12-10-16 Message to Beit Adonai Yisroel – VaYetse
Torah Portion; Genesis 28:10-32:3
Haftarah: Hos 1:7 – 14:10
Suggested Acheron K’tuvim: John 14:6-7
A Special Place for Prayer
Central question of this message: Are you fighting the battle with the right weapons?
We are in Parasha VaYetse. Its name comes from the first word of the passage which means “and he went out”.
Gen 28:10-11 10 Then Jacob departed from Beersheba and went toward Haran. 11 And he came to a certain place and spent the night there, because the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.
As we move into this portion, I want to remind us of what caused Yacov to go to Haran. We find it in the previous portion, Toldot.
Gen 27:41-45 41 So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.” 42 Now when the words of her elder son Esau were reported to Rebekah, she sent and called her younger son Jacob, and said to him, “Behold your brother Esau is consoling himself concerning you, by planning to kill you. 43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice, and arise, flee to Haran, to my brother Laban! 44 “And stay with him a few days, until your brother’s fury subsides, 45 until your brother’s anger against you subsides, and he forgets what you did to him. Then I shall send and get you from there. Why should I be bereaved of you both in one day?”
Why was Esav’s fury kindled against Yacov? Because his father Yitzhak’s plan to thwart the will of G-d that Yacov have the blessing had been itself thwarted by action taken by his mother and Yacov.
Was it righteous anger? No. The blessing was given to Yacov before birth. Then Esav sold the blessing to Yacov.