A Study of Joseph – Joseph/Jesus Parallels

I thought it might be good to look at a couple of parallels between the lives of Jesus and Joseph.  Joseph’s life is a foreshadowing of the one true Messiah that was to come later. Joseph was a servant of God, maybe not by his choice, but a servant none the less.  Jesus was the perfect picture of servant. Mark 10:45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Joseph was despised and hated by those you would think would love him most. Jesus, likewise, was despised and hated by those you would think would love him most. For Joseph, it was is brothers that despised and hated him, even to the point that they considered killing him. For Jesus, he was rejected by the nation of people who were chosen by God and knew from the scrolls, that a Saviour was to come. And Jesus was also discarded by those closest to Him, even His own brothers. John 7:5For even his own brothers did not believe in him. 

Betrayal for Sale: Judah pitches the idea of selling his brother into slavery which they agree to do and Joseph is sold for 20 pieces of silver. Then in Matthew 26:14-16, we see that Jesus is betrayed for 30 silver pieces by Judas Iscariot. And if you notice the names of the men who led the betrayal’s, we see Judah and Judas. Judah translated from the Hebrew name “Yehuda” can also be translated to Judas. For Joseph, it is through this betrayal that we see God exalt him to a position where he becomes a savior to both Gentiles (Egyptians) and Jews (Joseph’s family) and I wonder how much of this Joseph knew was his ultimate calling ahead of time. For Jesus, the betrayal begins the final chapter of Jesus’ earthly ministry by sacrificing himself to be the Savior of all people – Jews and Gentiles alike.

I will post some other parallels in the lives of Jesus and Joseph a little later on.

Peace and thanks for reading!

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