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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Miketz... "At the End"

Genesis 41:1–44:17 is called Miketz מִקֵּץ and in Hebrew fit means "At The End." In my Scripture studies I found the story of Joseph continues through the Torah portions Vayigash ויגש "He Drew Near" in Genesis 44:18 - 47:27 through Vayechi ויחי "He Lived" in Genesis 47:28 - 50:26.

The conclusion of Genesis is about the story of Joseph but there much more at the end He drew near and He lived.

In Hebrew, the name is Yosef means "Yahovah has added"...

Yah has added the Gentiles, aka the nations by grafting them into Israel like the adoption shown by Jacob with his hand crossing over Manasseh and Ephraim the sons of an Egyptian mother.

God blessed Joseph in Egypt and in the end he not only saved his family, he saved Egypt as well. When God promised Abraham that his seed would be a blessing to all the world, He meant it.

In the end, the Kingdom of God will be made up of “all nations, and kindreds, and peoples, and tongues.” (Revelation 7:9)

Yeshua said: "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 added" the meaning of Yosef's life to their understanding of Messiah.
And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself. Luke 24:27
Perhaps, the disciples were told of the parallels of the salvation story, the Yeshua story "at the end" of His ministry when He drew near to the cross yet He lived. He lives because of the power of His resurrection.

The parallels are amazing, both Yosef and Yeshua were:

• Born through a womb opened by God.
• Loved by their father.
• Obeyed their father.
• Of the family of Israel.
• A shepherd of his father’s sheep.
• Direct 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 of Joseph's weeping seven times for his brothers and once for his father. Perhaps he wept loudest when he revealed himself to his brothers (see Genesis 45:1-2):

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

"So shall ye say unto 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.The good news is the story is not over. Our Savior will be seen again and this time we will be weeping.

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

The Genesis portion known as 'VaYechi' concludes Joseph's story. And we can know the whole story of Joseph "speaks" of our Savior in many ways as his brothers turned against him, he 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 he was restored to his brothers.

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

We 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 visions 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 go 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 a 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 that Joseph, the great grandson of Abraham may have also seen if he wrote out the name of his own great grandson Tahath.

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 now lives !!

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

It means that if we want to share this 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. The response was like that in 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 teaching.

It means that it is now time for all of us to repent and return as Believers and doers in unison with God's covenant word. It means we must repent, return to hear and do His word if we are to have and walk in the faith of His Kingdom path. So, that you can ready your lamp for your coming assignment as you are called by His Spirit to be set apart for His service.

God is a sovereign God. He is a loving, unchanging God and He has provided a way to offer you His salvation though grace. You can accept 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!