I am He who searches mind and heart, and I will give to each of you according to your works.
Being sorry is not enough. True repentance displays better choices when faced again with a situation that previously caused sin.
Before he was ready to bestow blessings upon them, Joseph tested his brothers. While far from him was the desire to exact vengeance from them, Joseph needed to test his brother’s spirits to see if they really had a change of heart. For that, they needed to experience a little of what he had experienced at their hands so using his brother Benjamin, Joseph created a set of circumstances that would serve as a catalyst, a litmus test of their character.
Joseph spent three days and three nights in the pit not knowing what would happen to him; so his brothers would spend three days and three nights in the jail not knowing if they would live or die. Trying to preserve their inheritance away from Rachel’s first son, Leah’s children tried to rid themselves of Joseph. Now, someone would have to sacrifice himself in order to save Benjamin, Rachel's second son. All this would show Joseph if his brothers had truly learned and matured.
As Joseph did, because of us His jealous brothers, the Master also spent three days and three nights in the 'pit' of the earth. He was later brought to God who like Pharaoh, established Yeshua over the gentiles, until such a time when a famine came that brought Joseph’s brothers to him for help.
Will there be a time of sore trouble for Jacob/Israel that will force him to his brother Yeshua for help? Will 'Israel' spend three days and three nights in a pit? Will Messiah test the heart o His brothers in the end of days? Will there be a Benjamin? Because since then like Joseph, Yeshua revealed Himself to many of our people, some suggest that the Holocaust was this 'trouble'. Our new Jewish Messianic movement could represent Benjamin, the brother who did not despise Joseph! We can certainly see the end from the beginning in all these things.
Before sending them on their way to bring their father, Joseph had a festive royal meal with his brothers. This speaks to us of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb following the Revelation of Messiah spoken to us in Revelations (Revelations 19:9).
Even today, all our hearts are being tested. The Feast of Chanukah should remind us of our brothers who stood firm refusing to compromise their faith with the corrupt standards of the world around them. May we be like those Maccabees of old who when tested came out without even the smell of smoke. May we refuse to assimilate to the ways of the world. May we bravely and zealously pass the test, come out clean on the other side, ready to recline for a festive royal meal at the table of the Master at the end of the age.