By Joseph Shulam
The developments of the story of Joseph and the relationship to Yeshua in the New Testament have been noticed already in the early centuries of our era. The Jewish Rabbis had noticed that there is many points of parallel between what happened to Joseph and his eleven brothers has too many similarities to the pattern of what is to happen to the Messiah. For this reason they developed the idea that there is The Messiah Son of Joseph, a suffering Messiah who dies to deliver the nation from the evil inclination that we all have. This prayer list is too short to go into great details but here is an outline of the two stories:
Joseph Received a mission from God by his dreams
Yeshua Sent by God to save the world
Joseph was hated and rejected by his brothers
Yeshua was Hated and rejected by His fellow countrymen
Joseph was put in the well to be sold to the gentiles.
Yeshua His fellow countrymen wanted to Kill Him.
Joseph His brothers wanted to kill him. He was sold to the Egyptians.
Yeshua He was imprisoned, beaten, and crucified, raised from the dead and ascended to Heaven.
Joseph He served in the home of an Egyptian Priest
Yeshua He served in the temples and Churches of the Gentiles. In most still hanging on the cross.
Joseph He ascended to grandeur among the Egyptians.
Yeshua He ascended to grandeur among the Nations.
Jospeh He became the savior of Egypt.
Yeshua He became the savior of the World.
Joseph He forgave his brothers for their actions against him.
Yeshua He forgave his nation for what they did to him.
Joseph He considered what happened to him as a part of God’s plan to bring salvation to both Egypt and to his own family.
Yeshua He considered his life and his sacrifice as a part of God’s plan from before the creation of the world. It was all for the good of mankind and for Israel.
Joseph He restored the relationship with his brothers.
Yeshua He will return and restore the relationship with his brothers, the Jewish nation.
This week all the synagogues around the world will continue reading on Shabbat the story of Joseph from Genesis (Genesis 44:18-47:27. The portion from the prophets that is being read this Sabbath is from Ezekiel 37:15ff. May there be a revelation of this relationship in every Synagogue and in every Church.
We are back from the Far East and are slow but sure getting back into our routine of work. Since we have come home we have had guest from all around the world visiting us. We had guests from Hong Kong, from Singapore, from Finland, and from Brazil all in one week. There is clear evidence that God is awakening Christians all around the world to this 4th Wave of the Holy Spirit. This 45th wave has emphasis on Truth, Unity, Keeping of God’s commandments, restoration of Israel, and reaching out to nations and not only individuals. I pray that you and your church will catch this wave and surf to a truly safe shore on this wave because the Messiah is coming back and you and your church need to be home when He comes.
Please continue to pray for our building. Next week the construction of the outside walls and structure of the building will be finished and the stone masonry will began on the outside and at the same time the interior work will began. We will have pictures on our Facebook (netivyah) next week.
Netivyah’s financial situation with the building fund is getting close to the wire and I know that many have given sacrificially for the building and some of you plan to give in the future. God bless you all and enable you to partner with us in this important event. WE hope to finish the construction by next year in Hanukkah and have the dedication at that time. Please pray with us and intercede for Jerusalem and the peace of Jerusalem together with us to see the rebuilding of Jerusalem both physically and spiritually.
Udi our dear brother is not doing so well and we again entreat you to lift him up before God’s throne of mercy for healing and remission of the cancer that has attacked his body. Marcia broke a rib in Singapore on the day that we traveled 17 hours by plane to Israel. She is still in pain, but may be doing a little better. Please keep praying for Marcia’s health in general and specially now for the pain in her side. We need God’s healing touch for Marcia and for all the sick and needy of physical restoration from God’s storehouse of healing and grace: Ahuva, Ilana, Leah, Tim Tucker, Ruby, Sarit, Miriam, Tania, Paulo, Sadako San, Shoko San, Gabriela, and David S., Robson’s mother, Toru San, and Danah our daughter.
The situation with Iran needs serious prayer. Israel seems to have remained alone in the battle with the nuclear developments in Iran. The United States has basically folded and is running away from conflict with Iran. They are not in danger from Iran’s nuclear bomb on the United States or on Europe. The danger is on Israel and the threats are on Israel, and on Saudi Arabia and the Golf States. I would like for you to pray for the following developments in the Middle East. Please pray that the United States will wake up and see the clear deception and the game that Iran is playing to buy time and in the end they will have the bomb and surprise everyone except Israel.
We are going on a congregational trip to the Negev Desert tomorrow and the whole week-end we will be in the Negev Desert to study and pray and also enjoy the desert. The Negev Desert is the place that Obadiah the prophet predicted that the exiles from Sephard will settle when they return from the Exile. Please pray for the restoration of the victims of the Catholic Inquisition in Spain and Portugal. There are things at work that are being prepared by the Almighty to open the doors of Israel for these victims of the horrors of the Inquisition. Just pray for God to work and open the doors of Israel and restore the lost sheep of the house of Israel back to the fold.
May the Lord Bless you and give you all your desires for your prayer and your support of the Lord’s Word in Israel and for Netivyah.