As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he knew who they were, but he remained disguised and asked them gruffly, "Where are you from?" "From the land of Canaan," they replied. "We're here to buy food."
But Joseph had already recognized his brothers, even though they had not recognized him.
1 Samuel 28:14
Saul told her, "What does he look like?" She said, "An old man is coming up, and he's wrapped in a robe." Saul knew that it was Samuel, and he bowed low to the ground and prostrated himself.
1 Kings 18:7
While Obadiah was on the road, Elijah met him. Obadiah recognized him and bowed down with his face to the ground. "It's you, isn't it, my master Elijah?"
1 Kings 20:41
Then the prophet quickly tore off his bandage, and the king of Israel recognized him as being one of the prophets.
When the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word throughout that region and brought him everyone who was sick.
As soon as they got out of the boat, the people recognized Jesus.
Then their eyes were opened, and they knew who he was. And he vanished from them.
Then the two men began to tell what had happened on the road and how they had recognized him when he broke the bread in pieces.
These were the living beings that I had seen under the God of Israel on the bank of the Chebar River. I knew that they were cherubim.