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The Prophecy of Israel

And Joseph fell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. Genesis 50:1

The final chapter begins with the burial of Jacob. As Jacob had requested he wanted to be buried in his homeland of Canaan and not in Egypt. So Joseph honoring his fathers wishes, made all the arrangements to have his fathers body embalmed and then transported to Canaan for burial

It was a very large funeral for 7 days, the mourning and and attendance was so visible , that even the neighboring communities such as the Canaanites took notice to the large funeral.

And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. Genesis 50:15

After the funeral , Josephs brothers became afraid of him again, believing now that their father was gone, Joseph would seek revenge on them. His brothers even sent a message to Joseph reminding him of the promise he made to their father to forgive them of their wrongdoings.

And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. Genesis 50:19-20

When Josephs brother came to see him, they all bowed down to worship him. Joseph corrected them as saying “I am not God, why are you worshiping me” Joseph showed great wisdom and understanding when he told them he understood God used their evil against him to bring good for many people.

Again we can see many foreshadows or parallels to Christ, as the evil done to Christ by killing him actually saved us!

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob Genesis 50:24

Joseph was now at the end of his life, however he reminded them about the promise or covenant God made with their fathers. They would be taken out of Egypt and given the Promise Land. Obviously we know this prophecy is fulfilled with the Exodus

The book of Genesis ends with Joseph passing away and being buried in Egypt

Lion of Judah

And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel your father. Genesis 49:1-2

As the time is nearing the end of Jacobs life, he wanted to gather his sons around them and give them a final blessing. Not only would these be blessings upon his children, but Jacob was going to reveal some Messianic prophecy here.

As we have been seeing in the previous chapters, there were many foreshadows of Christ through Joseph and the other brothers. Many as Christians will ask what is the purpose of Israel? What was the purpose of The Law? These are not only foreshadows of Christ , but also revelations of his nature and how we can understand him more deeply.

 

Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis 49:9-10

Often we hear Jesus referred to as the “Lion of Judah”, well this is one of the prophecies where this title is derived from. Previously I’ve written several posts on so I’m not going to go into full detail about this however the Sceptre, which is symbolic for royalty will not depart from the line of Judah. Meaning the Messiah will come from the tribe of Judah, which raised David as their King, which came the line of the Christ Jesus

The interesting word here is Shiloh, this is a Messianic title. Basically its saying until the Christ has come! This is the importance of studying the Old Testament as well as the New Testament, to get a better understanding of who Jesus is and the whole redemption story of The Bible

And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people. Genesis 49:33

After Jacob gave the blessings to all his sons, he passed away. Now the sons would scatter and establish their regions to begin the nation of Israel

The New Covenant

And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. Genesis 48:1

Joseph brought his two sons to be blessed by Jacob before he passed away. Remember this was a practice back when Abraham blessed Isaac and Isaac blessed Jacob. Now its time for Jacob to put his blessing on the family and continue the fulfilment of Gods covenant to them

What is about to happen will be reminiscent of what happened between Jacob and Esau, as the younger son will receive the higher blessing.

And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. Genesis 48:3-4

Jacob is referring to when the Lord Jesus Christ appeared to him and blessed him. (Genesis 32) And the promise , the covenant , that God made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, he is revealing to Joseph. That their family is going to be a great nation (Israel)

And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. Genesis 48:14

Now tradition would be that the oldest son would receive the double portion, the greater blessing. However as we have seen in the past with Ishmael and Isaac, and Jacob and Esau, God blesses who he wants to bless

Here we see again where Jacob is giving the “right hand” blessing to the younger son Ephraim instead of Manasseh

And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. Genesis 48:17

Joseph was not happy about this and tried to change the blessing, however Jacob continued giving the greater blessing to Ephraim. Now the question is “Why did Jacob cross his arms during the blessing”? We can speculate but the bottom line is “God will have mercy on whoever he wants and compassion on whoever He wants (Romans 9:15)

This is like a foreshadow of the New Covenant, God doesn’t show favor because of our birth right. He shows favor based on whoever he wants! The Gentiles and the Jews are both now Gods children based on the works of Jesus Christ! Amen!

The Great Famine

Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen. Genesis 47:1

So now Joseph moved his entire family to Egypt, including Jacob, because of the great famine going on in the land. Joseph presented them before Pharaoh and he showed great favor towards them because of Joseph. He told them “settle in the best part of the land”  All this favor because of God!

Think about that, here is a whole family of foreigners receiving the best part of the land because of Gods favor not their own. Not only that, Pharaoh put them in charge of all of his livestock.  This might not seem great by todays standard, but livestock back then was a very valuable commodity

And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh. Genesis 47:10

Because of Pharaohs great compassion towards Israel, Jacob blessed him. Remember a blessing is a great fulfilment. We all strive to be blessed by God through Christ, for a man of God like Jacob to bless a man like Pharaoh was significant

And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail. Genesis 47:16

When Josephs family arrived in Egypt, many probably thought here comes a bunch of dumb shepherds. However since Egypt was in a great famine (recession) money became obsolete. So the next best thing was livestock. People began selling their livestock to get food for their families. This obviously made Josephs family very important because they took care of all the livestock

Notice how God can take what seems to be a dead end and bless and multiply it for our good

And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh’s. Genesis 47:20

Eventually the famine got so bad, they nobody had anything left but their land. So Joseph began buying everyone’s land for Pharaoh. And Joseph made a deal, all the crops that everyone grew, they would give Pharaoh 1/5th and they could keep the rest for their families.

Some may say this was a bad deal for them, however they were all grateful and said “Joseph saved their lives”! (Genesis 47:25)

And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt: Genesis 47:29

So then 17 years went by and the time was coming to the end of Jacobs life. He wanted Joseph to promise him to not bury him in Egypt but bury him in his homeland.  Joseph promised Jacob and this is how the chapter ends

Prodigal Son

And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation: Genesis 46:2-3

One night while Jacob was worshipping God, he spoke to him. He told him not to fear going to Egypt for God promised to make his family a great nation. Remember this is the same covenant God made with his grandfather Abraham and Father Isaac. God promised them he would make their descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky

Now remember Joseph finally revealed his identity to his brothers and has invited his entire family to live in Egypt during the great famine so they can prosper. God was confirming to Jacob that this was a good move for his entire family and the nation of Israel

And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. Genesis 46:5

So Jacob and his entire family packed up everything and moved to Egypt to meet Joseph. Jacob brought everyone including his sons, daughters, in laws, grand children, everyone and everything moved with Jacob to Egypt , this was a huge event. The Bible says the number of people in Jacobs family that went to Egypt was 70

Imagine telling your entire family, not just your immediate family but everyone , they are moving to a new country. But God promised to take care of Jacob and his family, we must trust in God

And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while. Genesis 46:29

The time has finally come, for Joseph and his Father to be reunited. Remember how long Jacob thought Joseph was dead and wept for him. Reminds you of the story of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15) we were dead in our sin and then alive with Christ and came back to the Father

Jacob was so happy to see Joseph he said “Hes ready to die” (Genesis 46:30) No longer does he have to grieve over the loss of his beloved Son.

Joseph Is Revealed

Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them that stood by him; and he cried, Cause every man to go out from me. And there stood no man with him, while Joseph made himself known unto his brethren. And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard. Genesis 45:1-2

Joseph couldn’t wait any longer, he finally revealed himself to his brothers. He was so overtaken with emotion that be broke down crying so loudly that everyone heard him. Imagine the rush of emotions going through everyones minds. Everyone thought Joseph was dead and now hes standing before them the ruler over Egypt

Do you see the shadows of Christ here? Jesus who many thought was a blasphemer and false prophet, eventually Risen and stood before them as the Messiah, the Son of God. Imagine the shock for the hundreds who saw Jesus after the resurrection

And Joseph said unto his brethren, I am Joseph; doth my father yet live? And his brethren could not answer him; for they were troubled at his presence. Genesis 45:3

Notice it says they were troubled by the presence of Joseph. Why? Because here is there brother, they sold into slavery, they told their father he was killed, they figured he was probably dead by now also. Now they have to confront their sins as Joseph stands right before them. Not only that, they are now bowing to Joseph as ruler over them, just as he prophesied as a young boy

Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. Genesis 45:5

Notice Josephs response to his brothers, he told his brothers not to grieve over what they did to him because God saved them through this tragedy. Do you see the foreshadows of Christ and the cross? Even while Jesus was dying on the cross he said “Father Forgive them for they know not what they do”(Luke 23:34)

The sins that put Christ on the cross actually saved us from our sins!

And take your father and your households, and come unto me: and I will give you the good of the land of Egypt, and ye shall eat the fat of the land. Genesis 45:18

Because of what Joseph did for his brothers and he found favor in the eyes of the Pharaoh, Israel will now be giving the best land. Compare that to what Jesus did for us, because Christ redeemed us and was exalted at the right hand of God, we can inherit the New Heavens and Earth!

And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob’s heart fainted, for he believed them not. Genesis 45:26

When Jacob was told that Joseph is alive, he originally didn’t believe them. Compare that to when the disciples told everyone that “Jesus Is Risen”, still many don’t believe even today! And they also noted that Joseph is ruler over all of Egypt, compared to Christ the King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

Family Reunion Part 2

And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, and his corn money. And he did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. Genesis 44:2

Chapter 44 continues with the interaction between Joseph and his brothers, they all have just shared in a big feast and now they are ready to be heading home. At this point, they still don’t realize that the ruler of Egypt is their own brother Joseph. So before he sends them away Joseph is going to test them another time. He puts a valuable silver cup in the youngest brothers (Benjamin) belongings

And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: he with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless. Genesis 44:10

Joseph confronts them about stealing the silver cup, but at this point the brothers have no idea what he is talking about. Joseph told them whoever has the cup will be his slave, this is obviously another test for their youngest brother Benjamin

And we said unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for if he should leave his father, his father would die. Genesis 44:22

Judah tries to plead with Joseph , that if he takes Benjamin as a slave his father will die. Remember Judah promised his father that he would bring Benjamin back safely. Little does Judah realize that Joseph is testing his brothers

And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since: Genesis 44:28

Jacob is still mourning the loss of Joseph, he still doesn’t realize that Joseph never died. This I believe is what Joseph was trying to find out, if his father and family missed him after all this time. Judah is pleading with Joseph to release Benjamin so it doesn’t destroy his father, well see in the next Chapter what happens!

Family Reunion

And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food. Genesis 43:2

The time has come for Jacobs family to go back to Egypt and buy more food. The famine has been very severe and they have no choice. Now the risk is they might lose the youngest Benjamin, remember Joseph told them when they returned they needed to bring their youngest brother to prove they are not spies

At this point , they still don’t realize Joseph is the man they talked to in Egypt. They are still have presumed he was dead. So for Jacob to send his sons back to Egypt is a gut wrenching decision but due to the famine in the land they have no choice for the sake of the family

And the men took that present, and they took double money in their hand, and Benjamin; and rose up, and went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. Genesis 43:15

The brothers returned to Egypt with double the money of last time and gifts. If we remember last time Joseph gave them their money back without them realizing it until they returned home. Judah guaranteed his father that he would bring Benjamin back home safely.

And the men were afraid, because they were brought into Joseph’s house; and they said, Because of the money that was returned in our sacks at the first time are we brought in; that he may seek occasion against us, and fall upon us, and take us for bondmen, and our asses. Genesis 43:18

Joseph instructed the brothers to come to his house, they figured they were in trouble due to the money mixup before. But Joseph was excited to see his family and was preparing a feast for them. He released Simeon to the rest of the family. Remember Simeon was being held in prison until they returned to Egypt with their youngest brother Benjamin to prove they were not spies

And Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother: and he sought where to weep; and he entered into his chamber, and wept there. Genesis 43:30

Joseph asked them about his father and they said he was alive and well. And then when Joseph saw Benjamin he became emotional. Remember Joseph and Benjamin have the same biological mother and father. Joseph hid himself as he broke down in tears

The chapter ends with all the brothers sitting together and enjoying a great feast. The brothers are in astonishment of the hospitality they have received from the ruler of Egypt. Pretty soon they will find out why!

Every Knee Will Bow

And Joseph’s ten brethren went down to buy corn in Egypt. Genesis 42:3

So the great famine , that was prophesied by God through Joseph , is now taking place. And because of Gods warning, Egypt stored up a lot of food. So Jacob (Israel) sent his sons to Egypt to buy food for the family so they don’t starve. Little do they know Joseph is now in charge of all of Egypt

However their father didn’t send Benjamin, as he is now the youngest son, because he still believes Joseph is dead. So Joseph is going to challenge his brothers to bring Benjamin to him before he reveals that he is actually Joseph

And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. Genesis 42:6

What an amazing story of how Joseph went from being a slave to now he is the ruler over all of Egypt. This was all done because of Gods grace, giving Joseph the knowledge to interpret dreams and finding favor in the eyes of his enemies.

Also remember when Joseph was a young boy, he prophesied that his brothers would bow before him. This prophecy has now become true, as his brothers are now literally bowing before him as the ruler of Egypt

And Jacob their father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me. Genesis 42:36

Jacob was in great distress at the thought of losing Benjamin. He still believes Joseph is already dead and now Simeon is in prison until they return to Egypt with Benjamin. Reuben tries to calm his father by guaranteeing he will bring back Benjamin and Simeon alive.

However we end this chapter with Jacob in great distress over this request, and at first he refuses to allow Benjamin to be taken to Egypt

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:9-11

Notice the foreshadow of Christ, as Jesus went from the suffering servant (Isaiah 53) to the King of Kings. Just as Joseph went from a servant to a King where everyone bowed before him

Josephs Prophecy Part 2

And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. Genesis 41:1

Now remember from the last Chapter , God gave Joseph the ability or knowledge to interpret dreams/visions. Remember when Joseph interpreted the cupbearers dream, he asked him to remember him to put a good word in with the Pharaoh. And originally the cupbearer forgot Joseph even existed until now.

Pharaoh had a disturbing dream and he was immediately looking for answers. Unfortunately none of his “magicians” or “wise men” could interpret the dream. However the cupbearer remembered Joseph

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. Genesis 41:14

As soon as Pharaoh heard about Joseph he sent for him immediately. Pharaoh was very disturbed by these dreams and wanted answers! But notice Josephs response he says “I cant interpret your dream but God can” (Genesis 41:16) Joseph wasn’t stealing the glory from God. He admitted that he was Gods vessel. How many “Christians” today could learn from this example?

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Genesis 41:39

Pharaoh decided he needs to put someone with great wisdom in charge, he said since Joseph has the “Spirit of God” (Genesis 41:38) he should be in charge over all of Egypt

Now think about this for a second, Joseph who was a Hebrew slave and a prisoner, is now ruler over all of Egypt. This is all because Joseph relied on Gods wisdom and power and not his own

Notice the foreshadows of Christ, Jesus was the suffering servant for our sins and became the King of Kings.