who lived in the mountains. Though I'm not sure, I think I may have heard that the Edomites are decedents of Esau though, I'm not 100% certain. However, that would explain why Obadiah calls out the people who live in the 'clefts of the rock' and this passage sounds like a warning... There's mention of them worshiping "El", (I think that's the "Big G" God, right alongside other gods) right there in the wiki article (under religion).
Brit Hadasha (New Testament) Portion
1 Corinthians 5:1-13
Welps, here it says again (even though it's super unpopular) "in black in white", that Yahweh Judges and (not so much "in black and white") to use discernment in who you allow into your circles.
We may fall and we will fail, but it's moments like that where we "realize" that we're unable to face whatever we're going through without relying on HaShem; Taking a moment to ask Yahweh what He might be trying to reveal us, through us being a part of what's going on, in the bigger picture. I could be wrong but, I'd like to think at least, is what this passage is trying to convey to us.
I don't even know how to process this because, I know it's prophetic; but at the same time it's also awesome imagery of what I picture it like (sort of) at the beginning of times when the New Heaven and the New Earth is being brought forth. All I can say with certainty is...
There's this huge overarching theme that I think isn't too far out of reach, it's Above all else... TAKE HEART, HAVE FAITH, BE STRONG, COURAGEOUS & LOVE GOD!