“Joseph and the Silver Cup” by Ariel E……..
“ 1AND 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. 2And put my cup, the silver cup, in the sack’s mouth of the youngest, with his grain money. And [the steward] did according to what Joseph had said. 3As soon as the morning was light, the men were sent away, they and their donkeys. 4When they had left the city and were not yet far away, Joseph said to his steward, Up, follow after the men; and when you overtake them, say to them, Why have you rewarded evil for good? [Why have you stolen the silver cup?] 5Is it not my master’s drinking cup with which he divines [the future]? You have done wrong in doing this. 6And the steward overtook them, and he said to them these same words. 7They said to him, Why does my lord say these things? Far be it from your servants to do such a thing! 8Note that the money which we found in the mouths of our sacks we brought back to you from the land of Canaan. Is it likely then that we would steal from your master’s house silver or gold? 9With whomever of your servants [your master’s cup] is found, not only let that one die, but the rest of us will be my lord’s slaves. 10And the steward said, Now let it be as you say: he with whom [the cup] is found shall be my slave, but [the rest of] you shall be blameless. 11Then quickly every man lowered his sack to the ground and every man opened his sack. 12And [the steward] searched, beginning with the eldest and stopping with the youngest; and the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. 13Then they rent their clothes; and after each man had loaded his donkey again, they returned to the city.”
Joseph and the “Silver Cup”
We open this story with Joseph—Testing His brothers 44:2
Joseph sends them away-with one final test-He fills their sacks with as much food as they can eat—THIS REPRESENTS TORAH BEING INTRODUCED TO SOMEONES WALK OF FAITH 44:1
Joseph requests the silver be returned to each man’s Sack
*Their Sacks represent their Hearts
*The Silver is a precious metal that is refined by fire —to burn out all the dross—which represents our own self righteousness.
The silver is returned to the Israelites—because you CANNOT BUY your
REDEMPTION through YOUR OWN EFFORT
6For we have all become like one who is unclean [ceremonially, like a leper], and all our righteousness (our best deeds of rightness and justice) is like filthy rags or a polluted garment; we all fade like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away [far from God’s favor, hurrying us toward destruction].
Benjamin receives Joseph’s Cup
This Cup is the SIGN of Joseph’s Identity, authority, and office, rights and privilege
The Silver Cup represents the Brides Price—the amount the Bride would cost Yeshua
And He was saying, Abba, [which means] Father, everything is possible for You. Take away this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You [will].
Benjamin is Josephs younger brother—the ONLY Son of the SAME MOTHER and FATHER as Joseph
John 14:23 says, “23A time will come, however, indeed it is already here, when the true (genuine) worshipers will worship the Father (ABBA) in Spirit and in Truth (reality); for the Father is seeking just such people as these as His worshipers
Romans 8:29 says, “29For those whom He foreknew [of whom He was aware and loved beforehand], He also destined from the beginning [foreordaining them] to be molded into the image of His Son [and share inwardly His likeness], that He might become the firstborn among many brethren.”
What does Benjamin Represent?
Benjamin is the Body of Messiah and the giving of the cup is Joseph (a Picture of Yeshua and US!) going after and revealing the last standing Idol in the Heart of the Brothers of Benjamin- on their Second Trip to see Joseph
The Older brothers could not LIVE with their collective GUILT—they could never clear their CONSCIENCE of the PAST-so this kept them from the blessing
They thought that by WORKING to save Benjamin—they would some how make ATONEMENT for the blood of JOSEPH—through THEIR OWN WORKS!
*What places of PAST GUILT do we carry—by trying to BE RELIGIOUS TODAY —to make up for OUR FORMER SINS?
Joseph sends His Servant
(see John 14:26)
The Servant that is working for Joseph—represents the Spirit of the Prophets –they have been given the task of TURNING ISRAEL FROM IT’S IDOLATRY FOR GENERATIONS
2 Kings 4:38-41
38Elisha came back to Gilgal during a famine in the land. The sons of the prophets were sitting before him, and he said to his servant, Set on the big pot and cook pottage for the sons of the prophets. 39Then one went into the field to gather herbs and gathered from a wild vine his lap full of wild gourds, and returned and cut them up into the pot of pottage, for they were unknown to them. 40So they poured it out for the men to eat. But as they ate of the pottage, they cried out, O man of God, there is death in the pot! And they could not eat it. 41But he said, Bring meal [as a symbol of God’s healing power]. And he cast it into the pot and said, Pour it out for the people that they may eat. Then there was no harm in the pot.
The Servant asks why they repaid Evil for Good
There religion had only been outward until now—works of the flesh
This is what they offered—which is NOT what G-d required—Just like Cain bringing wrath Prov 17:13
The Brothers swear they have not sinned—and they are so SELF RIGHTEOUS that they say whoever did this will DIE—not knowing Benjamin had it! Acts 9:1-5
The Servant agrees with the Death Sentence
Why does the Servant respond “YES” to the Death Sentence —only to later say the Guilty would become a “SLAVE?” Because their actions deserved death just like ours do today; however we do not always get what we deserve! Praise YHWH for that!!!
The word SLAVE is taken from the Hebrew Word: “EBED” Meaning “Worshipper of G-d, like the Levites.” The Levites—G-d’s royal priesthood!
Now the SERVANT searches the SACKS—Search-is the Hebrew word “KRITIKOS” meaning to “Judge the heart by Law” Hebrews 4:12
The Death of the ME!
The Cup is found in Benjamin’s Sack
This culmination of the second trip is the end of 22 years of walking out a FALSE RELIGIOUS FRONT —and they TEAR– their Clothing—which is the ultimate Hebrew sign of grief
They pack up and return to Joseph’s House
All the way there—they KNEW their LIVES—and ALL they had ever HOPED FOR and DREAMED was gone.
They headed for Slavery—with NO PERSONAL REPUTATION to maintain
Fulfilling the Dream
The Brothers fall before Joseph fulfilling the prophecy that they would bow to Him
Romans 14:11..at the Name of Yeshua…..
They confess that G-d has uncovered their guilt (The Lifting of Moses Veil Ex 34:34-35)
“34But when Moses went in before the Lord to speak with Him, he took the veil off until he came out. And he came out and told the Israelites what he was commanded. 35The Israelites saw the face of Moses, how the skin of it shone; and Moses put the veil on his face again until he went in to speak with God.”
They are NOW REUNITED to JOSEPH in SLAVERY Jer 46:28 and Romans 7:21-8:2
Joseph refuses to keep them all—but says ONLY ONE MAN SHALL PAY FOR THE SINS OF ALL ISRAEL
What’s the Symbolism: Joseph is a type and Shadow of Yeshua!
The grain that is filled in their sacks—is the easy levels of Torah (i.e. Sabbath on Saturday not Sun god Day—No Swine where we dine!)
We try to stay on the “surface” level with our Idols—the Silver illustrates our REAL worship with the L-rd (Refined by Fire)
1 Cor 3: 11-13 says “11For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). 12But if anyone builds upon the Foundation, whether it be with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13The work of each [one] will become [plainly, openly] known (shown for what it is); for the day [of Christ] will disclose and declare it, because it will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise the character and worth of the work each person has done. We must rend of hearts!
Joel 2:13 says, “13Rend your hearts and not your garments and return to the Lord, your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in loving-kindness; and He revokes His sentence of evil [when His conditions are met].
SLAVERY= Death of our own Rights -our seeking a REPUTATION – Hopes and aspirations—and RESTING FROM ALL OUR WORKS! Like our Brother the Jews in this story—we too carry around a sad sack of former failures that we hold out for others to judge us by. If we suffer enough—then perhaps one day we will actually feel worthy—but feeling worthy is not about the past—but the future. Yeshua is King of Israel—He is my only future. Anything good or bad that I may have done in the past—I need to be able to leave behind like Josephs sack. Silver mixed with dross—the good and the bad.
It is our memories of our former Gentile life that hold us in bondage and why we most often feel so disconnected from G-d. Yeshua saved you TO BE A HEBREW! To be this generation of Abraham’s and Sarah’s to this generation of souls. Far too many of us are more interested in the ways of Lot—love of cities—love of feeling and being important in small places when YHWH has made a a Kingdom of Priests and a HOLY NATION—ISRAEL—to the lost and dying world.
You are a Priest—even as Joseph was a Priest to the Pharoah—BUT ONLY WHEN WE START LI VING LIKE THE PRIESTHOOD OF ISRAEL AND LEAVE BEHIND OUR GENTILE LIVES AND PASTS WHICH ARE OUTSIDE OF ISRAEL—IT IS ONLY WHEN WE SAY “NO” TO THE WAYS OF THE GENTILE WORLD AND “YES –YES –YES TO THE WAYS OF THE JEWS AND ACCEPT YOUR GRAFTING INTO ISRAEL—THEN AND ONLY THEN WILL YOU SEE JOSEPH FOR WHO HE CLEARLY IS…………………………….
A bright shining light in these last days
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!
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