(“And he went out”)
Genesis (Bereshit) 28:10-32:3
Brit Chadashah John 1:43-51
Rabbi Cliff Maynard
Rock Of Israel Congregation
National Jewish Fellowship of the AG
My teaching of this week’s Parshat Vayeitzei will not focus on the usual obvious course followed by most Rabbis’; no, I choose to look at this through Messianic eyes! Eyes that can see the wonderful tapestry of Scripture woven through the Old Covenant that point to Yeshua as Messiah, and the dilemma, we as believers face today.
What a wonderful parshat! Vayeitzei starts us off with a BANG! Yaakov (Jacob) is about to make the biggest transition of his life! He is leaving the Holy land and the Tents of learning that have occupied his life for 14 years day and night (Psalms1:2), and is about to make his entrance into the worldly land of his mothers family…Genesis 28:10 “ ” And Jacob went out from Be’er-Sheva and he went toward Charan. “
Talk about black and white! Be’er-Sheva and Charan were total opposites; as much as the 14 years of learning Jacob had just finished would be from the 20 years he was about to spend serving the evil Laban! Still Adonai was in it, and would give Jacob a dream to give him something to hang on to in the days to come. What am I referring to? The story of Jacobs’s ladder of course! This story has been told for generations without real understanding.
Jacob heads out for Charan, and walks until he comes upon “The Place” as the torah refers to it. It is important that we pay close attention to Scripture here; as there are special things happening that are hidden in plain sight! We will also ask a few questions, and find the answers! Suddenly, the sun goes down, Jacob gathers rocks and makes with them a pillow for his head.
Genesis 28:10,11 And Jacob went out from Beer-sheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon the place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took one of the stones of the place, and put it under his head, and lay down in that place to sleep.
So, what is “The Place” as this is certainly giving us a clue to something special that Adonai wants us to dig for! If we search the word we will find the answer in
Genesis 22:4 On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
“The Place” was Mount Moriah! The great Rabbi Rashi agrees with this as do most of the sages. Rashi mentions it as if everyone commonly knows it. I agree with with Rashi. I believe the verses following give credence to it as well.
Genesis 28:12,13 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the L-RD stood beside him, and said: ‘I am the L-RD, the G-d of Abraham thy father, and the G-d of Isaac.
My friends, this is no ordinary place! This was definitely a place where the presence of G-d (bless His Holy Name) dwelt, and I believe Jacob knew it! I will add poetic license here and put on paper what is in my minds eye. I can just see and hear Isaac telling Jacob, “before you venture out into the world my son, go to Mount Moriah and seek the face of Adonai, maybe He will meet you there as He did me and your grandfather. It is the place where the world first came into existence, where your grandfather took me as an offering, where we were tested and found faithful. It was the place where Adonai provided the Ram and showed us the shadow of things to come. Stop there my son, and see HaShem’s face. Maybe He will speak to you and give you guidance for your life.” We know that Jacob did, and we know that Adonai did as well. We read the account of that in the following verses:
Genesis 28:12-15 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood beside him, and said: ‘I am the L-RD, the G-d of Abraham thy father, and the G-d of Isaac. The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed. 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. And in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”
Baruch HaShem! In those verses there is hidden the Truth of the Ages! That Truth has been hidden from the eyes of men blinded by tradition and human learning. That Truth has been hidden for over 3000 years of peer pressure, yet has been right under the noses of the great sages, and great men even still today! What is this Truth you ask? Let us venture on and find this great treasure hidden from the eyes of so many chosen, yet found by so many who were not. We will find it just under the surface, shining, gleaming, it is worth all the riches of the world, and it contains the wisdom of the ages and the hope of the universe! Enough already! Lets get to it!
1. Vs.15 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; and behold the angels of G-d ascending and descending on it.
(A)This verse is a prophetic vision of things to come! It is a prophetic piece to the puzzle that would not be solvable until the time of Yeshua, but there are clues within it that will give us a shadow of the answer to come. The ladder accomplished three things we must pay close attention to. The ladder was sent from Heaven and set up on Earth. The ladder reached Heaven. The Angels of G-d were traveling up and down on it; from Earth to Heaven and from Heaven to Earth. What does it mean? Why would HaShem show Jacob such a vision?
(B)The answer is in the ladder! The ladder is a picture of Moshiach. Moses and future prophets will tell us about Moshiach, and that He would be sent from Heaven to earth and back to Heaven and back to earth in their prophecies.
BEFORE you begin reading further down, I will give you the answer to this prophetic puzzle’s location, it is found in the Brit Chadashah (New Covenant), in Yochanan (John) 1:43-51….43 The next day, having decided to leave for the Galil, Yeshua found Philip and said, “Follow me!” 44 Philip was from Beit-Tzaidah, the town where Andrew and Kefa lived. 45 Philip found Natan’el and told him, “We’ve found the one that Moshe wrote about in the Torah, also the Prophets — it’s Yeshua Ben-Yosef from Natzeret!” 46 Natan’el answered him, “Natzeret? Can anything good come from there?” “Come and see,” Philip said to him. 47 Yeshua saw Natan’el coming toward him and remarked about him, “Here’s a true son of Isra’el — nothing false in him!” 48 Natan’el said to him, “How do you know me?” Yeshua answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” 49 Natan’el said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of G-d! You are the King of Isra’el!” 50 Yeshua answered him, “you believe all this just because I told you I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than that!” 51 Then he said to him, “Yes indeed! I tell you that you will see heaven opened and the angels of God going up and coming down on the Son of Man!” CJB
Do you see it? There it is! The answer to Jacob’s ladder right before your eyes! Yeshua (Jesus) is the ladder! He was sent to Earth to atone for our sins as the perfect Lamb of G-d, G-d raised Him from the dead through the power of the Ruach HaKodesh, Yeshua went up to Heaven to serve as our King, Priest and Prophet. Moshiach is soon to Return! Oh mishpachah, can you see it? Yeshua is the Son of G-d, our Messiah! We pray through the Name of Yeshua and our prayers go up to HaShem in Heaven, and the answer is sent down to earth through Yeshua’s Name!
This is just ONE prophecy. I would understand why you would want to continue to believe tradition and the sages if there was only one, but there many, many more! Although some Bible Scholars attribute over 300 Old Covenant prophecies, I have only included 44 messianic predictions for your eyes to see for themselves.
DECIDE FOR YOURSELF! DO NOT TAKE ANYONE’S WORD FOR IT!
COME AND SEE! READ FOR YOURSELF!
YOUR ETERNITY DEPENDS ON IT!
NOTE:I have provided each Scripture verse as a link you can click on that will take you to the Scripture from the Complete Jewish Bible for your convenience.
If you have read for yourself, and have decided Yeshua is The Messiah, pray this prayer:
“Yeshua, I believe you are the Messiah! I believe you are the Son of G-d, that you died for my sins, was buried and raised from the dead so that I might have eternal life. Father G-D, wash away all my sins with the blood of Yeshua, and apply the atonement You provided on the execution stake to my life. Thank you for saving me, Amen.”
If you prayed that prayer, please contact me and let me know. You can contact me easily at www.rabbcliff.org
I will be glad to hear from you, and will be sure to include you in my daily prayers.
There is a whole lot more to say, but enough for now. Join us this Shabbat at the Rock of Israel Congregation near Charlotte, NC to learn more. Shabbat Service begins every Saturday at 10am; I hope to see you there. Just click the link below for directions.
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May Adonai give you the desires of your heart, and may all your desires be found in Him!
IN Yeshua, Rabbi Cliff