Then Joseph could not restrain himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried out, "Make everyone go out from me!" So no one stood with him while Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "I am Joseph; does my father still live?" But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed in his presence.
I cannot imagine the shock of his brothers at that moment when Joseph made himself known to them. In their great dismay, they couldn’t answer him. They were verklempt. The word for dismayed actually means terrified.
This scenarios brings to mind Zechariah 12:10, which says,
And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.
Verses 12-14 in that same chapter have an interesting connection to this scene as well. Each tribe mourns privately.
But now, do not therefore be grieved or angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life. "For these two years the famine has been in the land, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. "And God sent me before you to preserve a posterity for you in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. "So now it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.
For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written:
“The Deliverer will come out of Zion,
And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob;
For this is My covenant with them,
When I take away their sins.”
God meant all of this for good. For two years Joseph has been saving the world. In the very same way, Yeshua has been saving the nations for two thousand years. In Hebraic thought, numbers can be a picture of its tenfold multiple. In other words, the number 2 carries the same thought as 200 or 2000.
What if the Jewish leaders had accepted Yeshua as the Messiah 2000 years ago? They wouldn’t have plotted to put Him to death, and He would not have shed His innocent blood and died for our salvation. If they had accepted Him, all would have perished. No salvation. No blood atonement. God meant it all for good!
In the same way, had Joseph’s brothers not rejected him, they would have perished in the terrible famine. And if all Israel had perished, there would be no Messiah.
Someday very soon, Yeshua is going to return to Jerusalem, and His brothers are going to recognize Him. It is such a key biblical doctrine... the whole Bible points to that day! And yet, Israeology is simply not not taught in most churches in the world, many of whom think they ARE Israel.
|The reunion of the brothers|
The story of Joseph continues.
After the big reveal, his brothers talk with him. I have no doubt that this is a wonderful conversation. They have a lot to catch up on!
Joseph is anxious to see his father. In verse 9, he urges his brothers to go get dad, and bring everyone else, too! The famine still have five more years!
In verse 16, we see that Pharaoh hears about the reunion, and he immediately offers Joseph's family the best of Egypt. The sons of Israel receive transportation, provision, garments, and riches because of who their favored brother is. Pharaoh blesses the sons of Jacob for Joseph’s sake.
Perhaps we should treat the Jews the way Pharaoh treats Joseph's family. Just sayin.' Could we please just bless the Jews because they are the family of Yeshua?
So now Jacob is about to have the best day of his life:
Then they went up out of Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to Jacob their father. And they told him, saying, "Joseph is still alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt." And Jacob's heart stood still, because he did not believe them.
But when they told him all the words which Joseph had said to them, and when he saw the carts which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived.
Then Israel said, "It is enough. Joseph my son is still alive. I will go and see him before I die."
The knowledge that his beloved son was alive – back from the dead, as it were – changes Israel’s testimony from all these things are against me (Genesis 42:36) to it is enough.
|Jacob learns Joseph is alive|
Jacob wastes no time in heading to Egypt. To quote a movie, When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with someone, you want the rest of your life to start as soon a possible.