The prophet Hosea, spoke as he was moved of the Spirit of Christ, to speak before, of Christ. He said “when Israel was a child, I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”. This gives two paths to consider. In one path, the children of Jacob are led out of Egypt by the hand of Moses. Written into that shadow of things to come, you find that the children, leaving Egypt, carried with them, the sarcophagus of Joseph, who had taken an oath of his brethren that when he died, the Lord would surely visit them, and lead them out of Egypt. In the oath, the children swore to “carry his bones ” up with them. In the Hebrew language, the word “bones” in this verse, is “being”. Hence, “You will carry my being up with you”.
Joseph was born into the household of the offspring of Abraham, according to the line of Isaac and Jacob, who was called Israel. This household walked in a patriarchal vision, father to son, regarding the promise of a land of inheritance. For God had said to Abraham, after he was separated from Lot, that to Abraham’s seed after him, would the Lord give a place and an inheritance, after that the children would be servants in Egypt, for a season, and then would be delivered to the place and land of promise. The father-to-son headship as heir of the promise, and the birthright to it, was very important. When Joseph was a very young man, he began to receive dreams and vision from the Lord. These dreams and vision seemed to be a departure from the patriarchal vision. In the dreams, Joseph and his brethren were in the field binding sheaves. Joseph’s sheaf stood upright, and his brother’s sheaves stood around and “made obeisance”, or bowed in homage, to Joseph’s sheaf. A sheaf represents bread and life. The bread by which we live, is every word that the Lord speaks. The dreams signified that Joseph’s word was superior to their word, and his vision, to their vision. And so we read that Joseph’s brethren hated him because of his dreams and because of his words, and were unable to speak peaceably to him. Again in a dream, Joseph saw the sun and the moon, and the eleven stars bow in homage to his star. Now, Jacob and Rachel were upset. And Jacob rebuked him: “What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth”? Though troubled by the dream, Jacob did not dismiss it out of hand. His brethren envied him, but Jacob observed the saying.
Joseph was eventually cast into a pit by his brethren, and left to die. One of his brothers, Judah, counselled with his brethren, and they raised Joseph out of the pit and sold him to Ishmaelites, and Joseph eventually become a slave in Egypt. We read in the Psalms that until the time that his word came, the word of the Lord tried him. For thirteen years, from the time that Joseph dreamed and spoke of it, until Joseph was delivered from Pharaoh’s prison, and became the bread giver and ruler in Egypt (Psalm 105), for these thirteen years, nothing in Joseph’s natural life reflected any hope that his dream and vision was true. But the dreams were true, and the vision sure. Joseph, twice delivered from the pit, the first of his brethren’s doing, the second in Egypt, Joseph shows in a shadow, that in resurrection would all be fulfilled. The answer to the riddle of Joseph’s dreams is revealed to be a change of the Paternal, a change of Father. Joseph, in a figure, is reborn. In the pit, Joseph’s star is extinguished, and is replaced with the star of resurrection, the bright and morning star. God had told Abraham, “Fear not, I AM your shield and your very great reward”. The promise is not land and field, stuff and junk, but God Almighty Himself becomes the reward sought after, later to be fulfilled as the Promise of The Father, via the Spirit of Christ. All this God showed before, in a figure, in the life of Joseph, who prospered and forgot all his father’s house. Jacob later acknowledges these matters, blessing Joseph, and speaking as Jacob, blesses the sons of Israel:
[Gen 49:22 KJV] “Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall: The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him: But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) [Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren”.
Jacob recognizes and acknowledges the validity of Joseph’s dreams. Read it carefully. Jacob acknowledges that Joseph’s father is the God of ( Jacob), and his fathers.
Upon the head of this fruitful vine, separated from his brethren, shall rest all the blessings of God, and the promises to Jacob and his progenitors. This vine, cut off , raised eternal, planted in the untouchable heavenly, this vine of resurrection, embodies all the fruitful increase of God in an heir and a people. All the words, “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless I live”, are prophetically forshown, in a figure, in Joseph, whom the Pharaoh who knew him, named Zaphnathpaaneah, or “Treasury Of The Golden Rest”. The prophetic descriptive, “Fruitful bough, planted by a well; whose branches run over a wall”, examined closely, is very telling. “Bough” is the Hebrew word “Son”. “Branches” is the Hebrew word “Daughters”. To Christ, has the Spirit been given fully. The well is in Him. Hence, ” I am the vine, ye are the branches. Abide in Me. Except ye abide in Me, ye can do nothing”. All the increase of the household of God, is in Christ.
So what is the second path to consider, as mentioned in the opening paragraph of this note? The second path is to recognize that all these things shadowed one to come, as the Apostle Paul showed us, that all the promises to Abraham were not to his seed as of many, but as of one.
In Hosea, we read that number of the children of Israel will be as the sand of the sea, innumerable. And that in the place where it had been said , you are not my people,
there would they be called the sons of the living God. Again in Hosea we read, “When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”.
In Matthew’s gospel, we have the answer of which of the two paths to choose:
“And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way. And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeareth to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and be thou there until I bring thee word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son”.
Jesus Christ, the resurrected, glorified Son of man, is undeniably, the heir of all the promises, and the Israel and Son of God. It is in THIS Israel and Son, that they who were not his people, are now called the sons of the living God. Jesus is the Israel of God. And in His resurrection, is His Father become our Father, His God become our God. Moses had said the Lord would raise up, from among them, one whom the people must hear. All in whom this standing and superior Word and Sheaf stands, are THE PEOPLE, as Moses told, for Christ is that one.
“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God”.
Hsa 11:1 KJV
“When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”.
Jhn 20:17 KJV
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God”.
Isa 8:18 KJV
“Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts, which dwelleth in mount Zion”.