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Echoes of the Future
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Now again, any one of these clues is not enough to establish your case. Any one of these things could be a coincidence, right? It's the preponderance of evidence, it's how they come together, it's not one connection, it's not two connections, it's not three, it's four, it's five, it's six. Each one of these is - if I flip a coin, here's my coin, I flipped this coin and I've heads over here and I've tails on the other side and I flip that once, and it turns out heads. So big deal, let's say I predicted it was going to turn out heads, big deal, right, you predicted it? Could be a coincidence. Let's say I do it two times. Turns out heads. Let's say I predicted it was going to happen two times during that - it's still a coincidence, right? A 25 per cent chance that would happen.
But what if it was three times heads? What if I would say I'm going to flip this coin seven times, and each of those seven times it's going to turn out heads? Imagine each of those seven times it did turn out heads. Ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, ditto, it was all heads. At a certain point in time you think it's not chance anymore, there's something going on, it's a weighted coin, there's two heads on this coin, there is no tails on this coin. But something is going on, it's no longer chance. Because as the probabilities begin to drop, it's 12 per cent, it's six per cent, it's three per cent, at a certain point, it's one and a half per cent probability that I get seven in a row heads.
So too with these connections. Any given connection, you know, oh maybe it's a coincidence, maybe it's a coincidence. At some point something is going on, it's not coincidental once you start getting into this range.
So here too, if we go back to our text, the very first of these coin tosses is right over here. What does this remind you of in Genesis? Chiyitani - you have enlivened me, given me life; Miyordei bor - from those who would go down into the pit? Well where in Genesis have we heard about pits? Well you guessed it, it's our favorite story, the Joseph story. Joseph of course thrown into a pit. Yeah, but that could be a coincidence, I mean, there's lots of pits, maybe it's not referring to the Joseph pit? That's totally could be a coincidence. You're absolutely right. But is there anything else in this story - scan the story, anything else here remind you of the Joseph story?
Okay so what else here reminds you of the Joseph story? The answer is, right over here is the next - I think - most obvious piece. This language in Hebrew; Mah betza - what good does this do, what profit - literally what profit would You get G-d out of my blood? Let's see how they translate it over here in the JPS. Yeah, what profit is there in my blood? Which is such a strange thing to say about G-d. G-d, what profit is there, like what do you mean what profit is there? As if G-d would realize some sort of profit. It seems to be a forced kind of turn of phrase especially with reference to the Deity. But the reason why it's there, I believe, is because it's a quote straight out of Genesis. Where do have, what profit? Who says, what profit is there? Yes of course the answer is right there, smack in the middle of the story of Joseph, the answer is Judah says it about the sale of Joseph.
Let's take a look at that text. I'm going to go down to the Hebrew and compare the two texts in Hebrew. Just not quite enough room on the screen here to put them both up. But you can look at this, it's in Genesis Chapter 37, right there in the middle of the sale - of the story of Joseph. You'll find it right over here in Verse 26. Vayomer Yehuda el echav - and Judah said to his brothers; Mah betza ki naharog et achinu vechisinu et damo - what do we gain out of killing our brother and covering up his blood? Lechu venimkerenu leyishma'elim - let's instead go sell him to these Ishmaelites; Veyadeinu al tehi bo - and let not our hand be upon him, we don't want to directly kill him. Ki achinu besareinu hu - after all he is our brother. Vayishme'u echav - and his brothers listened to him.
Now this also could just be a coincidence. Yeah it could just be it happened that over here we talk about Yordei Bor - about going down into the pit and over here the brothers came and they took Joseph and they threw him in a pit. It could just be a coincidence, that a couple of verses later we get to this phrase Mah Betza just like a couple of verses later over here we get to this phrase Mah Betza. It could just be a coincidence. Except for one, very tantalizing fact. You know how many times the turn of phrase Mah Betza appears in all of Tanach? In the entire Hebrew Bible? In the some three or four thousand odd pages? Only twice. Here and here. These are the two unique occurrences, the only times this phrase, this Hebrew phrase Mah Betza ever, ever appears. Kind of cool, huh?
Well still, maybe could be a coincidence? How would you know if it's a coincidence? You'd have to see more. Are there more connections between this psalm and this story? Are there more? So this is the challenge I want to give you. Just to focus you on this, I want you to look at the rest of verse 26 and 27. Let's look at the rest of Judah's speech, which is going to be this over here, if you have an English in front of you, you can go back to the previous video and I put up the English on the screen for you. Look at 26, 27, is there anything in this language after Mah Betza, somewhere over here, in any of this language, that reminds you of the stuff here in verse 10 or 11 after the phrase Mah Betza here? Are there any other elements of Judah's speech which seemed to get echoed in this psalm that would seem to signify that there really is some connection here, it's not just a coincidence?
So I want you to look at that, look at verse 10 and 11 over here in Mizmor Shir Chanukat Habayit, in Psalm 30, look back at the sale of Joseph, verse 26 and 27, are there any other connections? Let's come back and talk about it.
1. What Does the Book of Psalms Have to Do With the Joseph Story?
2. A Curious Dedication
3. Profit Motive
4. Blood Money
5. Did Jacob Know?
6. A Father's Ambivalent Blessing
7. The Ruthlessness of War
8. The Lion and the Cub
10. To Redeem an Ancestor's Pledge
11. The Lion and the Lamb
12. Moving Up
13. Memories of Father
14. First Cries
15. Where Would I Be Without You
16. What Could Kill Me--But Then What?
17. A Palpable Presence
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