For those who may freak out at this idea that Yosef was ‘an Egyptian’ – of course, he was born a Hebrew/Israelite, but he grew up long before there was a Sinai Covenant and a Mosaic Academy. And he was captured to Egypt as but a teenager. For most of his life, until his death, he was a Ruler of Egypt. His father Jacob, on his death bed, when conveying Blessings on his sons, did not know Ephraim and Menashe, the sons of Yoseph, who grew up under an Egyptian mother in an Egyptian society as Egyptian Royalty.
There is a Message in this – a Message for us in this End Time approaching the Final Redemption (Geulah): Why is Yosef in Rabbinic literature the famous metaphor for Ephraim, the Return, Redemption, etc.? Right down from the meaning of his name, he is the Family Restorer, the gatherer, the Peacemaker. But, he comes “out of Egypt”. Completing the Family Restoration, clothed as an Egyptian with full Egyptian entourage. Unrecognized by ANY of his brothers, neither by Judah nor by the 10 Tribes. He uses every tactic at his disposal (as an Egyptian military conqueror) to convince his brothers, to restore the Family. The Jews (Judah) today are freaked out by the ‘Egyptian’ identity of the reawakening Ephraim, and Ephraim is oblivious of and opposed to his own Hebrew identity. The two cannot meet – they have been estranged from each other for the last 3000 years. They are ‘at war’ with each other to this day as confirmed by scripture.
It seems strongly evident that ‘Yosef’ today is personified by the body of concerned souls coming from all 12 brothers, both Houses, with a zeal for restoration of the Family Nation. They use all their talents and ingenuity to promote reconciliation between the two striding sides of the same Family of Israel – thus forming, like Joseph in the Bible, the Family Restorer with a Hebrew heart yet an Egyptian ‘face’. Their zeal is unpopular and even unacceptable to both Houses for its ‘Egyptian flavour and image’.
Scripture repeatedly confirms that “Out of Egypt HaShem always draws His People.”
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and travelled throughout Egypt.
And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”
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And I have promised to bring you up out of your misery in Egypt into the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites—a land flowing with milk and honey.’
I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am HaShem your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
And the Egyptians will know that I am HaShem when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it.”
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
“But I have been HaShem your God ever since you came out of Egypt. You shall acknowledge no God but me, no Savior except me.
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