VAYIGASH (and he drew near)

Joseph reunites with his brothers

Genesis 44:18. Then Judah came close to him and said, Oh my master, let your servant please speak a word in my master’s ears and let your anger not burn against your servant: because you are equal to Pharaoh. C-MATS 

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Genesis 44:19 My master asked את־ his servants saying, Have you a father or a brother? 20 And we said to my master, We have a father, an old man and a child of his old age and his brother is dead and he alone is left from his mother and his father loves him. 21 And you said to your servants, bring him down to me that I may set my eyes upon him. 22 And we said to my master, The boy cannot leave את־ his father: because if he should leave את־ his father, his father would die. C-MATS 

Question: How does verse 22 foreshadow the House of Judah?Jacob (Israel) sits in a position of authority over the 12 sons as את, and eventually they will have to confront Jacob and confess what they have sworn never to tell him under penalty of death to each other that they were responsible for getting rid of Joseph. This is also a type and foreshadow of the House of Judah one day realizing what they did to Yahusha and having to both confess and seek forgiveness before our heavenly Father. C-MATS

Genesis 44:23 And you said to your servants, Unless your youngest brother comes down אתכֶם with you, you will see my face no more. 24 And it came to pass when we came up to your servant, my father, we told him את the words of my master. C-MATS 

Question: Why didn’t Joseph correct Judah when he said, “your servant my father”? Torah teachers criticize Joseph for remaining silent when his father was described in this degrading manner. Ten times Joseph heard his brothers refer to his father as “your servant” and he did not protest. Because of this, his life was shortened by ten years. (Joseph lived 110 years.) Joseph would not have revealed his identity by saying that a resident of Canaan was not his servant. Chumash