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Parashat Vayetzei

Updated: Nov 24

7th Portion

[19-25 Nov 2023]

Theme of the Book of Genesis:

Desire for life, to choose life and to create!

Meaning of "vayetzei" = "and he went out"

This week's Torah portions:

Sunday: Genesis 28:10-22

Monday: Genesis 29:1-17

Tuesday: Genesis 29:18-30:13

Wednesday: Genesis 30:14-27

Thursday: Genesis 30:28-31:16

Friday: Genesis 31:17-42

Shabbat: Genesis 31:43- 32:3 & Hosea 12:13-14:10

Apostolic Writings:

John 1:19-51

Daily Bread for Busy Moms portions:

Judges 17-21

1 Samuel 1

Psalms 38-43

Matthew 28

Mark 1-3

In this parashat (portion) we read about Jacob, who goes on his way to Laban - his mother's brother - to find a wife for himself. On his journey there, he has this dream about the ladder. The famous Jacob's Ladder story we all know. God gave Jacob the same promise that He gave to Abraham, and interestingly enough it was not far away from the location where God gave Abraham his promise where Jacob had this dream.

Jacob stayed for 20 years with Laban. Jacob loved Rachel, Laban's younger daughter. We all know the story how Jacob worked for 7 years to get to marry Rachel. But Laban deceived Jacob and gave him Leah, his elder daughter instead. We then read about the kids that Leah gave to Jacob, whilst Rachel remained barren. We also read about the kids that Jacob had with both Leah and Rachel's maidservants and eventually Rachel fell pregnant and gave birth to Joseph. Jacob ended up staying for 40 years with Laban and he wanted to move back to his home town, so that he could gather an inheritance of his own for his offspring.

Laban knew that Jacob was blessed due to him having the firstborn blessing. So Laban didn't want Jacob to leave him and take the blessing with him. Thus Laban continually changed the agreement between himself and Jacob with regards to how the flock would be divided. And finally when they came to agreement, Jacob left and continued to prosper. We read about a beginning of fruitfulness, just like when Abraham moved away and had Isaac.

Abba's heart for His children are to be fruitful. And not only in a physical sense with a fleshly offspring. But to experience fruitfulness in all aspects of life!

The theme of this portion is about understanding the concept of fruitfulness. When Abba gives us a promise, He will fulfil it! Being fruitful is about taking up our anointing as kings, priests and prophets and living in that anointing. And as a result we will see the fruitfulness come to life!

This portion reminds us that it's about bringing forth from a promise. Stepping into our anointing based on the promise we have received and being fruitful as a result. We are not called to see ourselves barren - in any area of life. Just like Jacob had to go and find a wife an Rachel had to wait to fall pregnant, in the same way we need to take up our responsibility and KNOW that God will fulfil His promise to us!

Jacob's journey was the beginning of the fruitfulness that had to take place and continued to take place afterwards. The tribes were born!

We need to live from a place of fullness - not from ourselves - but from a place of the promises which God has spoken over us!

Jacob's ladder is a symbol of a bridge between man and God. And now through Yeshua (Jesus) we know that we have the Way to God. We are the spiritual fruitfulness of Yeshua!

We need to ask ourselves what we can do to add to this spiritual fruitfulness. How can I add to the Kingdom of God? We are called to make disciples. And we need to ask ourselves honestly - are we doing that? Is my life fruitful? Am I making disciples?


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What are these Torah portions all about?

  1. Portion 1: Bereshit

  2. Portion 2: Noach

  3. Portion 3: Lech Lecha

  4. Portion 4: Vayera

  5. Portion 5: Chayei Sarah

  6. Portion 6: Toldot

  7. Portion 7: Vayetzei (This blog you are reading now)

  8. Portion 8: Vayishlach

  9. Portion 9: Vayeshev

  10. Portion 10: Miketz

  11. Portion 11: Vayigash

  12. Portion 12: Vayechi

  13. Portion 13: Shemot

  14. Portion 14: Vaera

  15. Portion 15: Bo

  16. Portion 16: Beshalach

  17. Portion 17: Yitro

  18. Portion 18: Mishpatim

  19. Portion 19: Terumah

  20. Portion 20: Tetzaveh

  21. Portion 21: Ki Tisa

  22. Portion 22: Vayakhel & Pekudei

  23. Portion 23: Vayikra

  24. Portion 24: Tzav

  25. Portion 25: Shmini

  26. Portion 26: Tazria / Metzora

  27. Portion 27: Achrei Mot / Kedoshim

  28. Portion 28: Emor

  29. Portion 29: Behar / Bechukotai

  30. Portion 30: Bamidbar

  31. Portion 31: Nasso

  32. Portion 32: Beha'alotcha

  33. Portion 33: Sh'lach

  34. Portion 34: Korach

  35. Portion 35: Chukat / Balak

  36. Portion 36: Pinchas

  37. Portion 37: Matot / Masei

  38. Portion 38: Devarim

  39. Portion 39: Vaetchanan

  40. Portion 40: Eikev

  41. Portion 41: Re'eh

  42. Portion 42: Shoftim

  43. Portion 43: Ki Teitzei

  44. Portion 44: Ki Tavo

  45. Portion 45: Nitzavim / Vayeilech

  46. Portion 46: Ha'Azinu

  47. Portion 47: Vezot Haberakhah

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