But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him”1Corinthians 2:9
In the Torah portions we read these weeks there is a concentration of dreams, from Jacobs dream of a ladder to Josephs own dreams and those of others he interprets.
He said to them,This week in Parsha Vayashev, Joseph tells his dreams to his brothers, which as we know get him into a pit, and then to Egypt. Just the reverse happens when Joseph interprets Pharoahs dreams,---he gets out of the pit! And is raised up to be the one who saves his family, all of Egypt, and the very brothers who threw him in the pit.
"Hear this dream which I have dreamed: Genesis 37:6
Joseph was chosen by God to preserve the messianic seed from starvation. But what trials, betrayals and disappointments he endured. His journey is a story of perseverance.The story of Joseph continues in the next three weeks until the end of the book of Genesis and then into the years of slavery and the Exodus. The parashiot about Joseph are always read around Hannukah. The story of Joseph who shines his light in all situations and God favors him and brings him through all that happens. The story of Joseph and his brothers also points to, reveals, illuminates (looking for the right choice of words) God's plan of redemption through Messiah Yeshua. There are many parallels in the story and in this parsha. As well there is the seemingly incidental incident with Judah and Tamar, through whose line the Messiah will be born (Gen.38, Matthew 1:3).
It is also a story of dream and vision.
To journey with Joseph is to make a pilgrimage into the regions of the soul. Joseph was a dreamer of dreams, a seer of visions and as God gave him wisdom, an interpreter of dreams and visions. -- quote from "The Transforming Journey" by Wesley Scott Amos
In this post, I want to share a dream I had in this month of dreams.
This pomegranate challah was inspired by a dream .
For those who have ears to hear, here goes.
My dream was a close up of my inner ear,
and it was filled with pomegranate seeds.
A day or so after the dream I looked up "inner ear" and looked at the diagrams of the ear. I felt God wanted me to see His amazing and intricate design and structure of this part of our anatomy. You can see its semi circular shapes and spirals that all have a perfect plan and design. I also looked at some images of pomegranates, and saw how if it is open a certain way, the arrangement of the seeds in each half can look somewhat like the shape in an ear.
When making the challah and rolling out the dough to make a pomegranate challah, I remembered the dream. I wanted to see if I could express anything about it in the challah. I made one pomegranate challah "straight" in three stands, and with the other I decided to make "rolls" with pomegranate filling.
The challah rolls changed their shape when baking, and one even looked a little like an ear!! Well, maybe this is more than you would like to hear! I may chalk the challah "dream" rolls up to experiment in the Holy Spirit and not sure that I will post them. Though they taste very good, and contain a lot of fruit, so maybe?! But for the record, that is my story of the dream challah with pomegranate.
|A pomegranate and a Yuzu (Japanese Citrus fruit in season)|
|This time, the jam came out exquisite, and if you have a Pomegranate and a citrus fruit and I would highly recommending added it to your holiday feasts!!|
|Here is where the dream came into play, and I tried making some rolls in the shapes that were reminiscent of the way the auditory canal is seen in the diagrams.|
Your temple is like a slice of pomegranate behind your veil.
Song of Songs 6:7
About the dream I will leave the interpretation to God!
If you would like to make a Pomegranate Challah , please see my post HERE !! In Japan Pomegranates are in "season" (actually they are imported from America, but seems to be that we can find them in this time of year!) in December, so it is a nice time to make it with the Yuzu fragrance. You might need to vary it for the season depending when you can find a pomegranate where you are.
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Blessings and Shabbat Shalom!!