Monday, 1 March 2021
Question of the day: Jacob asks the question today ... Genesis 37:10b "What's this dream you dreamed? Will we really come - your mother and I with your brothers - to bow down to the ground to you?"
Rabbi Trail: Before we answer Jacob's question for him, I want to say something about the other sons of Jacob. I am amazed at the lack of character among these boys. To his credit, Reuben convinced the other brothers not to kill Joseph, just throw him in a pit. And to Judah's credit, his big idea was to sell Joseph into slavery (make a little something) instead of killing him (very unprofitable).
But here's what really amazes me. Jacob is grief stricken, the Bible says, for a very long time. All the boys are watching their father mourn as he believes Joseph has been killed by a wild animal. They know the truth, but every one of them keeps the secret for 17 years. For 17 years they didn't tell Dad the truth about Joseph. And yet, with all that guilt, they are still redeemed. This is our own story too. End RT.
Answer: Jacob didn't get an answer that day, as the story unfolds, the answer is, "Yes, Jacob, you and your sons will bow down to the ground to Joseph." But first, Joseph (whose name means addition or increase), must appear to be dead.
Joseph is a type of messiah, a kinsman redeemer, who will reappear to save his people. Yeshua, the real Messiah, also appears to be dead (crucified on the cross) but the grave could not contain Him, and He rose on the third day, only to reappear thousands of years later in the clouds. Jacob asked the question and then fulfilled the vision. Likewise, Yeshua will fulfill the prophesy of His return found in Revelation 1.
Revelation 1:7 "Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye shall see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of Him. Yes, amen!"
Jacob asked if the whole family would bow to Joseph and years later they did. Likewise, there will be a time (I believe in the not-too-distant future) when every knee will bow to Yeshua. Now hear this ... better get ready. Bo Yeshua Bo.
Rabbi Michael Weiner,