JOSEPH A TYPE OF CHRIST!
There are many references that speak about Joseph and Jesus, As I have said, Joseph is a true picture of Christ, let’s discover more about how much they are alike in their ministry and their experience. Wonder with me at the marvellous Acts of God through them.
Jacob loved Joseph above his brothers chp 37:3. So is Jesus loved dearly, the well beloved Son in whom the Father “delights.” See Matt 3:17, Col 1:13.
JOSEPH WAS HONOURED!
Jacob gave him the coat of distinction as a token of his regard. John 3:35. So the Father loved Jesus and “gave all things into his hand.”
God’s purposes were revealed through the prophetic dreams of Joseph.
Jacob attested these dreams and quietly observed them.
Gen 37:5-11. Joseph was a willing messenger and was quick to obey. So was Christ the Pre-eminent Messenger of the Father.
Isa 62:1, Luke 4:18.
THE REJECTED SERVANT!
Joseph was hated by his brothers. Sadly to say, so was our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Compare these Scriptures. Gen 37:4, with John 15:18.
Joseph was sold by his brothers for Twenty pieces of silver. Christ was sold for Thirty pieces of silver. THE PRICE OF A SLAVE.
Both was sold to the Gentiles. See Gen 37:27-28, and Matt 26:14,15.
Joseph was stripped of his beautiful coat and Jesus was stripped naked!
How Joseph must have suffered ..
In the Pit, in Potipher’s house, and in Prison, but everyone knew that the “Lord was with him.”Everyone under his care were also blessed.
Yet we know that God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself. He suffered more than any man. He was so brutally beaten, that He was unrecognisable, see Isa 52.
The worst kind of suffering was, when He bore your sins and mine on that cross of Calvary. “Oh my Jesus, Thankyou with all my heart!”
Joseph was thought to be dead by his brothers and his father. Cpt 42:15-36.
Twenty years had lapsed between the selling of Joseph and the reunion. Gen 37:31-36.
So Christ in actuality suffered death for our sakes.
THE EXALTED ONE!
Joseph was exalted as Wisdom and Saviour. He became the world’s bread supplier. Gen 41:57, and Administrator of affairs.
Acts 5:3. God has exalted Jesus to be a “Prince and a Saviour.”
Joseph was exalted to the right hand of Pharaoh’s throne. See Chapter, 41:38-44.
Then at last we see the fulfilment of his boyhood dreams! His brothers bow down to him! Gen 42:6.
Dear reader do not let go of your dreams. In God’s time they will become a reality. As Joseph’s brother’s could hide their sin no more and became penitent, so will those who have wronged you. You must forgive them anyway!
Joseph’s willingness to suffer brought about God’s wonderful plan. He told his brothers the truth. “You meant it for evil, but God meant for good.”
Please read chp 45:5-8. Doesn’t that bless you and give you hope. The same marvellous deliverence is ours in the New Testament. Please read Eph1:14-23. Rejoice at “who you are in Christ!”
You’ve been,”Raised up together with Him in Heavenly Places, above all principalities and powers, might and dominion.
“YOU ARE COMPLETE IN HIM!”
This supersedes the great wonders of God toward lsrael in Egypt.
“We are SPIRITUALITY DELIVERED! As we will see in Exodus, it is ..
THE MARVEL OF JUDGEMENT!
When God dealt with sin at Calvary, to set us free. He overthrew satan and all his principalities of evil, so we could stay free in Christ.
THE MARVEL OF GRACE!
By exempting us from Judgement and punishment, when we identify with the cross of Calvary.
THE MARVEL OF POWER!
In raising Jesus from the dead and exalting Him as Saviour and Lord over anyone who would exalt themselves against Him.
THE MARVEL OF GUIDENCE!
By sending us the Holy Spirit as the NEW PILLAR OF CLOUD AND FIRE!
HIS MARVELLOUS PROVISION!
We are seated with Him in Heavenly Places.
HIS MARVELLOUS FAITHFULNESS!
In the New Covenant of His Blood shed for us. This is why we remember Him in the observance of communion .