Joseph, Son of Jacob
In such a large, blended family we would expect to see a range of reactions to the relationship between Jacob and Joseph. They may have. That is precisely the case with Joseph and Jacob in Genesis .. Nowhere have we yet seen any kind of relationship with God such as that. Samuel Emadi argues that the story of Joseph holds a key to understanding the Adam, Noah, and the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
All three of these guys are types of Christ, the beloved son of God. Jesus fits into the pattern of the beloved son perfectly. He is very much like Isaac, Jacob and Joseph. Examining the parallels will tell us something about who he is and what he came to Earth to do: He was supernaturally born to the Virgin Mary.
Jesus is part of a supernatural family line, not a natural one. He is beloved of God — the special one. Twice God speaks directly from Heaven about who Jesus is: That is the same phrase used when God called Abraham to sacrifice his son, whom he loved. He is sent on a mission by his father. We saw that Isaac was sent to offer himself as a sacrifice, Jacob was sent to woo a bride, and Joseph was sent to check on his brothers. Jesus does all three! One of the most obvious types of Christ in the Bible is Isaac.
And Jesus is not just Isaac in that story, of course, but also but the lamb who was sacrificed in his place. Jesus is the son whom God the father presents as a sacrifice for the remission of sins. Just as Isaac carried the wood for the sacrifice on his back up to the top of Moriah, Jesus carried the wood that would be used to kill him up to the top of Moriah. The picture of Abraham offering his son is the picture of God offering his son for the sins of the world.
Like Jacob, Jesus is also sent to woo his bride, his church. He is the bridegroom inviting people to a wedding banquet.
Just like Jacob worked in anticipation of that wedding day, the culmination of Jesus work is the bride presented to her husband Rev. Jesus is sent to check on mankind.
This recalls the parable of the tenants in Matt. After sending his servants the prophets to check on his renters mankindthe landowner sends his son and the tenants kill him.
Just like Joseph is sent to his brothers and rejected and killed, Jesus is sent and rejected. Jesus went through a separation from his father that involved exile, humiliation, and death. We pointed out how each of the three beloved sons of Abraham were separated from their fathers and humiliated. I want to focus on Joseph here, as he went through several levels of humiliation, both literally and figuratively.
He went from being the favored son of powerful landowner to being thrown into a pit, then sent as a slave to Egypt, then thrown in jail in Egypt.
This is a perfect picture of Jesus, who also went through several levels of humiliation. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death— even death on a cross! He condescended to be a human, then to be arrested, tortured and killed.
Then, as Jonah was in the belly of the whale Matt Whatever that might mean, it is a far cry from the right hand of the father in Heaven. Jesus had to remain faithful to the mission, just like the other beloved sons. Or we can look at the temptation in the wilderness.
There Jesus was tempted with making stones into bread, with testing God as to his exalted status and with the political kingdoms of the world. In other words he faces the lust of the flesh, the lust of eyes and the pride of life, the same temptations that brought down Adam and Eve in the garden.
He succeeds where they failed. Physical pleasure, the offer to test his exalted status and political power. So, like Joseph, Jesus remained faithful and, having humbled himself in obedience, he is exalted, which leads us to the next similarity. Jesus was exalted Just as Joseph was made ruler over all, so was Jesus. The hymn we quoted from Philippians concludes: That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way. Does that fit in? Is there a parallel in that way as well? Adam is, from a strictly human perspective, the first child of God. Out of the dust God made man. That is to say, God made a child physically. All human beings since are physical descendents of Adam.
Jesus, in as much as he is fully human and comes later than Adam, is a younger brother, as Isaac is to Ishmael and Joseph is to his older brothers. However, he is also not of exactly the same type, because he is supernaturally born. You see, Jesus is the new Adam, the spiritual Adam, the ultimate child of promise. Jesus is the one that starts a new family of God.
He begins a new type of humanity; a new line that is both physical and spiritual rather than just physical. So now there are two families co-existing on the earth, and it is possible to move from one to the other.
But to do so you must be re-born. As such, there are two kinds of people in the world — those that are born only physically, only once, and those that are born physically and then spiritually. The natural son is no longer in line to get the blessing, the inheritance. Now it will be handed out to those in the live of the supernatural son, the son of promise.
If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Everyone since Adam has been born into that line. However, Jesus is the child of the promise. He is the new Adam, the head of the covenant family of God. He is like Isaac and Jacob and Joseph. He is the one with the inheritance.
Those that are born of Jesus get that inheritence. Those that are simply physical descendents are not part of that line and do not get the inheritance.
What is the story of Joseph and his brothers?
On the other hand, those who have faith in Christ are like Isaac and they become children of God. Paul also uses this comparison in Galatians 4: That is where Jesus took this theme and it is what got him in so much trouble with the Jewish religious leaders in John 8: Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. How can you say that we shall be set free? Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for my word. As it is, you are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God.
Abraham's family tree
Abraham did not do such things. You are doing the things your own father does. I have not come on my own; but he sent me. Why is my language not clear to you? Because you are unable to hear what I say. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him.
When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? He who belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.THE STORY OF JOSEPH AND HIS BRETHREN // Full Movie // Finlay Currie // English // HD // 720p
Jesus is telling the religious leaders that if they do not accept the truth and become children of God by faith in him, they will remain part of the fleshly line of Abraham only, instead of part of the spiritual line of Abraham. Genetic descendents of Abraham are in the same boat as all genetic descendents of Adam: This is why Jesus said to Nicodemus that you must be born again! Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. Just as Isaac, Jacob and Joseph were persecuted, so also was Jesus persecuted by man.
As he explains in that same chapter of John: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. As the new Adam, the beloved son of God came to build the family of God. You see, we are now the beloved sons of God assuming we have given our lives to Jesus and are in Christ and Christ is in us.
The Church is the beloved son of God. Do we really think we can avoid this pattern? This life is the pattern of life for all beloved, supernaturally born children of God, including us. This is how God raises children. This is how mature adults are made. God supernaturally give us life and then calls us to face the same things that every other child of God has to face.
- Joseph (Genesis)
- Joseph, son of Jacob/Israel
- Patriarchs of Faith, Hope and Love
No, we have to do all those things! Sacrifice ourselves to the will of the Father and to others in love. As Paul says in Ephesians 5: The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. That is exactly right. We are going to face hardship and persecution.
If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first.
If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.
That is why the world hates you. Remember the words I spoke to you: If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. The great thing is that when we remain faithful in our suffering, God will exalt us.
The same prize that awaited the other sons of God awaits us. Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Because he knows it is the path to maturity and exaltation. This is the same guy who wrote Romans, after all. Romans 8 is all about the ramifications of what we have been talking about today: You see, we are the heirs — the children of promise who get the big prize at the end of the story!
God gave Joseph the power to interpret dreams, and when the Pharaoh had two disturbing dreams, Joseph was brought before the Pharaoh, and interpreted his dreams, of seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine Gen Joseph also suggested how to put this foreknowledge to good use, by storing produce in warehouses.
Pharaoh charged Joseph, then at age thirty the rank and authority of a viceroy. When the famine came, it effected Canaan whereupon Jacob sent all his sons, except for Benjamin, to Egypt to buy food.
Joseph broke down on seeing his brothers they did not recognize him at firstgave them food, and eventually had his entire family move to Egypt to live. Jacob's family of seventy people traveled to Egypt, and multiplied into a few million before Moses led them out. Joseph had two sons by his Egyptian wife AsenathManasseh and Ephraim.
Joseph died at agehis body was embalmed in Egypt, and his bones returned to Canaan in the Exodus. The name Joseph means "May God increase. He lived in Nazareth and worked as a carpenter. Betrothed to Mary, he married her at the instigation of an angel, who informed him of her pregnancy by the Holy Spirit.
At the time of the census, Joseph was required to register in David's city, Bethlehem, and it was there that Jesus was born. Joseph and his family went up to Jerusalem on two occasions, once to present Jesus to the Temple, and again, during Passover when Jesus was twelve years old.
Joseph is not mentioned during the period of Jesus' public ministry and may have died previously. Joseph of Arimathea Joseph was a wealthy man from the Judean town of Arimathea.