Genesis 15:13 ‘Then the Lord said to him, “Know for certain that for four hundred years your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own and that they will be enslaved and mistreated there.’
Genesis 42:1-3 ‘When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons, “Why do you just keep looking at each other?” He continued, “I have heard that there is grain in Egypt. Go down there and buy some for us, so that we may live and not die.” Then ten of Joseph’s brothers went down to buy grain from Egypt.’
In Genesis 15 we find God proclaiming to Abraham that his generations will be strangers in a country. Coming to Genesis 42, this becomes true. The fourth generation of Abraham, the eleventh son of Jacob was sold to a foreign country.
First Joseph goes, then his brothers, then Jacob and his entire family and livestock follows.
What do we see here?
All this happened, Jacob and his entire family had to go to another land because they criticized and sold Joseph. Likewise, in the New Testament Jesus was rejected by the jews and the people. Hence God scattered them all in different ways.
Did the brothers recognize Joseph?
No, Joseph was totally different in appearance, clothed in the finest materials. Just like this, the Jews could not recognize Jesus.
Even though Joseph forgave his brothers, he punished them.
Genesis 42:7 ‘As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.”
Genesis 42:17 ‘And he put them all in custody for three days.’
Similarly, Jesus also punished the Jews and spoke harshly to them.
In the end Joseph’s brothers understood their mistake. So will the people who betrayed Jesus.
Genesis 42:22 ‘ Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.”
Matthew 27:25 ‘All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
With Pharaoh’s permission, Joseph gave an abundance of blessings to his father’s family. Jesus even though he scattered the Jews, he still blesses them.
All the people answered, “His blood is on us and on our children!”
Remember this! God will bless you and make you prosper. But he will also punish you for the wrongs you have done.
Jacob sent his sons to Joseph with many gifts. Jesus was gifted with gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Jacob believed that his son Joseph was dead. Everyone believed that Jesus was also dead.
Genesis 45:4 ‘Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt!’
Matthew 11:28 ‘ “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’
Here we can see the similarity in the language and the words said by Jesus and Joseph. “Come to me”.
Genesis 45:7 ‘But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.’
Genesis 45:15 ‘ And he kissed all his brothers and wept over them. Afterward his brothers talked with him.’
This shows the restoration of the repentant brothers.
Zechariah 12:10-12 ‘And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit[a] of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son. On that day the weeping in Jerusalem will be as great as the weeping of Hadad Rimmon in the plain of Megiddo. The land will mourn, each clan by itself, with their wives by themselves: the clan of the house of David and their wives, the clan of the house of Nathan and their wives,
Joseph, before dying, gave very important promises to his brothers.
Genesis 50:24 ‘Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die. But God will surely come to your aid and take you up out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.” And Joseph made the Israelites swear an oath and said, “God will surely come to your aid, and then you must carry my bones up from this place.”
Jesus too before leaving the earth gave promises to his people. One of the most important promises was the Holy Spirit.
Genesis 50:20 ‘You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.
Joseph had to go through a lot of problems, disappointments and failures in his life. Each one of us might have or are going through difficult situations in our lives, but remember that God has something greater in store for you.
Whatever people have done to harm you, God will turn that into your blessing.
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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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