The Sabbath Torah Portion – Vayeshev (And He Settled)
The entire portion is Genesis 37:1—40:23
The Bible Through the Seasons follows those Jewish traditions that divide the portion into thirds. This year, we read Part 2. Genesis 38
Around this time of the year for over 2500 years, Jewish people have been proclaiming these readings. For the first time they are integrated into a sequence of readings for Christians. Think of the power of this as we join our Jewish brothers and sisters as they lift the scroll each Sabbath and chant these stories! This is the Torah— God’s precious communication with us.
This story fits well in Advent, for with Tamar, we have a direct ancestor to Jesus. Tamar’s son Perez was an ancestor to David. (Matthew gives the list in chapter1.) Jesus came from the family of David.
Look what the Lord does with the sinfulness and intrigue of ancestors! The Lord can use everything and everyone. In your family tree, you probably have some with a “shady past.” The Lord can use them for good.
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.