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Old 12-28-2019, 10:59 PM   #1
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Daily Bible Portion - 6 of 7

(Weekly Reading>>Genesis 41:1-44:17, Zechariah 2:10-4:7, John 6:1-71)

The Messiah is found when we rent the veil of our heart, for only then can we have spiritual life. Joseph’s brothers came to buy grain from him and in this Messianic age, it will be Joseph (the House of Israel) who will reveal the fullness of Yeshua within the Torah (food) to his brothers (the House of Judah). Joseph’s story is a type and shadow of the Messiah. Yeshua is the Bread of Life and we come to him, the Living Manna, for life.

When Joseph’s brothers came to him in Egypt, he implied that they were spies and had them imprisoned three days to test their character. Upon his request, they agreed to bring their youngest brother Benjamin to Joseph in Egypt to prove their innocence. Simeon was left as collateral until they returned with Benjamin. At this point the brothers turned to one another in dismay saying, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother [Joseph].” After paying for the grain, they left for home. On route they discovered their payment of silver coins for the grain was back in their sacks! Fear fell on them and driven by the guilt for what they had done to Joseph in his youth, they said, “What is this that Yahweh has done to us?”

At home, Jacob expressed his grief with them over the loss of his sons. First Joseph, then Simeon, and now this Egyptian wanted Benjamin! Did Jacob remember the prophecy given Abraham about his family living in another country?

Note: When Jacob is acting in unbelief (fleshly/earthly nature), Scripture uses his name Jacob. When he believes and rests in Yahweh being led by the Spirit/Ruach, Scripture calls him by his new name Israel.

A Second Journey to Egypt for this Life Sustaining Grain
(Genesis 43)

Time passed and Jacob again had to consider sending his sons to Egypt for more grain. Judah reminded Jacob of the conditions needed for their return, recalling to his father of the vizier’s warning: “You will not see my face again unless your brother [Benjamin] is with you.”

This was prophetic wedding language for: “We will not see the Bridegroom [Yeshua] unless–and not until–all twelve tribes are together again” (Acts 1:5; Acts 26:6-7).

Luke 13:35 Yeshua said, “Look, your house is left to you desolate [because you have not walked in my ways, but in your own ways of lawlessness]. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of Yahweh’” (Psalm 118:26).

Prophetic language is not only for the time of Yeshua’s return but also of those who live and walk in the name of Yahweh - those who believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and do His will – it is they who will be blessed (Deuteronomy 28:1-14).

Psalms 40:8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

Matthew 6:10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Isaiah 2:2-3 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And all nations shall flow to it. Many people shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion shall go forth the law, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Micah 4:1-2 Now it shall come to pass in the latter days That the mountain of the Lord's house Shall be established on the top of the mountains, And shall be exalted above the hills; And peoples shall flow to it. Many nations shall come and say, "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, To the house of the God of Jacob; He will teach us His ways, And we shall walk in His paths." For out of Zion the law shall go forth, And the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.

Joseph’s brothers returned to Egypt this time in the company of Rachel’s son Benjamin, their youngest brother, with Judah taking full responsibility for his safety. They came bearing gifts from the land of Israel for Joseph with double the amount of silver firstly to cover the cost of the grain they had already purchased and secondly for the grain they needed for this additional visit to Egypt.

Joseph received them and gave orders to “Take these men to my home, and slaughter an animal and make ready; for these men will dine with me at noon” (Genesis 43:16).

We see Joseph giving instructions to set before his brothers a meal offering at noon, the sixth hour of prayer, a prophetic picture of Yeshua, the Lamb of God who takes away the sins/lawlessness of the world, the payment and redemption for our souls at the Feast of Passover. The banquet is also prophetic of all twelve tribes of Israel coming together in the Father’s house eating at the Feast of Yahweh (Tabernacles) called the Wedding Supper of the Lamb in the Messianic Age (Genesis 22:8; John 1:29, 35-36; Revelation 19:9).

Luke 22:29-30 Yeshua said, “And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me, so that you may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom and sit on thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

The brothers spoke to Joseph at the entrance of the house, explaining how they found the silver from the purchased grain in their sacks as they returned home from the first trip to Egypt. This was symbolic of the confession of sins at the door of salvation before our redemption through Yeshua. Yeshua is the door.

“I tell you the truth, the man who does not enter the sheep pen by the gate, but climbs in by some other way, is a thief and a robber. The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep” (John 10:1-7).

As the brothers presented themselves in the house, Joseph had the stewards wash their feet. Washing represented a change of status and consecration. In the same way, Yeshua also washed the feet of his disciples (John 13:5).

At noon (the sixth hour of prayer), the brothers were ready to receive the meal offering. When Joseph drew close to them they presented their gifts and bowed down before him twice to pay him honor. They then presented Benjamin to him. Overcome by emotion Joseph removed himself to weep.

At Joseph’s banquet table they were seated in order of birth from the eldest to youngest. Joseph sat at a table separated from his brothers and had their meal served from his table demonstrating that he had the life-sustaining food. Benjamin was given five times what his brothers received. Five represents grace and the receiving of the Gospel/Torah the five books of Moses. Joseph watched his brothers to see if they demonstrated jealousy over the favoritism shown Benjamin (Genesis 43:32-34; Luke 22:12-16).

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