This past week I and my wife stopped in at Starbucks to meet with a very precious brother, Gary Scogebo – a man with a real heart for Israel and G-d’s chosen people the Jews. While we sat Gary and my lovely wife Jana drank coffee – of some strange flavors. As always we begin to talk about HaShem’s Holy Word, more particularly the story of Joseph and the hidden treasures that I desire to share with my Jewish brethren. The famed story of Joseph and his coat of many colors the hated brother because he was spiritual and often prophesied of events that weren’t so favorable in the eyes his family. many of us are aware that at the height of their jealousy Joseph was thrown into a pit then sold to the Ishmaelites – though a prisoner in Egypt he was exalted to the highest rank next to Pharaoh after prophesying of the seven years of plenty then of famine. I rehearsed the story from when Joseph’s brethren had first come down to Egypt and how that Joseph hid his identity from his brothers – so many years had passed that the once teen now a mature man was no longer recognizable. Joseph spoke to them roughly challenging their sincerity as to be merchants or spies and after some time of interrogation he allowed them to buy grain but yet secretly had their monies returned to their sacks. Then I asked Gary “Have you ever wondered why that Joseph’s brothers discovered their money in their sacks at the Inn [the motel]there is a reason that G-d chose this place for the one brother to find his money at this time and place.” Gary was so kind to hear my thoughts and then I said to him “it was because Jesus was first rejected when He was still in the womb of Mary, when his step father Joseph tried to get Mary a room for her son to be born in a somewhat respectful place. But Jesus was rejected then and yet all for a purpose; you see lambs are not born in hotels their born in stables – He was G-d’s Lamb.
Then inspiration struck my soul and I said to Gary “when Jacob sent his sons back to Egypt to buy food he said And take double money in your hand; and the money that was brought again in the mouth of your sacks, carry it again in your hand; peradventure it was an oversight: [Genesis 43:12] Why was it double the money?! Jacob was giving an offering for the sins of Israel that was committed against Joseph as well as the sins perpetrated against Jesus their second brother they rejected for being spiritual.”