Joseph and Jesus – A Typological Comparison

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The similarities are stunning.  Only a Master Narrator could have accomplished it.

Joseph, clothed in his father’s majesty (Gen. 37:3), was told by his father to go to his brothers to bring tidings to them from Jacob.  Joseph responded “I will go (Gen. 37:13).”   When his brothers saw him coming, they plotted against Joseph, that they could be rid of this one of whom it was prophesied would rule over them (Gen. 37:8), whom they were to serve, whom they hated (Gen. 37:4).

When Joseph arrived, they seized him and threw him into a pit in the wilderness.  Reuben, the eldest brother, advised them not to harm Joseph lest they be responsible for his death (Gen. 37:22).  In the meantime, they sat down to a meal.  Judah, another brother, seeing an opportunity to make a profit and be rid of the hated one, sold Joseph for twenty pieces of silver (Gen. 37:28) to wicked men. Joseph’s brothers left his fate in the hands of Gentiles.

The hands of the brothers were “clean,” but they had secured Joseph’s destruction.

But what the brothers meant for evil God meant for good (Gen. 50:20).  Joseph went to Egypt and became like a king.  His enslavement led to salvation of the world from famine for all who came hungry (Gen. 41:57).  These events eventually led to the first Exodus.

Jesus, clothed in his father’s majesty, was sent by the Father (John 6:57) to the house of Israel (Matt. 15:24).  Jesus responded “I will go.”  When Israel saw his good deeds and his miracles, they plotted against Jesus (Matt. 12:14), that they could be rid of this one of whom it was prophesied would rule over them (Isaiah 9:7), who was to serve them! (Mark 10:45), whom they hated (John 15:18).

When the moment was right, they betrayed him.  During a meal, Judas, seeing an opportunity to make a profit and be rid of the hated one, sold Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Matt. 26:15) to wicked men.  Israel handed Jesus over to Pontius Pilate (Luke 23), leaving his fate in the hands of Gentiles.

The hands of Israel were “clean,” but they had secured Jesus’ destruction.

But what Israel meant for evil God meant for good.  Jesus was put to death by wicked men doing evil deeds SO THAT men might be reconciled  to the Father (John 3:14-15).  His death on the cross leads to the salvation of the world from their sins for all who come hungry (Matt. 5:6).  The resurrection of Jesus has inaugurated the New Exodus.

 God made him who knew no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

2 Corinthians 5:21

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One thought on “Joseph and Jesus – A Typological Comparison

  1. Good thoughts. Acts 2.23 supports your comparison. Joseph’s brothers delivered him over, but it was ultimately God’s design. Likewise it was the “Men of Israel” who “crucified and killed” the Christ, but it was according to God’s “definite plan” that he died so that good would triumph as the “pangs of death were loosed.”

    Thanks for letting me borrow your lawnmower, bro.

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