Genesis High Lights
Part 2 Joseph, Recognizing Providence
II Samuel 2;25 “If a man sins against man, a judge tries him; but if he sins against HASHEM, who can speak in his defense?”
–Before studying or writing there is always prayer for guidance by the King I serve in the Name of my Savior Yeshua, by the power of His Holy Spirit and according to His design, and will alone. These days I have repeatedly been led to some of the same verses I treasure and may have shared repeatedly before.
In connection with the topics and ideas of God’s sovereignty and compete working actualized existence in the lives of His people, it has become clear that believing in God, trusting in His hand in all things will promote the exhibition of Children who are drawn to His word, in action, to fulfill His commands.
A belief in God produces people who seek after His will day and night, in the times of light they are glad and give glory to Him and in times of darkness they seek Him continually praising Him in the understanding that He has their best interests in His eventual plan.
Joseph had been given a glimpse of his own glory in the dreams of his youth, yet he was cast into the pits of darkness and here he submitted by trusting in the plan and hand of the Lord. Our Savior Yeshua designed from the foundations of the earth that he would by slain as payment for our sins and our transgressions of the Word, the Teaching and Torah of the Lord. [Revelation 13;8 Everyone living on earth will worship it except those whose names are written in the Book of Life belonging to the Lamb slaughtered before the world was founded.]
The man with the Word set before him does not degrade in the darkness, he rises and shines for all to see. Joseph rose from the station of a slave to the safe-guardian of an Egyptian noble household, he was cast into a dungeon and there given charge over all the prisoners, from prison he rose to be ruler over all Egypt, second only to Pharaoh. He did not bow to the idolatry which surrounded him, he did not forget the word of God nor did he cease proclaiming His authority, he paid homage to the power of God in his every undertaking and all of his handiwork was brought to success by the hand of God in his life. Because he was deeply rooted in the ways of the Lord, the Torah or Teaching of God, handed down from his father and grandfather and from past generations…he did not falter.
Psalm 1;1 Praiseworthy is the man who walked not in the counsel of the wicked and stood not in the path of the sinful, and saw not in the session of scorners. 2 But his desire is in the Torah of HASHEM, and in His Torah he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree deeply rooted alongside brooks of water, that yields its fruit in season, and whose leaf never withers; and everything that he does will succeed.
Genesis 39; 2 HASHEM was with Joseph, and he became a successful man; and he remained in the house of his Egyptian master. 3 His master perceived that HASHEM was with him, and whatever he did HASHEM made succeed in his hand. 4 Joseph found favor in his eyes, and he attended him; he appointed him over his household, and whatever he had he placed in his custody. 5 And it happened, that from the time he appointed him in his house and over whatever he had, HASHEM blessed the Egyptian house of Joseph’s account, so that HASHEM’s blessing was in whatever he owned, in the house and in the field.
7 After these things, his master’s wife cast her eyes upon Joseph and she said, ” Lie with me.” 8 But he adamantly refused; he said to his master’s wife, “Look-with me here, my master concerns himself about nothing in the house, and whatever he has he placed in my custody. 9 There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has denied me nothing but you, since you are his wife; how then can I perpetrate this great evil and have sinned against God!”
-These texts are proof of the covenant promises God gave to Abraham already coming to pass, whoever Joseph works with is blessed in connection to him and these promises. [Genesis 12; 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and all the families of the earth shall bless themselves by you.] When Joseph is tempted to be a party in an adulterous relationship, he relates a whole explanation regarding his earthly master yet he recognizes that in sinning against his ‘fellow’, it is God he sins against.
I John 3;1 See what love the Father has lavished on us in letting us be called God’s children! For that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it has not known him. 2 Dear friends, we are God’s children now; and it has not yet been made clear what we will become. We do know that when he appears, we will be like him; because we will see him as he really is. 3 And everyone who has this hope in him continues purifying himself, since God is pure. 4 Everyone who keeps sinning is violating Torah- indeed, sin is violation of Torah.
Genesis 39; 21 HASHEM was with Joseph, and He endowed him with charisma, and He put his favor in the eyes of the prison warden. 22 The prison warden placed all inmates of the prison in Joseph’s custody, and everything that was done there, he could accomplish. 23 The prison warden did not scrutinize anything that was in his charge inasmuch as HASHEM was with him; and whatever he did HASHEM made successful.
–The passages of Deuteronomy 28 are amazing. The abundance the Lord lavishes on those of His children who will listen, observe and perform His commandments. The key is when, where, and how. We are to observe the way of the Lord and perform it wherever we go, in our personal lives and in our businesses. In all times and seasons, in ALL our undertakings. If we can strive, like Joseph, to do everything in the Name of the Lord, for His glory and the magnification of His greatness…in sincerity, we won’t have to seek the blessings and success promised, for they will overtake us.
Deuteronomy 28;1 It shall be that if you hearken to the voice of HASHEM, your God, to observe, to perform all of His commandments that I command you this day, then HASHEM, your God, will make you supreme over all the nations of the earth. 2 All these blessings will come upon you and overtake you, if you hearken to the voice of HASHEM, your God: 3 Blessed shall you be in the city and blessed shall you be in the field. 4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your animals; the offspring of your cattle and the flocks of your sheep and goats. 5 Blessed shall be your fruit basket and your kneading bowl. 6 Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out. 7 HASHEM shall cause your enemies who rise up against you to be struck down before you; on one road they will go toward you and on seven roads they will flee before you. 8 HASHEM will command the blessing for you in your storehouses and your every undertaking; and He will bless you in the Land that HASHEM, your God, gives you. 9 HASHEM will confirm you for Himself as a holy people, as He swore to you- if you observe the commandments of HASHEM, your God, and you go in His ways.
Proverbs 3;1 My child, do not forget My Torah, and let your heart guard My commandments, 2 for they add to you length of days and years of life and peace. 3 Kindness and truth will not forsake you. Bind them upon your neck; inscribe them on the tablet of your heart, 4 and you will find favor and goodly wisdom in the eyes of God and man.
–Joseph is a prime example of the Proverbs text. In keeping the way of the Lord forefront and not forgetting His commandments he escaped death and was given a life he could never have imagined. His own kindness was incubated in the season of trial he weathered and when he was given the opportunity to react in wrath and recompense, he behaves with compassion and forgiveness. Joseph truly finds out what it means to find favor in the eyes of God and man, and it is this goodly wisdom the Lord endows him with that all the people around him seek out.
Genesis 40;7 And he asked Pharaoh’s courtiers who were with him in the ward of his master’s house, saying, “Why do you appear downcast today?” 8 And they said to him, “We dreamt a dream, but there is no interpreter for it.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Relate it to me, if you please.”
–Joseph has come a long way from the fields of Canaan, where he chased after brothers who didn’t even want to speak to him, taunting them with the overt brandishing of his dreams. Whether or not Joseph had good intentions for relating his dreams to his brothers, for he knew then they came from God and knew they were of importance, the way he went about it could be considered questionable. Not so now, in the dungeon he shows genuine concern for the men in his charge and he wants to help them. He identifies directly it is God who is in control and from Him will come the assistance. The interpretations of the dream of the cupbearer is a stepping stone to his rise to the top. What seemingly small opportunities has God given us that we may not be taking note of? What responsibilities has He in store for us if we would but just step out in willingness to proclaim His goodness?
Psalm 115;1 Not for our sake, HASHEM, not for our sake, but for Your Name’s sake give glory, for Your kindness and for Your truth! 2 Why should the nations say, “Where now is their God?” 3 Our God is in the heavens; whatever He pleases, He does!
Romans 13;1 Everyone is to obey the governing authorities. For there is no authority that is not from God, and the existing authorities have been placed where they are by God.
Genesis 41; 14 So Pharaoh sent and summoned Joseph, and they rushed him from the dungeon. He shaved and changed his clothes, and he came to Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I dreamt a dream, but no one can interpret it. Now I heard it said of you that you comprehend a dream to interpret it.” 16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “That is beyond me; it is God Who will respond with Pharaoh’s welfare.”
–What a blessing this scripture from Joel 3 is. As Joseph declares, God will respond we read of the hope we have for the Day of the Lord when His spirit is poured out over all. The young and old, daughters and sons, the natural branches as well as the wild will dream and prophesy and have visions from the Spirit of the Lord. As we are summoned even now by the Lord unto Him and His service I pray we will all hasten with confidence as a prisoner washed clean and clothed in fresh garments.
Joel 3;1 And it will happen after this, that I will pour out My spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and daughters will prophesy; your elders will dream [prophetic] dreams, and your young men will see visions. 2 Even also upon the slaves and upon the maidservants in those days I will pour out My spirit. 3 I will set wonders in the heavens and on the earth: blood and fire and pillars of smoke; 4 the sun will turn to darkness and the moon to blood [red], before the coming of the great and awesome Day of HASHEM. 5 And it will be that anyone who calls in the Name of HASHEM will escape, for on the mountain of Zion in Jerusalem there will be refuge as HASHEM said, and among the survivors whom HASHEM summons.
Genesis 41;25 Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dream of Pharaoh is a single one; what God is about to do, He has told to Pharaoh…
28 It is this matter that I have spoken to Pharaoh: What God is about to do He has shown Pharaoh.”
32 As for the repetition of the dream to Pharaoh- two times- it is because the matter stands ready before God, and God hastens to accomplish it.”
38 Pharaoh said to his servants, “Could we find another like him- a man in whom is the spirit of God?”
39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there can be no one so discerning and wise as you. 40 You shall be in charge of my palace and by your command shall all my people be sustained; only by the throne shall I outrank you.” 21 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See! I have placed you in charge of all the land of Egypt.” 42 And Pharaoh removed his ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand. He then had him dressed in garments of fine linen and he placed a gold chain upon his neck.
–Joseph is a type of Messiah in that his account points vividly to the life, ministry, suffering and future return of Yeshua. In Joseph’s sufferings, he was made great. He was placed into the position of slave and servant so that he might have a heart of compassion and understanding for his brothers in their time of need, he was lowered into the ground and then raised to the right hand of the most powerful man in the known world so that he might be the avenue for sustenance and deliverance for all the peoples who hungered and thirsted for renewed life. [Philippians 2;7…he emptied himself, in that he took on the form of a slave by becoming like human beings are.] So too the Messiah Yeshua in his unfathomable grace tasted death for us all, and it is he who sets us apart for holiness by the means of his everlasting Word.
Hebrews 2;8 In subjecting everything to him, he left nothing un-subjected to him. However, at present we don’t see everything subjected to him- at least, not yet. 9 But we do see Yeshua- who indeed was made for a little while lower than the angels- now crowned with glory and honor because he suffered death, so that by God’s grace he might taste death for all humanity. 10 For in bringing many sons to glory, it was only fitting that God, the Creator and Preserver of everything, should bring the Initiator of their deliverance to the goal through sufferings. 11 For both Yeshua, who sets people apart for God, and the ones being set apart have a common origin- this is why he is not ashamed to call them brothers….
–There is a daily battle against our flesh to trust and rely on the Lord. When we come to a place of trust and peace in the Lord is there not often a probing stinging swipe from the tongue of the liar to attempt to throw us off course? With the degradation of the morality in the world around us, the continual abandonment of God and His ways in this nation, the devastation and loss from ‘manmade’ calamity and ‘natural disasters’, in the personal heart shattering losses and backslidings of leadership in all arena’s… the father of lies and those connected to ‘him’ will continue to prey upon men, especially those seeking the Lord. Be aware of this when we start to feel sad, discouraged, afraid…and more so be ready to wield the weaponry found in the word of God, which above all things expresses His unending and unfathomable LOVE for us. In all our trials if we can remember what He has done for us and all He has promised to do for us…we will, like Joseph as he names his precious sons, be able to claim our pains, sorrows and concerns as gifts from God to make us stronger. The text of Job 11 is so beautiful, this is the God I serve…the One who turns lament into dancing, the One who changes fear into repose and makes misery like water which flows into the past.
Genesis 41;51 Joseph called the name of his firstborn Manasseh for, “God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s household.” 52 And the name of the second he called Ephriam for, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”
Job 11; 12 Let the hollow man acquire a heart! Let one who is [like] a wild ass be reborn as a man! 12 If you would focus your heart, and spread forth your hands to Him! 14 If there is iniquity in your hand, put it far away; and let not sin dwell in your tent. 15 Then you would lift your face without blemish; you would be steadfast and never fear. 16 Then you would forget misery; you would remember it as water flowed by. 17 [Your] fate would be brighter than the noon; it would glimmer like the morning. 18 You would be confident, for there would be hope; you would lie down entrenched in security. 19 You would repose with none to make you afraid, and many people would seek your favor.
–How is it possible that Joseph’s brothers would not recognize him? Sure he had strange apparel on, sure he had most likely shaved his face, perhaps they would never had expected to see him in such a worldly place, in such a role…master of a pagan kingdom, but how could they not see him? I can not help but think of Yeshua and his brothers, the Jewish people, many of whom can not see or recognize him as their brother and their ruler and savior. Why? Why can’t they see? I submit that at the very least in part, the reason for this is that Yeshua has been stripped of the tzit tzit he wore and beard he likely had and has been dressed in the strange apparel of a gentile, painted with a pagan sunburst around his head and testified to as being Messiah…who did away with the Torah.
(See this link to an outstanding teaching by Former Pharisee, Nehemia Gordon, a Dead Sea Scrolls scholar and Semitic language expert, as he explores the ancient Hebrew text of the Gospel of Matthew from manuscripts long hidden away in the archives of Jewish scribes and explains the life-and-death conflict Yeshua had with the Pharisees as they schemed to grab the reins of Judaism in the first century, and brings that conflict into perspective for both Jew and Christian alike. The Hebrew Yeshua vs. The Greek Jesus http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tddCNY6U77Y)
We all are blinded in some way, unable to recognize certain things. Have you ever experienced a passage of time at the end of which you looked through your mind’s eye at an event and saw or recognized it in a completely different way? Until I was a parent I couldn’t clearly see the pain I had caused my own parents through the rebellion of my youth. Until I hit bottom and looked upward and was drawn from the pit I couldn’t begin to perceive the clear acts of preservation my King had been continually performing on my behalf as I walked in darkness. He had claimed me from before my conception, and there was nothing that he would allow to take me from his hand. It is much more so for those of His covenant people who hold tightly to it. Those who have eyes will be given a chance to see, as we all are.
[John 10; 29 They will absolutely never be destroyed, and no one will snatch them from my hands.]
Some day the Messiah Yeshua will ‘clear the room’ of all but His brothers and he will reveal himself to them. Instead of praying that the “blind Jews” come to recognize the Messiah, perhaps we should pray for the wonderful day that He will reveal himself to them to hasten and that we might all repent for our own unperceived blindness.
Genesis 42; 6 Now Joseph- he was viceroy over the land, he was the provider to al the people of the land. Joseph’s brothers came and they bowed to him, faces to the ground.
7Joseph saw his brothers and he recognized them, but he acted like a stranger toward them and spoke with them harshly. He asked them, “From where have you come?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.” 8 Joseph recognized his brothers, but they did not recognize him.
Isaiah 6;9 He said, “Go and say to this people, ‘Surely you hear, but you do not comprehend; and surely you see, but you fail to know.’ 10 This people is fattening its heart, hardening its ears, and sealing its eyes, lest it see with its eyes, hear with its ears, and understand with its heart, so that it will repent and be healed.”
Genesis 42;21 Then they said to one another, “Indeed we are guilty concerning our brother inasmuch as we saw his heartfelt anguish (TSARAH) when he pleaded with us and we paid no heed; that is why this anguish (TSARAH) has come upon us.”
-Tsarah (tsaw-raw)-tightness (figuratively, trouble); a female rival. KJV-adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.
Joseph is well aware of the Lord in His sovereignty, His hand in all things. When we carefully consider the brothers we must recognize that they too have this understanding. They have not submitted themselves to His commandments and authority in the way that Joseph does and thus they have fallen into lives of secrecy, deception and guilt. Because they have strayed from the Torah of the Lord and not obeyed His commandments they are in the situation they are in. They are aware of this and more specifically they realize it is because of their transgression against their brother and father they are being punished with the anguish (TSARAH) they had inflicted upon them.
Heart fully pray and carefully read with intention the Nehemiah 9 texts. Read the testimony of the Levites song of praise, herein they recount the sins of the people and grace after grace of the Lord. This text expresses exactly why His people find themselves in a place of affliction and what it is He is striving to show us, how we can escape enemy and woe and live!
Nehemiah 9; 26 Then they became recalcitrant and rebelled against You, casting Your Torah behind their backs. They killed Your prophets who had warned them in order to make them return to You, and they committed great provocations. 27 So You delivered them into the hands of their enemies and they afflicted them. But at the time of their affliction (TSARAH) they would cry out to You and You would hear from Heaven; and in Your abundant compassion You would send them saviors who would save them from the hands of their enemies. 28 But when it would ease for them they would revert to doing evil before You, so You would abandon them into the hands of their enemies, who would oppress them. Then they would once again cry to You, and You would hear from Heaven and in Your compassion You would rescue them numerous times. 29 You warned them, to return to Your Torah, but they acted wickedly and did not listen to Your commandments and transgressed through Your laws, which a man should do in order that he may live through them.
Genesis 42;27 When one of them opened his sack to give feed to his donkey at the inn, he saw his money and behold!- it was in the mouth of his sack. 28 So he said to his brothers, “My money has been returned and behold! it, too, is in my sack!” Their hearts (LEB) sank (YATSA), and they turned trembling one to another, saying, “What is this that God has done to us?”
–Leb (labe)-the heart; feelings, the will and intellect; the center of anything.
Yatsa (yaw-tsaw)-to go, bring out.
When the brothers realize that their fate is not controlled by any reason they can define, when they recognize these series of events is supernatural, the Hebrew says their hearts leave them and they tremble.
Their will and centering is gone, and in the same way their feelings are brought out. Their cognizance is activated and because they realize it is the Almighty justly directing their course they tremble.
The world we live in has witnessed wars and tumult, ‘inexplicable’ weather and other ‘phenomenon’…but, because as a whole, there is no real acceptance of Gods’ authority there is no trembling. What will it take to capture the worlds attention, what will it take to discompose the haughty man?
Genesis 43;8 Then Judah said to Israel his father, “Send the lad with me, and let us arise and go, so we will live and not die, we as well as you as well as our children. 9 I will personally guarantee him; of my own hand you can demand him. If I do not bring him back to you and stand him before you, then I will have sinned to you for all time.”
–Before this statement Judah makes, Jacob is not willing to release Benjamin to descend to Egypt. What is it about what Judah say that is so powerful? Judah swears to take responsibility for Benjamin, he understands better the depth of emotion from the loss of a child (having ‘lost’ his two sons: Genesis 38;6-10) and what he promises Jacob is something the righteous Patriarch understands. Judah in saying “for all time” states that he forgoes any place of favor with his father for eternity. If he fails this mission he forfeits his valued connection to his father and thus the covenant promises on earth and any future place in heaven.
Genesis 43;13 “Take your brother, and arise, return to the man. 14 And may El Shaddai grant you mercy before the man that he may release to you your other brother as well as Benjamin. And as for me, as I have been bereaved, so I am bereaved.”
–Jacob reluctantly agrees to allow Benjamin to join his brothers and blesses them with the name El Shaddai, Almighty God. To the One able to save, strong enough to aid beyond any measure of woe dispensed.[ Isaiah 50;2…Is My hand too limited to grant redemption? Is there no strength in Me to rescue?]
Amazing to think that all this time Jacob has not been able to completely accept the lie the brothers told him, and now in admitting: as I was bereaved and you took my son Joseph, I will be bereaved once more as you take Benjamin. Expecting the worst, but praying for the best.
Genesis 44;14 So Judah said, “What can we say to my lord? How can we speak? And how can we justify ourselves? God has uncovered the sin of your servants. Here we are: We are ready to be slaves of my lord- both we and the one in whose hand the goblet was found.”
–It is Judah who throws himself humbly upon the mercy of ‘the court’. He realizes all this is beyond him and he takes responsibility once more, speaking for all the brothers. After the goblet is found in Benjamin’s sack Judah realizes the severity of the oath he took and comes with intention in his response to Joseph. He repeats the oath to Joseph, who clearly understands its significance, and in feeling more for his brother and father…putting himself last and offering his own life in exchange for the ‘guilty one’, it is Judah who takes on the type of Messiah now, ransoming his brothers with his own ‘blood’.
Genesis 44;32 For your servant took responsibility for the youth from my father saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you then I will have sinned to my father for all time.’ 33 Now, therefore, please let your servant remain instead of the youth as a servant to my lord, and let the youth go up with his brothers. 34 For how can I go up to my father if the youth is not with me, lest I see the evil that will befall my father!”
Hebrews 2;1 Therefore, we must pay much more careful heed to the things we have heard, so that we will not drift away. 2 For if the word God spoke through angels became binding, so that every violation and act of disobedience received its just deserts in full measure, 3 then how will we escape if we ignore such a great deliverance? This deliverance, which was first declared by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him; 4 while God also bore witness to it with various signs, wonders and miracles, and gifts of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) which he distributed as He chose.
–There is no longer the option of ignorance, no defense of oblivion can be offered. At the very least, the people of this nation who have access to television, computers, books and those who have given the testimony of the Lord…have no excuse to say, I didn’t know…I wasn’t told. He exists. He rules. He loves, and out of this immeasurable love He gave himself to die. The most valuable blood so that our lives might be ransomed from eternal agony and just retribution for our sins. We have been delivered from the eternal consequences for sinning and in the future our souls and bodies will be delivered from the grip of cold death to life with Him. To ignore this is opting for that death, even now…walking through life without Him, is living without purpose, direction, reason and hope for something much greater than what the world has to offer and far more real and lasting than the length of our days here on earth.
Genesis 45;4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me, if you please,” and they came close. And he said, “I am Joseph your brother- it is me, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 And now, be not distressed, nor reproach yourselves for having sold me here, for it was to be a provider that God sent me ahead of you. 6 For this has been two of the hunger years in the midst of the land, and there are yet five years in which there shall be neither plow nor harvest. 7 This God has sent me ahead of you to insure your survival in the land and to sustain you for a momentous deliverance. 8 And now: It was not you who sent me here, but God; He has made me father to Pharaoh, master of his entire household, and ruler throughout the entire land of Egypt.
–“Ani Yosef!” I am Joseph. All this time Joseph has been facilitating the concealment of his identity from his brothers by using a translator who has just been excused, along with all the other Egyptians, from his presence. It is just he and his brothers now and after bombardment’s of intense trouble containing his emotions and hiding his years…Joseph is finally ready to reveal himself. He speaks to them in the Hebrew they spoke in their home and pours out his testimony of trust in God and unimaginable compassion, forgiveness and grace for their offenses. He warns them of what is to come and again explains his understanding that God is the one in control and praises in the actuality that God has made everything come about for the good.
Luke 24;11 But the emissaries didn’t believe them; in fact, they thought that what they said was utter nonsense! 12 However, Kefa got up and ran to the tomb. Stooping down, he saw only the burial cloths and went home wondering what had happened. 13 That same day, two of them were going toward a village about seven miles from Yerushalayim called Amma’us, 14 and they were talking with each other about the things that had happened. 15 As they talked and discussed, Yeshua himself came up and walked along with them, 16 but something kept them from recognizing him.
Genesis 45;24 And he sent off his brother’s, and they went. He said to them, “Do not become agitated on the way.” 25 They went up from Egypt and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father. 26 And they told him saying, “Joseph is still alive,” and that he is ruler over all the land of Egypt; but his heart rejected it, for he could not believe them. 27 However, when they related to him all the words that Joseph had spoke to them, and he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to transport him, then the spirit of their father was revived (CHAYAH). 28 And Israel said, “How great! My son Joseph still lives! I shall go and see him before I die.”
–Joseph, well aware that his brothers are shaken and amazed at all that has been exposed before them, warns them not to do any ‘blame shifting or finger pointing’ along the way. When they relay all that has happened to their father he is shocked and slow to respond. The Hebrew says his heart (or feelings) was sluggish. It is when he hears the words of Joseph and sees the wagons (KJV, Chariots) his spirit (RUACH- wind; breath) is revived. The man who had been inconsolable, who said he would ‘go down to the grave mourning’ for Joseph finds the breath of his life once again and he immediately praises stating now he can go to God in peace.
Chayah (khaw-yaw)- to live; to revive.
Psalm 30;3 HASHEM, my God, I cried out to You and You healed me. 4 HASHEM, You have raised up (CHAYAH) my soul from the lower world; You have preserved me from my descent to the pit. 5 Sing to HASHEM, His devout ones, and give thanks to His holy Name. 6 For His anger endures but a moment; life results from His favor. In the evening one lies down weeping, but with dawn- a cry of joy!
12 You have transformed my lament into dancing for me, You undid my sackcloth and girded me with gladness. 13 So that my soul might sing to You and not be stilled, HASHEM, my God, forever I will thank You.
–Jacob knows the Lord is leading him on this descent to Egypt, but before the next chapter of his extremely complicated and trial studded lifetime unfolds he goes to the “center”, the “base” where God has appeared and spoken to his forefathers (Beth-el) and he worships! He glorifies the Lord and gives thanks Him for answering his tears. Then God, knowing all the thoughts of man…encourages him with a series of amazing promises. Jacob must have been ‘afraid’, well aware of what the Lord spoke to Abraham regarding the certain enslavement of his people in a strange land (Gen. 15;13), additionally the abduction of Sarah Egypt when Abraham and his household descended there in time of famine was in mind ( Gen.12;10-20) and perhaps the command to Isaac NOT to descend there during the famine of his day ( Gen. 26;1-6). God tells him to have no fear, that He will descend with him and that he will flourish there.
Genesis 46;1 So Israel set out with all that he had and he came to Beer-sheba where he slaughtered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 God spoke to Israel in night visions and He said, “Jacob, Jacob.: and he said, “Here I am.” 3 And he said, “I am the God- God of your father. Have no fear of descending to Egypt, for I shall establish you as a great nation there. 4 I shall descend with you to Egypt, and I shall surely bring you up; and Joseph shall place his hand on your eyes.”
Isaiah 41;8 But you, O Israel, My servant, Jacob, you whom I have chosen, offspring of Abraham who loved Me- 9 you whom I shall grasp from the ends of the earth and shall summon from among all its noblemen, and to whom I shall say, ‘You are My servant’- I have chosen you and not rejected you. 10 Fear not for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I have strengthened you, even helped you, and even sustained you with My righteous right hand. 11 Behold, all who become angry with you will be shamed and humiliated; those who fight with you shall be like nothingness and shall perish. 12 The men who struggle with you, you shall seek them but not find them; the men who fight you, they will be like nothingness and naught. 13 For I am HASHEM, your God, Who grasps your right hand, Who says to you: ‘Fear not, [for] I help you!’
Genesis 47;27 Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt in the region of Goshen; they acquired property in it and they were fruitful and multiplied greatly.
–After the seas of torment have raged for what seemed like an eternity they have spread out in a serene beauty impossible to describe. These souls bound to one another meet on a stage of reconnection enabled by their own faith and orchestrated by the Divine Master of all Creation Himself. These two men once saturated in remorse and helplessness embrace in the absolute joy at having been able to experience Gods masterful plan for them and now looking back experience the comfort and wonder in it all which can only be described as boundless. This is perhaps one of my favorite moments, Jacob who thought his precious son was dead…is now able to hold, and kiss him and his own grandchildren. This is perhaps the most poignant affirmation of the hand of the Lord in all things as he expresses it is God who has shown him his grandsons! This is a resurrection of mind, and spirit… a magnificent picture of the continual love and faithfulness of a King Who keeps His promises eternally.
Genesis 48;8 Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons and he said, “Who are these?” 9 And Joseph said to his father, “These are my sons whom God has given me here.” He said, “Bring them to me, if you please, and I will bless them.” 10 Now Israel’s eyes were heavy with age, he could not see; so he brought them near him and he kissed them and hugged them. 11 Israel said to Joseph. “I dared not accept the thought that I would see your face, and here God has shown me even your offspring!” 12 Joseph removed them from his knees and he prostrated himself with his face toward the ground.
Ephesians 3;14 For this reason, I fall on my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family in heaven and on earth receives its character. 16 I pray that from the treasures of his glory he will empower you with inner strength by his Spirit, 17 so that the Messiah may live in your hearts through your trusting. Also I pray that you will be rooted and founded in love, 18 so that you, with all God’s people, will be given the strength to grasp the breadth, length, height and depth of the Messiah’s love, 19 yes, to know it, even though it is beyond all knowing, so that you will be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who by his power working in us is able to do far beyond anything we can ask or imagine, 21 to him be glory in the Messianic Community and in the Messiah Yeshua from generation to generation forever, Amen.
-The last text of the Torah we review today is the misjudgment of Joseph by the brothers. Despite his immense ability to forgive and generous displays of compassion toward his brothers they have enough fear, that he had done these things only while his father was alive enabling Jacobs’ peace, to drive them to fabricate a story which they felt would protect them from any punishment Joseph would exact toward them.
As hurtful as this, at least somewhat, must have been Joseph still is the picture of grace and understanding. Joseph sees not that they are lying to him again, but that they are still punishing themselves in a way for their offenses and how responsible they still feel for his pain. The tears flow from compassion and relief.
Again Joseph draws to the forefront the actuality of Gods’ providence in all these matters, past present and future.
Genesis 50;15 Joseph perceived that their father was dead, and they said, “Perhaps Joseph will nurse hatred against us and then he will surely repay us all the evil that we did him.” 16 So they instructed Joseph to be told, “Your father gave orders before his death, saying: 17’Thus shall you say to Joseph: “O please, kindly forgive the flagrant offense of your brothers and their sin for they have done you evil”‘; so now, please forgive the flagrant offense of the servants of your father’s God.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him. 18 His brothers themselves also went and flung themselves before him and said, “We are ready to be your slaves.” 19 But Joseph said to them, “Fear not, for am I instead of God? 20 Although you intended me harm, God intended it for good: in order to accomplish- it is clear as this day- that a vast people be kept alive. 21 So now, fear not- I will sustain you and your young ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke to their heart.
I John 4;17 Here is how love has been brought to maturity with us: as the Messiah is, so are we in the world. This gives us confidence for the Day of Judgment. 18 There is no fear in love. On the contrary, love that has achieved its goal gets rid of fear, because fear has to do with punishment; the person who keeps fearing has not been brought to maturity in regard to love. 19 We ourselves love now because he loved us first. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar. For if a person does not love his brother, whom he has seen, then he cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 Yes, this is the command we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother too.
–Joseph our type and shadow of the Messiah Yeshua comforts the fear of his brothers.
After all the pain, and struggle…after the blindness and irresponsibility he finds within himself the sincere ability to forgive. These Torah portions and accounts are always meant to be integrated into our own lives.
We live in a world on the brink of civil and world war, food shortage, healthcare debacle’s and corruption at the highest stations. Joseph does not ignore the messages of the Lord and prepares, in the seven years of plenty he works, organizes and prepares. Is this not what we, having been witness to the visible warnings of the Lord in society and in the sky, should be doing today? Trust in the Lords provision is the foremost element in preparation, but I submit that we be in active prayer and response regarding what He proposes for us to do in recognition of what might be just around the corner. Sword, famine, and woe can be prepared for and so too spiritual impediment…I ask the Lord to give us the will and the means to always have the strength to recognize His hand in all things, and with that recognition to glorify, honor and praise Him through it all. I believe only He can grant us that strength when the going gets tough.
At the same time I pray that the comfort and love Joseph exemplifies will lead us all to a rest in the light of Yeshua that governs all the darkness which might invade.
Jeremiah 29;11 For I know the thoughts that I am thinking for you- the word of HASHEM; thoughts of peace and not evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 You will then call out to Me and follow Me; you will pray to Me and I will listen to You. 13 You will seek Me and you will find Me, if you search for Me with all your hearts.
Baruch attah ADONAI, Eloheni Melech haOlam,
Blessed are You Lord, our God, King of the universe,
You alone have planted among us Life Eternal,
Blessed areYou Lord our God, Gracious Giver of the Torah.
B’shem Yeshua HaMashiac, (in the name of Jesus the anointed)
–My King, thank You for Your precious word. Thank You for not making things stale or stagnant for Your children. From Your hand the blessings pour, from Your hand the challenges are constructed…to strengthen and armor us for the hard times which all come about for good…only in Your hand. Help your servants not to become fearful for the days to come, please assist us to know how to prepare, please ordain for us to be given the strength to keep our word to You as we say we will never cease to praise You and love You and seek You…please afford us all the strength we will need to keep those words to You…through any hunger, fear, or bereavement that might come. Please prepare our hearts in the challenges we face right now, among families and marriages, communities and households…please teach us to emulate Your vast forgiveness and the humility of our Savior Yeshua. Please bless us with the ability to bask in awe at all the color and light you paint our lives with. All things I ask in accordance with Your will, for Your thoughts are much greater than our own…all things I ask in name of Yeshua, all things by the power of Your holy spirit.
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