A Typology Of Christ Revealed In The Life Of Joseph

All through the Old Testament we find types and symbols of Jesus Christ and His Covenant Of Sovereign Grace Of Redeeming Love for humankind. This lesson highlights the similarities between the life of Joseph and Jesus Christ.

Parallels Between Joseph And Jesus: Genesis 37-50
Chart Taken From Life Application Bible, p. 87

Joseph Parallels Jesus
Genesis 37:3 His father loved him dearly Matthew 3:17
Genesis 37:2 A shepherd of his father's sheep John 10:11, 27
Genesis 37:13, 14 Sent by father to brothers Hebrews 2:11
Genesis 37:4 Hated by brothers John 7:5
Genesis 37:20 Others plotted to harm them John 11:53
Genesis 39:7 Tempted Matthew 4:1
Genesis 37:25 Taken to Egypt Matthew 2:14, 15
Genesis 37:23 Robes taken from them John 19:23
Genesis 37:28 Sold for the price of a slave Matthew 26:15
Genesis 39:20 Bound in chains Matthew 27:2
Genesis 39:16-18 Falsely accused Matthew 26:59, 60
Genesis 40:2, 3 Placed with two other prisoners, one who was saved and the other lost Luke 23:32
Genesis 41:46 Both 30 years old at the beginning of public recognition Luke 3:23
Genesis 41:41 Exalted after suffering Philippians 2:9-11
Genesis 45:1-15 Forgave those who wronged them Luke 23:34
Genesis 45:7 Saved their nation Matthew 1:21
Genesis 50:20 What men did to hurt them God turned to good 1 Corinthians 2:7, 8

"Famine pinched all the nations, and it seemed inevitable that Jacob and his family should suffer great want; but the God of providence, who never forgets the objects of electing love, had stored a granary for his people by giving the Egyptians warning of the scarcity, and leading them to treasure up the grain of the years of plenty. Little did Jacob expect deliverance from Egypt, but there was the corn in store for him. Believer, though all things are apparently against thee, rest assured that God has made a reservation on thy behalf; in the roll of thy griefs there is a saving clause. Somehow he will deliver thee, and somewhere he will provide for thee. The quarter from which thy rescue shall arise may be a very unexpected one, but help will assuredly come in thine extremity, and thou shalt magnify the name of the Lord. If men do not feed thee, ravens shall; and if earth yield not wheat, heaven shall drop with manna. Therefore be of good courage, and rest quietly in the Lord. God can make the sun rise in the west if he pleases, and make the source of distress the channel of delight. The corn in Egypt was all in the hands of the beloved Joseph; he opened or closed the granaries at will. And so the riches of providence are all in the absolute power of our Lord Jesus, who will dispense them liberally to his people. Joseph was abundantly ready to succour his own family; and Jesus is unceasing in his faithful care for his brethren. Our business is to go after the help which is provided for us: we must not sit still in despondency, but bestir ourselves. Prayer will bear us soon into the presence of our royal Brother: once before his throne we have only to ask and have: his stores are not exhausted; there is corn still: his heart is not hard, he will give the corn to us. Lord, forgive our unbelief, and this evening constrain us to draw largely from thy fulness and receive grace for grace." - C. H. Spurgeon.


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