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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Miketz... "At the End"

Genesis 41:1–44:17 is called Miketz מִקֵּץ and in Hebrew it means "At The End." It starts with Pharaoh’s dream, in the end it tells us when Judah and his brothers came to Joseph’s house. They discovered that he was still there, and they fell to the ground before him. This story is a prophecy that will come true again.

In my Scripture studies, I found the the big story of Joseph continues through the Torah portions Vayigash ויגש "He Drew Near" in Genesis 44:18 - 47:27 on thought through Vayechi ויחי "He Lived" in Genesis 47:28 - 50:26.

The conclusion of the Genesis account is about a long story of Joseph, but there more to it so we'll dig in.

Let's start with the name Joseph. In Hebrew, Yosef means "Yahoveh has added"...

Added what?

Yah added the Gentiles into Abraham's blessing promise, aka the nations by grafting them into the blessing like the adoption shown by Jacob with his hand crossing over Manasseh and Ephraim. Take note, they were the sons of an Egyptian mother and her Dad was a pagan priest (Genesis 41:45). Their mother was not Jewish, not even close.

Yet Almighty God blessed Joseph in Egypt and in the end, Joseph not only saved his native born family, he saved the people of Egypt as well. When God promised Abraham that his seed would be a blessing to all the world, He meant it and He will keep His promise!

In the end, the House of Prayer (Isaiah 56:7) is front and center of the Kingdom of God to be be made up of “all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues.” (Revelation 7:9)

Yeshua said this for good reason and it ties the the story of Joseph: "For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me." (John 5:6). I would have loved to see the looks on the faces of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus as Messiah likely included the meaning of Yosef's life story to their understanding of Messiah. After all Joseph story is the longest account in the Torah. Here's what happened on the road to Emmaus:
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:27
Joseph's story is about Messiah. The disciples were pointed back to the parallels of the exodus salvation. That story is Yeshua's story "at the end" of His ministry. He was rejected y His brothers and in the end He hung on the cross yet, He lives. HYeshua lives today because of the power of His resurrection and its purpose in Gpd's plan for the restoration of His Kingdom. In the end Joseph's bones were returned to the Promised Land. Yet, in the end the Messiah will return alive and well and He will call Joseph's bones back to life. I think Joseph may have known that. Perhaps his father told him of at the end to come. That's not in the Bible, but Joseph will awake back home.

In my Scripture studies, I've found a treasure. The parallels in Genesis are amazing for Yosef and Yeshua. They were both:

• Born through a womb opened by God.
• Loved by their father.
• Obeyed their father.
• A part the family of Israel.
• A shepherd of his father’s sheep.
• Recipients of prophecy from God.
• Sent to seek out and find their brothers.
• Plotted against by their kindred.
• Hated for their words of truth.
• Hated by brothers.
• Wearing garments dipped in blood.
• Robbed of robes.
• Sold for silver.
• Taken to Egypt as a boy as part of God's plan.
• Stripped and put in a pit of the earth.
• Lied about concerning the pit.
• Rose up to glory out of the earth.
• Given a new life.
• A blessing to others.
• Righteous and refused temptation to sin.
• About 30 years old at this time of their ministry.
• Falsely accused.
• Condemned with two prisoners.
• Involved with bread and wine.
• Suffered for the sake of saving many.
• Exalted to powerful rule.
• Given a gentile bride.
• Provided food for the hungry.
• A provider of bread.
• Alone while saving others.
• Forgave others.
• Servant that became highly exalted.
• Offered salvation to the world.
• Bowed to in honor.
• Purposeful in keeping their identities hidden.
• Not recognized.
• Able to open eyes so their true identity could be seen.
• Offering forgiveness and reconciliation.
• Taken out of Egypt.
• Exalted to rule after suffering.
• Promised the return of Israel's return to the Promised Land.
• Returned to their father.

Beginning in Genesis 42:24 we read of Joseph's weeping seven times for his brothers and for his father. He wept loudest when he revealed himself to his brothers (see Genesis 45:1-2):

His grieving sobs were loud and at the end he cried as his brothers asked for forgiveness.

"So you shall say to Joseph, forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him." Genesis 50:17

Like Joseph, Jesus wept too. The good news is the weeping is not over. Our Savior will be seen again and this time we will be weeping when Judah says I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren.

Deep weeping is a physical and glorious gift from God as He pours out the water of life to everyone that believes.

The Genesis portion known as "VaYechi" concludes Joseph's story. VaYechi is Hebrew for "and he lived. So we should know the whole story of Joseph "speaks" of our living Savior in many ways as his brothers turned against him. Joseph was put in a pit, hated for the truth, falsely accused and even condemned with two prisoners, the wine maker and bread baker, and in the end, Joseph was restored to his brothers. Yeshua's story is the same.

If we really dig in to the story, there's much more to "see" at the end of the Torah.

We should know God declares the end from the beginning. Isaiah tells us that (Isaiah 46:10).

The beginning is Genesis and the end can be seen hidden there if we look for the glory of our King. Joseph is well known for his dreams and perhaps there is one hidden in Genesis 50 after we are told of Joseph's weeping.
"Joseph saw the third generation of Ephraim’s sons; also the sons of Machir, the son of Manasseh, were born on Joseph’s knees. Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will surely take care of you and bring you up from this land to the land which He promised on oath to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob.” Genesis 50:23-25
To find the name of the 3rd generation of Ephraim... we need to fast forward to 1Chronicles 7:20-21 "The descendants of Ephraim: Shuthelah, Bered his son, Tahath his son..."

Tahath תַחַת in Hebrew is spelled with the three Hebrew letters "Tav-Hey-Tav". Their ancient Paleo-Hebrew symbols show us:
Tav is a cross, a covenant
Hey means behold
If we look at any Hebrew Torah scroll, we can see that following the vav, the "stake' that appears just before the name "Tahath" in Chronicles, we might just see something. We might see that Joseph, the great grandson of Abraham may have seen. The name of Joseph's great grandson was Tahath. Joseph knew him, after all he lived 110 years.

When written in the ancient Hebrew script Tahath looks like this:

Joseph saw Tahath... then he died. Yeshua saw the cross of two prisoners on either side, yet He lives !!

"Then crucified with him are two robbers, one on the right hand, and one on the left" Matthew 27:38
What does this mean?

It means that if we want to share the good news message, we need to be like Messiah and know the Scriptures. Please take the time to look at Matthew 4:4-10. Study chapters 11, 21 and 26 too. Check out Joshua 8:31, 1Kings 2:3 and Psalms 40:7 which says:

"It is written..."

It means we need to know in our heart of hearts just "Who is the One Called Jesus". Really know Him and follow His Torah teaching.

It means that it is time for all of us to repent and return in faith as believers and doers in line with God's covenant voice. It means we must repent, return to hear and do His word to walk in the faith of His Kingdom path. So, that we can ready our lamp for our coming assignment. Many are called by God's Spirit to be set apart for His service. Do you hear it?

Almighty God is a sovereign God. He is a loving, unchanging and He has provided a way to offer you and all His salvation though the grace of forgiveness. Repent. You can choose His gift of life. Consider carefully what your own life consists of, look at it and repent of your sin, ask His forgiveness and accept His gift of love through Messiah Yeshua - Jesus Christ. Do it now and open His instruction manual for living life His way!

And if you have done this, ask God in faith to send His baptism of the Holy Spirit on you so that your life will spiritually shine as a witness to others with the love and light of Messiah as dark days ahead stare at our face.

Take a stand. Today is the time. If you know you need to get your life right with God, don’t wait for tomorrow, get it right with Him now!
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17
May God Bless as you seek your oil to light a fire pleasing to Him!


1 comment:

Unknown said...

John 5:46

Great post!

Can I re-post this on my credit of course?