Parashat Vayigash: Genesis 44:18 – 47:27
Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:15-28
This verse has a dual fulfillment. Naturally it was true and applicable in its original context, for the Egyptians had utter contempt for a shepherd. However, the prophetic fulfillment of this verse is found in the future, when the world (which Egypt personifies) will have contempt for the Great Shepherd, Messiah Yeshua.
It is very significant that in John chapter 10, Yeshua calls Himself “The Good Shepherd“. He also states that “the Good Shepherd gives His life for the sheep” (See John 10:11). Although Messiah emphatically teaches that He lays down His life and no one takes it, it is clear that the world in general hated, hates and will hate the Good Shepherd (See John 7:7).
It is truly sad that in the same way one reads in our parashah, the abomination of Egypt is every shepherd; likewise, in an ever increasing manner, the world has an ever increasing amount of contempt for the truth concerning Yeshua. Although this is truly sad, do not despair; rather, realize it is a sign that our redemption draws near, i.e. the return of Messiah Yeshua and the establishment of His Kingdom.