SESSION 12: JOSEPH & JESUS

CONTINUATION: GENESIS 42

54. Joseph became a Saviour to all peoples (41:57; 54); as Jesus is the Saviour to all peoples (John 3:16; Revelation 5:9). 55. Joseph has unlimited resources to meet the need of all the people (41:49); as we read of the riches of Christ’s grace in passages such as Eph. 1:7; 2:7; 2:4; 1 Peter 1:3; Eph. 3:8; Col. 2:9; Romans 10:12.

56. Joseph’s family is driven out of their own land (42:1-3, 5); this is in fulfilment of God’s prophecy in Genesis 15:13. And so, a few years after Joseph’s brothers rejected him they are forced out of their country as were the Jews after a few years after rejecting Christ were scattered into the world by the Romans.

57. Joseph was unknown and unrecognised by his brethren (42:6, 8); as Jesus today is not recognised by the Jews. Joseph was exalted over all the house of Pharaoh, but Jacob knew it not. All the years he thought (assumed)that Joseph was dead! Today, Jews ‘believe’ Jesus to be dead and do not know that He has been exalted as LORD over all the world.

58. Joseph, however, saw and knew his brethren (42:7); so too, Jesus’ eye is on the Jews even today (Jeremiah 16:17; Hosea 5:3).

59. Joseph punished his brethren (42:7, 17); as God (Jesus) is dealing harshly with the Jews today (Hosea 9:17; Matthew 23:35-36, 38-39. “Joseph was the cause of their troubles now. Joseph was punishing them for their past dealing with himself. The secret of all Judah’s suffering during the past centuries is to be found in the fact that the rejected Messiah has been dealing ‘roughly’ with them.”

60. Joseph made provision for his brethren while they were in a strange land (42:25); as God (Jesus) promised to provide for the Jews while they are scattered (Jeremiah 30:11; Ezekiel 11:16)