Thursday, December 10, 2015

Torah Trails #10 Mikketz

Torah Trails
Rabbi Yehudah “Tochukwu” ben Shomeyr
Kristopher Shoemaker

#10 Mikketz
Gen. 41:1-44:7
I Kings 3:15-4:1
Acts 7:9-16
Memory Verses: Gen. 41:16, I Kings 3:28, Matt. 27:46

Gen. 41:14-16, 38-46

Joseph’s brothers saw him as a cocky, conceded, arrogant, know-it-all brat who was daddy’s favorite. The Rabbi’s would actually agree and state that slavery and prison was necessary and took him down a couple notches and humbled him. Humbled him to the point that he totally surrendered himself to God and allowed himself to be a vessel, a conduit for God to move, use and work through. Pride gets you prison, humility gets you to heights. Though Joseph had a prophetic dream that he would rule over his family and brothers it wasn’t that arrogant little brat that became ruler. That boy died in that Egyptian dungeon and a new man, a new humble and wise Joseph was resurrected and walked out of that prison to the Throne.

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. Gen. 41:14

We must ask ourselves; what part of me needs to die in order for me to ascend to the greatness God has ordained and called me to?

I Kings 3:15

As Joseph ascended out of the Egyptian dungeon and changed man, Solomon ascended from the depths of slumber a changed man. Both dungeon and sleep represents a type of death. Both rose from that symbolic death humble and wise. Prime for God to use and do great things through. Humility and meekness is not weakness, but power under control.

Acts 7:13

Why was Joseph “made known” to his brothers? Because they didn’t recognize him. Remember, he was a changed man and not the same boy they knew that they sold into slavery.

“Abba YHWH Elohim, we surrender and submit ourselves to You. Change us Father for the better, so You can use us. Change us to the point that our own family and friends won’t even recognize us! In Yeshua’s Name, Amen!”