Haf. Vayechi (1 Kings 2:1-12)

Join Beth Tikkun as we continue our study of the Haftarah portions for the 2013-14 Torah cycle. In this study we encounter the shortest of the Haftarah portions, but the one that requires the most background material. Here the life stories of David, Solomon, Joab, Abner, Amassa, Absalom, Barzillai, and Shemei all reach their culmination. As we trace each of these threads, a powerful insight emerges that helps us to understand how we are to properly participate in building God’s Kingdom.

Haf. Vayechi

Categories Haftarah Portion, Media | Tags: , , , , , , | Posted on December 15, 2013

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  1. by Jenna Askins

    On December 17, 2013

    i wanted to comment on the portion where you were describing the Menorah pattern displayed by Joab, Barzillei, and Shemei. What was brought to mind with Joab and his exceptional physical gifts, but spiritually blind, on one side and Shemei with his elevated spiritual gifts, but no sense of physical boundaries, on the other, and Barzillei, the obedient, wise, and loving servant to the king (David), along with King David’s instructions to Solomon concerning them all — the picture that was given to me was of Yeshua on the cross between the two thieves. Both of them had to die as penalty for their own sins, and although Yeshua had to die as well, His descendants would be shown favor by the King and would always have a place at the King’s table.

    This image of the cross even holds with David and his reign being a reflection of Yeshua’s first advent (spiritual warfare) and Solomon being a picture of Yeshua’s return (judgement), as it’s after judgement that Yeshua’s descendants with sit at the banquet table with the King.

    I absolutely love how God’s Word so perfectly illuminates itself — with the help of a gifted teacher!

  2. by L. Grant Luton

    On December 18, 2013

    Jenna, Thank you for the rich insight and the kind words. I don’t know which is the most encouraging! Thank you again.

  3. by Charlotte Gunther

    On December 22, 2013

    What a perfect picture or our Messiah!

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