Insight and commentary on the Torah and Gospels every week, adapted from Torah Club resources.
Joseph’s brothers did not “recognize” him in that they did not treat him like a brother. He recognized his brothers in that he treated them with mercy when they fell into his power. Though the Jewish nation has not yet recognized Him as a brother and as the Messiah, He recognizes His brothers.
If a person falls prey to sexual temptation, he should immediately confess his sin, renounce it and start over. He should say to himself, "I will begin again. In Messiah, I am a new creature. I will start over right now, cleansed of sin, a new creature in Yeshua, who removes my sin."
The rabbis anticipate a future time of testing and tribulation just before the advent of the Messiah. Rabbi Yochanon said, "In the generation of the coming of the Son of David, disciples of the sages will be few in number, and as for the others, they will see sorrow and grief."
Sleep represents death. Just as Jacob slept at Bethel, Messiah slept the sleep of death and rested upon the stone. Through the “slumber” of the Messiah, the LORD revealed the ladder to heaven, which is Messiah’s atoning suffering and death (the descent) and His triumphant resurrection (the ascent).