Weekly MMM – Parsha Vayigash – The Eyes of G-d
I’m calling this week’s MMM – The Eyes of G-d. It’s based on the weekly Parsha, Vayigash. The essence of this Parsha is the moment when Joseph says to his brothers, “I am Joseph,” and they fall into a state of stunned silence. They thought about all Joseph had put them through to get them to recognize the error of their ways, and everything comes together.
When Joseph announced, “I am Joseph,” it triggered his brothers realizing how everything fit into place. We have a similar, parallel situation when G-d announces, at the end of days, “I Am G-d.” That is when all humanity will see how everything comes together.
This is one peek into the eyes of G-d, at looking at reality through G-d’s eyes. Of course, G-d is at least a trillion steps ahead of us, in terms of seeing the whole picture and bringing all the moving parts together.
The more we can emulate G-d’s perspective and see how the world is running on past, present and future, the more successful be can be, in our lives, our relationships with other people and with G-d.
One of the ways we can try to drawn down into ourselves a perspective we can call, “the eyes of G-d,” is to set about to look at the world through G-d’s eyes.
In the difficulties between Joseph and his brothers, in that story of the primal, family schism, we see that G-d is watching the story unfold and the characters in the story are occupied with their role in it. First, they are trying to figure out how to deal with it, and later, they are trying to forgive and to be forgiven.
While all the Patriarchs and the tribes of Israel are occupied with trying to get out of trouble, our Sages make an interesting point when they say that G-d is occupied with bringing the Mashiach. G-d sees one, big story line as a means to an end, the unfolding of a certain process.
Meanwhile, all we can see is our own lives on a time line, in the unfolding process of our lives. So, it’s important to be able to see the adventures of our own lives as parts of a whole.
Joseph, whom Pharaoh referred to as, “the mashbir,” fulfilled the meaning of that word as, “the one who fed the word.” Joseph had the insight and the foresight to know how to survive world famine, and how to feed the world through it. He used his wisdom and understanding of the Hebrew word, “shobair,” which means, “to break things.” It’s the opposite of fixing things.
Someone in business does this same thing. They break down what they have and distribute it. They take the entirety of what they have and break it down into its component parts for sale. A retailer knows how to break down and sell component parts.
The eyes of G-d are what Joseph had to see what needed to be done to save the world from famine. In order to carry out the plans, Joseph needed to see the past, present and future, all the resources available, and communicate them in order to carry them out equitably.
This is just one of the many ways of seeing with the eyes of G-d. It involves not only seeing what is there, but what is not there, that which could be there and that which was and will be there. Joseph could see all this and he knew how to manage it and distribute the food fairly when needed.
When we understand this idea, we develop an appreciation for the ways G-d is working with us, as we work through things for ourselves and with others, seeing a bigger picture taking shape.
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