Joseph was a type of Christ. Therefore we can think of Jesus as “our Joseph.”
Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him. They could see that their father favored him. As a result, they ostracized Joseph. Their pique did not subside, however, and they eventually cast him down into a pit…and left him for dead.
Jesus likewise encountered jealousy from his fellow human beings. They could see that God favored Jesus, doing things for Him that He didn’t do for anyone else. Religious leaders ostracized Jesus, but it did not do any good for He was not disheartened by this nor did it discourage Him from continuing His ministry of kindness to people. Finally, Jesus’ jealous contemporaries had him cruelly murdered.
Though left for dead, Joseph survived the pit and, after more trials and some considerable time, ended up second in command of all of Egypt. When Joseph’s brothers came to him seeking food (for famine had struck their land), Joseph forgave them and gave them food. They had thought Joseph was dead and didn’t recognize him at first. Eventually, Joseph brought his entire family to Egypt for their well-being and safety. He never retaliated against his brothers for their meanness toward him. In fact, it’s hard to see how he could have treated them any better had they been kind to him in his early years.
Jesus, of course, demonstrates this same generosity of spirit to all of us. He does not hold grudges about His crucifixion. Rather, He sees it as the way He could bring His blessings on humanity. We meant it for evil, but He meant it for good. Though “left for dead,” He rose from the dead – never to die again.
Thanks be to God that Joseph helps us understand Jesus.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ in biblical terms.