Genesis 45:7
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7  Hashem has sent me ahead of you to ensure your survival on earth, and to save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance.

va-yish-la-KHAY-nee e-lo-HEEM lif-nay-KHEM la-SUM la-KHEM sh’-ay-REET ba-A-retz ul-ha-kha-YOT la-KHEM lif-lay-TAH g’-do-LAH

ז  וַיִּשְׁלָחֵנִי אֱלֹהִים לִפְנֵיכֶם לָשׂוּם לָכֶם שְׁאֵרִית בָּאָרֶץ וּלְהַחֲיוֹת לָכֶם לִפְלֵיטָה גְּדֹלָה׃

45:7   To save your lives in an extraordinary deliverance

To allay his brothers’ fears that he will take revenge for selling him into slavery, Yosef observes that their actions were part of the divine plan, and will undoubtedly bring great salvation. The short term benefit is already clear in that, due to his position, Yosef will be able to save his family and the entire region from the famine which has just begun. Further, in the great scheme of history, the sale of Yosef brought the entire family down to Egypt, thus beginning the fulfillment of God’s promise (Genesis 15:13-14) that Avraham’s descendants will be strangers in a strange land. It follows that after the period of enslavement in Egypt specified by the prophecy, they will merit a ‘great deliverance,’ and ultimately return to the Promised Land.

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  • I think we are all a little guilty of reading into what we are all sort of " brainwashed " into believing—– here this intelligent reader jumps onto the messianic image of Joseph!
    I think this is totally cool; because I have never had a Jewish person ever reference him in that manner; and yet, he certainly fulfills partial definitions of a Jewish messiah!
    What's also cool about this is that there r no Jews yet, only Hebrews,; Sooo— no people or land to be delivered by a messiah….! Just most humbly pointing out how it would take someone so thoroughly indoctrinated with messianic upbringing to point out those features in Joseph!

    Now to kind of " blow some minds,"—- something real cool that both Christians and Jews share: see if u can find the threads in the Old Testament , where Moses is described totally as Messianic; and indeed, upon his death—-"-Gives up the ghost…"—- how cool is that for really theologically connecting Jews and Christians together, without all the stupid lies and hatreds formulated ????!!!!

  • I cannot help but wonder just what did the brother say, how did they explain to Jacob that Joseph was alive. Did they tell him the truth I wonder. It remains a story of the innate sinfulness and goodness of man, when Hashem is allowed the freedom to work out His plans in the lives of man. We are told that when we love Hashem and walk His paths then everything will work together for good.
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    I was watching something on TV today, a kind of sad poem was being read, the last line was "His eye is on the sparrow and I know He watches me" Well Joseph, the eye of Hashem was sure on you.

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Genesis 45:7

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