B'resheet (Genesis) Chapter 43

B'resheet 43:1-2 Now the famine was severe in the land. So it came about when they had finished eating the grain which they had brought from Egypt, that their father said to them, "Go back, buy us a little food."

Through the circumstances that came about as a result of Yosef being sold into slavery, we see that HaShem provided grain for them during a time of severe famine.

The corresponding letter to this chapter is Shin- Divine power; provision; protection.

Romans 8:28 And we know that G-d causes all things to work together for good to those who love G-d, to those who are called according to His purpose.

B'resheet 43:3-6 Y'hudah spoke to him, however, saying, "The man solemnly warned us, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.' "If you send our brother with us, we will go down and buy you food. But if you do not send him, we will not go down; for the man said to us, 'You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you.'" Then Israel said, "Why did you treat me so badly by telling the man whether you still had another brother?"

Yosef said, "You shall not see my face unless your brother is with you. Yeshua said, "You shall not see my again until you say blessed is he who comes in the name of the L-rd."

Luke 13:35 "look, your house is left to you desolate; and I say to you, you shall not see Me until the time comes when you say, 'Blessed is He who comes in the name of the L-rd!'"

B'resheet 43:7-10 But they said, "The man questioned particularly about us and our relatives, saying, 'Is your father still alive? Have you another brother?' So we answered his questions. Could we possibly know that he would say, 'Bring your brother down'?" And Y'hudah said to his father Israel, "Send the lad with me, and we will arise and go, that we may live and not die, we as well as you and our little ones. I myself will be surety for him; you may hold me responsible for him. If I do not bring him back to you and set him before you, then let me bear the blame before you forever. For if we had not delayed, surely by now we could have returned twice."

The lad - Binyamin (Benjamin) was not a small boy. He was born before Yosef was sold into slavery 22 years earlier. However, he was still his father's baby and always would be.

Y'hudah's offer of safety for Binyamin was accepted because of the potential of death to all. The Messiah Yeshua would also come from the tribe of Y'hudah and would come because otherwise it would mean eternal spiritual death for all.

B'resheet 43:11 Then their father Israel said to them, "If it must be so, then do this: take some of the best products of the land in your bags, and carry down to the man as a present, a little balm and a little honey, aromatic gum and myrrh, pistachio nuts and almonds.

What do these presents tell us about the "type" Yosef and also tell us about the "real deal" Yeshua?

First the balm tells us that they would bring mercy and loving kindness; along with healing every hurt. This also implies spiritual healing, for our sin. (Jer. 8:22; 51:8)

The honey brings us sweetness especially the sweetness of the Messiah. (Ex 3:8; Jud. 14:9)

2 Cor 2:14-17 But thanks be to G-d, who always leads us in His triumph in Messiah, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Messiah to G-d among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? For we are not like many, peddling the word of G-d, but as from sincerity, but as from G-d, we speak in Messiah in the sight of G-d.

The myrrh represents death: the assumed death of Yosef and the actual atonement death of Yeshua.

Almonds represent fruitfulness.

B'resheet 43:12-15 And take double the money in your hand, and take back in your hand the money that was returned in the mouth of your sacks; perhaps it was a mistake. Take your brother also, and arise, return to the man; and may G-d Almighty grant you compassion in the sight of the man, that he may release to you your other brother and Benjamin. And as for me, if I am bereaved of my children, I am bereaved. " So the men took this present, and they took double the money in their hand, and Benjamin; then they arose and went down to Egypt and stood before Yosef.

Mercy would come through Yosef. Mercy would also come through Yeshua. Mercy will come to Israel as a nation too through the Messiah.

B'resheet 43:16-18 When Yosef saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, "Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon." So the man did as Yosef said, and brought the men to Yosef's house. Now the men were afraid, because they were brought to Yosef's house; and they said, "It is because of the money that was returned in our sacks the first time that we are being brought in, that he may seek occasion against us and fall upon us, and take us for slaves with our donkeys."

They went to meet Yosef in Egypt. In contrast, during the millennium Egypt and all nations will go to meet Yeshua at the HOUSE OF THE L-RD in Yerushalayim.

Zech 14:16-21 Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Yerushalayim will go up from year to year to worship the King, the L-RD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths. And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Yerushalayim to worship the King, the L-RD of hosts, there will be no rain on them. And if the family of EGYPT does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the L-RD smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. This will be the punishment of EGYPT, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths. In that day there will be inscribed on the bells of the horses, "HOLY TO THE L-RD." And the cooking pots in the L-rd's house will be like the bowls before the altar. And every cooking pot in Yerushalayim and in Y'hudah will be holy to the L-RD of hosts; and all who sacrifice will come and take of them and boil in them. And there will no longer be a merchant in the house of the L-RD of hosts (Adonai-Tzva'ot) in that day.

B'resheet 43:19-25 So they came near to Yosef's house steward, and spoke to him at the entrance of the house, and said, "Oh, my lord, we indeed came down the first time to buy food, and it came about when we came to the lodging place, that we opened our sacks, and look, each man's money was in the mouth of his sack, our money in full. So we have brought it back in our hand. We have also brought down other money in our hand to buy food; we do not know who put our money in our sacks." And he said, "Be at ease, do not be afraid. Your G-d and the "G-d of your father" has given you treasure in your sacks; I had your money." Then he brought Simeon out to them. Then the man brought the men into Yosef's house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder. So they prepared the present for Yosef's coming at noon; for they had heard that they were to eat a meal there.

Your G-d and the "G-d of your father" - Yosef's steward states none other than the "G-d of Israel" has restored your money. It is not clear from the text but Yosef may have confided in him as to who these men really were.

B'resheet 43:26 When Yosef came home, they brought into the house to him the present, which was in their hand and bowed to the ground before him.

Again Yosef's dream comes to pass. Do you believe that Yeshua will rule over Israel in the future? Will you even laugh at the possibility?