Vayetzei | וַיֵּצֵא | "and he left" - Coincidentally the first word in this week's parsha 😄
Torah: Genesis 28:10-32:3
Prophets: Hosea 12:12-14:10
Brit Hadasha: John 1:19-51
Jacob runs away to his Uncle Lavan’s house after having deceived his father Isaac and stolen his brother’s blessing. He wants to marry Rachel, but Lavan deceives him. After working for Lavan for twenty years, he leaves with two wives, two handmaidens, twelve children, and becomes a prosperous shepherd.
Something that I noticed, was the Hebrew expression used for "lifted up his voice and wept" (Genesis 29:11). It only appears a few times in the Bible so it must be something Scripture is trying to reveal to you. I was taught that Jacob was happy to find Rachel, so he wept. Where actually, this teaching couldn't be further from the truth! There are a couple of interesting cross references that supports this idea.
Where Hagar "lifted up her voice and wept" (Genesis 21:16) when she thought her child [Ishmael] was going to die and when Esau "lifted up his voice and wept" (Genesis 27:38) after having his blessing stolen right out from under him. I now have a new understanding of the idea behind this saying, "lifted up his/her voice and wept" where the idea is that this person has lost of all hope, or has lost something extremely precious.
But what we obviously want to know: why does Yahweh allow such a thing to happen, was it alright what Jacob did? Impersonating Esau, tricking Isaac? It doesn’t seem that Jacob has to face any consequences for his deceit. Or does he? In tiny hints, all over Parshat Vayeitzei, the biblical text continuously points us back to the story of the deception of Isaac – seeming to imply that Jacob can't escape the effects of his actions.
Haftorah (The Prophets)
Talk about the imagery! Then all the grace! OOH WEE y'all!!! There's waaaay too much for me to unpack in this portion of scripture - I'd never finish this blog post. All I can say to everything that's revealed to us here is just...
Oh! Also this thematic cycle of sin, Oppression, Repentance, Deliverance then finally SHALOM (peace) - I got that little picture down there to help illustrate the idea of the "cycle of sin".
I'll leave you with this thought... That picture ^ up there ^ - It's a foreshadowing of what is to come for us if we continue in our ways and do not repent to Adonai and change our ways!
Brit Hadasha (New Testament)