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Summary: The Bible is all about the Messiah; from the beginning to the end; from Genesis to revelation, He is the main subject.

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Joseph: A Portrait Of The Messiah; Genesis 37

The Bible is all about the Messiah; from the beginning to the end; from Genesis to revelation, He is the main subject. In the O.T. we scores of prophecies foretelling the fact, manner, circumstances, and even the miraculous nature of His birth. Many prophecies spoke of His ministry. Others revealed how He would die. Still others pointed to His resurrection and His ascension.

When Jesus met the two on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection, He gave them a Bible lesson; Luke 24:27… “And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.” So all the prophets, and all the scriptures were prophetic of Christ. Literally hundreds of messianic types and foreshadows were scattered throughout the O.T. But nowhere in the Bible is there a more compelling portrait of the Messiah than in the story of Joseph.

So let us examine the many parallels between Joseph & Jesus. They provide compelling evidence that Jesus is exactly who He claimed to be.

I. Both Were Loved by their Fathers

A. Genesis 37:3… Jacob’s loved him dearly, no wonder he was grief stricken when he heard the news that Joseph had been attacked and killed by wild beasts – Genesis 37:34… I couldn’t imagine the pain & sorrow that he went through. No one could console him, because he loved Joseph…

B. Matthew 3:16-17, “And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” How it must have grieved the heart of God to allow His only begotten Son to die.

But Jesus had the power to stop the crucifixion at any time, so why didn’t He? Why was He willing to endure the pain and suffering of the cross. Hebrews 12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Why did God allow Him to Die? John 3:16, “For God so loved the world…”

II. Both Were Shepherds

A. Genesis 37:2… Some of the most prominent characters in the O.T. were shepherds (Abel, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and many more), they were not kings, or noblemen, they were simple hard working men.

When the fullness of time had come, God sent an angel and the heavenly host to announce the birth of the Messiah, but to whom were they sent? Not to kings, politicians, or the social elite, but to shepherds.

B. Jesus is the “Good Shepherd”. John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth His life for the Sheep.”

III. Both Were Sent BY Their Fathers TO Their Brothers

A. Genesis 37:12-13… Jacob said go, Joseph said “Here Am I” indicating his willingness.

But when He arrived his brothers were not there… So Joseph sought for them, once he found them they did not receive him as a brother. Instead they conspired to kill him. Why? Because of his claims of preeminence as revealed in his dreams Vs.19.


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