Posted: June 12, 2019 in Genesis, Genesis 37-50
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Joseph’s birth involved the miraculous intervention of God. Rachel was barren (Genesis 30:22-24). Jesus birth involved the miraculous intervention of God. Mary was a virgin (Matthew 1:18). 
Joseph had humble beginnings as a Shepherd and servant of his brothers (Genesis 37:2).  Jesus had humble beginnings as a Carpenter’s son and servant of all. Philippians 2:6-11 (NLT) says, “… He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being …”  
Joseph was a Shepherd (Genesis 37:2).  Jesus was the Great Shepherd. In John 10:11-14 (NLT) Jesus says, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep … I am the good shepherd; I know My own sheep, and they know Me”. 
Joseph was loved by his father (Genesis 37:3). Jesus was loved by His Father in heaven. At Jesus Baptism Matthew 3:17 (NLT2) says “And a voice from heaven said, “This is My dearly loved Son, who brings Me great joy.” 
Joseph was given a coat of many colours which set him apart for leadership. It was ripped from him and used to deceive his father (Genesis 37:23). Jesus garment was ripped from him before his crucifixion and soldiers gambled for it. John 19:23-24 (NLT2) When the soldiers had crucified Jesus, they divided His clothes among the four of them. They also took His robe, but it was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. So they said, “Rather than tearing it apart, let’s throw dice for it.” 
Joseph was ridiculed when he shared his dream of rulership over his brothers (Genesis 37:8). Jesus was ridiculed when He revealed to others that He was the Messiah. When the religious leaders put Him on trial in Matthew 26:63-65 (NLT2) it says, “Then the high priest said to Him, “I demand in the name of the living God—tell us if you are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus replied, “You have said it. And in the future you will see the Son of Man seated in the place of power at God’s right hand and coming on the clouds of heaven.” Then the high priest tore his clothing to show his horror and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need other witnesses? You have all heard his blasphemy.”  
At the crucifixion of Jesus, Matthew 27:37 (NLT) says A sign was fastened to the cross above Jesus’ head, announcing the charge against Him. It read: “This is Jesus, the King of the Jews.”  
Joseph was sent by his father to his lost brothers to see how they were going but they rejected him and hated him without cause (Genesis 37:4). Jesus was sent by His Heavenly Father to His lost brothers and sisters to save them but they rejected Him and hated Him without cause (John 15:25). John 1:10-12 (NLT2) says, “He (Jesus) came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God.” 
Joseph’s brothers conspired to kill Him (Genesis 37:18) The religious leaders conspired to kill Jesus (Matthew 26:3, 4) 
Joseph was betrayed and sold for 20 pieces of silver to slave traders. Judah instigated this (Genesis 37:28)  Jesus was betrayed by Judas to the religious leaders for 30 pieces of silver. Matthew 26:14-15 (NLT2) says, “Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.”  
Joseph went on to be a saviour of families during a time of famine. Jesus went on to be the Saviour of the World  
His brothers intended harm on Joseph but God used it to save many. When Joseph assumed leadership in Egypt, he confronts and forgives his brothers. Genesis 50:18-21 (NLT2) says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”   God turned cursing to blessing at the Cross when Jesus died for our sins. In Acts 5:30-32 (NLT2) Peter and the Apostles speak to the religious leaders and the crowd. “The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead after you killed Him by hanging Him on a cross. Then God put Him in the place of honor at His right hand as Prince and Savior. He did this so the people of Israel would repent of their sins and be forgiven.”  Romans 8:28 (NLT2) says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.”   
Joseph was in a prison between two criminals. Joseph foretold the deliverance of one of the criminals with him and the death of the other. (Genesis 40)  Jesus was on the cross between two criminals. Jesus foretold the deliverance of one of the criminals with Him. Luke 23:42-43 (NLT2) says that one criminal said to Him “Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.” And Jesus replied, “I assure you, today you will be with Me in paradise.”  
Joseph was tempted but did not sin (Genesis 39:7)  Jesus was tempted but did not sin (Matthew 4:1). Hebrews 4:14-16 says that Jesus “… understands our weaknesses, for He faced all of the same testings we do, yet he did not sin. So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive His mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” 
Joseph suffered but was finally exalted to a leadership position (Genesis 41:41) Jesus suffered but was finally exalted. Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT2) says, “You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though He was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up His divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled Himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated Him to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  
Joseph reconciled his brothers to himself  (Genesis 45:1-15) Jesus reconciles sinners to Himself. Colossians 1:19-20 (NLT) says, “For God in all His fullness was pleased to live in Christ, and through Him God reconciled everything to Himself. He made peace with everything in heaven and on earth by means of Christ’s blood on the cross.” 
Joseph forgave His brothers (Genesis 45:1-15) Jesus brings forgiveness. In Acts 13:38 Paul preaches to a Jewish audience. He says, “Brothers, listen! We are here to proclaim that through this man Jesus there is forgiveness for your sins.” 

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