Joseph, A Type of Christ
Dr. Joe Temple

Open your Bibles, please, to chapter 37 of the book of Genesis. This is a very familiar passage of Scripture. If you have ever been in Sunday School you are familiar with the story. There are some things I want to point out to you in a little different light. Notice the number of illustrations of the Lord Jesus Christ you can find in the life of Joseph. This is one of the main things we will be thinking about.

Genesis 37:

1And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan.
2These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.
3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
5And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
7For, Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
8And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
9And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
10And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
11And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
12And his brethren went to feed their father's flock in Shechem.
13And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.
14And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.
15And a certain man found him, and, behold, he was wandering in the field: and the man asked him, saying, What seekest thou?
16And he said, I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.
17And the man said, They are departed hence; for I heard them say, Let us go to Dothan. And Joseph went after his brethren, and found them in Dothan.
18And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.
19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.
21And Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him.
22And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hand upon him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again.
23And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him;
24And they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it.
25And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt.
26And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content.
28Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.
29And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.
30And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not; and I, whither shall I go?
31And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.
33And he knew it, and said, It is my son's coat; an evil beast hath devoured him; Joseph is without doubt rent in pieces.
34And Jacob rent his clothes, and put sackcloth upon his loins, and mourned for his son many days.
35And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.
36And the Midianites sold him into Egypt unto Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh's, and captain of the guard.

We are beginning a new division in our study in the book of Genesis, as is indicated by the phrase which I have already pointed out to you. In verse 2 we find the phrase, “These are the generations,” and whenever you find that phrase, a new section in the book is beginning. This is the last section of the book, and the chief character in this last section will be the man Joseph.

You may be wondering why, if that is true, the statement is made, “These are the generations of Jacob.” Why does it not say, “These are the generations of Joseph?”

The answer is found in Hebrew usage. Whenever a house was spoken of, it was never spoken of in the name of the individual who might be playing the important part. It was always mentioned in the name of the head of the family. Though we have ceased to think about Jacob primarily, Jacob is not dead. Since he is not dead he still remains the head of the family, and everything must be done in his name. So these are the sons of Jacob.

Differences Between Jacob's Sons

Though we have completed our primary discussion of Jacob, we will be making references to him as his life is related to Joseph. One of the things that impresses us as we read chapter 37 is the difference between the life of Joseph and the lives of his brethren. There is as much difference as there is between light and dark.

The other boys, the other sons of Jacob, as you notice in this chapter, in the chapter which follows this, and in chapters to which we have referred prior to this one, the other sons of Jacob were everything that they ought not to be. Why was Joseph so different?

Effects of A Living Example

I want to make this suggestion because I believe that herein lies a lesson. In verse 2 we are told that Joseph was the son of Jacob's old age. When the things recorded in this chapter happened, Joseph was just a young man of seventeen. What does that mean? That means that Joseph was approximately five years of age when Jacob left Padan-aram and when Jacob had the experience at the Brook Jabboth at which time his name was changed from supplanter and deceiver to the one who listens to God's commands .

The older boys, then, let me suggest, were raised under the example of Jacob, the supplanter and deceiver. Jacob reaped in the lives of his older boys what he had sown in his own life. But he would have the privilege of reaping in the life of Joseph what he had sown as the new man, Israel, the one who listens to God's commands.

I think that in our ordinary, everyday experiences we have seen things just like that. We believe that the Bible teaches us to bring up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from that training (Proverbs 22:6). That does not mean that when he is old and cannot do anything but what is right, outwardly at least, he will do what you taught him to do. It means that when he is able to make his own decisions, he will make decisions on the basis of the way in which you have trained him. That is God's Word. We believe it, and if there is any deviation from that, we do not say that the Word of God is not true. We say that somewhere along the line we as parents have failed in the training of our children.

Effects of A Christian Home

With that thought in mind I would like to suggest that perhaps you know folk (certainly I have been acquainted with such folk) who have lived without the Lord a number of years, or at least without His perfect will in their lives. Perhaps they reared their children to be decent and righteous and good, but they reared them without the wisdom of the Lord. Then the parents come to know the Lord, and the younger children were reared, not in a home without God, but in a home with God. The older children brought grief and heartache to the father and mother, and the younger children were the light of their lives. What is the reason for it?

It is not a difference in the children. It is a difference in the training. One child was trained without God, and one child was trained with Him. That is illustrated in Jacob's life. Some of you may have been seeking the will of God rather late in life, late as far as your children are concerned, perhaps after your children have grown up and have made more decisions without your help than you would like to see them make. You may be discouraged about the hard time you are having with them. You yourself are having a better time because your life is yielded, but their lives are not. Remember, before you become too impatient with them…remember before you become too discouraged…that your life is yielded and their lives are not. You cannot make them yielded. The only One who can cause them to live a yielded life is the Holy Spirit. If the Holy Spirit had to deal with you quite some time before your eyes were open to the truth, remember that it will take some time with them…perhaps even longer with them than with you, because they have not had the experiences that would make them conscious of their need for a yielded life.

I say that because this passage of Scripture is before us, and because I have had the experience of seeing children provoked to wrath by their parents because the parents did not have the patience and the understanding they needed about their children's surrender. Remember, they do not always look at things through our eyes. They may not love the Lord as much as we love Him because they do not have the reasons to love Him that we have. You cannot make them love Him. All you can do is to provide an atmosphere that is conducive to a concept of that love, and then do what you can to encourage that love to grow. That was Joseph's experience in the latter days of Jacob's life.

Reaping What is Sown

Then notice one other general thing that comes to my mind as we glance at verse 31 of this chapter. Jacob's sons decided they would deceive their father about Joseph:

Genesis 37:

31And they took Joseph's coat, and killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the coat in the blood;
32And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This have we found: know now whether it be thy son's coat or no.

We think back over a few chapters, and over more years, to an incident in Jacob's life when he took advantage of his blind old father and deceived him. He was not too concerned about it then. But years later when he found that his boys had deceived him, I am sure there came into his mind the truth that “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap” (Galatians 6:7). He deceived his father, and he was deceived.

Notice how the mills of God grind. You haver heard it said that the mills of God grind slowly, but they grind exceedingly fine. Did you notice how fine they grind? Do you remember what it was that Jacob deceived his father with? Goat skin, was it not? He killed a goat and put the goat skin over his arm so his father would think that he was a hairy man and thus believe he was Esau. And what was Jacob deceived with? Goat's blood. The boys killed a goat and dipped Joseph's coat in the blood and made their father think that Joseph had been devoured by wild beasts. Do you see the accuracy of the Scripture? “Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

Since Joseph was the favorite son of Jacob, and the father-son relationship becomes very evident in these chapters, I want to draw another very practical parallel. There is nothing particularly profound about it, but I say this as a parent and it may be of help to some of you who still have the responsibility of rearing children. Some of the things that are the most exasperating in the lives of our children, some of the things that take the most hours on our knees, could be the harvest of the seed that we planted. We could be reaping what we have sown. We may have sown in deception, and if we reap deception in the lives of our own children we should not be surprised about it. We may as well profit from the experience.

Practical Lessons of Genesis

These are practical lessons from the life of Joseph. There is one other thing that I will mention, and I ask you to keep it in your minds, because we will see many illustrations of it in the life of Joseph.

It is that Joseph, as is every other leading character in the book of Genesis, is an illustration of the working of God's faith. Perhaps it would be wise for us to run back over some of these outstanding characters to see how they have become an illustration of various aspects of the faith of God.

Redemption Through Faith

For example, Abel. Abel is an illustration of that great truth of redemption through faith. Remember, Abel offered a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, and for it God declared him righteous. Do you remember what the Word of God said about how he offered it? By faith (Hebrews 11:4). His redemption was through faith.

Walk of Faith

Notice Enoch. His was the walk of faith. “Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Genesis 5:24). We did not know why God took him until we turned to chapter 11 of the book of Hebrews, that great gallery of the portraits of the men of faith recorded in the Word of God. We learned there that Enoch was translated so that he should not see death. By faith he had the testimony that he pleased God.

Confession of Faith

And there was Noah. Noah is an illustration of the confession of faith. “Noah, being warned of God concerning things not seen as yet, by faith prepared an ark” (Hebrews 11:7).

Obedience of Faith

Then there was Abraham. He is an illustration of the obedience of faith. Remember, he went out to a land that he knew not in obedience to God's command (Hebrews 11:8).

Patience of Faith

Isaac was an illustration of the patience of faith. Nothing moved him. He was calm, quiet, waiting on God.

Training of Faith

There was Jacob. Jacob is an illustration of the training of faith. Jacob never got his diploma. We will find him in chapter 49 of the book of Genesis still failing on his examination…the training of faith. He never graduated.

Test and Triumph of Faith

But Joseph? Joseph is the outstanding character in the book of Genesis, more chapters being devoted to him than to any other of the characters to whom I have referred. Joseph will be our illustration of the test and the triumph of faith.

Psalm 105 sums up this matter as I have tried to present it to you, and will become the theme of successive chapters as we examine the life of Joseph:

Psalms 105:

17He [God] sent a man before them [“them” is the nation of Israel], even Joseph, who was sold for a servant:
18Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron:
19Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.
20The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.
21He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance:
22To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.

Prepared Through Trials

This is a brief resume of the life of Joseph from the pit to the palace. But notice in verse 19 the guidepost along the way:

Psalms 105:

19Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.

Until the Word of God was fulfilled in the life of Joseph, the Word of God tested and tried Joseph. That is why we say to you that Joseph is an illustration of the test and the triumph of faith. We will see him tested sorely, and we will see him victorious.

I never meditate upon the life of Joseph without being greatly encouraged. He was tested and tried, but he held on to the Word of God with a death-like grip. He was conscious of the fact, as he told his brothers later when they came into the land of Egypt, that though they meant those things for evil, God meant them for good.

God's Purposes - Delayed But Not Defeated

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Joseph is an illustration of a lesson that I learned a long time ago. It will stand you in good stead. If you have not learned it, I hope you will. It is that man, circumstances, or the Devil may interrupt the plans of God, but they cannot defeat His purposes. Will you remember that? Man, the Devil, circumstances, may interrupt the plan of God, but they cannot defeat His ultimate purpose.

So often, when we see His plan interrupted, we throw up our hands in despair and say, “Oh, what is the use? God has failed me. The Word of God is not real, and I cannot go on anymore.” We are discouraged, when we should realize that though man planned it a certain way, God means it for a purpose. That gives us courage to go on.

Joseph - A Type of Christ

You may be wondering why we are going to think about the life of Joseph in that manner. One basic reason is that Joseph is the most nearly perfect type of the Lord Jesus Christ in all the Word of God. If you are not familiar with the study of types, you may wonder what right we have to take the life of Joseph, or of anyone else for that matter, and find in that life illustrations of any spiritual truth. Your answer is found in chapter 10 of the first Corinthian letter.

I Corinthians 10:

1Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;

Keep in mind that Paul was speaking here, and when he makes reference to fathers, he is talking about his ancestors, the Jewish people, the Israelites of the Old Testament.

I Corinthians 10:

2And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;

That simply means that they were all associated with Moses because of the pillar of cloud that led them and because of the sea that they were able to cross miraculously.

Rock - A Type of Christ

I Corinthians 10:

4And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

Here we have the first hint of what Paul is talking about. You will remember that in the wilderness wanderings of the children of Israel, at one time they needed water and there was not water. God said to Moses, “There is a rock. Strike the rock, and there will be all the water you need.” Moses did strike the rock, out came the water, and they had plenty to quench their thirst. Things went well for a little while. They traveled around in circles for forty years. There came another time when they needed water, and God said to Moses, “There is that rock down there. Speak to it, and water will come forth.” But Moses was mad. He was irritated. They were the biggest bunch of complainers he had ever been around. Because he was mad when he went down to the rock, he struck it instead of speaking to it. Water came out, but God said, “Moses, because of what you have just done, you will not enter the promised land. I will take you up on the mountain and let you see it, but you will die outside the land.”

Someone may say, “Just for striking a rock? What is so serious about that?” Here we are told that that rock was a type of Christ, and God is very jealous of His types. When Moses struck the rock twice, he ruined the type. The Lord Jesus Christ was crucified once and for all. He died for our sins one time. He never dies again for our sins. When the rock was struck twice, it ruined the type, because Christ was struck only once.

Planned Lessons From Jewish History

I draw your attention to that for two reasons…to show you that there can be a profitable study of types in the Word of God, and also to tell you that God is very jealous of His types. He guards them carefully.

I Corinthians 10:

5But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
6Now these things were our examples…

That word examples does not convey a great deal to us. But the word in the original text is the word for types . Actually, what he is saying is, “These were types, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.”

I Corinthians 10:

7Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
8Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
9Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
10Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
11Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples [types]: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

The word world should be age . They are written for those of us who are living in the end of the age. Why did God preserve the story of Joseph? Not so you would have a history of Joseph…not at all…but because in the life of Joseph were types of a great many spiritual truths.

Likenesses Between Joseph and Christ

If you will turn back to Genesis, chapter 37, I would like to point out to you some of the experiences in the life of Joseph which were types of our Lord Jesus Christ. I had thought that we would look at these types in the order of their appearance in the life of Christ, but I decided that that might be a bit confusing, and we will look at them in the order in which they come in these verses. But you might like, too, for your own spiritual exercise, to set these things down another time in the order of their appearance in the life of Christ. Notice verse 2:

Genesis 37:

2These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren…

As Shepherd

What was Joseph's occupation? He was a shepherd, was he not? Right away we have our first indication of why Joseph was selected as a type of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Great Shepherd of the sheep. “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want” (Psalms 23:1).

Then notice the last part of verse 2. Joseph brought an evil report unto his father concerning his brethren. Please do not think of Joseph as a tattle tale, someone who was just going around squealing on his brothers. When we read here that Joeseph brought an evil report, it was not a mere matter of tattling. It was something that concerned the whole family. The words in the original language for evil report indicate that Joseph would have been remiss in his duty to his father had he not reported this thing to him. This evil report was not so much a matter of tattling as it was a matter of presenting facts in their full light and causing even the brethren to recognize their own condition. That “Joseph brought unto his father their evil report” was not mere tattling, but was a report of a real condition of the heart.

In chapter 7 of the Gospel of John, verse 7, the Lord Jesus Christ said, “The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth.” Why Jesus? “Because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”

Just as Joseph testified of his brethren that their works were evil, the Lord Jesus Christ testified of his brethren that their works were evil, with the purpose of making them conscious of their need of deliverance.

As Best Loved Son

Look at the very last statement of Genesis, chapter 37, verse 3:

Genesis 37:

3Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.

The first statement is that Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children. You will remember that chapter 3 of the Gospel of Matthew, verse 17, reminds us that the Lord Jesus Christ was the well beloved Son of His Father, in whom He was well pleased.

As One Set Apart From Others

Have you ever wondered why the Scripture places so much emphasis on the coat of many colors? Some people would suggest that the coat did not have many colors…that it was a long coat that reached to the ground. Others will tell you that it was a coat with long sleeves. They will tell you that there is an error in the Scripture when it says it was a coat of many colors.

Actually it was a coat of many colors, it was a coat with long sleeves, and it was a coat that reached to the ground. But more important than any of those things was that it was a coat of distinction. That is why it irritated the brethren of Joseph. It marked Joseph as being different from them, for they all wore short coats that came down to the knees, and coats without sleeves. That indicated that they were ordinary people who had to do ordinary tasks. But any one who had a coat with long sleeves and many colors down to his feet was a person who was different. Joseph was marked as different from his brethren as an illustration of the fact that the Lord Jesus Christ was so marked out from his brethren. The Lord Jesus Christ was so different that men said again and again and again, “Never a man spake like this man” (John 7:46). “Behold, even the winds and the seas obey Him” (Matthew 8:27).

Think through the Gospels of all the things that made the Lord Jesus Christ different, and you can see why Joseph was a perfect illustration of such a man.

Genesis 37:

4And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

Remember what the Lord Jesus Christ said in chapter 15 of the Gospel according to John? He was talking about the way people would feel about His disciples and they way they felt about Him, and He said in verse 24:

John 15:

24If I had not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father.

The very presence of the Lord Jesus Christ among His brethren made them conscious that they were different. He did not have to tell them. His very presence made them conscious of it. So did Joseph's. His brothers hated him for that reason.

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Hated Because of Words

Notice verse 5:

Genesis 37:

5And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

Sometime when you have time, read chapter 8 of the Gospel of John. You will find that the people hated Jesus not only because of what He was, but because of what He said. They hated Him for His very words.

Then, there are the dreams of Joseph. Have you ever wondered why Joseph had two kinds of dreams…one related to the earth and one related to the heavens? One was related to kings bowing down. One was related to the heavenly planets. Have you ever wondered why? The reason is that Joseph was to be a type of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the types, as I have mentioned, are very carefully protected by God. The Lord Jesus Christ was to be the ruler of earth and of Heaven. If Joseph had had just one dream related to the earth, or just one dream related to the heavens, the type would not have been complete. The illustration would have been lacking.

In chapter 28 of the Gospel of Matthew the Lord Jesus Christ said, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” That is why Joseph dreamed as he did.

Willingness to Obey

You will notice in verse 12 that his brethren were in Shechem. His father was greatly concerned about their condition, and in verse 13 he said unto Joseph:

Genesis 37:

13And Israel said unto Joseph, Do not thy brethren feed the flock in Shechem? come, and I will send thee unto them. And he said to him, Here am I.

Did you notice the willingness on the part of Joseph to obey his father? He could not have been the perfect type of Christ if he had argued about it for one moment. Remember that in Psalms 40 the Lord Jesus Christ records, concerning Himself, “I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, I delight to do thy will, O my God.”

Searching for Brethren

The willingness of Joseph to obey his father is a perfect illustration of the willingness of Christ to obey His Father's will, because they were engaged in the same task. Joseph was going to see about his brethren, and the Lord Jesus Christ was going to see about His brethren. In order to do that, He had to leave the glory that He had with His Father before the world was. He had to leave the fellowship that He had with His Father. Here again is the perfect type. Look at verse 14:

Genesis 37:

14And he said to him, Go, I pray thee, see whether it be well with thy brethren, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

Remember what we said Hebron means? It means place of fellowship . The Lord Jesus Christ had to leave His place of fellowship to come to a world that was full of burdens. The word Shechem means burdens, shoulder, trials, tribulation . He left the place of fellowship for the place of burden in order to seek his brethren.

Do you see how perfect the type is? Later, when someone found Joseph wandering about, up and down, looking, searching, he said:

Genesis 37:

16…I seek my brethren: tell me, I pray thee, where they feed their flocks.

The Son of Man, we are told in the Scripture, is come to seek and to save that which is lost. That is His purpose for coming.

Plans for Future Seemingly Crushed

What was the attitude of the brethren of Joseph? Glance at verse 19:

Genesis 37:

19And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh.
20Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.

When you have time, read in chapter 21 of the Gospel of Matthew a parable which the Lord related to Himself, and you will find the very same words used: “Here He comes. Let's get Him. Let's kill him.” Joseph's brothers said, “Now, let us see what will become of his dreams”…mocking and making fun of his dreams. There comes to mind the words of those who stood at the Cross. These words are recorded in Matthew, chapter 27: “He saved others; Himself He cannot save. Where are His claims now? If Thou be the Son of God, come down from the Cross.” Just as they made light of Joseph, they made light of Jesus.

Betrayed by Judah

The last thing that is very striking to me is in verse 26. It is not the last in the series of types, but it is the last in this chapter. The types continue, as you will see if you read the rest of the book.

Genesis 37:

26And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood?
27Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites…

Judah is the Old Testament word for the New Testament Judas. Judah betrayed Joseph, and Judas betrayed Christ.

Joseph's life, then, is recorded in the Word of God not solely from the standpoint of history, but as an illustration of the Lord Jesus Christ as well. We should remember that this book is the story of Christ. We ought to be able to see Him everywhere.

A type, when it is related to a person, need not be a type in every respect. There must never be anything that will work against the truth of the type. But to make the story interesting there has to be some scenery. So if there are some things in the Scriptures that are not particularly a type of the Lord Jesus Christ, you do not need to be concerned about it. Some of it is just for background.


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