We’ve already explored how Yosef’s life parallels that of Yeshua the Messiah. In part 3 of this study of Genesis 42 [see parts 1 and 2], we explore the another parallel in the ancient Egyptian name of Yosef (Joseph) and in the three days of imprisonment of his brothers.
When the brothers of Yosef (Joseph) came to Mitsraim (Egypt), even the second time, they did not recognize him at all (Gen. 42:1-22). He was concealed from them behind a new name — צָפְנַת פַּעְנֵחַ Zaphenath-paneakh [see part 2 of the Genesis 41 study for the significance of that name] — and new appearance — shaved and in garb of his office.
Similarly, Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah is known as Jesus Christ the Church-maker in the Gentile world, and He is hidden from the rest of the descendants of Israel. Even while on Earth, Yeshua’s true Messiahship was concealed. God revealed the true identity to Peter (Matt. 16:13-20).
Humility and loyalty are underlying teachings of Genesis 33-34. The phrase “women and children first” is held up as selfless chivalry, but it it seems Ya’akov (Jacob) wasn’t so chivalric in his sending his wives and children ahead of him toward what he thought would be his heavily armed and bloodthirsty brother, Esau. Then there’s the disaster that followed the defilement of Ya’akov’s daughter, Dinah, whose forceable conquering at the hands of a city’s “first son” led to the deaths of all the men and the enslavement of the women and children of that city by the hands of two of Ya’akov’s sons.
The events of this chapter occurred during the first month of the second year after the children of Israel left Egypt. The purification process the Levites performed (תחר taher, Strong’s lexicon No. 2891) was not a little sprinkle of water but a shower of water. All the hair all over the body had to be shaved away as well before the Levites were considered ready to performed their service in the Tabernacle. The Levites were presented to God “before the tabernacle of meeting,” that meeting, in Hebrew is the word mo’ed (מועד Strong’s 4150), which is the Hebrew word for the appointed times, or מועדים mo’edim. The Levites were presented to God like a wave offering, “back and forth.”
Try to put yourself into the shoes of Moshe (Moses) in Exodus 6. His first presentation with Pharaoh didn’t go very well — just as Moshe had told God it wouldn’t. His confidence was even lower now than it had been before. Yet God did not change His mind about His call on Moshe and Aharon (Aaron). Continue reading Exodus 6 — God reiterated His call of Moshe, Aharon; Levi, Reuben, Shimon noted as leaders of Israel
Many people who read Genesis 49 believe that the prophesies Israel gave to his 12 sons were only about their or their immediate descendants. This is not the case. These prophesies encompass our prophetic future and those of our descendants all the way to the very end of time.
Today’s talk focuses on the prophesies given to Israel’s first four sons, culminating with his fourth son, Yehudah (Judah). All four of these sons were sons of Leah, the daughter of Laban as well, which gives us an additional insight as well.
Before studying the life of Yosef (Joseph), we look back at some of what we have learned about God and His interaction with some of His notable people. The Flood and the Tower of Babel were the two most monumental events in mankind’s history. Everything we experience today is the result of these two events.