Revealing Identity

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Read Genesis 44-45
            YOSEF :: A TYPE OF MESSIAH

GENESIS 44
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v.1-13 Yosef tricks his brothers Why does Yosef trick his brothers by hiding the cup and the money?  Why didn’t he just reveal his identity from the beginning?

Notice how the brothers protest their innocence to the charge of theft…they first point to their integrity in returning the money from the last trip, and then they declare death on the perpetrator and slavery for themselves.  We see this pattern in their family history!

What principle of salvation can we learn from Yosef’s response to the brothers plea of innocence through the his house manager? “Whichever one it is found will be my slave.  But the rest of you will be blameless.” v.10.

principle:: You are responsible for only your sins, not the sins of anyone else.

>< v.14-17 Power of divination Yosef’s own special cup, also described as one connected with divination or hydromancy, was a sacred water vessel that symbolized his authority as the Egyptian vizier. 

Did Yosef actually practice divination by using this cup? It would likely have been gifted to him by the pharaoh since he was regarded as the highest and best diviner after having accurately interpreted his dreams.

What principle of salvation can we learn from Y’hudah in v.16 when he states:: “There’s nothing we can say to my lord!  How can we speak?  There’s no way we can clear ourselves!  God has revealed your servants’ guilt.”

principle:: All are guilty!  It is useless to plead innocent in one area on your life…because you’ve committed offences in another area somewhere.  As we stand before Messiah we are all found guilty.  Romans 3:23 reads “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”

>< v.18-34 Y’hudah pleads and confesses Consider the significance of what Y’hudah says to Yosef: “For

you are like Pharaoh.”  Yosef was given authority to wield all of Pharaoh’s power, by Pharaoh.  Yosef was so connected to Pharaoh that he was essentially the equal of Pharaoh.  But Yosef was NOT the pharaoh, he was the vizier of Egypt…Pharaoh was the pharaoh.

How does this relationship help us understand the relationship between Yeshua & Yehoveh—Jesus the Son and God the Father?

Y’hudah’s pleading here offers an example of the sort of attitude we ought to have in prayer—humility, confession, acknowledging our need for God, intercession…

GENESIS 45
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v.1-8 Yosef reveals his identity to his brothers “At last Yosef could no longer control his feelings in front of his attendants.”  He orders everyone around him to leave.  He wanted to be alone with his brothers. 
Why was Yosef weeping so violently?

>< v.9-15 Food to eat…A place to live Only two out of the seven year famine had passed and it was only going to get worse.  When Yeshua died, he instructed his talmidim to “feed his sheep.”  When Yeshua left, there was going to be trouble in the world; its condition of evil and malevolence was going to continue.  And it would get gradually worse.

>< v.16-23 Pleasing to Pharaoh Pharaoh and his servants were happy for Yosef when they heard that his brothers had arrived.  So he sends wagons and gifts to be brought to Kena’an to collect the entire Israelite clan and bring them to Egypt to give them the best of the land.  Yosef had determined that the lush land of Goshen would be suitable for the clan of shepherds.

>< v.24- “Don’t quarrel on the journey” Why did Yosef give this instruction to his brothers?  Was it because of the preferential treatment Binyamin received and what the brothers might try to do about that?  Was it because they would need to struggle with their sins before confessing to their father what they had done?

How is the inclusion of this instruction related to Yeshua?  This is what is expected of brothers and sisters of Yeshua as we are on a journey with God. 

We are to have oneness of spiritechad.  Unified not by consensus, but by means of our union in Christ.

>< v.26-28 The Good News… “He is alive!” What a beautiful scene it must have been when the brothers return to their father in Kena’an and declare the good news:: “Yosef is alive! He is ruler over the whole land of Egypt!”  Ya’akov’s spirit is revived at this good news.

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					Shalom friends. Hey everybody. Welcome back to axcess. This is Timothy and I want to thank you for joining me today. As we study the scriptures together, we hope he, God guide us into his truth. Quick question. How do you approach the scriptures now? There's no right or wrong answer to this. Okay. So relax.

But don't you think it's something you ought to. I mean, some people read them just to get through it in a prescribed time and be able to say that they've gone through the whole Bible. It might be through a Bible in a year, sort of reading plan. Others treat them more like a self-help resource or others, some fortune telling guide some approach scriptures as a literary piece of work to be examined and, and to stimulate the interest.

There are also people that use the scriptures as a weapon against itself with the intent to discredit it of any good use. I personally believe that scriptures contain God's word that his word is poured out from his heart and he explains our need for a savior, a Messiah. And throughout the writings, he reveals the characteristics of a coming Messiah and, and having a personal relationship with men.

So when we study through the scriptures we can expect to enter into the kingdom territory of Messiah Yeshua. Second Timothy three verse 16 reads all scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth. Convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living, thus anyone who belongs to God may be fully equipped for every good work friends.

Whenever you open the script. Be prepared to hear the word of God with spiritual ears and set your focus on him and seek his heart so that you can clearly see with spiritual eyes, the message that he's revealing to you. It's okay. If you don't understand things right away, it's also okay to ask questions, especially when concepts sound strange, but it's most important that you keep seeking God and always be in pursuit of truth.

Matthew seven verse seven to eight reads, keep asking, and it will be given to you, keep seeking and you will find, keep knocking and the door will be open to you for everyone who keeps asking, receives he who keeps seeking fines. And to him who keeps knocking the door will be opened. Can you trust that our father in heaven keeps giving good things to those who keep asking?

Our study today is called revealing identity. If you need a handout for today's axcess Lynch study, please visit our Facebook group connexions ministries of Canada. And you'll find all of our studies under the files tab. Also visit our website at 

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So you don't miss out on any of our stuff. As you listen today, I do recommend having a Bible handy to follow along, and I encourage you to take some time with your own axcess communities and, and review the study together. Now let's get started revealing identity today. My wife Beverly will be reading Genesis chapters, 44 to 45 from the complete Jewish.

Then he ordered the manager of his household, fill the men's packs with food as much as they can carry and put each man's money just inside his pack and put my goblet, the silver one, just inside the pack of the youngest, along with his grain money, he did what Joseph told him to do at daybreak. The men were sent off with their donkeys, but before they were far off from the city, Yosef said to his man.

Up go after the men. And when you overtake them, say to them, why have you repaid good with evil? Isn't this the godless to my Lord drinks from indeed the one he uses for divination. What you have done is evil. So he caught up with them and said these words to them, they replied, why does my Lord speak this way?

Heaven forbid that we should do such a thing. Why the money we found inside our packs. We brought back to you from the land of Canaan. So how would we steal silver or gold from your Lord? Whichever one of us, the goblet is found with, let him be put to death. And the rest of us will be my Lord slaves. He replied fine.

Let it be, as you have said, whichever one it is found with will be my slave, but the rest of you will be blameless. Then each hurry to put his pack down on the ground. And each one opened his pack. He searched the, starting with the oldest and ending with the youngest and the goblet was found in the pack.

Belonging to. At this, they tore their clothes from grief. Then each man loaded up his donkey and returned to the city. You who to, and his brothers arrived at Joseph's house. He was still there and they fell down before him on the ground. You also said to them, how could you do such a thing? Don't you know that a man, such as myself can learn the truth by divination Yehuda said, there's nothing we can say to my Lord.

How can we speak? There's no way we can clear ourselves. God has revealed your servants guilt. So here we are. My Lord slaves, both we, and also the one in whose possession the cup was found, but he replied heaven forbid that I should act in such a way. The man in whose possession the goblet was found will be my slave.

But as for you go in peace to your father, then you who'd approached Yossef and said, please, my Lord, let your servant say something to you privately. And don't be angry with her servant for you are like Pharaoh himself. My Lord asked his servants. Do you have a father or a brother? We answered my Lord. We have a father who was an old man and a child of his old age, a little one whose brother is dead.

So that of his mother's children, he alone is left and his father loves him. But you said to your servants, bring him down to me so that I can see him. We answered my Lord. The boy can't leave his father. If he were to leave his father, his father would die. You said to your servants, you will not see my face again, unless your brother is.

We went to your servant, my father and told him what my Lord had said. But when our father said, go again and buy us some food, we answered, we can't go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us, will we go down? Because we can't see the man's face on this. Our youngest brother is with us. Then your servant.

My father said to us, you know, that my wife bore me two sons. The one went out for me and I said, surely he has been torn to pieces. And I haven't seen him. Now, if you take this one away from me too, and something happens to him, you will bring my gray hair down to shale with grief. So now if I go to your servant, my father and the boy isn't with us, seeing how his heart is bound up with the boy's heart.

When he sees that the boy isn't with us, he will die and your servants will bring the gray hair of your servant, our father, down to shore with grief for your servant himself guaranteed his safety. I said, if I fail to bring him to you, then I will bear the blame before my father first. Therefore, I beg you, let your servant stay as a slave to my Lord instead of the boy and let the boy go up with his brothers for how can I go up to my father?

If the boy isn't with me, I couldn't bear to see. My father is so overwhelmed by anguish chapter 45 at last year, self could no longer control his feelings in front of his attendance and cried. Get everybody away from me. So no one else was with him. When you also revealed to his brothers who he was. He wept aloud and the Egyptians heard and Pharaoh's household heard Yossef said to his brothers, I am Yossef.

Is it true that my father is still alive? His brothers couldn't answer him. They were so dumbfounded at seeing him. You also said to his brothers, please come closer. And they came closer. He said, I am Yossef your brother, whom you sold into. But don't be sad that you sold me into slavery here or angry at yourselves because it was God who sent me ahead of you to preserve life.

The famine has been over the land for the last two years. And for yet another five years, there will be neither plowing nor harvest God sent me ahead of you to ensure that you will have descendants on earth and to save your lives in a great delivery. So it was not you who sent me here, but God, and he has made me a father to Pharaoh, Lord of all his household and ruler over the whole land of Egypt.

Hurry, go up to my father and tell him, here is what your son Yosef says. God has made me. Lord of all Egypt come down to me. Don't delay. You will live in the land of Goshen and be near me. You, your children, your grandchildren, flocks, herds, everything you own. I will provide for you there so that you won't become poverty stricken you, your household and all that you have, because five years of famine are yet to come here, your own eyes.

See, and the eyes of my brother being him in that it is my own mouth. Speaking to you. Tell my father how honored I am in Egypt and everything you have seen and quickly bring my father down here. Then he embraced his brother being Yemen and wept and Benjamin wept on his neck. And he kissed all his brothers and wept on them.

After that his brothers talked with him, the report of this reached Pharaoh's house. You also see brothers have come and Pharaoh and his servants were pleased. Pharaoh said to Joseph, tell your brothers here is what you are to do. Load up your animals, go to the land of Canaan, take your father and your families.

And come back to me. I will give you good property in Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land. Moreover, and this isn't. Do this take wagons from the land of Egypt to carry your little ones and your wives and bring your father and come, don't worry about your stuff because everything good in the land of Egypt is yours.

The sons of Israel acted accordingly and Yosef give them wagons. As Pharaoh had ordered and gave them provisions for them. To each of them, he gave a set of new clothes, but to being human, he gave seven and a half pounds of silver and to five sets of new clothes, likewise to his father, he sent 10 donkeys loaded with the finest goods.

Egypt produced as well as 10 female donkeys loaded with grain, bread and food for his father to eat on the return journey. Thus, he sent his brothers on their way and they left. He said to them, don't quarrel among yourselves while you're. So they went up out of Egypt, entered the land of Canon and came to Yaacov their father.

They told him your Sufis still alive. He is ruler over the whole land of Egypt. He was stunned at the news. He couldn't believe them. So they reported to him, everything Yoseph had said to them, but it was only when he saw the wagons, which he also had sent to carry him, that the spirit of Jaco of their father began to reveal.

Israel said enough. My son Yosef is still alive. I must go and see him before.

Okay. So the way we're going to approach a study will be a little different today. The chapters that Beverly just read seemed to be a very straightforward account of what happened with Yosef and his brothers and how they came to settle in Egypt during the famine. Right? However, there's so much more, that's written into the details of the story, and we're going to observe this text and parallel it with what we know now.

In hindsight about Messiah Yeshua, an alternate title for the study is Yosef a type of Messiah. So here we are at the beginning of chapter 44, where Yosef tricks his brothers. Now, why does Yosef trick his brothers by, by hiding the cup and the money? Why didn't he just reveal his identity from the beans?

And notice how the brothers protests or innocence to the charge of theft. They they're pointing to their integrity by, I mean, come on. Th they brought the money back that was found in their personal last time. And they came back with double the amount of money because they wanted to pay for the greens.

Why were they going to steal? And then they declared death on the perpetrator and slavery for themselves. If you know, the cup was found in any of their stuff this is a little bit funny because every time one of these Israelites brothers wanted to prove their intent or their, their honesty on a matter, and they, or maybe they were just trying to resolve a difficult situation, notice a death was always the enemy.

I mean, they killed all the men in check him because their sister was raped. They decided to kill yourself, but, you know, opted to just sell them as a slave instead you who to ordered his daughter-in-law Tamar to be burned alive on the suppose, fornication and dishonoring his family with an out of weapons.

Pregnancy, and then you have Ruben that made an offer to Yaakov to have his own two sons be killed. If anything would happen to Binyamin. I mean, what does all this reveal about at least 10 of the 12 tribes of Israel up to this point? Well, it kind of sounds like they had very little respect for life and had practically no understanding of God's moral principles.

Looking at verse 10, we see how Yosef responds to his brother's plea of innocence through his house manager. When he says, whichever one it is found will be my sleeve, but the rest of you will be blameless. The principle of salvation that we could pick up here is this. You are responsible for only your sins, not the sins of anyone else.

Once again, the prince. You are responsible for only your sins, not the sins of anyone else. Some instances where people might feel responsible for the sins of others might include one that they're struggling with their own guilt. Maybe they identify with that person in themselves, or perhaps they had contributed to the downfall of the one who sinned.

They feel pity for and want to spare the person from bearing the consequences of their sin alone. And three, this one's a little trickier simply that they're just uncomfortable with sin conflict and they default to virtue signaling to make themselves feel better. Oftentimes this is done by neutralizing the stigma that's associated with that person sin, thereby normalizing the sin and excusing the persons offenses.

And that ends up enabling even more sinful behavior for that person. So, what does it look like to be responsible for only your sins? Nobody else could pay the price for your offense. You are responsible to pay the price for what you've done. You must face the natural consequences of your sinful choices and behavior.

Now we all must make a very important choice. Really? You be a slave to sin or a slave to righteousness. Will you serve your Hovey? Or something else that is not got that. It's as simple as that second Corinthians chapter five verse 10 reads for, we must all appear before Messiah's court of judgment, where everyone will receive the good or bad consequences of what he did while he was in the room.

Now that we've been presented with this principle, you are responsible for only your sins, not the sins of anyone else. Let's look at what happened to you in verse 11 and 12, where they're all laying out their sacks to be inspected. And then the house manager comes and starts inspecting again from oldest to youngest in order.

Just like when the. Served at the table. And of course it just builds up the drama. This is kind of the style of Yosef and he knows how to play his brothers. You know, of course the house manager finds the special cup of Yosef in Benjamin's bag. So of course they're all freaking out now and they all have to head back, head back into the city.

They're not free to go anywhere. So they end up back in Yosef his house, where he is keeping up his charade by playing up his role as an Egyptian and keeping his Hebrew identity hidden in order to continue testing his brothers. Of course. Well, let's look a little closer at this special cup of Yosef.

This silver goblet. Now it's described as one that's connected with divination or hydro Mancy. It was a sacred water vessel that symbolized his authority as the Egyptian Vizier, but did Yosef actually practice divination by using this cup? I mean, we read there in verse 15 where he. Tells the brothers, how could you do such a thing?

Don't, you know, a man such as myself can learn the truth by divination. It's like, you can't hide anything from me, but this cup, it was likely gifted to him by the Pharaoh, since he was regarded as a highest and the best. Diviner why, because he had accurately interpreted the Pharaoh's dreams. We know that it was Yehovah God that gave the interpretation of the Pharaoh's dream to Yosef.

Remember Yosef never claimed any of this ability to interpret the dreams himself. He did in fact, say don't all interpretations belong to God. So here he is beefing himself up in front of his brothers and they're all down there before him and the groveling at this point. And again, it's you who to that speaks up.

Okay. What principle of salvation can we learn from you? Huda in verse 16 when he stayed. There's nothing we can say to my Lord, how can we speak? There's no way we can clear ourselves. God has revealed your servants. Guilt. The principle here is that all are guilty. All are guilty. It's useless to plead innocent in one area of your life because you've committed offenses in another area somewhere.

Right. And as we stand before Messiah, we're all found guilty. Romans 3 23 reads for all, have sinned and fall short of the glory of God while you Huda was right in his admission of guilt. He and his brothers were not responsible for the appearance theft of the youngest Binyamin. And here we see yourself reinforce that first salvation principle that Binyamin alone was responsible for his sin.

Nobody else is responsible. So they were all free to go in peace to their father. At this point, you Huda knew he couldn't go back to Jaco without Binyamin. Remember he had given himself as a surety bond from Benjamin. So he begins to plead with a mighty, soft, not Vania considered a physic Magnificant of what Huda says to yourself here for you, or like Pharaoh.

Just those few words for you are like Farrah. He begins. Yosef was given the authority to rebuild all of Pharaoh's power. And it was given to him by Pharaoh. Yosef was so connected to the Pharaoh that he was essentially equal to him. But just to be clear, Yosef was not the Pharaoh. He was a Vizier of Egypt.

Pharaoh was a Pharaoh. Okay. Why am I spending so much time on. Well, I want to explore how this relationship between Pharaoh and Yosef helps us understand the relationship between issue and you have a God Jesus, the son and God, the father. I want to borrow some notes from Bible teacher, Tom Bradford here, where he writes there is at once an inequality, oneness, unity, or it had between issuer and the father.

And yet there's also a subservience of the son to the father, Yosef, wielded, the full power and authority of Pharaoh, but he was not Pharaoh Yeshua yields, the full power and authority of the father. Yet his shoe is not the fault. Yosef was the ruler of Egypt. And likewise Pharaoh was the ruler of Egypt.

Yet Yosef was not Pharaoh. Shoe is God, but he is not God. The father, he is God, the son, the son is ultimately subservient to the father just as Joseph was subservient to the Pharaoh. Do you see this? So the relationship between Yosef and Pharaoh, it's like the earthly demonstration of the heavenly spiritual relationship.

Between the word who became flesh issuer and the father of all things. Yeah. Hovey God or you who of course the picture that's presented here with Joseph and Pharaoh, it's, it's not perfect, right? Because we know that the physical couldn't fully represent or explain the spiritual, but, but it is a correct picture as, as far as the cat.

Take a moment to consider the let's take a moment to consider the Lord's prayer as recorded in Matthew chapter six, when issuer was given instructions on how to pray to the father of the universe.

It's okay. I love that. We pray to your shoe. Instead we, we pray to the father in the name of your shoe. And we pray to the father by means of your shoe. And we have this ability to pray to the father only because we are in union with issuer. You see, he didn't pray to himself. You shouldn't didn't pray to himself.

He prayed to the father and that's why he begins the prayer. As he taught us with our father. When we look at you who to pleading here in Genesis 44, it offers another example of, of how our attitude in prayer ought to be. He, he prostrates himself before Yosef, and then he confesses all. He acknowledges his lack of understanding his helplessness before the greatness of his master.

He, his own guilt and he expresses how he tried to hide his sin and his evil deeds, but the master was able to divine it all. And we also see him go on to intercede for others that he loved and valued more than himself. This point his brothers Binyamin and his father Jaco, and he's pleading with complete honesty, Steve soul, as he offers himself up as a substitute for what was due to others.

The way that Yosef responds to you, does pleading is key to helping us understand how the Lord, God of the universe hears and reacts to our pleas for mercy chapter 45 begins with at last, Joseph could no longer control his feelings in front of his attendance. So what does he do? He commands everybody around him to leave.

He wanted to be alone with his brothers. You see. And then he broke down and wept. He was reaping so loudly that the Egyptians outside could hear his loud cries. You can just imagine the sort of violent weeping. It must have been with the body shaking and trembling, coupled with an intense range of emotions.

Have you ever experienced anything like that? We'll take that and probably multiply it by 10 or so. Why do you think this was his reaction? I'll think about it, what a huge relief. It must have been that after all those years after his brothers sold him as a slave up until this point and all that he had to endure to, to get to this point, it was all coming full circle and he was able to finally make sense of what his whole ordeal, the past 22 years was meant for that it wasn't in vain, that there was purpose in it.

I mean, why else was he reaping? Well, probably gratitude for, for being reunited with his family sadness and pity for his brothers, as they were eating it up by their guilt and, and joy as he witnesses them embracing repentance and all this gave Yosef an opportunity to forgive. So these were healing, cries and tears.

And he wept in eager anticipation of what he longed for the most, that he would soon be back in the presence of his father. Can you imagine how you shoe a must've experienced a similar range of emotions, but on a much grander scale, as he hung on the cross, he was carrying the burden of the weight of all the sin of all the people that have ever existed in every real estate.

And all of that was crushing him as his life was draining away. He absorbed the divine wrath of his father and righteous judgment for the sins. He bore mind you, none of, none of which were his. And yet he remained silent choosing to endure it all for my sake and your sake until he sensed that the end was just moments.

And then in agony and in victory, he could no longer contain himself. And he cries out in a voice that was just so loud and powerful and filled with pain and a lawyer, a lawyer.  my God, my God. Why have you separated yourself from me? And then the people that were gathered near him, they hid their faces in awe and fear.

And then the six inch thick veil in the temple was split from top to bottom. What a powerful moment, what a powerful cry. You see your shoe, a new, just like y'all did that, that soon he would be back in the presence of his father, that his mission was finally accomplished. God's will was done. You see what your brothers had done to him for evil?

The father used for good. And Yosef saved Israel's physical life. And the issue was saved. Israel's eternal life Israels, and all the families of the earth would be joined to Israel's covenants. Well, just how exactly did Joseph save Israel's physical life while he provided two things, food to eat and a place to live.

You see up to this point only two years out of the seven year famine had, had actually passed. And it was only going to get worse. When issue a had died, he instructed his tell medium to feed his sheep. And when you shoe a left he said that there was going to be trouble in the world that its condition of evil was just going to continue and it would gradually get worse.

And here we are today. So you also have offered physical food to sustain them. And your shoe offers spiritual food to sustain us. And when Pharaoh heard that you also have some brothers were coming he he's very pleased for Yossef. He he's like rejoicing with them and he rewards Yosef because of his years of loyalty and service with an order of wagons that were to be sent to Canaan, to.

Israel's whole clan and all their belongings back to Egypt, and they were going to be given the best of the land to live in, of course, Yoseph had already determined that the land of Goshen would be the suitable place. And I'm sure that he made that very clear to you, to the Viro similar early father.

God has prepared a place for you. She was brothers and sisters and all who have axcesspted and kept the faith in your shoe. He's ready to welcome all who will come and he'll send for us at the right moment. And that moment friends is very, very near. Now, just a little recap. Why Goshen? Well, Goshen was an excellent pasture land and it was just perfect for grazing sheep, because remember the Israelites were mainly shepherd.

And DJ options, they despise shepherds. So it was helpful that Goshen was set a little further away from actual Egypt. Upper Egypt Goshen was in lower Egypt in the Northern region. So they really wouldn't bother each other too much. And this was perfect for the Israelites because over the next hundred years or so, they were able to prosper and multiply and the Egyptians had no idea just how much they grow.

Unfortunately later on the jealousy of the Egyptians against the Israelites preferential treatment and prosperity would lead to their persecution and enslavement. So Yosef is sending his brother's offer with all the, the wagons and the donkeys and the grains and everything that's needed for the journey to collect the entire Israelite clan and bring them back to Egypt.

He says to his brother, Don't quarrel among yourselves while you're traveling. Why did you Joseph give this instruction to his brothers? Was it because of the preferential treatment Binyamin received and what the brothers might try to do about that? Or was it because they would need to struggle with their sins before confessing to their father?

What they had done consider how the inclusion of this instruction is related to your issue. You see, this is what's expected of brothers and sisters of the issuer. As we're on this journey with God, we're supposed to have this oneness of spirit. It had unified not by consensus agreement in our minds, but unified by means of our union in Christ.

There should be peace among God's people, not in fighting in Corleen as we, so during this life in this world, I absolutely love the end of this chapter. When the brothers leave Egypt and they make it back into Canaan and they go to their father's house and they declare this good news, Yusuf is alive and he's a ruler over the whole land of Egypt, Yaakov.

Must've been like, wait, what, what are you guys talking about? You guys are crazy. So they tell him everything that Yoseph had told them, but it wasn't until Yaakov saw the wagons and all the gifts that he finally believed that. And in verse 27, it says that Yaakov spirit was revived. That statement, that little detail, there also points to the hope for all who would believe when they hear the good news that your shoe is alive.

That good news brings healing to our sin, sick souls and revives our spirit. Friends. I believe that God is still working through all our situations, that he works all things together for the good of those who love him. And I believe that his will is always done. It doesn't mean that we always get to see the details of what he's doing right in the moment, but I can trust God's prophetic word and his perfect timing to reveal his divine Providence.

Friends. I hope you prayerfully read through these passages. Again, these very important pieces of scripture at your own pace and ask God to reveal the message and his truth that he has for you to discover. I strongly recommend that you take time to gather with your own axcess communities and review these studies together and share what God's spirit has been revealing as you read his holy scripture.

A few things you can discuss with your axcess groups this week. Think about how Yosef is a type of God figure. What can we learn about prayer from you? Who does plea for mercy? What would have changed in Yaakov's life? When he heard the news that Yosef has long thought to be dead, son was now actually alive.

Friends. Thank you so much for joining us for today's axcess learn, study as always, it's such a joy to be able to get around God's word and learn more about his plan and his purposes and about his amazing love and his promises. I'm so excited to see where he'll lead us next, may the grace of our Lord Yeshua and the Shalom of God.

Our father be with all amen.