Genesis 44:1-18 – Jesus Christ fulfills the Torah

1 And 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 he 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 And he 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, both let him die, and we also will be my lord’s bondmen.

10 And he said, Now also let it be according unto your words: 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, and began 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 And 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? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?

16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or 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 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and 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.

The brothers of Joseph get up at the first light of day and attempt to get out of town as soon as possible, probably thinking and praying that this whole ordeal is finally over.  Now they can get back home with everyone together, especially their youngest brother Benjamin.

But Joseph is not done testing them.

He had his servant fill everyones sack with grain and their money, but he also secretly planted Joseph’s cup into Benjamin’s and pull them over, so to speak, as they left town.

“Why did you steal my master’s cup?” was the accusation.

The brother’s deny this accusation, and tell him that whomever’s sack he finds the cup in is as good as dead!

Of course they don’t know what Joseph is up too and they feel they will be vindicated.

The cup was probably a bowl, that was used for divination.  They would fill the cup with water and toss into it some kind of precious metals.  This was used by the diviners to communicate with the gods.  Joseph was probably given this cup by Pharaoh because of his ability to interpret dreams but I don’t think he used it for anything other than to drink from.

This cup was another test.

A test to see if the brothers would leave their youngest as they did long ago.

The servant, knowing whose sack contained the cup, started with the eldest in order to raise the anxiety of the group.

Of course he finds the cup in the last sack, owned by Benjamin and the reaction is instantaneous.  The brothers rent their clothes, jumped on their animals, and headed straight back to the house of Joseph.

Their reaction is significant as we look at how Joseph is a type of Christ:

14 And 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? wot ye not that such a man as I can certainly divine?

16 And Judah said, What shall we say unto my lord? what shall we speak? or 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 And he said, God forbid that I should do so: but the man in whose hand the cup is found, he shall be my servant; and 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.

Judah’s words call to mind the words of Abraham as he speaks with the Lord in chapter 18.

 

“for thou art even as Pharaoh”

 

Joseph had the same authority and power as Pharaoh, yet he was not Pharoah.

Pharaoh and Joseph were rulers over Egypt, yet Joseph was not Pharoah.

Jesus Christ is God in the flesh, He is the Son.  He has the same authority and power as God the Father, yet He is the Son.

The Rabbis, and the people of Israel, read this story and they only see the history of Israel, they don’t see the connection between the earthly representation and the spiritual application.

Israel see the Son of God, but they don’t recognize just Who He is.  They see Him as a prophet, or a teacher but not the Messiah.  They stick mostly with the Old testament.

Some see this rejection as a forfeiture of the Covenants of God and they think that the Church has somehow replaced Israel in the program of God

 

Christians have  been guilty in the same way.  Most don’t see the connection between the Old and New Testament and they see one as less than the other.

 

Marcion of Sinope, a bishop of Asia Minor, was the first of record to propose a unique canon of Christian scriptures.  He saw a difference between the God of the Jews and the God portrayed in the New Testament.  His cannon included only some of Paul’s epistles and the gospel of Luke with the connection to the Old Testament taken out.

This view is still held by some today.  Their thinking is that the Old Testament, the Law, was nailed onto the cross with Jesus and we can only see history and lovely stories through the Torah.

 

Jesus has a different view:

 

Matthew 5:

 

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

He is speaking of the Torah, the Old Testament.  He fulfills the Old Testament!!!

 

Hebrews 1:

 

1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

The Old Testament speaks of Jesus Christ!!!

He fulfills the Law!

 

Jesus taught the two Disciples about Himself through the Torah

Luke 24:

25 Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken:

26 Ought not Christ to have suffered these things, and to enter into his glory?

27 And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.

He is the Seed of woman Who will crush Satan in Genesis

He is the Passover Lamb in Exodus

He is the High Priest of Leviticus

He is the Great Prophet of Deuteronomy

He is the Captain of the Lord’s Host in Joshua

He is the Great Judge as those in Judges

He is the Kinsman Redeemer of Ruth

He is the Annointed King of 1 & 2 Samuel

He is the King of Kings in 1 & 2 Kings

He is the Lord of our fathers in Ezra

He is the Coming Redeemer of Job

He is the Great Shepherd of the Psalms

He is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah

He is the Man of Sorrows in Jeremiah

He is the Hope of His people in Joel

He is Judge of all nations in Amos

He is the coming Eternal King of Obadiah

He is the Resurrected Savior of Jonah

He is King over Israel in Zephaniah

He is the righteous King riding on a colt in Zachariah

He is the Son of Righteousness in Malachi

http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/love-worth-finding/read/articles/a-portrait-of-christ-10200.html

 

He was born of a virgin, lived a sinless life as the fullness of God!

He died on the cross as a Lamb and He lives today!!!

He will return as the King of Kings!!!

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About Clint Rodgers

I am a father of 2 wonderful children and the husband of a beautiful woman who has taught me more about compassion for goofballs than I could have ever learned. I have know Jesus for many years but about 5 years ago I truly met Him and now I do my best to follow Him as I walk in this world
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