Joseph was the first born son of Rachael, Jacob's favorite wife.
Jacob loved Rachael, but married Leah through the deception of
her father (Genesis 29).
was already a house of siblings by the time Joseph arrived, sons
of Jacob and Leah. The antagonism of being the favored son grew
into outright hate by the time he was a teenager. One day Joseph
suggested the idea that in a dream he saw them along with his
father and mother bowing down to him! When he was seventeen Jacob
sent Joseph to the fields to check on his brothers. They saw him
coming and determined to kill him. His oldest brother Reuben interceded
and threw him in a pit hoping to rescue him later. While he was
gone the other brothers saw an Ishmaelite caravan passing by and
sold Joseph as slave to them. They killed a goat, dipped Joseph's
coat in blood and told their father that they had found the blood-soaked
coat. They let him conclude that a wild animal had killed his
saw in Joseph a type of the coming of the Messiah. They distinguished
the difference between the reigning sovereign king Messiah and
the suffering Messiah. The future sovereign king they called Messiah
ben David, and the suffering Messiah they called Messiah ben Joseph.
Many noted scholars have drawn the comparisons between the life
of Joseph and Jesus the Messiah. Without getting fanciful and
flighty let's examine some highlights and comparisons of these
two outstanding men.
Jesus were both loved by their fathers.
says, "Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons . .
." Jacob's love for Joseph is demonstrated overwhelming in
his grieving of his "dead" son.
On three occasions
in the life of Jesus there was the clear testimony of the Heavenly
Father's love for His Son. The Father declares Jesus to be His
Son. "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased"
(Matthew 3:17). Jesus testified to that love saying, "The
Father loves the Son and has given all things into His hand"
(John 3:35). In John 5:20 Jesus said, "For the Father loves
the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and
the Father will show Him greater works than these, so
that you will marvel."
Jesus were both hated by their brothers.
Joseph Moses wrote, "And his brothers saw that their father
loved him more than all his brothers, so they hated him and could
not speak to him on friendly terms" (Genesis 37:4). This
hatred provoked their evil plan to kill him.
unto His own and His own rejected Him. Jesus observed the following
behavior toward him by the members of His own nation. He said,
"He who hates Me hates My Father also. If I had not done
among them the works which no one else did, they would not have
sin; but now they have both seen and hated Me and My Father as
well. But they have done this to fulfill the word that
is written in their Law, ‘They hated Me without a cause’"
(John 15:23-25). On another occasion, while Jesus was teaching,
someone said, "Look, your brothers and sisters and mother
have come for you." Jesus responded with a gesture by saying
those who were His true mother, brothers and sisters were those
who listened to Him and believed His words. His own brothers in
the flesh did not believe in Him until after He was raised from
Jesus were both conspired upon by their enemies to be put to
of Joseph saw him approaching from a distance and "before
he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to
death" (Genesis 37:18).
read very long into the Gospel accounts until you encounter the
enemies of Jesus seeking to put Him to death. After watching Jesus
heal on the Sabbath his enemies, "the Pharisees went out
and immediately began taking counsel with the Herodians against
Him, as to how they might destroy Him" (Mark 3:6).
was not put to death, he was accounted for dead by his father.
He was presumed dead based upon the news from his brothers and
the blood stained robe. They told their father, "We have
found this; please examine it to see whether it is your son's
tunic or not." Joseph examined it, and said, "It is
my son's tunic." Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on
his loins and mourned for his son many days. It was taken for
granted by his father that Joseph was dead.
the other hand, actually died and was buried. History proves this
fact. The historian wrote: "And when they had crucified Him,
they divided up His garments among themselves by casting lots.
. . At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the
right and one on the left" (Matthew 27:35, 37). Roman soldiers
certified to Pilate that Jesus was actually dead before he would
release the body for proper burial (Mark 15:44-45). Roman soldiers
guarded the entrance to the tomb. No man, dead or alive, could
have entered or left that tomb without their knowledge of it.
Joseph were both recognized after their deaths.
understood to be dead for 21 years, and when Joseph's brothers
went to Egypt looking for food, he was waiting for them. However,
he was not waiting for vengeance, but in anticipation to give
them food and deliver them from their famine. He was their savior
after 21 years of being assumed dead.
brothers, and members of the family of Israel recognized Him,
after His resurrection from the dead. "They saw Him and worshiped
Him." Two of His disciples recognized Him on the road to
Emaus (Luke 24). Thomas emphatically declared that he would not
believe in the resurrection until he saw Jesus with his own eyes,
and put his hands into the nail prints and reached into His side.
That very same Thomas stood in the physical presence of Jesus
and exclaimed, "My Lord and my God" (John 20:24-31).
gave his testimony after seeing Jesus. "For I delivered to
you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died
for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried,
and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. After that
He appeared to more than five hundred brethren at one time, most
of whom remain until now, but some have fallen asleep; then He
appeared to James, then to all the apostles; and last of all,
as to one untimely born, He appeared to me also" (I Corinthians
15:3-8). The implication is, if you don't believe me, ask these
witnesses. Most of them were still alive at the time Paul was
writing his letter to the Corinthians.
comparisons can be made, but hopefully these will whet your spiritual
appetite. With the Apostle Peter we can proclaim, "there
is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under
heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved"