PARASHAH MIKETZ (Genesis 41:1-44:17)Week 10
The story of the life of Joseph revolves around his outward appearance; his princely robe, his handsome physique, his confident stance, his role as ‘Overseer’ of his brothers! He was perceived by those around him by his outward appearance, by those who did not truly SEE Joseph! They lacked the eyes of the heart, mistaking him for someone else!
This is the lesson of the Great Exchange. Until we are anointed by the Spirit of God with the new eyes of the heart, we will be unable to recognize our own reflection in the mirror, as sons and daughters of The Most-High. We will be unable to recognize one another as family, in the family of God. We will be unable to see deeply into the mysteries of Messiah, until we exchange our eyes, for the eyes of the heart.
This is the lesson of the Great Exchange. It will be impossible to see Messiah without the eyes of the heart focused on the truth in God’s word. This truth is the two-fold story of Messiah’s sacrifice; the exchange of His royal robes of heaven, exchanged for the swaddling robe of the roughest flaxen fabric of the poor, encircling his tiny body after his birth, as he lay in the manger. This, the greatest exchange in the history of the universe, took place as the Messiah exchanged His eternal and supernatural appearance and presence, for the vulnerability of the body of a newborn baby, born into poverty and imminent danger, as an earthly King sought to kill him.
The Great Exchange demanded Messiah Ben David must serve as Messiah Ben Joseph, in order to save the world from sin and death. He came to be the daily bread for a world suffering from great spiritual famine!
“Look! He is coming with the clouds! Every eye will see him, including those who pierced him; and all the tribes of the Land will mourn him.” (Revelation 1:7 CJB) There will come a day when those even without the eyes of the heart, will clearly see the Messiah!
This is the lesson of the Great Exchange. Unless we see with the eyes of the heart, we may miss the Messiah altogether in our journey of life. Until we see ourselves and our brothers with new eyes of spiritual truth, we may miss seeing our Savior as Ben David and Ben Joseph.
The great exchange took place when Jesus, like Joseph, took off His robes of royalty and put on the robe of humility, service and suffering. Messiah promises to come again a second time, as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, clothed in the finest, whitest, heavenly linen robes of His royalty! Amen!
CANDLEGLOW LESSON FOR SHABBAT
Ben David and Ben Joseph are one and the same! May we have the eyes of the heart to truly see Him in all His beauty, clothed in robes of blinding, white linen which have been dipped in His royal blood, shed for all mankind.
We must see Him dear seeker, with the eyes of our hearts in His fullness as Son of God ~ Son of Man, who sacrificed Himself for the Great Exchange! HIS life for YOUR life!
On this blessed Sabbath (Shabbat) evening, marking the sixth miraculous night of Hanukkah, open wide the eyes of your heart as you gaze into the swaddling linen which clothed The little Lamb of God, Jesus the Messiah, as he lay in the manger; the humblest of the four Arks of the Bible! See him now, dear seeker, with a deep gaze into the blinding light of his brilliant white royal robes, dipped in his sacrificial blood. Your Savior, your Messiah, the only WAY into the Father’s holy presence.
“No one comes to the Father except through Me…Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” John 14:6
Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Shabbat Shalom!