We’re living in uncertain times. When we feel scared or uncertain, we can turn to Scripture and the Lord for guidance and strength. The Bible has discrete examples of individuals who prove that we can go through difficult times and make it through to the other side with the Waymaker as our guide. Joseph is one such symbolic character that can speak volumes to each of us. Without further ado, let’s continue with the study and resemblance of Joseph with Jesus.
8) Joseph was envied by his brothers and Jesus by His very own people
Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him (Genesis 37:11)
Matthew 27:17,18 – Therefore, when they had gathered together, Pilate said to them, “Whom do you want me to release to you? Barabbas, or Jesus who is called Christ?” For he knew that they had handed Him over because of envy.
In the human spectrum of emotions, envy and jealousy are feelings that provoke bitterness and negativity for both the person who feels it as well as the one who is the object of them. They are more treacherous than the deadliest weapons. Envy is resentment over something you don’t have but want – and you can tackle it by believing that the same God who blessed the other person can shower greater blessings in your life! And He surely will!
We’re all God’s masterpiece – fearfully and wonderfully made – with a definite calling, purpose and He’s marked out a different race and a specific track for each one of us. And all we have to do is focus and stay on track! You possess traits and talents that many others don’t have; so why be worried about what you don’t have instead of being grateful for what God has gifted in you!
9) Both were sent by their respective fathers to their brothers.
Joseph was sent by Jacob to his brothers
Genesis 37:13 – Israel said to Joseph, “As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem. Come, I am going to send you to them.” “Very well,” he replied.
Jesus was sent by the Heavenly Father to His people, the Jewish brethren.
John 6:38 -40 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all those he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last day.”
John 4:34, John 5:30, John 12: 48-50, John 17:21 are other references that assert Jesus was sent by God.
10) Joseph sought for his brothers and Jesus came in search of the lost
Joseph went in search of his brothers – He wandered in the fields looking for them and found them near Dothan (Genesis 37:15-17)
Luke 19:10 – For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.
Joseph and Jesus were sent by their fathers to seek the well-being of their brothers.
We all have the responsibility to check the well-being and boost the faith-journey of our fellow-believers, for we are all targeting the same destination and none should drift apart.
11) The brothers of both of them plotted to kill them
Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him (Genesis 37:18-20)
Matthew 12:14 – But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.
John 7:32 – When the Pharisees heard the crowd whispering these things about Jesus, they and the chief priests sent officers to arrest Him.
Even in our lives, people may devise schemes to quell/vanquish our growth and success in business, ministry, and fellowship with the Lord. Do not be disheartened for the story is not yet over; and God is still on the throne and He’s in favour of you to turn things around for your good!
Proverbs 26:27 – Whoever digs a pit will fall into it; if someone rolls a stone, it will roll back on them.
12) Their brothers did not approve or believe in their dreams
Joseph’s brothers didn’t approve of his dream. He probably expected his family to be supportive; instead his father rebuked and his brothers hated him for the same.
Many parents shatter their children’s dreams due to financial challenges or imposing their interests over their children. If God has given you a dream/ vision, all may not agree with you and be supportive, because that dream is given by God specifically to you and it’s personal.
Even when we shared with our relatives about stepping into full-time ministry, they censured out of their love and concern for our future; but when we aligned to the vision that God gave and stepped forward, God enlarged our ministry to what it is today. If God has given you a dream, He’ll surely fulfill it; even if it would take years and cause you to go through different phases to witness its fulfillment.
Neither Jesus’ family, nor his disciples, nor the chief priests, nor the crowd who came to Him were able to comprehend the pure essence of what He conveyed
Luke 2:43-50 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them.
13) Both were given robes but it was stripped off their bodies
Genesis 37:3,4 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
Genesis 37:23,24 – So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe—the robe of many colors he was wearing
Jesus wore a seamless robe; it was costly.
Matthew 27:28 – They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
Matthew 27:35 – When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots.
14) Both were cast into a pit
Joseph was cast into a pit
Genesis 37:24 – and they took him and threw him into the pit. Now the pit was empty, with no water in it.
Jesus was cast into a dungeon in Caiaphas’ house and was buried in a new tomb after his death.
15) Both were pulled out of their pit above
Joseph was pulled out of the pit alive by his brothers(Genesis 37:28)
Similarly, Jesus was taken out of Caiaphas’s dungeon and He also came out of the tomb with a resurrected body.
16) False stories were cooked up about both of them
Joseph’s brothers cooked up a false story
Genesis 37:20 – Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits. We can say that a vicious animal has devoured him. Then we shall see what becomes of his dreams!”
Genesis 37:31,32 – Then they took Joseph’s robe, slaughtered a young goat, and dipped the robe in its blood. They sent the robe of many colors to their father and said, “We found this. Examine it to see whether it is your son’s robe or not.”
The chief priests and the elders cooked up a false story about Jesus’ resurrection
Matthew 28:11-15 While the women were on their way, some of the guards went into the city and reported to the chief priests everything that had happened. When the chief priests had met with the elders and devised a plan, they gave the soldiers a large sum of money, telling them, ‘You are to say, ‘His disciples came during the night and stole him away while we were asleep.’ If this report gets to the governor, we will satisfy him and keep you out of trouble.” So the soldiers took the money and did as they were instructed. And this story has been widely circulated among the Jews to this very day.
When people tend to distort your life by cooking up false stories against you, remember that the Righteous Judge is on the throne. If God is for you, who can be against you? So, don’t worry! Your life is not over, your story is important to God and in due time He will exalt you!! Hallelujah! Therefore, rejoice in the Lord always for He is a good God who has plans to prosper you.
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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