Welcome, my dear friends from all over the world. Whoever you are, wherever you are and whatever time of day it is for you, the thing to rejoice over is that we are together for this hour! And that is a foretaste of Heaven, when we will be together for the rest of eternity! This is Yahuah Hayah's doing; and He is worthy of our thanksgiving and praise, at all times!
First of all, I want to thank those who took the time to respond to last week's bible study. D.J. passed on, to me, some of the comments; and they were heart-warning, to say the least!
Last week I did a "topical" study, one in which you take a subject and bring in scriptures that relate well to it; but this week, Yahuah Hayah has directed me to do something different! I am going to read you a story! Of course, it will be from His Holy Bible; and it is one of the most inspiring and instructional stories in the Bible. It is the story of Joseph! Yahuah's Recorder wrote of him:
1 Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. 2 ... Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock, with his brethren! And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and of Zilpah, his father's wives! And Joseph brought, unto his father, their evil report. (Genesis 37:1 and 2)
We can only guess that by bringing "their evil report" Joseph told his father something that his brothers did wrong, which sets the tone of the whole story! Joseph's brothers did not like him; and out of that hatred came unthinkable evil! But as Joseph told his brother's near the end of the story:
Ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save many people alive! (Genesis 50:20)
Now we continue at the beginning of the story:
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colors. 4 And, when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him. (Genesis 37:3 and 4)
Yeshua said that Yahuah Hayah's commandment to love one's neighbor is second only to “the First and Great Commandment” (Matthew 22:38 and 39) And this story is about the terrible violence to that commandment that was committed by Joseph's brothers and how that violence was returned to them yet not without Yahuah's mercy intervening! For, when certain things became known, Joseph's brothers repented sorely of what they had done.
Rachel was the younger of two daughters whom Jacob took as wives, having loved Rachel but not Leah, the older daughter, even though she bore him six sons! So Yahuah Hayah denied Rachel any children while Leah, bare Joseph so many sons, after which Rachel finally did bare Jacob a son, who was Joseph!
I believe that explains why "Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age", as well as the fact that he was, for a time, the only son of Rachel, whom he had loved from the start of his knowing that family! Rachel died giving birth to a second son, making those two sons well favored by Jacob or by “Israel”, as Yahuah Hayah had named him; and the story continues:
5 ¶Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren: and they hated him yet the more! 6 And he said, unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream that I have dreamed: 7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose and stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about and made obeisance to my sheaf. 8 And his brethren said, to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams and for his words! (Genesis 37:5 to 8)
Obviously, these brothers of Joseph were receiving from the wrong spirit; for anyone living by the guidance of Yahuah Hayah's Holy Spirit would not be hating anyone! For, as I have said, He has commanded that His children love one another. We continue;
9 Joseph dreamed yet another dream and told it to his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. 10 And he told it to his father and to his brethren; and his father rebuked him, saying unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the Earth? 11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying. (Genesis 37:9 to 11)
We have run into that word "observe" before, in our study of Yahuah Hayah's Torah or law, in which He commanded His children, that they "hearken diligently unto the voice of Yahuah, thy God, to observe and to do all His commandments"! (Deuteronomy 28:1) And by going to Strong's Concordance (Hebrew: 8104) we found that it was the translation of a word that means to "guard" or to put a value on something.
In the text we read: Joseph's "father observed", "guarded" or put a value on his son's telling about his strange dream! Israel was a man of God! And, unlike Joseph's brothers, he was careful not to dismiss such a remarkable sign so easily! We continue:
Joseph went after his brethren and found them in Dothan. 18 And, when they saw him afar off, even before he came near to them, they conspired, against him, to slay him. 19 And they said, one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. 20 Come now, therefore, and let us slay him and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. 21 Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, saying: Let us not kill him. 22 Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness and lay no hand upon him; (and of course he said that so he might rid Joseph out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again)s. 23 When Joseph was come unto his brethren, they stripped him out of his coat of many colors; 24 and they took him and cast him into a pit! The pit was empty; there was no water in it. (Genesis 37:17 to 24)
25 They sat down, to eat bread; and they looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came, from Gilead, with their camels, bearing spicery, balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt! 26 And Judah said, unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh! And his brethren were content. 28 Then there passed by Midianite merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph, out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmeelites, for twenty pieces of silver! (Genesis 37:25 to 28)
Can you imagine how Joseph was feeling, by then? But the story reveals that he allowed none of these staggering developments to dim his regard for Yahuah Hayah! We continue:
28 They brought Joseph into Egypt. 29 And Reuben returned, unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not there! And he rent his clothes! 30 He returned, unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go? 31 And they took Joseph's coat and killed a kid of the goats and dipped the coat in the blood! 32 They brought it, to their father, saying, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son’s coat or not! 33 He knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces! 34 And Jacob rent his clothes, put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. 35 All his sons and all his daughters rose up, to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, saying, I will go down, into the grave, unto my son, mourning. Thus his father wept for him. 36 In the meanwhile, the Midianites sold him into Egypt, unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard! (Genesis 37:28 to 36)
Should the story end there, we would be left in mourning for Joseph along with his father! But this is only the beginning of a story that ends gloriously, which is why I wanted to read it to you this morning! It will show how Yahuah Hayah, our Creator and King, is in charge of our circumstances, working in amazing and wonderful ways to bring the worst of His children's circumstances into fulfilling His passionate love for them. So we continue:
1 Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the hands of the Ishmeelites! 2 Yahuah was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that Yahuah was with him, and that Yahuah made all that Joseph did to prosper in his hand. 4 So Joseph found grace in his master's sight, and he served him: and he made Joseph overseer over his house! All that he had he put into his hand! 5 And it came to pass, from the time that he had made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, that Yahuah blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of Yahuah was upon all that he had, in the house and in the field! 6 He left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not what he had, save the bread that he did eat! Joseph was a goodly person and well favored! (Genesis 39:1 to 6)
What a wonderful picture this is of how blessed a child of Yahuah Hayah is, when he continues to be faithful to Him, even though extremely traumatic things have come upon him, to shake his life to its roots! Instead of shaking his fist at God, for permitting him to be sold into slavery, Joseph made his slavery a dream come true, for his continuing steadfastly to follow Yahuah's directions in his life. We continue:
7 It came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused and said, unto his master’s wife, Behold, my master knoweth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand; 9 There is none greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back any thing from me but thee, because thou art his wife! How, then, can I do this great wickedness and sin against God? (Genesis 39:7 to 18)
Now was that not exactly like a servant of Yahuah Hayah? Exactly like David would later on, Joseph knew that to sin in any way was to violate his Creator and King, which was a far more forbidding consideration than merely sinning against a neighbor! We continue:
10 So it came to pass, as Potiphar's wife spoke to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her or to be with her. 11 One day, Joseph went into the house to do his business; and there was none of the men of the house there within. 12 And she caught him, by his garment, saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand and fled and got him out. 13 When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and was fled forth, 14 she called, unto the men of her house, and spake, unto them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew, unto us, to mock us; he came in, unto me, to lie with me, and I cried with a loud voice! 15 And, when he heard that I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment, with me, and fled and got him out! 16 And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. 17 And she spake, unto him, saying, The Hebrew servant whom thou hast brought unto us came in, unto me, to mock me: 18 And, as I lifted up my voice and cried, he left his garment, with me, and fled out! (Genesis 39:7 to 18)
Men of God are hated by Satan; and this was certainly true of Joseph; and, obviously, Potiphar's wife was open to be used by Satan, to seduce Joseph, if possible! But - Glory be to Yahuah Hayah! - Joseph was completely impervious to Satan's evil design on him; and, as we shall see, even her doing her worst against him by lying to her husband only produced a new situation in which Joseph could glorify the wonderful Creator and King Whom he served so faithfully! We continue:
19 When his master heard the words of his wife, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. 20 And Joseph's master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were bound. 21 ¶But Yahuah Hayah was with Joseph, and showing him mercy, gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed, to Joseph's hand. all the prisoners who were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because Yahuah was with Joseph, and that which he did, Yahuah made it to prosper! (Genesis 39:19 to 23)
Isn't that amazing? Nothing Satan tried to do to harm Joseph had the effect he obviously had in mind, for him; and Joseph fared well, no matter what Satan tried to do him evil! And that is a lesson for us! Things seem to go terribly wrong for us, at times; but, if we "keep the faith", as the saying goes, Yahuah Hayah works it out for us. Well, let's see what happens next with faithful Joseph:
1 The butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord, 2 and Pharaoh was wroth against the two officers. 3 So he put them in ward, in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph, with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward! 5 Then they dreamed a dream, both of them, each man his dream in one night! 6 Joseph came in, unto them, in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad! 7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly today? 8 They said, unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. Joseph said, unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me them, I pray you. 9 The chief butler then told his dream, to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 10 In the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: 11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes and pressed them, into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand! 12 Joseph said, unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: 13 Within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head and restore thee, unto thy place! and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler! 14 But think on me, when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, unto me, I pray thee, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh and bring me out of this house! 15 For I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here, also, have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon! 16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said, unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head: 17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bake meats for Pharaoh; and the birds ate them out of the basket upon my head. 18 Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days! 19 Within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. (Genesis 40:1 to 19)
Well! Wasn't that a sad interpretation? So let's see how all that turned out:
20 The third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast, unto all his servants: and he lifted up the heads of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21 He restored the chief butler unto his butlership; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand! 22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph but forgot him. (Genesis 40:20 to 23)
People let us down but not Yahuah Hayah. The butler's forgetfulness was no problem for Yahuah! But typical of our beloved Creator and King, He takes His time! So
1 at the end of two full years, Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by a river. 2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favored cows, fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. 3 And, behold, seven other cows came up, after them, out of the river, ill favored and lean-fleshed, and stood by the other cows upon the brink of the river! 4 And the ill favored and lean-fleshed cows ate up the seven well favored and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. 5 And he slept and dreamed a second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up on one stalk, full and good. 6 And, behold, seven thin ears blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. 7 The seven thin ears devoured the seven full and good ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream. 8 So in the morning his spirit was troubled! And he called for all the magicians of Egypt and all the wise men: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none who could interpret it unto Pharaoh. 9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, this day I do remember my faults! 10 Pharaoh was wroth, with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me and the chief baker! 11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he. 12 There was with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard! We told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams! 13 And, as he interpreted to us, so it was! Me Pharaoh restored unto mine office, and him Pharaoh hanged! 14 Then Pharaoh called Joseph, and they brought him, hastily, out of the dungeon! He shaved himself, changed his raiment and came in, unto Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said, unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream; and there is none who can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. 16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace! (Genesis 41:1 to 16)
How typical of a man of God to give Him all the glory for any advantage He may have given His child; we continue:
17 Pharaoh said, unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood on the bank of a river: 18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven cows, fat-fleshed and well favored; and they fed in a meadow! 19 And, behold, seven other cows came up, after them, poor, very ill favored and lean-fleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness! 20 Then the lean and ill-favored cows ate up the first seven fat cows: 21 And, when they had eaten them, it could not be known that they had eaten them; for they were still ill-favored, as at the beginning! So I awoke. 22 I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:! 23 Then seven ears, withered, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: 24 And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none who could declare it to me. (Genesis 41:17 to 24)
25 So Joseph said, unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shown Pharaoh what He is about to do! 26 The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears of corn are seven years: the dream is one! 27 And the seven thin and ill favored cows that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears of corn blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine! 28 What God is about to do He showeth unto Pharaoh. 29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: 30 And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten, in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; 31 And the plenty shall not be known, in the land, by reason of the famine following! For it shall be very grievous! 32 And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice! This thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass! 33 Now, therefore, let Pharaoh find a man discreet and wise and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh appoint officers over the land, to take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. 35 Let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. 36 And that food shall be for store to the land, against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land perish not through the famine. (Genesis 41:25 to 36)
37 Joseph's interpretation and counsel was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said, unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 39 And Pharaoh said, unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shown thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art. 40 Thou shalt be over my house; and, according unto thy word, shall all my people be ruled! Only in the throne will I be greater than thou! 41 And Pharaoh said, unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. 42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. 43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot that he had; and they cried, before him, Bow the knee! And he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. 44 And Pharaoh said, unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt! 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Poti-pherah, priest of On. (Genesis 41:37 to 45)
46 Joseph was thirty years old, when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt; and Joseph went out, from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt! 47 In the seven plenteous years the Earth brought forth by handfuls; 48 And Josphe gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities! The food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. 49 Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number. (Genesis 41:46 to 49)
What Yahuah Hayah was doing through Joseph is, by now, quite obvious! He was raising Joseph up to be the savior of the world in relation to the famine that Yahuah would be bringing upon the world; and Joseph's family and the brothers who had so wickedly betrayed him would be a part of the world that would be desperate for food! So let's see how that worked out!
50 Unto Joseph were born two sons, before the years of famine came, which Asenath, the daughter of Poti-pherah, priest of On, bare unto him. 51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house! 52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim! For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. 53 The seven years of plenty were ended! 54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread! 55 And, when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried, to Pharaoh, for bread! And Pharaoh said, unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph! What he saith to you, do! 56 The famine was over all the face of the Earth: And Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold, unto the Egyptians. 57 All countries came, into Egypt, to Joseph, to buy corn; because the famine was so sore in all lands! (Genesis 41:50 to 57)
Joseph's family would have been in one of the countries that "came into Egypt to Joseph to buy corn; because the famine was so sore"! And the story of their desperate coming for that relief is where it really gets interesting!
1 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said, to his sons, Why do ye look one upon another? 2 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt! Get you down, thither, and buy, for us, from thence, that we may live and not die! 3 And Joseph's ten brethren went down, to buy corn in Egypt! 4 But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest mischief befall him. 5 So the sons of Israel came to buy corn! 6 Joseph was the governor over the land, so he it was who 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! 7 Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them but made himself strange, unto them, and spake roughly, unto them, saying: Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food. 8 Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him. 9 Joseph remembered the dreams that he dreamed of them and said, unto them, Ye are spies! To see the nakedness of the land ye are come. 10 And they said, unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come. 11 We are all one man's sons; we are true men; thy servants are no spies. 12 But he said, unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day with our father, and one is not. 14 But Joseph said, unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies: 15 Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither! 16 Send one of you and let him fetch your brother; and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies! 17 And he put them all together into ward three days! (Genesis 42:1 to 17)
18 But the third day Joseph said, unto them, This do and live; for I fear God: 19 If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses: 20 but bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so, 21 saying, one to another, We are guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress come upon us. 22 And Reuben answered them, saying, Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child; and ye would not hear? Therefore, behold, also his blood is required. 23 They knew not that Joseph understood them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter! 24 And he turned himself about, from them, and wept and returned to them, again, and communed with them and took, from them, Simeon, and bound him before their eyes. 25 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn, to restore every man's money into his sack and to give them provision for the way! 26 So they laded their asses with the corn, and departed thence. 27 As one of them opened his sack to give his ass provender in the inn, he spied his money; for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth! 28 And he said, unto his brethren, My money is restored; and, lo, it is even in my sack! Their heart failed them, and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this that God hath done unto us? (Genesis 42:18 to 28)
For the ten brothers who had given Joseph such a hard time things were not going well! And so it is with us, when we fail to function according to Yahuah Hayah's will in our lives. But He is merciful! He loves us passionately; and He provides a way out, as rough as it may seem! And how things worked out for Joseph's family is marvelous to behold! We continue:
29 They came, unto Jacob, their father, in the land of Canaan, and told him all that befell them, saying, 30 The man who is the lord of the land spake roughly, to us, and took us for spies of the country. 31 And we said, unto him, We are true men; we are no spies! 32 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not, and the youngest is this day with our father in the land of Canaan. 33 And the man, the lord of the country, said, unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men; leave one of your brethren here with me, take food for the famine of your households, and be gone! 34 And bring your youngest brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are not spies, but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother, and ye shall traffic in the land! 35 As they emptied their sacks, behold, every man's bundle of money was in his sack: and, when both they and their father saw the bundles of money, they were afraid! 36 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. 37 So Reuben spake, unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him to thee again. 38 And he said, My son shall not go down with you; for his brother is dead, and he is left alone! If mischief befall him by the way ye go, then shall ye bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave. (Genesis 43:29 to 37)
What we suppose we will do, gives way before desperation! For the sake of himself and his family Jacob, whom Yahuah Hayah had named Israel, relented of his refusal to let Benjamin go, as Joseph had demanded of his brothers; so Yahuah's plan for all of them was allowed its fulfillment! And we read, with fascination:
15 The men took a present, and they took double money, in their hand, and Benjamin and, rising up, went down to Egypt, and stood before Joseph. 16 When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said, to the ruler of his house, Bring these men home and slay and make ready; for these men shall dine with me at noon! 17 The man did as Joseph bade and brought the men into Joseph's house. 18 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 the first time are we brought in, that he may seek occasion against us, fall upon us and take us for bondmen and our asses! 19 They came near, to the steward of Joseph's house; and they communed, with him, at the door of the house, 20 And said, O sir, we came indeed down at the first time to buy food! 21 And , when we came to the inn, we opened our sacks; and, behold, every man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full weight! We have brought it again in our hand! 22 And other money have we brought down, to buy food! We cannot tell who put our money in our sacks! 23 And the steward said, Peace be to you, fear not: your God and the God of your father hath given you treasure in your sacks: I had your money. And he brought Simeon out, unto them. 24 The steward brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water, they washed their feet; and he gave their asses provender! 25 And they made ready the present for Joseph's coming at noon: for they heard that they would eat bread there. 26 And, when Joseph came home, they brought him the present, into the house, and bowed themselves, to him, to the Earth! 27 He asked them of their welfare, and said, Is your father well, the old man of whom ye spake? Is he yet alive? 28 And they answered, Thy servant, our father, is in good health; he is yet alive! And they bowed down their heads and made obeisance! 29 Joseph lifted up his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother's son, and said, Is this your younger brother of whom ye spake unto me? And he said, God be gracious, unto thee, my son. 30 Joseph made haste; for his bowels yearned upon his brother. Seeking where to weep, he entered into his chamber and wept there! 31 Then he washed his face, went out and refrained himself, and said, Set on bread. 32 And they set on, for him, by himself, for them by themselves and for the Egyptians, who ate with him by themselves: because the Egyptians might not eat bread with the Hebrews; for that is an abomination to the Egyptians. 33 So they sat before Joseph, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marveled, one at another! 34 He sent messes, unto them, from before him: but Benjamin's mess was five times so much as any of theirs! And they drank and were merry with Joseph. (Genesis 43:15 to 34)
Joseph is, of course, still toying with his brothers; but that could not last forever! As the saying goes: "The truth will out!" And, when it did come out, I believe there was joy in Heaven! For the reunion that took place was precious indeed! We continue:
1 He commanded the steward of his house, saying, Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put every man's money in his sack's mouth! 2 And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack's mouth of the youngest and his corn money. And the steward did according to the word that Joseph had spoken. 3 As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their asses. 4 And, when they were gone out of the city and not yet far off, Joseph said, unto his steward, Up, follow after the men; and, when thou dost overtake them, say, unto them, Wherefore have ye rewarded evil for good? 5 Is not this it in which my lord drinketh, and whereby indeed he divineth? Ye have done evil in so doing. 6 So the steward overtook them, and he spake unto them these same words. 7 And they said, unto him, Wherefore saith my lord these words? God forbid that thy servants should do according to this thing: 8 Behold, the money, which we found in our sacks' mouths, we brought again unto thee out of the land of Canaan: how then should we steal out of thy lord's house silver or gold? 9 With whomsoever of thy servants it be found, let him die; and we also will be my lord's bondmen! 10 So the steward said, He with whom it is found shall be my servant; and ye shall be blameless! 11 Then they speedily took down every man his sack, to the ground, and opened every man his sack! 12 And he searched, beginning at the eldest, and left at the youngest: and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack. 13 Then they rent their clothes and laded every man his ass and returned to the city. 14 Judah and his brethren came to Joseph's house; for he was yet there: and they fell before him on the ground. 15 And Joseph said, unto them, What deed is this that ye have done? Know ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine? 16 And Judah said, What shall we say, unto my lord? How shall we clear ourselves? God hath found out the iniquity of thy servants: behold, we are my lord's servants, both we, and he also with whom the cup is found. 17 But Joseph said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant! As for you, get you up, in peace, unto your father! 18 Then Judah came near, unto him, and said, Oh my lord, let thy servant, I pray thee, speak a word in my lord's ears, and let not thine anger burn against thy servant: for thou art even as Pharaoh. 19 My lord asked his servants, saying, Have ye a father or a brother? 20 And we said, unto my lord, We have a father, an old man, and a child of his old age, a little one; and his brother is dead, and he alone is left of his mother, and his father loveth him. 21 And thou saidst, unto thy servants, Bring him down unto me, that I may set mine eyes upon him. 22 And we said, unto my lord, The lad cannot leave his father: for, if he should leave his father, his father would die. 23 And thou saidst, unto thy servants, Except your youngest brother come down with you, ye shall see my face no more! 24 So, when we came up unto thy servant, my father, we told him the words of my lord. 25 And our father said, Go again and buy us a little food. 26 And we said, We cannot go down. If our youngest brother be with us, then will we go down: for we may not see the man's face, except our youngest brother be with us. 27 And thy servant my father said unto us, Ye know that my wife bare me two sons: 28 And the one went out from me, and I said, Surely he is torn in pieces; and I saw him not since: 29 And, if ye take this son also from me and mischief befall him, ye shall bring down my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave! 30 Now, therefore, when I come to thy servant my father and the lad be not with us, seeing that his life is bound up in the lad's life, 31 when he seeth that the lad is not with us, he will die! And thy servants shall bring down the gray hairs of thy servant our father, with sorrow, to the grave! 32 For thy servant became surety for the lad, unto my father, saying, If I bring him not unto thee, then I shall bear the blame to my father for ever! 33 Now therefore, I pray thee, let thy servant abide instead of the lad, a bondman to my lord; and let the lad go up with his brethren. 34 For how shall I go up to my father, and the lad be not with me, lest I see the evil that shall come on my father? (Genesis 44:1 to 34)
1 Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all them who 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. 2 And he wept aloud: and the Egyptians and the house of Pharaoh heard! 3 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! 4 And Joseph said, unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt. 5 Now, therefore, be not grieved nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life! 6 For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in which there shall neither be earing nor harvest! 7 And God sent me, before you, to preserve you a posterity in the Earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance! 8 So now it was not you who sent me hither but God! And He hath made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt! 9 Haste ye and go up, to my father, and say, to him, Thus saith thy son Joseph, God hath made me lord of all Egypt! Come down, to me, tarry not! 10 Thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen, and thou shalt be near, unto me, thou, thy children and thy children's children, thy flocks, thy herds and all that thou hast! 11 There will I nourish thee; for yet there are five years of famine; lest thou, and thy household, and all that thou hast, come to poverty!. 12 And, behold, your eyes see and the eyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouth that speaketh unto you. 13 Ye shall tell my father of all my glory in Egypt and of all that ye have seen! Haste and bring down my father hither. 14 And he fell upon his brother Benjamin's neck and wept! And Benjamin wept upon his neck. 15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren and wept, upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him. (Genesis 45:1 to 14)
16 The fame thereof was heard, in Pharaoh's house, saying, Joseph's brethren are come: and it pleased Pharaoh, well, and his servants! 17 And Pharaoh said, unto Joseph, Say unto thy brethren, This do ye; lade your beasts, go and get you unto the land of Canaan! 18 Take your father and your households and come unto me! I will give you the good of the land of Egypt! And ye shall eat the fat of the land. 19 Now art thou commanded! This do ye; take you wagons, out of the land of Egypt, for your little ones and for your wives! Bring your father and come! 20 Also regard not your stuff! For the good of all the land of Egypt is yours. 21 The children of Israel did so. Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment. 23 And to his father he sent ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way. 24 So he sent his brethren away, saying unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way! 25 So they went up, out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan, unto Jacob their father, 26 and told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive! And he is governor over all the land of Egypt. But Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. 27 And they told him all the words of Joseph that he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob, their father, revived! 28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die. (Genesis 45:16 to 28)
When Yahuah Hayah's answer to a problem finally comes, we can scarcely take it in, so grand and glorious it is! He is faithful! And this story of Joseph shows that faithfulness of our Creator and King in a marvelous way! We continue:
1 Israel took his journey, with all that he had, and came to Beer-sheba and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. 2 And God spake, unto Israel, in the visions of the night, saying, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I. 3 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! 4 I will go down, with thee, into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again; and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes. 5 And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob, their father, their little ones and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry them. 6 They took their cattle and their goods and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his seed with him: 7 his sons, his sons' sons, his daughters and his sons' daughters: all his seed brought he with him into Egypt! (Genesis 46:1 to 7)
27 The sons of Joseph, who were born him in Egypt, were two souls: and all the souls of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were threescore and ten! 28 And Israel sent Judah, before him, unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen! And they came into the land of Goshen. 29 So 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 it a good while! 30 And Israel said, unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive! 31 And Joseph said, unto his brethren and unto his father's house, I will go up and show Pharaoh and say, unto him, My brethren and my father's house who were in the land of Canaan are come unto me. 32 The men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle! And they have brought their flocks, their herds, and all that they have! 33 When Pharaoh shall call you and shall say, What is your occupation? 34 ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we and our fathers, that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen! For every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians! (Genesis 46:27 to 34)
Is it not interesting that a land under the influence of Satan should regard a shepherd as an abomination - a man who cares for sheep, who are an abundant source of meat and the wool by which to make fine garments? We continue:
1 Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, their flocks, their herds and all that they have are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen! 2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh! 3 And Pharaoh said, unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said, unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we and also our fathers! 4 To sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks! For the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now, therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen. 5 And Pharaoh spake, unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: 6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle. 7 Joseph then brought in Jacob, his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 8 And Pharaoh said, unto Jacob, How old art thou? 9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage. 10 And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh. 11 Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 And Joseph nourished his father, his brethren and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families! (Genesis 47:1 to 12)
The story now focuses on Joseph's stern measures at the last of the famine, to oppress the people sorely, taking advantage of their hunger to gather up the substance of the entire land for Pharaoh, which is typical of any oppressed people; for we know that the Egyptians were worshipers of gods other than Yahuah Hayah, the one true Creator and King, Whom Jacob or Israel and his descendants loved, worshiped and served!
13 There was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. 14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn that they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house. 15 And, when money failed, in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came, unto Joseph, saying, Give us bread! Why should we die in thy presence? For the money faileth! 16 And Joseph said, I will give you for your cattle, if the money fail. 17 And they brought their cattle, unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, for the flocks, the herds and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year! 18 When that year was ended, they came, unto him, the second year, saying, unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: 19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live and not die, that the land be not desolate! 20 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. 21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof. 22 Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat the portion that Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands. 23 Then Joseph said, unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land, for Pharaoh! Lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land. 24 In the increase, ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, for your food and for them of your households and for your little ones. 25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of our lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants! 26 And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part, except the land of the priests, which became not Pharaoh's. (Genesis 47:13 to 26)
In the meanwhile, Yahuah Hayah's people under Jacob or Israel fared wonderfully, as the following narrative attests!
27 Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly. 28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.29 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: 30 But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their burying place. And he said, I will do as thou hast said. 31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head. (Genesis 47:27 to 31)
This has been a good story; but as with all physical life, stories based on it must end! So with Jacob's dying, we come to the end of this story; but, even then, it is a memorable end:
1 One told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself and sat upon the bed. 3 And Jacob said, unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me, at Luz, in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, 4 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! 5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee, are mine! As Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine! 6 But thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance! 7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died, by me, in the land of Canaan, in the way, when yet there was only a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there, in the way of Ephrath; the same is Beth-lehem. 8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons and said, Who are these? 9 And Joseph said, unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. (Genesis 48:1 to 9)
10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. 11 And Israel said, unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shown me also thy seed! 12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the Earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him. 14 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. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God Who fed me all my life long unto this day, 16 The Angel Who redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the Earth! 17 But, 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. 18 And Joseph said, unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19 But his father refused, saying, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 And Israel said, unto Joseph, Behold, I die! But God shall be with you and bring you again unto the land of your fathers! 22 Moreover, I have given, to thee, one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow! (Genesis 48:10 to 22)
Jacob's or Israel's blessing and prophecies concerning his sons now follow, which are interesting but hard to understand! Bear with me, as I wade through this section. You will recognize certain of the things he said; but you will miss a lot of it, as do I, not knowing to what it relates:
1 Jacob called, unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. 2 Hear, ye sons of Jacob; and hearken unto Israel, your father. 3 Reuben, thou art my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power! 4 Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel; because thou wentest up to thy father’s bed; then defiledst thou it. 5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations! 6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honor, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self will they dug down a wall. 7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce, and their wrath, for it was cruel! I will divide them, in Jacob, and scatter them, in Israel. (Genesis 49:1 to 7)
Now follows Joseph's blessing and prophecy concerning Judah! So be aware that Judah is the tribe of Israelites among whom Yeshua or "Jesus" would be brought into this world, among whom He would teach and among whom He would lay down His life! And you will recognize certain allusions that Jacob or Israel made to Yeshua's forthcoming life on Earth:
8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. 9 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? 10 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. 11 Binding his foal unto the vine and his ass's colt unto the choice vine, he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes! 12 His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. 13 Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for an haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon. 14 Issachar is a strong ass couching down between two burdens! 15 And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant unto tribute. 16 Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. 18 I have waited for Thy salvation, O Yahuah. 19 Gad, a troop, shall overcome him: but he shall overcome at the last. 20 Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. 21 Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words. 22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall! 23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: 24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel! 25 Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of Heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts and of the womb! 26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brethren. 27 Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. 28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one, according to his blessing, he blessed them. 29 And he charged them and said, unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people: bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite, 30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. 32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. 33 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 49:8 to 33)
1 And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. 2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. 3 And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those who are embalmed! And the Egyptians mourned, for him, threescore and ten days. 4 And, when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, If now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, 5 My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave which I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again. 6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear. 7 And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, 8 And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father's house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left in the land of Goshen. 9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. 10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan. 12 And his sons did, unto him, according as he commanded them: 13 For his sons carried him, into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham bought with the field for a possession of a burying place of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. 14 And, after he had buried his father, Joseph returned, into Egypt, he and his brethren, and all who went up with him to bury his father. (Genesis 50:1 to 14)
15 And, when Joseph's brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will hate us and will certainly requite us all the evil that we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger, unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren and their sin; for they did unto thee evil! And now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of thy father. And Joseph wept, when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants! 19 And Joseph said, unto them, Fear not: for am I in the place of God? 20 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 many people alive! 21 Now therefore fear ye not: I will nourish you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spake kindly, unto them. 22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father's house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation: the children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph's knees! 24 And Joseph said, unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you and bring you out of this land unto the land that he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25 And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. 26 So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. (Genesis 50:15 to 26)
The story of Joseph ends there. I hope you have enjoyed it. I pray Yahuah Hayah's blessing upon you, during the coming week; and I pray you will be back next week; because I am going to do something else that is still different; and I won't tell you what that will be till we are together once again!
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