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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 read the big story of Joseph (Yosef) continues through the Torah portions Vayigash ויגש "He Drew Near" in Genesis 44:18 - 47:27 on though through Vayechi ויחי "He Lived" in Genesis 47:28 - 50:26.

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

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

Added what?

The Exodus story shows us Elohim added the Gentiles aka the nations into Abraham's blessing promise. 

Elohim kept His word by bringing them out of Egypt grafting them into the covenant blessing given at Sinai. This points to 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.

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 continue to keep His promise!

In the end, the prophet Isaiah tells us The Lord's House of Prayer (Isaiah 56:7) is front and center of the Kingdom of God. The book of Revelation agrees the Kingdom will be made up of “all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues.” (Revelation 7:9)

Yeshua spoke the following for good reason and it ties back to 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 men walking on the road to Emmaus as Yeshua likely included the meaning of Yosef's life story to their understanding of Messiah. It would be unusual to omit the Torah portions about Joseph. After all, Joseph's story is the longest account in the Torah. 

Here's what was said 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 one that points to Messiah's final redemption. The beginning of Joseph's story reveals the tribes of Israel were driven out of the land of Canaan by famine and that account begins with the betrayal of Joseph.  Forty years after Yeshua's betrayal at Passover, the remnant of Israel was driven out of their homeland into exile by the Romans.

Today, Yeshua is like Joesph, He remains disguised, unknown to the large majority of His Jewish brothers and sisters today, but one day, just like Joseph He will be seen for who He is and I think that He may say do not be distressed or angry with yourselves:
So Joseph said to his brothers, "Come near to me, please." And they came near. And he said, "I am your brother, Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:4-5 
About 2,000 years ago, the Emmaus road trip pointed back to parallels in the exodus salvation. That story will be Yeshua's story "at the end" of His ministry. He was basically known only by Jewish people long ago but over time due to a disguise that arose in the famine of replacement theology, Christians rejected His brothers saying they hung Him on the cross yet, it was the Romans that did that. 

Yeshua lives today because of the power of God in resurrection and its purpose is in God's plan for the restoration of His Kingdom and the Jewish people. 

In the end Joseph's bones were returned to the Promised Land. But, in the end, the Messiah of Israel will return alive and well and He will even call Joseph's bones back to life like Lazarus. I think Joseph may have known that. Perhaps his father told him of the end to come in resurrection. That's not in the Bible, but Joseph will awaken to new life back home.

In my Scripture studies, I've found a treasure "at the end." 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 can read about Joseph's weeping seven times for his brothers and for his father. Te thing is 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 when they recognized him.
"So you shall say to Joseph, forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of your 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.
 Judah will say I pray forgive, the trespass of your brethren.

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

The Genesis portion known as "VaYechi" concludes Joseph's end story. 

Believe it or now, VaYechi is Hebrew for "and he lived. So we must know the whole story of Joseph "speaks" of our living Savior in many ways as his brothers turned against him and did not recognize 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. In the end, Joseph was restored to his brothers. Yeshua's story will be the same.

If we really dig in to the Joseph 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 appears as a cross, and represents a covenant
Hey means behold
If we look at any Hebrew Torah scroll, we can see that a vav, the "stake' that appears just before the name "Tahath" in Chronicles. We might see that Joseph is the great grandson of Abraham and the name of Joseph's great grandson is 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 and 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 all of this mean?

It means that if we want to share the good news message, we need to be like Messiah and know the Scriptures are full of promise. 

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 about God's Word. If you think He did away with it or shifted time with a new religion, you may not know it, but your Messiah is disguised like an Egyptian.

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 then open the instruction manual for life. Do it now and start living life His Kingdom way!

And if you have already done this, ask God in faith to send His baptism of the Holy Spirit on you so that your life will 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 or a disaster, 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!

Shalom ya'll.