March 12, 2014

The Son of Joseph

I saw a pretty neat correlation in our scripture studies this last Sabbath. I'd like to take a moment to share it. In Genesis 49, Jacob blesses Joseph saying,

Gen 49:24-25 "...But his bow remained in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty One of Yaʽaqoḇ – from there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Yisra’ĕl – from the Ěl of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb..."

My attention was drawn particularly to the part which said, "from there is the shepherd, the stone of Yisra'el." I wondered about that prophecy, and how that could be fulfilled in Scripture; whether literally or figuratively. Our reading in the Gospel of John brought to focus this verse:

John 1:45 "Philip found Nethanĕ’l and said to him, 'We have found Him whom Mosheh wrote of in the Torah, and the prophets: יהושע of Natsareth – the son of Yosĕph.'"

The Shepherd, The Cornerstone of Yisra'el, is Yahshua Messiah- who was the adopted son of a man named Joseph, and the grandson of a man named Joseph (Miriam's Father). What are the odds of that happening?

I mean, YHWH could just as easily have chosen a Nathaniel, or Philip, or David, or Shimon, or a man with any other name. But he didn't. He chose a Joseph. So, it's kind of a partial fulfillment of that prophetic blessing given by Jacob, on just a basic, literal level. There are so many ways that we could go deep with that. But it is truly beautiful in its simplicity, that the Father thought of that detail and made it special for generations -and gave one man's name a significance and a legacy for all of time.

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