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Subject: Shabbat Shalom , Miketz (at the end)—Dreams, Destiny and Discernment—is this week’s Torah Portion.
Seasons Greetings! Tonight is the 5th night of Chanukah and Christmas Eve.
May you have a blessed holiday filled with the Light of His Glorious Presence!
Shabbat Shalom !
Welcome to Parsha Miketz (at the end), this week’s Torah Portion.
Please read along with us this portion of the Torah that will be read in
synagogues around the world during this week’s Shabbat (Saturday) service.
MIKETZ (at the end)
Genesis 41:1–44:17; 1Kings 3:15–4:1; Matthew 27:13–46
“So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon.
When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.”
In studying this Shabbat’s Torah portion, we can discover several important
life lessons today, as well as discern the prophetic destiny of Israel.
Reading from the Torah scroll using a yad (Torah pointer)
In previous studies, we learned that Yoseph (Joseph) had been persecuted
by his brothers and treated unjustly by others. His own brothers threw him
into a pit and sold him to slave traders.
In Egypt, he was sold to Potiphar, the captain of the palace guard, who had
him thrown in prison on the false charge of raping his wife.
Although he languished in prison, his natural talents made a way for him.
Among other administrative skills and talents, he showed an uncanny
accuracy in interpreting prophetic dreams.
It was here in prison that he interpreted the dream of Pharaoh’s cupbearer.
“Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your
position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do
when you were his cupbearer. But when all goes well with you, remember
me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this
prison.” (Genesis 40:13–14)
Despite Joseph’s accurate prediction and plea to be remembered, the
cupbearer seemed to forget about Joseph as soon as he was out of jail.
But we see that it was in God’s plan for Joseph to be forsaken and
forgotten in prison, since that way he was in the right place at the right
time to fulfill his destiny.
Pyramids of Giza with Sphinx in foreground: Joseph may have wondered
why he was in an Egyptian prison, but from a young age he was aware that
he had a destiny of leadership. Even an Egyptian prison could not prevent
the destiny God had planned for him, despite all the dismal twists and turns.
Two years later, when Pharaoh dreamed a dream that no one could interpret,
the butler (cupbearer) remembered Joseph.
When Pharaoh sent for Joseph, he didn’t explain to Pharaoh the story of his
unjust imprisonment. Instead, he was careful to tell Pharaoh that it was God
who would interpret the dream.
“Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I
have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.’
‘I cannot do it,’ Joseph replied to Pharaoh, ‘but God will give Pharaoh the
answer he desires.’” (Genesis 41:15 – 16)
Joseph told Pharaoh that his dream was a revelation from God that there
would be a season of plenty, followed by a season of famine and lack.
“Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, ‘The dreams of Pharaoh are one and the
same. God has revealed to Pharaoh what He is about to do.’” (Genesis 41:25)
A Jewish man wearing a tallit (prayer shawl),
and a kippah (head covering), reciting prayers
from a siddur (Jewish prayer book).
Wisdom and the Prophetic Dream
Joseph said: “And now let Pharaoh look for a discerning and wise man and
put him in charge of the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint commissioners
over the land to take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of
abundance.” (Genesis 41:33–34)
This Jewish son of Jacob was no ordinary interpreter of dreams. Pharaoh
had plenty of educated, gifted men who could do such things, but they could
not interpret a revelation from God.
Joseph was head and shoulders above all of Pharaoh’s scholarly wise men.
He was not only a wise, prudent and practical man, but he heard from the
God of his great grand-father Abraham, and the same God who spoke to
his grand-father Isaac and his father Jacob.
Through God’s gifting, Joseph discerned the meaning of the dream, wisely
determined the proper course of action, and boldly informed Pharaoh about
how to manage this coming crisis.
Joseph is made ruler in Egypt.
Likewise, we must also be wise, prudent and practical people, knowing how
to act upon the insights God gives us as we hear the voice of the Lord.
In the same way that it was evident to Pharaoh that God had filled Joseph
with His Spirit of wisdom, it should be evident to those around us that as
Believers, we can receive supernatural wisdom.
Indeed, the word of God promises us wisdom.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally
and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5)
Many of us lack confidence in our ability to make wise decisions. But
because wisdom is “more precious than rubies, and all the things we may
desire cannot compare with her (Proverbs 3:15),” we need to take hold of
this promise and ask in faith for wisdom, without doubting.
Hieroglyphics depicting farmers during harvest, carrying pitchforks
and barley crops: Joseph had the wisdom to design a plan that would carry
the region through the coming famine, and the administrative skills to bring
the plan to fruition.
Yoseph and Yeshua: Sustainers of Life
“Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds out of
the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)
Pharaoh gave Joseph the Egyptian name Zaphenath-paneah, which some
scholars suggest means the one who furnishes the nourishment of life.
Interestingly enough, Yeshua (Jesus) referred to Himself as the Bread of Life
(Lechem Chayim in Hebrew).
“I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and
whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.” (John 6:35)
Tonight as Shabbat ends, many Christians will celebrate Christmas Eve,
remembering the town where Yeshua was born Beit Lechem (house of
bread), in fulfillment of Messianic Prophecy.
Messianic Prophecy–Micah 5:2
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of
Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose
origins are from of old, from ancient times.”
Just as Joseph provided physical sustenance for the people, thus preventing
them from perishing, Yeshua provides spiritual sustenance, in order that all
who believe in Him will not perish, but have everlasting life!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that
whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
The Nile, the longest river in the world: The Nile’s waters were
credited as an unending source of sustenance, as its silt deposits
from yearly overflow made the land fertile enough to cause the Egyptian
civilization to flourish. Through Joseph, Pharaoh learned that God is
the source of Egypt’s sustenance, and the river only played a role.
Yeshua and Yoseph: Hidden Identities
“Joseph knew his brethren, but they did not know him.” (Genesis 42:8)
Because Joseph’s name had been changed to an Egyptian name, his Hebrew
identity was concealed from his brothers when they went to Egypt to buy food.
The Messiah’s Hebrew name “Yeshua” has also been changed to the Gentile
Latin name Lesous, in English Jesus, and other names in other languages.
This is an important factor that has prevented the Jewish people from
recognizing him as their Hebrew brother, Messiah, and King.
It’s disturbing to see how Yeshua has been changed into a ‘Gentile Jesus.’
Some Christian children’s videos portray Him breaking bread made with
yeast on Easter, instead of breaking matzo (unleavened bread) on Pesach
What’s more, the pagan, commercial and man-made holiday
of Christmas has transformed the prophetic birth of the Messiah into a
Gentile baby Jesus who is no longer recognizably Jewish.
Joseph and His Brethren Welcomed by Pharaoh,
by James Tissot
Bible Prophecy: The Fullness of the Gentiles
“I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so
that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part
until the full number of the Gentiles has come in.” (Romans 11: 25)
Joseph’s transformation into ‘an Egyptian’ was part of God’s plan for the
salvation of Israel. Likewise, Yeshua became a Gentile to the Gentiles, in
order that salvation may come to them, until the time of the fullness of the
Gentiles has come in.
This small word until is significant. For when this time arrives, the
temporary blindness that has happened to Israel will be lifted, “And so all
Israel will be saved.” (Romans 11:15–16)
At some point, the Jewish brethren of Yeshua (5.5 million here in Israel,
and 14 million world-wide) will recognize him as their brother and their
Savior; this will be the time of the fullness of the Gentiles.
Of course, no one knows when the “fullness of the Gentiles” will be, but
Scripture gives us a clue, and it has to do with Jerusalem:
“And Jerusalem will be trampled by Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles
are fulfilled.” (Luke 21:24)
The city of Jerusalem remained under Gentile, foreign rule for around 2000
years, until 1967.
Even toughened Israeli soldiers were overcome with emotion at the historic
and prophetic significance of returning this last remnant of the Holy Temple
into Jewish hands, after centuries of being ‘trampled by Gentiles’.
Today, the Dome of the Rock sits on the Temple Mount, where the first and
second Temples once stood and where the Third Temple will be rebuilt. This
must take place according to prophecy, along with the return of Yeshua the
Messiah – as the long awaited Messiah of the Jewish people.
However we are still not allowed to pray on the Temple Mount because the
Islamic Dome of the Rock (Mosque) is standing where the Temple in
Jerusalem once stood. And according to Scripture, the Temple will be rebuilt.
We can be certain that we are living in a time of transition.
A veil is being lifted on both sides: Jewish brethren are beginning to recognize
Yeshua, and Christian brethren are beginning to see ‘Jesus’ as the Jewish
Hebrew Messiah, Yeshua.
The true identity of Yeshua is slowly but surely being revealed, just as the
true identity of Yoseph was revealed to his brothers.
Jewish man praying at the Western (Wailing) Wall.
Guilt and Forgiveness
“We are verily guilty concerning our brother….” (Genesis 42:21)
Just as Joseph’s brothers admitted their guilt with sincere remorse and
repentance, so will the Jewish people one day confess their sins and find
divine forgiveness in Yeshua.
Messianic Prophecy – Zechariah 12:10
“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.”
What was Joseph’s reaction to his brothers’ confession of guilt?
Was he angry with them? Did he condemn them? No, quite the contrary:
he was moved to tears of compassion and forgave them.
Joseph even tried to minister comfort to his brothers, assuring them that even
the wrong they did was within God’s plan for the salvation of many lives
during the terrible famine.
Though the actions of Yoseph’s (Joseph’s) brothers seem unforgiveable,
Yoseph reassured them that their betrayal was part of a plan for their salvation.
As well, the sacrifice of Yeshua to make atonement for our sins was within
the perfect will of God, in order that ‘none would perish, but repent and be saved.’
Yeshua, like Yoseph, is willing to forgive all who come to Him with sincere
remorse for their sins.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to
cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)
Jew or Gentile–it doesn’t matter, because although Yeshua (Jesus) came first
for the lost sheep of the House of Israel, He is also came to be a light to the
Nations. He is the Messiah and Savior of all mankind.
Shabbat Shalom and Happy Holidays from all of our ministry staff.
“‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among
the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd
my people Israel.’” (Matthew 2:6)
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