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  • William T. Howe Ph.D.

January 13, 2021

Daily Reading: Genesis 38-40


Genesis 39:1

And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.


In the book of Genesis there are many fine representative types of the Lord Jesus Christ. None is greater than Joseph. In fact, suffice it to say that the life of Joseph pictures the life of Jesus in a clearer fashion than any other. As a matter of Biblical record there are two stories of great men in the Old Testament that illustrate that which Christ would be in the New Testament. One was King David, and one is Joseph. Jesus came the first time in the nature of Joseph, the Savior. He will come the next time in the nature of David, the warrior King.


But Joseph. His life mirrors the Lord's in many ways, consider the following list:


By occupation, they were both shepherds


They both opposed and withstood evil


Joseph was his father's great love, as was Jesus


Both were hated by their brethren


Joseph, like Jesus, told of their future exaltation


They were both sent on a mission by their father


Joseph sought and found his brothers; Jesus came to seek and to save


Both were conspired against


Both were stripped of their garments


Joseph was sold by his brethren, Jesus was sold by the betrayal of Judas


Both were servants


Both were unusually blessed by the hand of God


Both were well-pleasing to their master


Both were sorely tempted


Both were falsely accused


Neither defended himself


Both suffered at the hands of both the Gentiles and the Jews


Both won the respect of a jailer


Both were numbered with the transgressors


Both had knowledge of future events


In the days to come, we will learn even more similarities. By the way, although the Bible never makes this point, I find it interesting that Jesus' earthly stepfather was named Joseph. To me this illustrates the close resemblance that the Lord Jesus had with Joseph of the Old Testament.


Until tomorrow, live for Christ today.

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