The greatest miracle of all happened during the Chanukkah – Christmas season
Why is the Chanukkah and Christmas time a most wonderful time of the year?
Because this is when Love came into the earth! This is when the Son of God came into the earth! This is when Yeshua was conceived in the womb of His beloved mother Miriam!
There are 7 Feasts of the LORD besides the weekly Shabbat. And on three of the seven Feasts of the LORD, Passover, Shavuot, (Pentecost) and Succoth (Feast of Tabernacles) all the Jewish men were commanded by God to come up yearly to Jerusalem to bring an offering to God. And of the three Feasts, the two most important are Passover and Succoth. [Millennial Kingdom: Ezekiel 45:17-25]
Yeshua died on Passover. But the greatest of these 7 Feasts of the LORD is Succoth. There is so much biblical evidence that clearly proves Yeshua was born on Succoth. I have written two books on this subject of Yeshua’s birthday being on Succoth. One is called, ‘Yeshua’s True Birthday is the Feast of Succoth!’ [10/11/2018]. And the other book is called, ‘Yeshua’s True Birthday, 20 Points of Evidence that Yeshua was born on Succoth’ [8/31/2018].
Both these books are free to download from my website.
This paper is on the mystery of Yeshua’s Conception. Most believers in Yeshua know that Yeshua was not born on Christmas day, in December. Many now know that Yeshua’s true birthday was on Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles.
John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and tabernacled among us, and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of Grace and Truth.
However, what is rarely taught concerning our Lord Yeshua’s coming to the earth is that nine months prior to His birthday was Yeshua’s conception. Was Yeshua’s conception prophesied in the Scriptures? Was this around what is known as the Chanukkah and Christmas time of year when these special events happened that are recorded in the Bible, in the first chapter of the book of Luke?
Luke 1:11-15 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the Altar of Incense. And when Zechariah saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel Gabriel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elisheva will bear you a son, and you shall call his name Yochanan (John). And you shall have joy and gladness; and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.”
Luke 1:24-38 Now after those days his wife Elisheva conceived; and she hid herself five months… Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Miriam. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women!” And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Miriam, for you have found favor with God. And, behold, you will conceive in your womb, and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Yeshua! He shall be Great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the LORD God will give Him the Throne of His father David. And He will Reign over the House of Jacob forever; and of His Kingdom there will be no end.” Then Miriam said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the Power of the Highest will overshadow you. Therefore, also that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God! Now indeed, Elisheva (of Aaron) your relative (The Greek word used here for relative meant blood relative; in Hebrew this is ‘karov,’ which means close relative), has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible!” Then Mariam said, “Behold the maid servant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.
Luke 1:39-44 Now Miriam arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah. And entered into the house of (the Aaronic priest) Zechariah and greeted Elisheva (of Aaron). And it happened, when Elisheva heard the greeting of Miriam, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisheva was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she spoke out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
Yes, indeed, Miriam was ‘highly favored’ and also truly ‘blessed’ among women! For it had been some 4000 years prior when God had first spoken this prophesy to Eve about her special Seed, who would one day destroy the serpent. (Genesis 3:15) That Seed, coming from Eve for the physical body of the only begotten Son of God, Heaven’s King and Great High Priest, Melchi Zedek, ‘my King of Righteousness,’ would be woman’s contribution, and fulfilled that day in this young Jewish virgin Miriam. (“ … but a body You have prepared for Me.”), quoting from Hebrews 10:5, from the Septuagint for Psalm 40:6.
And that Seed from Eve would have traveled thru two family lines, that of kings from king David and also that of high priests from high priest Yehoshua of high priest Zadok of Aaron. See Jeremiah 33: 17, 18, 24; Zechariah 3:1, 8; and Zechariah 6:11-13
Yes, baby Yochanan was also filled with the Holy Spirit, and leaped for joy in the womb of his mother Elisheva, (fulfillment of the prophesy given to his father Zechariah, the mystery Zadokite high priest, by the angel Gabriel, in Luke 1:15) because the Son of God, Yeshua, had now come into the world during this special time of His conception, and was fully alive with God, within the womb of this young Jewish virgin, His mother Miriam.
For the Human Life of the Son of Man began at Conception!
Was Yeshua’s conception prophesied in the Old Covenant? Yes!
Where is this found and what does it say?
“Therefore the LORD Himself will give you a Sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanu El (God is with us).” Isaiah 7:14
Could God have also revealed to us in His Word what time of year when this great miracle would happen? And also could God have also revealed to us in His Word what specific day?
Yes, I truly believe that God had told us all these things!This is found in the book of Haggai … around 520 B.C.
“Consider now from this day and upward, from the four and twentieth day of the ninth month, (the ninth Hebrew month is called Kislev), even from the day that the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid, consider it … from this day I will bless you.” Haggai 2:18, 19
I believe this was the actual day of Yeshua’s Conception!
It occured nine months before Yeshua’s Birthday, Succoth.
The 24th of the ninth month is the 24th of Kislev. The feast of Chanukkah (164 B.C.) begins the 25th of Kislev, and lasts for eight days. In the year 2005, the 24th of Kislev fell on Christmas day, on December 25th. In the year 2016, the 24th of Kislev fell on December 24th. In 2019, the 24th of Kislev will be on December 22.
Can we also find any possible evidence that this Truth about Yeshua’s Conception was also revealed by Yeshua, Himself, in any of the four Gospel’s?
Yes. It happened during Chanukkah!
Let’s read about it in the book of John 10:22-38
Now it was the Feast of Dedication (Chanukkah, begins on Kislev 25) in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Yeshua walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, “How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”
Yeshua answered them, “I told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in My Father’s name, they bear witness of Me. But you do not believe, because you are not of My sheep, as I said to you. My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them Eternal Life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is Greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are One!” Then the Jews took up stones again to stone Him. Yeshua answered them, “Many good works I have shown you from My Father. For which of those works do you stone Me?” The Jews answered Him, saying, “For a good work we do not stone You, but for blasphemy, and because You, being a Man, make Yourself God.” Yeshua answered them, “Is it not written in your Torah, ‘I said, “You are gods”’? (Psalm 82:6) If He called them gods, to whom the Word of God came (the Scripture cannot be broken), verse 36, do you say of Him whom the Father sanctified & sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I Am the Son of God’?
If I do not do the works of My Father, do not believe Me; but if I do, though you do not believe Me, believe the Works, that you may know and believe that My Father is in Me, and I in Him.” (John 16:28 thru 17:18)
Yeshua was telling them during Chanukkah, an eight day feast, perhaps on the first day of the feast, on the 25th of Kislev, that His Father had sent Him into the world. He spoke this after Kislev 24, His Conception. Yeshua was sent into the world by His Father at Conception, which was nine months before His birth on Succoth.
His Conception in the virgin Miriam was when the foundation of the LORD’s Temple was laid … the 24th of Kislev. And here, during Chanukkah, was one of the three places in the Gospel’s when Yeshua spoke about His Father sending Him into the world.
The other two places when He spoke about His Father sending Him into the world were both on the day that He died, on Passover. Why? Because Yeshua was sent into the world to die for our sins, to open up ‘the Way’ for us to be able to come Home to our Father.
John 20:17 Jesus said to her, “ … go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.’ ”
John 16:27-28 “… for My Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me, and have believed that I came forth from God. 16:28 I came forth from My Father and have come into the world. Again, I leave the world and go to My Father.”
John 17:14-19 “I have given them Your Word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. Sanctify them by Your Truth. Your Word is Truth! As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the Truth.”
By the way, Chanukkah could never have been Yeshua’s conception day. Why? Chanukkah (165 B.C.) was not only when the Maccabees took back the Jerusalem Temple from Israel’s Greek enemies and cleaned the Temple, but it was also recorded in Jewish history that this was when the Maccabees took over the Jerusalem Temple, kicking out the Zadok high priest and the other Zadokite Aaronic priests, corrupting the whole Aaronic Temple priesthood, in violation of God’s Word, until the Temple was finally destroyed in 70 A.D. Read God’s Word of Ezekiel 43:18, 19 and 44:15, 16.
In researching the names of all the Aaronic high priests from the Artscroll Publications, Yoma Edition, volume 9, Kohanim Gedolim of First and Second Temple periods, I discovered that the name Yochanan was the last Zadokite high priest about 165 B.C.
In the opening scene of the whole New Covenant, 165 years later, priest Zechariah, the future father of Yochanan, proved to be the real mystery Zadokite high priest when God sent angel Gabriel to speak to him while he was ministering in the Temple before God at the Altar of Incense. (Luke 1:8-20) How can we know for sure that Zechariah was the real high priest? King Herod had appointed two high priests for the Jerusalem Temple, Annas and Caiaphas. (Luke 3:2) Were these men Aaronic priests? They were not from the Zadokite family, the only family appointed by God for the high priest position. The Altar of Incense was the place for Aaron, the first high priest, and for his future generation of sons, who would also serve before God as the high priests at the Altar of Incense. See Exodus 30:1, 7; Ezekiel 44:15, 16; Ezekiel 43:18, 19;
Also, why did God open the New Covenant with the first scene being about the Aaronic Priesthood? What did old Aaronic priest Zechariah and his old wife Elisheva of the daughers of Aaron who could not have children, have anything to do with Yeshua? Also what was the mystery relationship between virgin Miriam of Judah and her close blood relative (‘karov’ in Hebrew) Elisheva of Aaron? Why was this young virgin Miriam, and pregnant with God’s Son Yeshua, directed by God through His angel Gabriel to spend her first three months with this Aaronic priest Zechariah and his wife Elisheva of Aaron? Who really were they, as Miriam’s blood kin relatives? Who really was their unborn son? Why did his name have to be called Yochanan? What would be his real relationship to Miriam’s newly conceived Son, Yeshua? What were all these bible mysteries of Miriam’s family all about?
The answers to these questions, and so many other mysteries found in the Gospels reveal some amazing revelations that God has kept hidden about Yeshua only until recently, for End Times. To me the greatest is the true mystery identity of our Lord Yeshua, coming from the Zadokite high priest family of Aaron, which God first began teaching me in 1993, and which He finally had me start teaching 20 years later, in 2013. I have written five books on this mystery of Yeshua coming from the high priest family of Zadok of Aaron. My most recent book just published this fall is called, ‘Yeshua, my King of Righteousness. Heaven’s King and Great High Priest from ‘Seed’ of King David and Zadok of Aaron!’
All these books are free to download from my website.
In conclusion, though Christmas is still being celebrated by the world wide Church Body as Yeshua’s birthday, and while so many of our Jewish people along with many Messianic Jewish believers are celebrating Chanukkah this time of year, the real Truth is that Yeshua’s birthday is on Succoth, the Feast of Tabernacles, and His conception was nine months prior, on the 24th of Kislev, which occurs each year during the Chanukkah – Christmas season.
Perhaps it’s Time for believers to Celebrate the real truth!
Yeshua said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free!
RIchard has served the Lord full-time from Jerusalem since 1998, having made Aliyah to Israel in 1995. He been a writer for the Lord Yeshua since 1982. All of his books, including the newest one, ‘King Priest Yeshua from the Seed of David and Aaron’, along with other writings are free to read and download from his website.
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Whatever you did for one of the least of these
My husband and I suddenly had a free Friday morning together. We debated going out for breakfast but decided to pick up some groceries instead and do a breakfast date at home. We parked at a supermarket we passed on the way. I decided that I wanted to get fresh juice, a pre-cut salad, cheese, and a nice loaf of whole wheat bread.
As soon as I walked in I realized that I wasn’t in ‘my’ supermarket. The bread counter was right in the entrance of the store. The bread offered was simple and the selection limited. They didn’t have any of the breads that I liked. I got some simple white rolls instead. I passed the meat counter and noticed that also there the selection was limited. I continued towards the vegetables. No pre-cut salads. And no ‘luxury’ fruit or veggies either. Simple and basic. I got some lettuces, cucumber and tomatoes to cut up and make my own salad. Fresh juices were not to be found. The dairy section was next and also there the selection was limited.
I was kind of bothered that I could not find the things I wanted. I almost regretted not going out for breakfast instead. But then I started to look around me, at the people in the store.
In ‘my’ supermarket people fill up their carts for the weekend but here people where buying very modest amounts. People compared prices. No one was buying snacks or soda. Only real food. And this was their Shabbat shopping. They were buying the basics. The items that the government subsidized. Payment was done in cash and more than once people put items back due to insignificant funds.
But is wasn’t just the items in their baskets or carts. Their coats & shoes were worn. Clothing was clean but dated. Haircuts were simple and hair color done at home. After the shopping groceries were not loaded into the car, but people walked home or took the bus.
Israel is a modern country, we are the startup nation. There is a lot of advancement. We are doing well. But minimum wage is low, so low that it doesn’t cover the cost of living. Even families with two incomes struggle to make ends meet. Many people work very hard but are only able to provide the bare minimum. The financial struggle is even greater for single parent families. They live paycheck to paycheck with nothing left for extra things.
It was uncomfortable to be confronted with how hard life is for so many people. But it was important for me to have this experience, took look outside of my bubble. Because this kind of living is the reality for the families that we help at CBN Israel. Hard working families and single moms who simply don’t have the funds to buy a new refrigerator when theirs breaks, or get winter coats for their children, or simply have some extra’s for the holidays.
We want to bless these families by helping them with their very real needs. We want them to know that we care and reassure them that they are not alone. But most of all, we hope that we get to show them the love of the Messiah.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” Matthew 25: 35-40
This article originally appeared on CBN Israel, December 5, 2018, and reposted with permission.
Since its establishment in March 2012 CBN Israel has helped thousands of people through its various operations. As the foundation of Project Light Shine, CBN Israel gives help to the community through three avenues; Humanitarian aid, education and economic development. CBN Israel serves with a spirit of humility and love. Their mission is to prepare the Land and the people of Israel for the coming of Messiah Yeshua and the establishment of the Kingdom of God on earth. The vision of their work is to see the hungry fed, the needs of the needy met, businesses established and to improve the spiritual, physical and financial situation of the local body.
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One-ness in God’s lovestyle
I believe that when a person knows he has reached the end of his life, his last words and parting message are the most important and meaningful of all that he has spoken throughout his life.
In 2 Timothy 4:1-8 Paul, knowing he was nearing the end of his life, spoke his last words to Timothy. This was his final instruction to his beloved disciple.
Spoken before he died, Deuteronomy chapter 32 is known as the song of Moses. It was an expression of praise to the Lord, as Moses spoke His final words to the nation.
In John 17 Yeshua lifts up His eyes to heaven, knowing that the journey of His life here on earth is ending. He is interceding for us, that God our Father would protect us here on earth. Yeshua prayed in verse 15 that God would keep us from the evil one and that we would be made sanctified by His truth (verse 17).
When I read this chapter I see one-ness. One-ness of Yeshua and Abba, one-ness of Yeshua and us, and one-ness of us and Abba through Yeshua.
Yeshua ends in verse 26 with this unique word love – in Hebrew, Ahava. He declares the following, “that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” If you take the 3-letter Hebrew word for love, two of its letters spell the word “AV” (Father), and the other letter stands for God (H’). This kind of love can come only from the Father God because He is love. This is not about earthly empathy but divine love – a love which gave His own son for us. The Son loves us, and thanks to His sacrifice given in love, we are one with Abba.
Do we as Believers walk in this definition of love? Are we one, living in unity? Or are we saying “I belong to Paul…I belong to Peter” (1 Corinthias 1:12)? In our days we have different denominations, and even non-denominations are a kind of denomination. Is that what the Lord asks of us, to be defined according to our individual denomination or to be one in Him?
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part…” (Corinthians 13:9). Is it possible for us to love, respect and honor each other and our different ways of expressing our faith in the Lord? Our difficulty with this distances us from Yeshua.
Yeshua on the cross in that moment of pain and suffering spoke these words, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do” (Luke 23:34). Do we understand the fullness of the Grace of God thanks to Yeshua? Are we fully aware of the character which should be reflected through our lives to the unsaved and to the saved? Are we able to love one another as He first loved us?
This article originally appeared in Oasis newsletter, December 2018, and reposted with permission.
Guy and his wife, Tali, founded and lead Harvest of Asher, a Messianic congregation of Jewish and Gentile believers in Akko, Israel.
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When out of order is really in order
There are times when we are reading the Bible that we come a place where, in the middle of an event, it seems as if an unrelated story or series of verses appears within the text. We know that every word in the Holy Scriptures was written by G-D’s design, so that means that these seemingly unrelated verses must, in some way, be related to the text found both before and after them.
One such text is found in Genesis 38, which is the story of Judah and Tamar. This chapter is found folded between chapter 37, which tells of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers, and chapter 39, which continues the narrative of Joseph’s life in slavery. Basically, if you read chapter 37, then turn past chapter 38 to chapter 39, we find a seamless continuity of the narrative of Joseph’s life.
So, we must ask why the story of Judah and Tamar is placed in-between chapters 37 and 39 in such a way that it breaks up the story. When reading the text, it almost feels as if we turn the page and find that someone has bound a page from another book in the wrong location. Or, to put it into more modern terms, it seems as if for a few minutes, the channel gets changed and we begin to view a completely different program.
Yet, because we know that the Bible is perfectly constructed, we know that chapter 39 was placed where it is in the text because it belongs there. Knowing this, we, as the intended audience, must take the time to read the text to find the connection between these two seemingly disjointed events. Then we can find how these chapters become part of the Torah (instructions) for our lives.
So, let’s take a look. In chapter 37, we read that Joseph’s brothers hate him enough to kill him. Judah convinces his brothers that instead of killing Joseph, it would be better for them to sell him into slavery. After selling Joseph into slavery, his brothers inform their father, Jacob, that an animal has killed Joseph. Then, we read that Jacob mourns the death of his son.
As we enter chapter 38, we find that Judah experiences the loss of two of his sons. Judah learns first-hand what his father went through when he and his brothers lied to Jacob about the death of Joseph. Judah feels the deep loss and pain of losing not just one, but two of his sons. It is this experience in Judah’s life that causes such repentance in him when later he is willing to become a slave in the place of Benjamin to keep his father from experiencing the pain of losing a second son.
Genesis chapter 44:33-34 says:
So now, please let your servant remain as my lord’s slave in the boy’s place, and let the boy go up with his brothers. For how can I go up to my father and the boy is not with me? Else I must see the evil that would come upon my father!”
As we see this subplot involving Judah, we realize the two stories are not separate; they are intertwined. Judah’s painful experience in chapter 38 shaped his life so dramatically and unto true repentance that he is willing to give his life for his brother. The placement of chapter 38 isn’t a mistake; it isn’t out of proper order at all. In fact, it is the events of chapter 38 that brings the story of Joseph and his brothers into proper order. Chapter 38 also brings the repentance, which makes it possible for Joseph and his brothers to be brought back into proper order.
Eric Tokajer is author of With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, #ManWisdom, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, Jesus is to Christianity as Pasta is to Italians, God Has No Plan "B", and his most recent book Galatians in Context.
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His perfect plan (Part 2)
PARASHAT MIKEITZ (FROM THE END)
BERESHEET (GENESIS) 41:1–44:17
I titled my last blog, “His Perfect Plan”, which focused on the reason I believe the story of Judah and Tamar appears in the middle of Joseph’s story. I wrote that I believe the reason for this is to emphasize the importance of God’s sovereign will, and the fact that it cannot be thwarted. God’s plan was for Messiah to fulfill two roles, of which Joseph and King David were very important forerunners (Messiah Son of Joseph, Messiah Son of David). King David was a direct descendant of Perez, who was the son of Judah, from which the Redeemer was prophesied to come. Isn’t it amazing to see God’s plan come to fruition, even in ways that we cannot possibly foresee?
In our portion this week, we find three very important verses that I believe put an even stronger emphasis on God’s perfect plan:
When Joseph saw his brothers he recognized them, but he made himself as a stranger to them and spoke to them harshly. And he said to them, “Where have you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan, to buy food.” But Joseph had recognized his brothers, although they did not recognize him. And Joseph remembered the dreams which he had about them, and said to them, “You are spies; you have come to look at the undefended parts of our land.”
Joseph’s brothers came down to Egypt for food, and when they came to Joseph, he made himself as a stranger (non-Israelite) to them. Scripture says that Joseph spoke harshly to them, and as I was reflecting upon this, I was trying to imagine the emotions that Joseph must have felt when he saw his brothers. Was there anger and bitterness at that point? Were there hard feelings, un-forgiveness, or a desire for revenge, all which would be natural feelings for one in Joseph’s shoes?
But then comes a crucial point, at which Joseph remembered the dream he had years before, about his brothers. It was the dream about them bowing down to him:
And he said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
I believe that God reminded Joseph not just of the dream that he had, but also reaffirmed to Joseph that He was in control, and that He had a plan! God’s amazing and perfect plan was to bring life and redemption to Jacob (Israel) and his family, which would ultimately lead to the children of Israel’s redemption from the hand of the Egyptians, which came about 60 plus years later.
But I’d like to also to point out to something even greater, which is that in the same way that Joseph knew his brothers, but they did not recognize him until an appointed time, so it is with Yeshua our Messiah. He knows His brothers (i.e. Israel, the Jewish people), but Israel as a whole will not recognize Him until an appointed time which God alone knows:
And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so that they will look on Me whom they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first-born.
I would like to close with one more point from this week’s Torah portion, which is a challenge for us, followers of Messiah:
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
A more accurate way to translate verse 15 from the Hebrew is:
And Joseph replied to Pharaoh to say, “Without me, God will answer the peace of Pharaoh.”
Joseph made it clear to Pharaoh that it was not his ability to interpret the dream, but rather God’s ability, which would bring peace back to Pharaoh.
My dear brothers and sisters, if you are in Messiah, you are a new creation, which means it is not about you, but all about Him. That knowledge ought to give you the power to forgive and forget, as well as to walk by faith, trusting that He who began a good work in you, will bring it to completion in Messiah Yeshua. (Philippians 1:6)
This article originally appeared on Hope for Israel and is reposted with permission.
Moran is the Founder and Executive Director of Hope for Israel, which is a service and resource-providing ministry that aims to bring the hope of the Messiah back to Israel. It is also a resource center for current and timely news updates concerning Israel that provides daily prayer alerts, Bible teachings, and weekly blogs in order to help believers across the world understand what God is doing in the Land, how to pray for Israel and filter everything through the Word of God.