Worship and Study Program for this week:
Parsha 08: Vayishlach (He sent)
Shabbat Shalom Everyone.
Welcome to this week’s Worship and Study Fellowship Online. Our Parsha (or Portion) of the Torah today is called VAYISHLACH and is the 8th of 54 Portions, which we read over 12 months.
This week we will focus on Jacob and his brother Esau. Remember, Jacob betrayed his brother 20 years previously and he now hears that Esau is coming with his fighting men to meet him. Jacob is afraid and sends messengers ahead of him to talk to Esau and offer him goats, sheep, donkeys and horses hoping to win his favour. Jacob also appeals to God for help. That night, Jacob is left alone in the camp and wrestles face-to-face with God’s messenger until daybreak when he finally wins. The messenger blesses him and says his name will now be “Isra’el”. When Esau sees Jacob, he runs to him and hugs him with a kiss. They spend time together and then go their separate ways.
Jacob and his family set up temporary shelter in Sukkot, where the Israelites would also stay on their journey out of Egypt. Jacob then moves on and sets up camp next to the city of Shechem where his daughter Dinah is abused by the King’s son. Simeon and Levi take matters into their own hands and with their other brothers kill all the men, rescue Dinah and leave. When Jacob arrives in Bethel, God blesses him again. But it is not all good news, for soon after this, his wife Rachel dies giving birth to Jacob’s twelfth son Benjamin and his father, the Patriarch Isaac, dies also.
In the readings of the Haftarah, which follow the Torah, the prophet Obadiah writes of the destruction of Edom (Esau’s descendants), because they let foreigners carry off the treasure in Solomon’s Temple. Israel triumphs in the end and God gives them focus and purpose. Jeremiah and David talk of God’s purpose. In Romans, the Apostle Paul also talks about how the Spirit of God changes a person. The Book of Hebrews comments on our future with God, and Luke cites Messiah Yeshua commending those who bare good fruit. The Book of Revelation shows that the 12 gates in the New Jerusalem are named after Jacob’s twelve sons.
Our program would not be the same if we didn’t include some inspiring worship songs and prayers to thank God for His amazing contribution in the lives of the Patriarchs, Judges, Kings, Prophets and all Disciples as they continue, through Your Word, to turn people away from sin and repent, so that they would blessed beyond measure, in this life and the next. This is why we always begin with the song Shabbat Shalom by Jonathan Settel, which is also sung today by a great number of God’s people worldwide.
1. Shabbat Songs for Praise and Worship. Enjoy!
1.1) Shabbat Shalom – Jonathan Settel
(1.2) Blow the Trumpet in Zion – Carol Hvolboll
(1.3) Let God Arise/It Is Good/Roni Roni – Paul Wilbur
(1.4) Shalom Aleichem (Peace Be To You) – Barry & Batya Segal
(1.5) Baruch Haba B’shem Adonai – Paul Wilbur Ministries
2. MFO Prayers in Hebrew and English
These prayers are traditionally spoken out loud. Practice learning and saying these yourself.
The SHEMA, The AVINU prayer, The Blessing Over the Children
Take time out now to honour Yeshua HaMashiach and our Father in Heaven with your prayers.
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3. News and Prayers for Israel
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem.
They shall prosper who love You Father and your holy city. As You say in Your Word, “For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not hold My peace, until her righteousness shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch.
Oh, God, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray for the coming of the Prince of Peace – that You break down the walls and the barriers of hatred and of sin that separates brother from brother, and those who call upon Your name, that You would establish Your throne in this city – that You will come and take up Your place, the one that belongs to You alone – that You will establish Your righteousness and Your rule – that the Kingdom of God will cover the Earth, even as the waters cover the seas – and that the Name of the Holy One of Israel, Yeshua HaMashiach, Jesus the Messiah, will be a banner and a shade and a comfort to all peoples who call upon Your Name in holiness. Maranatha, speed the day, even so, Yeshua come, take up Your throne and bring peace to this city and to this world.
(Inspired from Lyrics by Paul Wilbur)
Prayer Points for Israel and Jerusalem
- Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, it is YHVH’s city. (Psalm 122:6, 1 Kings 11:32, 2 Chr. 3:1; Rev. 21:2)
- Pray for the quick return of the lost 10 tribes of Israel, as well as the return of all Jewish persons, so Yeshua can return to Jerusalem as their King. (Jeremiah 50: 19-20)
- Pray blessings over God’s people in Israel, as they are our brothers and sisters of the same Olive Tree, upon which the Gentiles are grafted in. (Romans 11:17-24)
- Pray for world-wide support for Israel and the Jewish people in these difficult times, along with prayers to repel the adversary and all his efforts to destroy righteousness. (Ephesians 6:12)
- Pray that all Christians rebuke any who teach Replacement Theology, the notion that the Church has replaced Israel, and transferred the Abrahamic promises to the Church alone. (Genesis 15:18-21)
- Pray for the protection of the Land of Israel because it is the Promised Land given to Abraham and his descendants. (Joshua 1:2-6, Joshua 21:43)
- Pray for righteous leadership in Israel, that they submit to YHVH as an example for the people. (Proverbs 29:2, 2 Timothy 2:15, Hebrews 13:17)
- Pray that all of Israel become Torah observant in preparation for the return of Yeshua. (Jeremiah 31: 31-34, Matthew 5:17-20)
- Pray for the future messianic reign of Yeshua and the redemption of all mankind during that time. (Obadiah 1:17-21, Isa. 66:5, Rev 16:16)
- Pray for ministries in Israel and abroad, which teach about the Father and His Son, Yeshua the Messiah. (Gen 12:3, Romans 10:10-17, Romans 16:1)
Items of Interest from Israel
(3.1) Yahya Mahamid an Israeli, Arab, Muslim, IDF Soldier
Special Addition this week:
(3.2) Netanyahu: Nobel Prize nomination is a great honor
4. Opening Prayers for this weeks Parsha: Vayishlach
Opening TORAH Prayer: Blessed are You, Y’HoVaH our Elohim, King of all existence, who chose us from among all nations and who gave us your Torah. Blessed are You, Y’HoVaH who gives us the Torah. AMEN
(Jeremiah 31:31-34) “Behold, the days are coming,” says Y’HoVaH, “when I will make a Renewed Covenant with the house of Isra’el and with the house of Y’hudah (Judah), 32“not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt. My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” says Y’HoVaH. 33 “But this is the Covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says Y’HoVaH, “I will put My Torah within them and on their heart I will write it; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No longer will any of them teach his fellow community member or his brother, [do you] ‘know Adonai’?; for all will know me, from the least of them to the greatest; because I will forgive their wickedness and remember their sins no more.”
(Isaiah 12:2-3) “See! Yah is my salvation; I am confident and unafraid; for Yah Y’HoVaH is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation!” Then you will joyfully draw water from the springs of salvation. “
(Psalm 3:8) Salvation belongs to Y’HoVaH; Your blessing be upon Your people.”
(Psalm 46:7) Y’HoVaH Almighty is with us; the Elohim of Jacob is our refuge.”
5. Study Resources
(5.1) Parsha in 60 seconds presents Vayishlach
7. QUESTION For This Week :
Parsha 08: Vayishlach (He sent)
8. Extra Study Resources
(8.1) Vayishlach: Becoming a Person of Integrity – Aleph Beta
(8.2) What is Hanukkah and should we celebrate it?
9. MFO STUDY – CLOSING PRAYER: (Read out aloud):
“Blessed are You Adonai [YHVH], our Elohim, king of all existence Who has given us the Torah of the truth and everlasting life within us. Blessed are You Adonai [YHVH], Who give us the Torah. Amen.”
10. Inspirational Videos
(10.1) Yahya Mahamid an Israeli, Arab, Muslim, IDF Soldier
(10.2) Arab Muslim Twins From East Jerusalem, Now Serving in the Israel Defence Forces
11. Inspirational Songs and Music
(11.1) “Through Grace and Faith” – Messianic Song by Oxana Eliahu
(11.2) King of Glory – Messianic Praise Song
We trust that you have enjoyed this program for Shabbat and remember, if it’s too much for one or two sittings, please try to complete all the links at another time or day, before next Shabbat.
Shalom Aleichem: Peace be upon you on this Shabbat.
Natan and Hannah (Producers)