Each week throughout the year, Jewish people around the world read a designated Scripture passage from the Torah, which comprises the first five books of the Hebrew Scriptures. This weekly “Torah portion,” or parashah, is read in synagogues and congregations and meditated upon by individuals. Reading, studying and praying through the weekly Torah portion is a wonderful way for Believers to take part in this global Jewish practice each week.
Last week’s Torah portion was Genesis chapters 41 through 44, ending at verse 17. It focuses on a part of Joseph’s story in Egypt. In this parashah, we read about Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dreams, the favor granted him as a result, his brothers’ trip to Egypt during the great famine, and their ensuing interactions with him.
Joseph’s brothers do not recognize him because they see him as a ruler from another culture. They only perceive his true identity when Joseph plainly reveals himself (Genesis 45:3).
When Yeshua (Jesus) was on Earth, He proclaimed Himself as the fulfillment of Hebrew Scripture ‒ as a Jewish man, the Son of God and also the Messiah and Redeemer for His brothers, the Jewish people. Yet many of his own people did not recognize him much as Joseph wasn’t recognized by his brothers – because they were expecting someone else.
Even today, most Jewish people perceive Yeshua as a holy man or the god of another religion, completely separate from their Jewish heritage.
Last week’s Torah portion is a timely reminder that the Jewish people need supernatural revelation that Yeshua is indeed the Anointed One. Just as Joseph was able to provide abundantly for his brothers’ physical needs, Yeshua is able to meet every need – spiritual and physical – of His Jewish brothers and sisters when they come to Him as their Messiah.
Please join us in praying for:
• The veil (2 Corinthians 3:14‒16) to be lifted so Jewish people everywhere will see Yeshua for who He truly is
• The Lord to soften their hearts so they recognize their need for Him
• Jewish Believers in Yeshua to be diligent in reaching out to their Jewish family and friends
• Non-Jewish Believers to take their place in the story of redemption by living as lights pointing the way to Yeshua among their Jewish friends and neighbors
• Jewish Voice to reach many Jewish people with the Good News of Yeshua as Messiah
Father, just as Joseph’s brothers finally recognized him, would You please lead Your people to recognize Yeshua as their Messiah? May they experience the joy and relief of that revelation. And Lord, please help all of us to be lights that point the way to You for the Jewish people throughout the World. In Yeshua’s name, Amen.