Messianic Rabbi: Are You Blinded Simply by What You See?

by | May 31, 2022 | Israel, Standing With Israel

For years, I have read the narrative of Joseph and his brothers with great curiosity—not doubt, just simple curiosity.

I have been especially curious about the part of the story in which Joseph’s brothers stand before him more than once, dialog with him face to face and yet do not recognize him.

I know the various explanations for the lack of recognition: Many years had passed by, Joseph was wearing Egyptian clothing, etc. However, it wasn’t until reading the book of Luke that I realized what I believe to be the real reason for Joseph’s brothers not recognizing who he was.

In the book of Luke chapter 24, after the execution of Yeshua, we read the following verses in Luke 24:15-16: “While they were talking and discussing, Yeshua Himself approached and began traveling with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing Him” (Tree of Life Version).

Here, we find a couple of faithful followers of Yeshua walking on the road to Emmaus, discussing the events of Yeshua’s persecution and execution. They are downhearted and recognizably gloomy. In fact, they are so depressed about the loss of Yeshua that when He starts walking next to them, they don’t even recognize Him. So much so in fact Yeshua begins to question why they are so miserable and dejected. Their response is one for the records. Cleopas actually asks Yeshua in verse 18: “Are You the only one visiting Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that happened there in these days?”

Think about that for a minute: Yeshua Himself was walking with these two men, and they were so caught up in their own understandings and expectations that not only did they not recognize Yeshua, but they also asked the very One who was executed by the horrors of crucifixion, if He alone was the only one that didn’t know what had just happened in Jerusalem!

The key to understanding how they had become so blinded to reality that Yeshua had become unrecognizable to them is in Luke 24:21:

“But we were hoping that He was the One about to redeem Israel. Besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.”

Notice “they were hoping.” You see, it wasn’t that Yeshua looked different; it was that they saw Him differently. Before the crucifixion, they saw Him as the Messiah who would redeem Israel from the Romans by a great victory like King David. Their expectations of what Messiah would be, and would do, had been unfulfilled to the extent that they could no longer recognize Yeshua, even though He was walking right next to them.

It wasn’t Yeshua that looked different; it was the way these two men looked at Yeshua that changed how they saw Him. I believe this is the same reason Joseph’s brothers couldn’t recognize Joseph. It wasn’t because Joseph changed; it was because they had changed. The sins of envy and deception changed the way they viewed life and Joseph.

Yeshua’s response to the two men found in verse 25 sheds more understanding:

Yeshua said to them, ‘Oh foolish ones, so slow of heart to put your trust in all that the prophets spoke!'”

He tells them they should have trusted everything the prophets had said. In the case of Joseph and his brothers, Joseph had prophesied through a dream, and even though the dream had not yet come to pass, they believed Joseph to be dead.

These two different stories have the same theme running through them, and that theme still speaks to us today. I know many people who get very discouraged because things don’t happen the way they had “hoped,” and the result is that the way they see Yeshua changes. If enough things don’t happen the way they had “hoped,” Yeshua becomes unrecognizable to them.

Remember, it isn’t Yeshua who changes the way He appears—it is our eyes that see Him differently. It may be time to double-check that our “hopes” line up with His Word. {eoa}

Eric Tokajer is the author of Overcoming Fearlessness, What If Everything You Were Taught About the Ten Commandments Was Wrong?, With Me in Paradise, Transient Singularity, OY! How Did I Get Here?: Thirty-One Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me Before Entering Ministry, #ManWisdom: With Eric Tokajer, Jesus Is to Christianity as Pasta Is to Italians and Galatians in Context.

Read articles like this one and other Spirit-led content in our new platform, CHARISMA PLUS.

CHARISMA NEWSLETTERS

Stay up-to-date with current issues, Christian teachings, entertainment news, videos & more.

The latest breaking Christian news you need to know about as soon as it happens.

Prophetic messages from respected leaders & news of how God is moving throughout the world. 


MORE FROM CHARISMA

Spirit-Filled Pastor: Can I Ask God for Confirmation?

Spirit-Filled Pastor: Can I Ask God for Confirmation?

There are many incidents of God giving people a sign throughout the Bible. Although I believe God still does this, I also believe that we must be careful. Asking for a sign can be misleading if other factors are not taken into consideration. In Genesis, we find an...

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

Man Who Spent 23 Minutes in Hell: Are You Ready To Meet Jesus?

The last words Jesus spoke to me in my 23 Minutes In Hell vision were, “Tell them I am coming very, very soon.” Then He repeated Himself and said again, “Tell them I am coming very, very soon.” The Bible is clear that Jesus is coming back to rapture His believers,...

The Best Way to Love Others and Yourself

The Best Way to Love Others and Yourself

I believe that other than the gospel regarding salvation through faith in Christ, learning to walk in love is the most important lesson in God’s Word. Jesus says that love is the most important commandment (Mark 12:28–31). The apostle Paul writes that love is the...

Prophecy: The Breach in Our Nation Will Be Repaired

Prophecy: The Breach in Our Nation Will Be Repaired

Praise be to Almighty God, righteous judge, holy of holies, the King of kings and the Lord of lords. The earth is His footstool, and to His kingdom there is no end! Breached Births The Spirit of the Lord says this day: “There has been a breach—breached births, My...

10 Reasons the Apostolic Movement Is Essential to Gospel Expansion

10 Reasons the Apostolic Movement Is Essential to Gospel Expansion

The global apostolic movement is the most significant expression of Christianity today. This is the view expressed by historian Philip Jenkins. He talks about the rapid expansion of the church in the global south, much of which is reminiscent of the first-century...

Experience a Better Kind of Love in Your Relationships

Experience a Better Kind of Love in Your Relationships

Do you have any relationship struggles? Perhaps you want to learn how to love, for real. Too often today, people search for a fairytale love and are disappointed when the fairytale fizzles, which it will. Michael Gibson, author of Real Life Love, challenges folks to...

The Power of Godly Words Over Another Life—and Yours

The Power of Godly Words Over Another Life—and Yours

Have the words that others have spoken over you ever significantly impacted you? Words can birth destinies on the inside of us and bring hope to our hearts for the future. They have the power to ignite our dreams and give life to our souls. At the same time, negative...

RECENT ARTICLES

How You Can Foil the Plot Against Your Life

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.” Jesus warned us that we have an enemy, and he is a thief. He steals our joy, purpose,...
Activating Introverts in Evangelism

Activating Introverts in Evangelism

 Many believers mistakenly think that evangelism is only for charismatic, extroverted personality types. If they aren’t called to be evangelists, they shrink back from sharing the gospel with the lost entirely. The scriptural reality is that fivefold ministers, and...

Pin It on Pinterest

[class^="wpforms-"]
[class^="wpforms-"]