Parashat 9 Portion 37 Ber 40:1-23 Amos 1:3-:6 Matt 5:1-16

...we are defined by every word written in the Torah אנחנו מוגדרים על-ידי כל מילה הכתוב בתורה

Gen 40:1  And after these events it came to be that the cupbearer and the baker of the sovereign of Mitsrayim sinned against their master, the sovereign of Mitsrayim.
Gen 40:2  And Pharaoh was wroth with his two officers,(Heb – sarisaiv – his eunuchs) the chief cupbearer and the chief baker.

The Hebrew word for “officers” is “saris” and comes from the Hebrew verb “seres” which means to castrate. This alludes to the fact that all officers and leaders of a false religious system are “castrated” by the system and are unable to produce a life giving word that can reveal to us the fullness of who Yahshua is.

    It is not a coincidence that only a remnant is born again from an incorruptible seed.

    1Pe 1:23  having been born again – not of corruptible seed, but incorruptible – through the living Word of Elohim, which remains forever…

    Gen 40:3  So he put them in confinement in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Yosĕph was a prisoner.
    Gen 40:4  And the captain of the guard put Yosĕph in charge of them, and he served them. So they were in confinement for some time.
Gen 40:5  Then the cupbearer and the baker of the sovereign of Mitsrayim, who were confined in the prison, dreamed a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation.

The Hebrew word used for prison is “sohar” Strongs 5470 – meaning a “house of roundness”
It is rather ironic that the English word “church”(kirke) can also refers to a “house of roundness”


Gen 40:6  And Yosĕph came in to them in the morning and looked at them and saw that they were sad.
Gen 40:7  And he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in confinement of his master’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?”
Gen 40:8  And they said to him, “We each have dreamed a dream, and there is no one to interpret it.” And Yosĕph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to Elohim? Relate them to me, please.”
Gen 40:9  So the chief cupbearer related his dream to Yosĕph, and said to him, “See, in my dream a vine was before me,
Gen 40:10  and in the vine were three branches, and it was as though it budded – its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.
Gen 40:11  “And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand. So I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”
Gen 40:12  And Yosĕph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days.
Gen 40:13  “Yet, within three days Pharaoh is going to lift up your head and restore you to your place, and you shall put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former ruling, when you were his cupbearer.
Gen 40:14  “But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me. And mention me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.
Gen 40:15  “For truly I was stolen away from the land of the Heḇrews. And also I have done naught that they should put me into the dungeon.”
Gen 40:16  And the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, and he said to Yosĕph, “I also was in my dream and saw three white baskets were on my head,
Gen 40:17  and in the uppermost basket all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.”
Gen 40:18  And Yosĕph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days.
Gen 40:19  “Yet, within three days Pharaoh is going to lift off your head from you and hang you on a tree. And the birds shall eat your flesh from you.”
Gen 40:20  And on the third day, Pharaoh’s birthday, it came to be that he made a feast for all his servants. And he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and of the chief baker among his servants,
Gen 40:21  and he restored the chief cupbearer to his post of cupbearer again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand,
Gen 40:22  but he hanged the chief baker, as Yosĕph had interpreted to them.
Gen 40:23  And the chief cupbearer did not remember Yosĕph, but forgot him.

Maybe these are parables revealing the redemption and life of Messiah –

Rom 10:4  For Messiah is the goal1 of the ‘Torah unto righteousness’to everyone who believes. Footnote: 1Or end purpose; not termination.

Mat 13:33  Another parable He spoke to them, “The reign of the heavens is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal until all was leavened.”
Mat 13:34  יהושע said all this to the crowds in parables, and He did not speak to them without a parable,
Mat 13:35  so that what was spoken by the prophet might be filled, saying, “I shall open My mouth in parables, I shall pour forth what has been hidden from the foundation of the world.”

Psa 78:1  My people, give ear to my Torah1, Incline your ears to the words of my mouth. Footnote: 1In vv. 1-11 the words “teaching, words, witness, commands, covenant,” are used interchangeably, as parallels, almost synonymously. We find the same in Ps. 119.
Psa 78:2  I open my mouth in a parable; I utter riddles of old,
Psa 78:3  Which we have heard and known, For our fathers have related them to us.

Mar 4:34  and He was not speaking to them without parables. And when they were alone, He explained all to His taught ones.

Mat 13:13  “Because of this I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.
Mat 13:14  “And in them the prophecy of Yeshayahu is completely filled, which says, ‘Hearing you shall hear and by no means understand, and seeing you shall see and by no means perceive,
Mat 13:15  for the heart of this people has become thickened, and their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their heart, and turn back, and I heal them.’
Mat 13:16  “And blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear,
Mat 13:17  for truly I say to you, that many prophets and righteous ones longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Isa 6:9  And He said, “Go, and you shall say to this people, ‘Hearing, you hear, but do not understand; and seeing, you see, but do not know.’
Isa 6:10  “Make the heart of this people fat, and their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and shall turn and be healed.”
Isa 6:11  Then I said, “יהוה, until when?” And He answered, “Until the cities are laid waste and without inhabitant, and the houses are without a man, and the land is laid waste, a ruin,
Isa 6:12  and יהוה has removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land.
Isa 6:13  “But still, there is a tenth part in it, and it shall again be for a burning, like a terebinth tree and like an oak, whose stump remains when it is cut down. The set-apart seed is its stump!”

Possible interpretations of the parables of our Torah portion.

  1. The number three is often used to remind us of the life death and resurrection of Messiah.
Hos 6:1  ‘Come, and let us turn back to יהוה. For He has torn but He does heal us, He has stricken but He binds us up.
Hos 6:2  ‘After two days He shall revive us, on the third day He shall raise us up, so that we live before Him
  1. We see in this Torah portion one person lives – Cup bearer – and one person dies – the baker. Bread and wine are used to remind us of the covenant that YHVH has made with us through our mediator – Yahshua. This reminds us of the death and resurrection of our Messiah.

  1. We see in the chap 41:1 that Yosef was in prison for another two years after he interpreted the dreams. We can say that the revelation of Yahshua has not been fully revealed to us.
When we keep Yahshua (a type of Yosef) “imprisoned” we keep ourselves imprisoned.
It seems that the true Yahshua has not been revealed to the world because of manmade religion pedalled by “Eunuchs”

Gen 41:1  And it came to be, at the end of two years’ time, that Pharaoh had a dream….but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh…….Gen 41:9  Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I remember my crimes this day.

Perhaps the greatest tragedy is that we who claim to know Yahshua have failed to reveal him as he was intended to be revealed – see Yoh 12:32

1Pe 1:2  chosen according to the foreknowledge of Elohim the Father, set apart by the Spirit unto obedience1 and sprinkling of the blood of יהושע Messiah: Favour and peace be increased to you. Footnote: 1Obedience is also stressed in vv. 14 & 22.
1Pe 1:3  Blessed be the Elohim and Father of our Master יהושע Messiah, who according to His great compassion has caused us to be born again to a living expectation through the resurrection of יהושע Messiah from the dead,
1Pe 1:4  to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and unfading, having been kept in the heavens for you,
1Pe 1:5  who are protected by the power of Elohim through(the) belief, for a deliverance ready to be revealed in the last time,
1Pe 1:6  in which you exult, even though for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by manifold trials,
1Pe 1:7  in order that the proving of your(the) belief – much more precious than gold that perishes, and proven by fire – might be found to result in praise and respect and esteem at the revelation of יהושע Messiah,
1Pe 1:8  whom having not seen, you love; in whom you exult with unspeakable and esteemed joy, yet not seeing, but believing,
1Pe 1:9  obtaining the goal of your(the faith of yours) belief: a deliverance of lives.


Parashat 9 Portion 36 Ber 39:1-23 Yesh 52:13-53:12 Acts 16:16-40

Gen 39:1  And Yosĕph had been taken down to Mitsrayim. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, a Mitsrite, bought him from the Yishmaʽĕlites who had taken him down there. 
א  וְיוֹסֵף, הוּרַד מִצְרָיְמָה; וַיִּקְנֵהוּ פּוֹטִיפַר סְרִיס פַּרְעֹה שַׂר הַטַּבָּחִים, אִישׁ מִצְרִי, מִיַּד הַיִּשְׁמְעֵאלִים, אֲשֶׁר הוֹרִדֻהוּ שָׁמָּה.
1 And Yosef was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, a eunuch(saris) of Pharaoh's, the chief of executioners, an Egyptian man, bought him from the hand of the Ishmaelites, that had brought him down thither.

Why is there such a difference between the Hebrew and the English translation?

...we are defined by every word written in the Torah
אנחנו מוגדרים על-ידי כל מילה הכתוב בתורה

Yosef embodies Messianic life. Yet this Messianic life was placed in subjection to an impotent master – man made religion. This impotent master has great power and has executed millions and millions of people throughout the ages. It appears that YHVH places us under the power of this false religion for a season.

     Gen 39:2  And it came to be that יהוה was with Yosĕph, and he became a prosperous man, and was in the house of his master the Mitsrite.

Yosef was a slave, yet he prospered and managed his master’s household. This teaches us that one’s circumstances do not determine one’s success in life.
This is one of the sure evidences of the presence of Messianic Hebraic life.
Yahshua wasn’t rich but he wasn’t poor and he looked after 12 other men and their families.

What’s the secret?  We must search for the answers regarding these issues.
The name of YHVH is used 8 times in this portion. Eight is the number of perfection.
YHVH wants to do a perfect work in each of us.

Jas 1:1  Yaʽaqoḇ, a servant of Elohim and of the Master יהושע Messiah, to the twelve tribes who are in the dispersion: Greetings.
Jas 1:2  My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials,
Jas 1:3  knowing that the proving of your belief works endurance.
Jas 1:4  And let endurance(2 Pet 1:6; Matt 24:13 same Gk word) have a perfect work, so that you be perfect(mature and whole) and complete,(Gk – unimpaired by circumstances) lacking in naught.
YHVH will lead all Messianic Hebraic life along a journey of trials and testing. Only those who overcome will be part of the bride of Messiah – see 7 letters to the seven assemblies in the book of Revelation.

Rev 3:10  “Because you have guarded My Word of endurance,(same Gk words used in Jam1:4) I also shall guard you from the hour of trial which shall come upon all the world, to try those who dwell on the earth.

Gen 39:3  And his master saw that יהוה was with him and that יהוה made all he did to prosper in his hand.
Gen 39:4  So Yosĕph found favour in his eyes, and served him, and he appointed him over his house, and gave into his hand all that he had.
Gen 39:5  And it came to be, from the time that he appointed him over his house and all that he had, that יהוה blessed the Mitsrite’s house for Yosĕph’s sake. And the blessing of יהוה was on all that he had in the house and in the field.
Gen 39:6  And he left in Yosĕph’s hand all that he had, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate. And Yosĕph was handsome in form and appearance.
Gen 39:7  And after these events it came to be that his master’s wife lifted up her eyes to Yosĕph and said, “Lie with me.”
Gen 39:8  But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has given into my hand all that he has.
Gen 39:9  “No one is greater in this house than I, and he has not withheld whatever from me but you, because you are his wife. And how shall I do this great evil and sin against Elohim?”
Gen 39:10  And it came to be, as she spoke to Yosĕph day by day, that he did not listen to her, to lie with her, to be with her.
Gen 39:11  And it came to be on a certain day, when Yosĕph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside,
Gen 39:12  that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside.
Gen 39:13  And it came to be, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside,
Gen 39:14  that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Heḇrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice.
Gen 39:15  “And it came to be, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”
Gen 39:16  And she kept his garment with her until his master came home.
Gen 39:17  And she spoke to him these same words, saying, “The Heḇrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me, to mock me,
Gen 39:18  so it came to be, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”
Gen 39:19  And it came to be, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me according to these words,” that his displeasure burned.
Gen 39:20  Then Yosĕph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the sovereign’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.
Gen 39:21  But יהוה was with Yosĕph and extended kindness to him, and He gave him favour in the eyes of the prison warden.