Genesis 42-43 / Psalms 46-48 / Matthew 28
The steward took the men into Joseph's house, gave them water to wash their feet and provided fodder for their donkeys.
The story was recorded and preserved for the sake of the Son of God. He recognized that it was about true brotherhood versus what only seemed to be via the external observations that are easily misunderstood by the human animals that thinks things are one way when they are actually another. The Son was aware of the Father's reality, because he learned it over a 30 year period of adjusting and readjusting toward being able to see what the Father's reality was, instead of what the humans saw which was only the natural reality that always changes and always goes away. The washing of the feet was a metaphor that he himself used to teach those who were blind to the Father's reality, who would have to learn it by the same kind of adjustment and readjustment process by which the Son learned it.
The example doesn't stop there because it's alive, and handed down from brother to brother, from those who know to those who don't yet know—but all within the family of the living Father's choosing, that which is hidden to the humans but revealed to the secret sons. It is the same process that all of the sons of the living God must take upon themselves and endure, not with words or affectation that means little when the storm comes which brings out who they are as per what lives in their heart to define them as such.
The learning is first about who they actually are—scared, frightened animals whose first instinct is always to hide and find their agreement they think they can provide for themselves. That is the hardest thing for them to admit about themselves because it exposes their vulnerabilities and the places they have made for themselves to hide in. Their whole purpose in life was to construct these various hiding places and perfect their concealment from anyone who might go nosing around for whatever reason. They know not to trust anyone because the world is a hostile place, filled with those who are trying to hunt and kill them and get the treasure they have stored in their hiding places.
And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down to him, their faces to the ground.
Joseph was thrown into a pit by the brothers who were an adversary to him, thinking they were getting rid of their adversary, the one Jacob loved more than themselves (as God is with His own true sons), but who were working to God's advantage by separating Joseph from them, to raise him up alone like Daniel, one who could understand the hard things because he was trained up by God, not a bunch of humans who could only teach him their way, the way of natural man and the world filled with the animal, ignorant of the Father and what His way is, which are the hard things that don't come to one easily or automatically, but after being led through the understanding of what isn't so by having that stripped from them—like Joseph being stripped of his natural sonship to the man Jacob so that he could be given a secret sonship, to the hidden Father. He became the one son and tribe of Israel whose identity was hidden beneath a layer of the observable, which is what the sons of God are like in this world of apparentness that is actually ignorance.
And Joseph bathed his face, and came out and held himself in check and said, "Serve bread."
Though the Egyptians considered Joseph one of them, he knew that he was actually a true brother of the Hebrews who were sitting with him, though that fact was hidden to everyone except Joseph. With God everything gets turned on its head. The Hebrews who dealt treacherously with Joseph were now bowing before him begging for their lives. Joseph could have been treacherous back to them but the love of the true family from which he came was more powerful than exacting retribution because in all the years alone with God he learned another way to be, because he understood the hard things, that which seems not to be because it seems impossible in the order of things which seem to be.
And they served him and them separately, and the Egyptians that were eating with them separately, for the Egyptians would not eat bread with the Hebrews, as it was abhorrent to Egypt.
Joseph broke from the prejudice of the Egyptian tradition and ate bread with the Hebrews because he knew they were his true brothers as opposed to how it seemed to everyone but the one who knew what none of the others knew.
None of the disciples dared ask him, "Who are you?" They knew it was the Lord. Jesus came, took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. This was now the third time Jesus appeared to his disciples after he was raised from the dead.
When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?"
The intention of the humans is always to be the best, most right and more powerful to cover their great fear that lives in them to drive them to be what they're being defined as because of that great fear—wild animals driven by fear and the instinct to hide that and anything which would expose them as what they actually are as they huddle in their pits that they dig for themselves to hide in, and their walls of defense they hide behind. Hence they always need to think they have the most right god, more powerful than all the other gods. So their god(s) vindicate them and their need for that type of survival, being better, stronger, more correct. It's the same all the time with them, no matter who they are or what their god is—it always needs to be, to them, better than all the others.
The intention of God throughout the generations of men is to seek out His secret family of hidden sons from the stock of the humans who are ignorant of His existence because of their condition, and give them the revealing which leads to the process they must go through to be transformed from animal to son of God. When one of them is found, he knows it although nobody else will, because God's direct business is not with the humans but with His sons. Then sons of God will themselves deal with the others, judging who will be found worthy to have life and be counted among those who make up the multitude:
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
The 144,000 are God's own sons who are secretly found by Him and pulled out of the world of humans and animals to learn to become what they were intended to be. The humans by and large are like every animal that roams around the earth for a time, then they're gone. Out of this stock the sons will judge who is worthy to praise the Lamb, as they will have the wherewithal to be able to judge.
He chose our inheritance for us, the pride of Jacob, whom he loved.
God doesn't mind changing His mind about the humans and how things go with them, because it's the sons He is after, who are hidden in the midst of the humans, who become used as metaphors to teach the sons what things are like according to their Father. The history of God dealing with the humans is one of change, alteration, and starting over. The sons can see that the real plan of God, His secret purpose throughout the history we have record of, is unchanged from the beginning. Although the natural world of humans keeps changing, throughout all those changes we can see that the intention of the Father remains the same, and keeps getting reinforced.
The Sovereign LORD has sworn by himself--the LORD God Almighty declares: "I abhor the pride of Jacob and detest his fortresses; I will deliver up the city and everything in it."
The fact is that God's supposed "plan" with the humans is subject to change, as is seen in the many accounts where He either decided to and altered how things would go, or wanted to and was convinced against it. The instances of the former include the first humans (perhaps even they were an alteration from what went wrong before), the humans cursed with their new nature (Gen. 3), the purifying of the earth by destruction and starting over with a new man Noah, the changing of the languages so the humans would scatter (Babel), Abraham and the even more refined copy of the holy family of sons set apart for Him and His exclusive purpose, the pulling of them out of Egypt and giving them the new covenant and their intended deliverance to the place He wanted them to be. Then there was an idea of God's to start over, like with Noah, but with Moses—but Moses talked Him out of it.
I have seen this people, and they are a stiff-necked people indeed! 14 Let me alone, so that I may destroy them and blot out their name from under heaven. And I will make you into a nation stronger and more numerous than they.
Then there was the captivity and the coming back, again a new start. After that though there was a darkness, without words from God since Malachi's were recorded. But there was a promise of another new start, with Messiah, who came and gave the new covenant, silently and hidden. That method of dealing with the humans lasted a while and then was taken into captivity by another Babylon, a new one predicted by John in the Revelation, reinforcing Daniel's prediction. After that, we don't have any more words from God, which are certainly not found in the church writings, because they write about their own made up gods, the father, son and holy spirit, each of them gods. And the humans have just been moving along, making up their gods here and there, just as it was a long time ago when the earth was filled with many gods, like back in Ur where Abraham was from (Babylon). God seems to have been silent since near the end of the first century.
And they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, the youngest according to his youth, and the men marveled to each other.
And he had portions passed to them from before him, and Benjamin's portion was five times more than the portion of all the rest, and they drank, and they got drunk with him.
The Genesis portion is another copy for the sons of God of the reality of God's involvement with them in their new life. Joseph being the copy of Jesus, as Pharaoh is the copy of God, runs deep, and is totally pertinent to our new life as his brother, as it also was to the disciples. By this time in the story, Joseph was who God had made him; things were pretty good for him and he didn't necessarily have to worry like he did before through all of the trials that befell him. The trauma of all the things that brought him to this point was no doubt alleviated by the comfort God provided him, but the external circumstances would have nevertheless been almost too much to deal with.
However, he didn't need to worry at this point, and he must have been aware that God had elevated him to this position for a reason. The entire segment is about trusting God, who has already begun this new work in us. Joseph knew who these brothers of his were, but they didn't, and they were so caught up in the external fact of the famine and not having enough to eat, that's all they were thinking about. They attributed all sorts of things to the events that happened, like the silver reappearing in their bags, except the reality that it was Joseph they were speaking to. That would have been an impossibility to them, much like the things that are happening right now to us are an impossibility to the mind of the human, of the animal.
If Joseph had just revealed himself at first, then he could have saved them all sorts of wonder and worry, and perhaps the purpose of God could have been expedited without the possibility of them not coming back, or Jacob not allowing Benjamin to go down to Egypt, or dying while they tarried, etc. But it all is for our benefit, actually for ours after Jesus' 12 disciples, for whom it was originally intended, and is extended to us via our brotherhood with them. The 12 sons of Israel are the copy of the 12 sons of God under the Lord's care and guidance. Joseph + the 11 brothers = Jesus + the 11 disciples (12 minus the son who fell away).
While I was with them, I protected them and kept them safe by that name you gave me. None has been lost except the one doomed to destruction so that Scripture would be fulfilled.
God obviously told Joseph how the thing must go, to accomplish His purpose not only for them, but that all righteousness would be fulfilled regarding the new world He was creating with Jesus as the head. We are part of that new world, because we have been chosen to have the life of God living in us, just as the disciples were chosen by their true Father, that He would be revealed to them.
And the LORD said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked, because I am pleased with you and I know you by name."
Just as Joseph knew everything would work out perfectly for them if they would just believe him and do as he said without worrying about everything that occurred to their natural senses, so it was with the Lord, who had already been given the guarantee of life within him and knew the truth about the life that is truly life. However, they didn't have what he had yet, and had to trust him, that he was from God and that everything he promised them would be as he said, even though things didn't look right on the outside.
Just as Joseph put the silver back in their bags, to reassure them that good things would come from their living up to what Joseph required of them, so also the Lord provided the 12 men with treasure that couldn't be fully comprehended with natural faculties. The miracles and the word he spoke assured them on a certain level, some deep level within them, that they could trust him, and that he had the power to fulfill his promises to them. He also miraculously provided them and 15,000 others with earthly food to eat. He also pulled coins out of fish's mouths when they needed money.
However, the other reality of the natural, of things not adding up on the outside where everyone else lived, was a substantive thing that they had to cope with. Although the Lord provided so much proof of the new life, and that they could trust him, he couldn't make the decision for them. It was something they had to go through, to see that the things everyone else said were real and true weren't actually, and ultimately to trust him and the Father, to do the work of believing in him even though it seemed all unreal in the earthly sense.
Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent."
That is why he calls it work, because it is not an easy thing to deny what seems to be reality to the natural, which was just a short time ago all we had. Having great amounts of fear was the thing that each of the groups of 12 men knew very readily. It will also be what we must encounter while we learn to trust our Father. That is always the dilemma of the son.
And Jacob saw that there were provisions in Egypt, and Jacob said to his sons, "Why are you fearful?" And he said, "Look, I have heard that there are provisions in Egypt. Go down there, and get us provisions from there that we may live and not die."
Being fearful is the way the animal reacts to everything, because it learns that it must react that way whenever posed with a problem concerning its welfare. It's what has been termed the 'fight or flight' response in animals, and how it deals with threats to its well-being. Perfectly natural in a natural sense, and its existence in animals isn't logically arguable. Although we will find that not many like to face up to the fear that is obviously so rampant in humans. It's a rather unique phenomenon among them, and not by accident. The reason it's such a taboo kind of deal is because of what it actually stems from, the reality of its origin aside from anything else the humans may think or be able to develop theories about in their efforts to explain this mostly unexplainable thing.
In short, the animal nature, or consciousness, is defined by fear, no matter how much they wish to deny it. We also have on recorded that it's the first thing the humans experienced once they were cursed with it. We know that it in terms of it being a ubiquitous layer, a thick membrane that covers all of humanity, something God put on man a long time ago for a very good reason—to keep them away from Him so that only those He reveals Himself will become sons, those who He know their name like Moses. Yet it is also the thing that the son who is chosen by the Father for that position has to realize and break through in order to become what he will eventually become, and it is not easy, as was intended.
During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission. Although he was a son, he learned obedience from what he suffered and, once made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him and was designated by God to be high priest in the order of Melchizedek.
If it was hard for Jesus it must be hard for us, because a servant is not above his master. We know that the animal nature is the sinful nature that Paul talks about in his letters. It is also referred as the devil, the old man, the flesh, satan, etc. It is also called the adversary, the accuser, and the deceiver. Everything from God is perfect, the perfect gifts He gives us are meant to point us away from ourselves and instead to Him, to reassure us in light of the unbelief we will have to encounter and deny within ourselves if we are to comprehend the truth about this new way and life within us, that which we have been chosen to comprehend. However, we have to go through this journey out of and away from the things of the animal, and learn new ways about everything if we are to know and eventually love our Father.
"Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the holy spirit to those who ask him!"