Joseph as a type of Christ

Like King David, Joseph offers us both an example as a typical believer and a pointer to the Gospel as a type of Christ. Here I want to pick up on some of the ways that Joseph provides us with that pointer to Christ and the Gospel.

1.      He is his father’s beloved son -there is a uniqueness to that love, just as the Father loves the only begotten Son (Genesis 37:3)

2.      He comes searching for his own but they are not willing to receive him, they hate him (Genesis 37:14 -17)

3.      He is stripped of his robe. He is handed over to another people. He has a “death like” experience of the pit and exile equivalent to Christ being in the tomb (Genesis 37:18 -36)

4.      He is faithfully in charge of the household (Genesis 38 cf Hebrews 3:6)

5.      He learns obedience through suffering (c.f. Hebrews 5:7-9)

6.      Evil people intend him harm but God uses it for good (Genesis 50:20).

7.      It is only through him that his brothers can be saved, know life and properly belong to the family (Hebrews 2:11)