|Today’s Scripture: And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself. Luke 24:27|
|All through the Old Testament, we see pictures of Christ illustrated: Abraham offering Isaac as a picture of God the Father being willing to sacrifice His Son; Manna picturing Christ, “the living bread which came down from heaven” (John 6:51); the brazen serpent lifted up and whoever looked upon it was healed; Jonah in the belly of a great fish; the ark; the tabernacle; and so on.
One such type of Christ is Joseph. We will look at several parallels between Joseph and Christ. First, Joseph, the firstborn of Judah’s favorite wife, Rachel, was Judah’s favorite. Jesus was the only begotten of the Father. At Jesus’ baptism, the Father spoke from Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matthew 3:7) Second, Joseph dreamed that the sun, moon, and stars bowed down to him; while this was a picture of Joseph’s family later being under him in Egypt, it also aptly describes Christ – even the celestial bodies are subject to Him. The setting illustrates the prominence and glory Christ had as the Son of God.
We then see a picture of Christ coming to Earth. Judah tells Joseph that he will send him to his brethren. Joseph’s response is, “Here am I.” Joseph was willing to submit to his father and go to his brothers even though they hated him. Christ was willing to come to Earth when the Father sent Him even though He knew He would die. Christ said He was come down from Heaven not to do His own will, but the will of Him who sent Him.
When Joseph came to his brothers, while he was afar off, they conspired to kill him. When Jesus came, the Pharisees sought to kill Him. Both were sent to people who wanted to kill them. Both Joseph and Jesus were sold into slavery – Joseph for 20 pieces of silver and Christ for 30. Joseph was sold to the Ishmaelites and then to Potiphar, and Christ took on the bondage of sin on the cross. Neither had done anything wrong, but both were hated, conspired against, and sold for doing the will their fathers. Both were tempted, Joseph by Potiphar’s wife and Christ by Satan. Both resisted the temptation, but when they were brought before court both were falsely accused and sentenced.
Although we would look at Joseph’s life up until this point as if something that had gone horribly wrong, God was using it to provide salvation to His people. Study God’s Word and you will find Christ all throughout the Scriptures.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.