I love it when the Old Testament points to Jesus. In my Genesis reading today, I could not get over how much Joseph’s life parallels Jesus’ life. I began to write down some examples that jumped out at me…and then I researched it a bit further online and could not believe how many similarities there truly are in these few chapters about Joseph. I am going to spend my post listing some of the examples that I found, and then I challenge you to add any that you can think of. Okay, here we go:
They both were their Father’s favorite Son
They served their Father faithfully
Their own hated them, plotted against them, and betrayed them
Both were sold for money
They both spent years in obscurity
They both were the humblest of servants….ones Who served loyally
They resisted temptation
They accepted injustice without bitterness
They gave God the glory!
Both wept over sins of their own people
Both were written off as dead
Their words exposed the guilt of others
Their actions pointed to God
They had great patience
They both spoke of 7 years of tribulation
Pharoah said, “no one has the Spirit of God like Joseph”…yet Jesus had more!
“Bow the knee to Joseph”….and the same happens when Jesus comes back!
Joseph was given a gentile bride; the church is the gentile bride of Christ
Both were 30 when they began their kingdom work
…..and so on, and so on……..I had never really grasped this concept the previous times that I have read through the Bible. I knew there were some parallels, but not as many as I saw this go ’round. Isn’t God amazing? He so desires us to see Jesus and to know Him as our Savior. He allowed Jesus to jump out at me this time reading about Joseph. It makes me never want to quit reading the bible….what secrets and surprises does He have in store for me as I keep reading? I’m staying tuned!
Thursday challenge: Find an opportunity today to verbally give God the glory for something that occurs.