He went out — ויצא
Genesis 28:10 - 32:2
Hosea 12:12 - 14:10
John 1:43 - 51
Torah Portion Outline
Genesis 28:10 | Jacob's Dream at Bethel
Genesis 29:1 | Jacob Meets Rachel
Genesis 29:15 | Jacob Marries Laban's Daughters
Genesis 30:25 | Jacob Prospers at Laban's Expense
Genesis 31:1 | Jacob Flees with Family and Flocks
Genesis 31:22 | Laban Overtakes Jacob
Genesis 31:43 | Laban and Jacob Make a Covenant
Haftarah Portion Outline
The seventh reading from the book of Genesis is named Vayetze (ויצא), which means “and he went out”. Jacob leaves Beersheba at the beginning of the portion. The portion tells the story of Jacob and Laban's dealings with him regarding his wives.
“The parashah is made up of 7,512 Hebrew letters, 2,021 Hebrew words, 148 verses, and can occupy about 235 lines in a Torah Scroll” - Wikipedia.org
Please note that it is impossible for me to explain everything that has been summarized in all of the above-mentioned sections, since the Word is rich in information and summarizing everything will take a long time, so I take something that I consider important for now and discuss this here. It is still the reader's responsibility to read all the passages and ask Him, the Holy Spirit to open it to you.
Jacob was blessed by Isaac, but must now go to Haran. It would give time for his brother Esau to cool off his anger and revenge. He also had to get him a wife under his own. Throughout the Bible it was important that there was no mixture of pagan and righteous. When we go through the Bible, we see that in most cases, Israel became more apostate when they took wives from the Gentile nations. It reminds me of the Word that says: What has darkness and light in common?
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?” – 2 Corinthians 6:14
It still applies to us today. The believer who marries an unbeliever, only causes a lot of sadness and harm and in many cases ends up in a great sadness. Can a divided house be? Can a house where two gods be served have peace? The one will always despise the other or oppose.
Jacob rests that night and dreams. YHWH stood at the top of the ladder. Note when the Lord in our Bible is in capital letters, it means that God's covenant name is used, so we must understand that it does not refer to Elohim (God) but YaHWeH - God of Covenant. Why? The God of Abraham and Isaac came to visit him. He explains this in verse 13, the covenant he made with Jacob's ancestors. When we read of the Lord, we know, something is happening here. He, the Almighty, reveals Himself as the God of Covenant and then follows an important message for us as believers. Angels went up and down against the ladder. Angels are God's messengers. They are also those who bring the requests of the saints before God, they are also actively engaged with the children of the Most High. Where there is a matter of God happening or a believer, you can be assured there will be angels too. The ladder refers to Yeshua, Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of the Living God. He is the mediator between God and man.
Jacob does something special or explains something special. The verse is as follows:
“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord be my God: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.” – Genesis 28:20-22 (KJV)
Pay attention to what Jacob said:
“And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If Elohim will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall YaHWeh be my Elohim: And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be Elohim's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.”
Let's see what Jacob actually says. Elohim speaks of God, which means that we can see it as Supreme Lord, Almighty, Judge, One who does not show personality. He does what He does and it is.
Yahweh speaks of covenant, ie One who provides, helps, protects, He is there for you, He is Father, He has personality. Jesus Christ the Father showed us this way.