Joseph A Foreshadow of Christ Part 1

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. Genesis 37:3

Joseph was a foreshadow of Christ to come, we will see the comparisons are we go throughout the story. Jacob (Israel) loved Joseph more than his other sons, we have seen the wickedness displayed by his other sons previously, so its not surprise why. Joseph was a good man and had the gift of prophecy. However his brothers would conspire to kill him because they were jealous of him, sound familiar?

And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. Genesis 37:5

Joseph had visions/prophecies which he revealed to his brothers, that one day they would all be worshipping him. Of course this didn’t go over well with his brothers, who already didn’t like him. However this is the vision God had given him and we’ll see it eventually does come true

And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. Genesis 37:18

Josephs brothers have found an opportunity to once and for all get rid of Joseph. They conspired together to kill him. This shows you the wickedness of their hearts. But their brother Reuben convinced them not to kill Joseph (Genesis 37:21) Judah decided it would be better if they sold Joseph into slavery instead of killing him (Genesis 37:27) and they all agreed and sold him to the Ishmaelites, which are descendants of Ishmael

However to convince their father that Joseph Is dead, they took his coat of many colors and covered it in animal blood (Genesis 37:31)

And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days. Genesis 37:34

Jacob mourned for many days for his son Joseph, who he believed to be dead. It says he was so upset he refused to be comforted by anyone. Here are the foreshadows between Joseph and Christ

  1. The Father loved his Son more than all (Genesis 37:3, Matthew 3:17
  2. He was hated and envied without a cause (Genesis 37:4, Mark 15:10)
  3. He fortold he would one day rule (Genesis 37:7, Matthew 26:64)
  4. They conspired against him to kill him (Genesis 37:18, Luke 19:14)
  5. They stripped him of all he owned (Genesis 37:23, Matthew 27:28)
  6. They cast him into the pit (Genesis 37:24, Matthew 12:40)
  7. He was sold for money (Genesis 37:28, Matthew 12:40)
  8. He was raised from the pit (Genesis 37:28, Matthew 26:15)

 

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