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The beginning of the "Joseph" story "GEN 37:1-40:23

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PARASHA: “VaYeshev” (and he settled)


GENESIS 37:1-1-40:23..................AMOS 2:6-3:8................MATT 14:1-15:39, JOHN 10:22-23



In this study, the focus in on Yosef, who is going to be in the lime-light of God. Things seem to be going from bad to worse for this young teen-ager. But it wasn't all his fault we could say. His father Jacob held him high up on a pedestal, “Papa's favorite”. Always when there is family favoritism among sons and daughters, there is bound to be trouble, especially from the other siblings who are the “less preferred”
Papa Jacob makes him a “coat of many colors” This coat was a symbol of leadership, this is like getting a kid a three-piece suit made of fine silk, and then sending out to the fields where his brothers are wearing overalls and straw hats. This is going to get jealousy aroused. These brothers are boiling mad, and to make matters worse, Yosef is given dreams by YHVH and he doesn't keep them to himself, he shares them. He shares them not to be haughty, but just to let his family know what is happening, or rather, what is “going to happen” in the future. But I don't think that at that time, Yosef understood the meaning of the dreams.
To make a long story short, he gets out to the fields, the brothers strip him of his coat, rip it, dip it in goat's blood, plan to kill him, Judah talks them out of it, and instead, throw him in an empty well, wait until a group of Ishmaelite traders come by, they sell him to the buyers for 20 pieces of silver , and that is that, they are rid of brother Yosef, “daddy's boy” the dreamer, yet unknowingly, they are playing right into the perfect plan of YHVH, they are “investing” in their own future welfare.
But let's go back to the events. How do these events symbolize, compare with Messiah Yeshua? We do not see any blemish on Yosef, as if he is “perfect and righteous” as Yeshua was/is “Tzadik kadosh” (Righteous and Holy” Yosef is the “victim” of his own people (his brothers). As Yeshua was given up to the Roman governor, by a group of religious leaders.
The brothers striped Yosef of his coat, the coat was dipped in goat's blood. Yeshua was stripped of his clothing, and was beaten, his flesh “ripped” by a Roman whip, until the blood poured out. The “goat's blood” reminds us of “Yom Kippur” where goats were sacrificed and one was “set free” the blood of the goat reminds us of our sins “covered by the blood” (back then) but now, our sins are “erased” by the blood of “God's chosen LAMB” the “Lamb of God” which taketh away the sins of the world.
Yosef was thrown into a pit, an empty cistern, void of water. Scripture doesn't say, but I imagine that his brothers tied him up with a rope and lowered him into the pit by the rope. A “water well” symbolizes “Life” but when it is empty, it can symbolize “death”. Just try to climb out a deep pit with dirt sides without anything, you can't, might as well be dead. Yosef being lower into the pit can symbolize Yeshua's death, and his descent into “Sheol” yet when the Midianites came by, the brothers pulled him “out” of the pit, it could symbolize Yeshua's “resurrection unto life”. Before the pit, Yosef was part of his immediate family, after the incident of the pit, he is on his way to a “new life”, with trials, testings, troubles, suffering, and finally, rewards! Doesn't that sound like our life today?
Yosef was sold for “20 pieces of silver” by “Y'hudah Ben Ya'akov” (Judah son of Jacob)
Yeshua was sold for “30” pieces of silver by “Y'hudah Ish Kariot” (Judah, a man from the region of Kariot)
Y'hudah Ben Ya'akov was part of Jacob's family, whose name changed to Israel. Y'hudah Ish Kariot was part of Yeshua's family of talmidim (disciples) by “name only” not spiritually. The name “Israel” comes from “Yasher-El” (straight to God) “Yeshua” relationship is “straight to God”. The difference between 30 pieces of silver and 20 pieces of silver is “10” the number of “Torah”. ALL is recorded and written down in the Torah, and Yeshua is the “Living Torah”


AMOS 2:6-3:8


The prophet preaches “judgment on Israel” (because they sell the righteous for silver), and for many more evil deeds, they have turned away from God and are behaving like the heathen, that know not the LORD. Yosef was righteous, and he sold for 20 pieces of silver, Yeshua was / is righteous, and was sold for 30 pieces of silver. Israel has traded a “Torah” (30-20=10) walk for an “unrighteous” walk and lifestyle, trouble is ahead, judgment is coming, and it came, God used Babylon, Greece, Antiochus, Rome, as instruments of judgment, yet Israel prevailed, through YHVH's grace, goodness, righteousness, and through a “few gallant men” who fought the fight of freedom.


MATT 14:1-15:39 and JOHN 10:22-23


“Yeshua blesses the crowd” we see that Yeshua went to a place alone, perhaps to mourn the death of his cousin, Yochanan the Baptist, yet the crowd found him, he had compassion and healed the sick, he fed them when he multiplied the 5 loaves and 2 fish. Interesting enough, when we add 5 and 2 we get “7” the perfect number, the number of Holiness, we have the “Bread (loaves) of Life” and he who makes “fishers of men” (fish). Also, the symbol of the “fish” was used in early messianic believers.
In John, we see that Yeshua attends the Feast of Hanukkah, the “dedication” and takes this opportunity to tell the Jews, “I AM the Messiah....yet you do not believe” the choice to believe, is always OURS. Shabbat Shalom


Rabbi Ben Avraham
 
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Interesting do you think Joseph set out to make his brothers angry was he just not aware when he was parading his coat of many colours in front of them. Jealousy or envy is a sin that few christians will admit to but it came home to me that the person whos been given the gift usually isnt boasting in order to make others jealous. Its really the jealous or envious person who is at fault.

If his brothers were walking in the Lord maybe they would have a diiferent attitude like good on you bro. Even josephs dad jacob rebuked him for a dream he shared in which everyone was bowing down to him. But he still listened to the dream and didnt deny that it was coming from God.

I was thinking in terms of spiritual gifts how some people do share them when they not meant to, cos ofhers will then think they not as highly favoured. When Jesus did his miracles people got jealous too, but he did often say to witnesses not to speak of the miracles to others. (Cos they would try to kill him if they knew)

If Joseph had not shared his dream or kept it to himself, would the events have happened the way they did? Ok maybe the coat of many colours was making his brothers envious because they didnt each have one, but sharing a dream is not exactly the same as sharing a coat. God obviously had Joseph dream that dream for a purpose and given it to him to share. The dream was from God, the coat was from his dad.

Another thing is later in the bible Jesus does say if you have two coats, give one away...what if Joseph decided to share or give away his coat not keep it to himself. Or he could have said to his dad, can you make one for each of my brothers too?

One thing I remember I had a friend who decided to give another friend a skirt, but this other friend saw her give this pretty skirt to that friend and got really jealous. Even though the skirt would not have fitted the other friend, and the giver could not understand why this other friend was mad at her.

When i heard this story at the time from both sides I was not sure what to say to either of them. They ended up not being friends after that.

To the giver I just said well when you give, next time do in secret not in front of everyone.

To the friend that was jealous I kind of had to tell her to look into her heart why she was acting so jealous. maybe she had not recieved the same? Maybe she wanted the skirt, even though it didnt fit her, I dont know. But she was acting rather unreasonable, and maybe not seeing the gifts she already had.
 
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Interesting do you think Joseph set out to make his brothers angry was he just not aware when he was parading his coat of many colours in front of them. Jealousy or envy is a sin that few christians will admit to but it came home to me that the person whos been given the gift usually isnt boasting in order to make others jealous. Its really the jealous or envious person who is at fault.

If his brothers were walking in the Lord maybe they would have a diiferent attitude like good on you bro. Even josephs dad jacob rebuked him for a dream he shared in which everyone was bowing down to him. But he still listened to the dream and didnt deny that it was coming from God.

I was thinking in terms of spiritual gifts how some people do share them when they not meant to, cos ofhers will then think they not as highly favoured. When Jesus did his miracles people got jealous too, but he did often say to witnesses not to speak of the miracles to others. (Cos they would try to kill him if they knew)

If Joseph had not shared his dream or kept it to himself, would the events have happened the way they did? Ok maybe the coat of many colours was making his brothers envious because they didnt each have one, but sharing a dream is not exactly the same as sharing a coat. God obviously had Joseph dream that dream for a purpose and given it to him to share. The dream was from God, the coat was from his dad.

Another thing is later in the bible Jesus does say if you have two coats, give one away...what if Joseph decided to share or give away his coat not keep it to himself. Or he could have said to his dad, can you make one for each of my brothers too?
Well, I would think that when one has a dream that involves others, especially family members, it would be one's "duty" to share them, to let them know what is happening, either bad or good, and NOT to keep them in the dark.

The "coat" of many colors was a symbol of leadership. I would be like giving a general's uniform, stars and all, to a private. There can only be one leader, Jacob had already decided, perhaps he saw the lack of maturity in the rest of his sons, and saw "maturity and responsibility" in Yosef.

Yosef was in God's perfect plan, yet he did not know it, yet he submitted to the outcomes, that shows maturity, even in a 17 year old.
 
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Thats true how could Joseph keep the dream to himself, and if he was given a gift of a coat how could he refuse it.

But I bet his brothers spun the story the other way...

In terms of gifts some of us are talented and gifted i,e naturally good at something we dont really have to learn its just innate and that sets us apart from the rest. We never really asked for this gift it was given. Others can be jealous of this, cos they are coveting something that doesnt belong to them. Maybe they do have a gift or talent but ita hidden...theres auch a thing as hidden talents. As in Jesus parable.

Dont hide your talent...and use and share your gift.
 
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Hi Jimmie. I have a question which relates to the coat of many colors. You mentioned it was a symbol of leadership. When Tamar, a daughter of King David was raped by her she was wearing garment described also as a garment of many colors [II Sam 13:19]. Are the two events connected somehow? Does God have a message for us in the similar garments with regard to the son sold into the slavery by his brothers and the daughter raped by her brother? Thank you for you consideration on this.
 

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