Joseph and Jesus Parallels
1. Both Born Through Miracles
a. Joseph - Rachel couldn't get pregnant Gen 30:22-24
b. Jesus - Born of a Virgin - Matthew 1:18-23
2. Beloved of the Father
a. Joseph - Coat of Many Colors Gen 37:3
b. Jesus - Beloved of the Father, Glorious Light Robe
3. Sent by the Father
a. Joseph - Sent to Check on the Brothers. Gen 37:13
i. Jacob: Aren't your brothers in 'shechem.
ii. Response: I will go.
i. Father: Isn't mankind in trouble?
ii. Response: I will go!
iii. Hebrews 10:5-7 - Lo I Come!
4. Both were Shepherds
a. Joseph Genesis 37:2
b. Jesus: The Great Shepherd of the Sheep of God
5. Both went to Egypt...in their youth...to avoid being killed.
a. Joseph - as a slave. - Travels
i. In Canaan
ii. Into Egypt
iii. Out of Egypt...to Caanan to bury father
iv. Back to Egypt
v. Bones out of Egypt
b. Jesus - as an infant....Went to Egypt
i. Came out of Egypt Again.
c. Jesus - Bigger Picture
i. In Heaven
ii. In Earth (Egypt) - Land of Slavery
iii. To Heaven...Resurrected...
iv. To Earth - Second Coming
v. To Heaven....with the Captives.
6. Both Began Life Work at 30 Years of Age
a. Joseph - Genesis 41:46
b. Jesus - Luke 3:23
7. Both Lives Affected by Dreams
i. His Own Dreams
ii. The Butler/Baker Dreams
iii. Pharaoh’s Dreams
i. Joseph's Dreams
1. Take Mary
2. Leave Bethlehem
3. Safe to Go Home
8. Both had visions about the future
a. Joseph: His Brother's Bowing to Him
b. Jesus: Matthew 24 - the future of his "brothers" - Israel/Church.
9. Both were hated/Despised by their brothers.
a. Joseph - Genesis 37:8
b. Jesus - Matthew 13:55-57
c. Jesus - hated by his countrymen.
10. Both were conspired against...to death
a. Joseph - Genesis 37:18-19
11. Both motive for the sale... was for personal gain
a. Judah - What profit is it to kill him?
b. Judas - What will you give me to hand him over?
12. Both were sold for a slave's price
a. Joseph - 20 pieces of silver
b. Jesus - 30 pieces of silver.
13. Betrayed by Judah/Judas
a. Joseph - Judah...suggested the sale Gen 37:26
b. Jesus - Judas Iscariot
14. Both were tried to be freed by a weak leader
a. Joseph - Ruben Genesis 37:21, 29-30
b. Jesus - Pilate
15. Both had people tear their garments over them.
a. Joseph: Ruben - Genesis 37:29
b. Joseph: Jacob: Genesis 37:34
c. Jesus: Caiaphas, in the trial.
16. Both wore valuable garments
a. Joseph: Gen 37:3 Coat of Many Colors.
b. Jesus: Valuable...so it was gambled for.
17. Both were stripped of their garments
a. Joseph - Genesis 37:23
b. Jesus - prior to the cross.
18. Both have their garments bloodied...and given to another.
a. Joseph - Genesis 37:31, 32
b. Jesus - in Gethsemane...his own blood
c. Jesus - put his robes back on...after the floggings.
d. Then...another was presented with that robe.
19. The Goat Blood
a. Joseph: Coat Bloodied by Goat Blood
b. The Passover Lamb - from the sheep or goats Ex 12:5
c. Jesus: The Lord's Goat, Lev 16
d. Jesus: Blood of the Covenant on the Cross!
20. Both descended.....to a very low point
a. Joseph - slave, prisoner....
b. Jesus...human, death, cross death -
21. Both had dealings with two prisoners
a. Joseph...butler and the baker Genesis 40:4-5
b. Jesus Matthew 27:38
22. "Remember Me"
a. Joseph asks the Butler to remember him...and he finally did. Gen 40:14, 23
b. Thief asks Jesus to remember him...and he will.
23. One of those prisoners was bad and the other turned out friendly/good/saved.
a. Joseph - One convicted/executed, one helps him later.
b. Jesus - One: Curses Him. One: Remember me.
24. Both thrown into a Pit
a. Joseph: Genesis 37:24
b. Jesus - Into a Tomb.
25. Implication - 3 days and 3 Nights in the Pit.
a. Joseph: ? Jewish Legend
i. Passage of Time from Time Joseph left father....
ii. Until Brothers Return with Joe's bloody tunic....
b. Joseph: 3 Day Sequence for the Butler and Baker Genesis 40:12, 18, 20 "On the Third day..."
i. Restoration on the 3rd Day!
c. Joseph: Put Brothers in Prison for Three Days Genesis 42:17
d. Jesus: 3 days and 2 Nights.
e. One wonders if Jesus knew he'd be in the tomb three days and three nights...because of Joseph's Story. - Usually over looked.
f. Lots of Other 3 Day Events in the Bible
i. Jonah in the Fish
ii. Esther: Fasting for 3 days.
iii. Joshua 2 - Spies told to hid in the mountains 3 days.
26. Judah Disgraced for Not Doing Their Duty
a. Jesus - Genesis 38 - The Whole Story of Tamar -Judah Fails!
b. Jesus: Israel disgraced for the Rejection of Jesus Messiah. Judah Fails!
27. Both Were Victorious over Strong Temptations
a. Joseph - Potipher's Wife....several times - Gen 39
b. Jesus - Satan's Temptations Matthew
28. Persecuted by False Witnesses
a. Joseph - Potipher's Wife
b. Jesus - The False Witnesses of the Trial - We heard him say this.... Matthew 27:12-14
29. Both highly exalted
a. Joseph - Right Hand of the King of Egypt
b. Jesus - Right hand of the Father, Enthronement of Jesus!
30. Both Get a New Name
a. Joseph - Zathanathpeneah -
b. Jesus: Name No One Knows.... Rev 3:12
31. Both Get Married!
a. Joseph - Azanath - daughter of a pagan priest Gen 41:45
i. Children become Tribe - Manassah
b. Jesus - The Gentile Bride = The True Israel
i. Children: True Israel
32. The Son's Names
a. Manasseh - Forget
b. Ephraim - Fruitful
c. Jesus: Cause us to
i. forget the affliction of sin....
ii. and be fruitful in the Lord's work.
33. "Bow the Knee"
a. Joseph: This was the herald's command Gen. 41:43
b. Jesus: Every knee shall bow to him. Phil 2:9
34. "Do What Ever He Tells You."
a. Joseph: Genesis 41:55
b. Jesus: John 2:5
35. Both Miraculously Fed the World
a. Joseph through 7 years of planning in the plenty
b. Jesus...through 7 loaves and 2 fish
c. Jesus...through him being the bread of life.
36. Both are Wise and Capable
a. Joseph - The Tests were Brilliant
b. Jesus - Wise and Capable. Testing Humans Differently
37. Both Test their Brothers
a. Joseph - The Tests: Money, Brotherly Affection
b. Jesus - Tests the Heart Change.
i. Investigative Judgment!
38. There is only proper one response in the Judgment
a. Judah - Genesis 44:16 - There is nothing we can say...what can we speak? How can we justify ourselves? God has found out the iniquity of your servants. We're all your slaves."
b. Us - We can plead nothing....other than our great sin. God has found out our iniquity. God has paid the penalty for our iniquity.
39. Judah - Internal Type of Jesus
a. Lion from the Tribe of Judah - Revelation 4/5
b. Judah: Genesis 44:18-34 - You'll be enslaving me!
c. Jesus - The Substitute - I'll take your place!
40. Both Weep as they Forgive those who Wronged Them
a. Joseph: Genesis 45:1,2
b. Jesus: Triumphal Entry
c. Jesus: in Gethsemane
41. The Reveal
a. Joseph: To His Brothers
b. Jesus: To Disciples, Resurrection Morning.
42. Both Offer Forgiveness to their Persecutors
a. Joseph: Genesis 45:1-14,
b. Jesus: Father Forgive them...they don't know what they do. Luke 23:34
43. Both...those who plotted his death...bowed before him.
a. Joseph: Brothers Bow...3 occasions
i. Visit 1 - Genesis 42:6
ii. Visit 2 - Genesis 43:26
iii. Confrontation: Genesis 44:14
b. Jesus - Every knee will bow
44. The Supper!
i. Gen 43:16 - Slay and Make Ready
ii. Gen 43:24 - Foot Washing
iii. Gen 43:31 - Serve the Meal
iv. Gen 43:33 - Seating Arrangement
v. Gen 43:32-34 - feasted and drank freely
b. Jesus - Last Supper
i. Make Ready
ii. Foot Washing
iii. Serve the Meal - Bread and Wine
c. Jesus - Next Supper
i. He's making it Ready
ii. Foot Washing
45. Both Say "I will provide for you."
a. Joseph: Genesis 45:11
b. Jesus: John 14:1-3 : I go to prepare a place for you.
46. Both made mention of their bodies after death.
a. Joseph: Don't leave me here. Take me with you. Genesis 50:25
b. Jesus: The son of man will rise again.
c. Jesus...rose and went to the heavenly Canaan.
d. We...ought to make mention of our bones...to Jesus.
e. When you it's time to go to heaven...please take my bones.
f. And Jesus shouts back... "I will not just take your bones...but your sinews, your muscles, your stomach, your heart, your teeth, your tongue, your brain. I'm taking all of you to glory...Alive!)
47. Both Accomplish a Great Deliverance
a. Joseph: Genesis 45:7
b. Jesus: Remnant Preserver on the Earth. Keep you alive...Salvation. Hebrews 2:3
48. Fitting Ending Words to the Great Controversy
a. Joseph - Genesis 50:19, 20
i. What was meant for evil...God meant for Good.
ii. To Bring about this result....
iii. Preserve many people alive.
iv. Don't be afraid. I'll provide for you.
i. What Satan meant for evil...God has meant for Good.
ii. To bring about this result - you in heaven. Safe. Fed. Secure.
iii. To preserve many people alive!
iv. Don't be afraid.