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Who is a more perfect type of Christ in the Old Testament than Joseph?

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The parallels in Joseph and Jesus' life are amazing! (these aren't exactly chronological, as I thought of other similarities as I typed)


1) Joseph was beloved of his father

Jesus was God's "son, in whom He is well pleased"


2) Both Jesus and Joseph prophesied that they would one day rule. 


3) Both were accused of being "dreamers"


4) Joseph was sent by Jacob to "seek on he welfare" of his brothers.

Jesus was sent to his brethren


5) Joseph was hated of his brothers because he was more spiritual 

Jesus was hated by his brethren (the Jews) because of his spirituality (among other things)


6) Joseph was rejected by his brothers, and left to die.

The Jews rejected Jesus


7) Joseph was left for dead by his brothers, cast into a pit for 3 days, before rising out of the pit

Jesus was killed by his brethren, died and was buried before raising again after 3 days


8) Joseph was sold for silver to gentiles

Jesus was betrayed by Judas for silver, to the Roman guard, also gentiles


9) Both were stripped of their clothing


10) Joseph became a servant in Potiphar's (sp?) house

Jesus humbled himself and became a servant to humanity


11) Every thing Joseph did prospered

Jesus never failed and was fruitful in his ministry


12) Joseph was falsely accused

Jesus was falsely accused by 2 witnesses 


13) Joseph resisted temptation when Potiphar's wife came to him

Jesus resisted temptation when Satan tempted him


14) Joseph was cast in to prison, with another prisoner on either side

Jesus was put on the cross, with thieves on either side


15) Joseph prophesied one of the 2 would be delivered

Jesus told the thief that he would be in paradise


16) Joseph was raised from prison, and placed on the right hand of Pharaoh

Jesus was resurrected and took his place on the right hand of the Father


17) All who approached Pharaoh had to come through Joseph

We must approach God through Jesus


18) All people were commanded to bow to Joseph

"Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord..."


19) Pharaoh gave Joseph a gentile bride

God has given Jesus a gentile bride


20) Joseph was behind a veil, hidden from his brothers

Rom 11:25  For I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in
God has "hidden" Jesus from the Jews
21) Joseph commands his gentile wife to leave, and he reveals himself to his brothers.
Jesus will rapture his bride, and then reveal himself to his brethren, the Jews
22) Josephs brothers were scared when they saw who he was, but he told them not to fear, that it was all supposed to happen in order for him to save them.
Zec 12:10  ... and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 
23) Joseph let his brothers go through tribulation when they thought that they would lose Benjamin
The Jews will go through tribulation
24) Joseph was left for dead in order to be able to save his brothers
Jesus died so that all could live in Him


Thoughts or any additions?






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That was awesome!



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It is my favorite Old Testament foreshadowing. It is so great to see how God works. He is truly in control!

Edited by donfish06, 19 December 2013 - 07:50 PM.

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