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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

VaYechi 12-7

And (he) lived

Genesis 50:21-26

"So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones." Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

Gen. 50:21 ESV

Why take revenge if it is not necessary?

After Yaakov's death, Yosef had all the power to take revenge against his brothers for what they had done to him. His brothers feared this. But Yosef had a forgiving character and a prophetic mindset with the vision of an eagle. That's why he understood that the Eternal was great enough to use all things for good, even the bad ones. By focusing on the Eternal, Yosef was able to forgive his brothers and forget what they did to him. He spoke to them kindly and he showed them his love by providing for them and his children.

Yosef paid back all the evil they had done to him with goodness. This is an attribute of the Messiah and the Eternal wishes to see this character in all His children. That's why later on, He gave the written Torah to Israel.

May the Eternal help us to never take revenge of the evil someone may have done against us, but to pay back with goodness, as Yosef did and as Messiah ben Yosef did as well.  

Shabbat shalom,


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