Why the story of Joseph is so important

The story of Joseph from The Book of Genesis teaches us about two things. The first thing this story teaches us is that not matter how many tribulations and tests that come your way, through God, you’ll triumph over them. Even though Joseph went through betrayal of his brothers and wrongfully thrown in prison, at the end he became in charge of Egypt.

The second thing this story teaches us is the foreshadowing of Jesus. Let’s discuss few things in this story that points to Jesus:


1. Conspiracy of Murder

Joseph’s brothers plotted to kill him before selling him to the Ishmaelites. And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him. Genesis 37:18 The Pharisees planned on crucifying Jesus. But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. Matthew 12:14


2. Sold for Silver

Joseph’s brothers sold him for 20 shekels of silver. So when the Midianite merchants came by, his brothers pulled Joseph up out of the cistern and sold him for twenty shekels a] of silver to the Ishmaelites, who took him to Egypt. Genesis 37:28 Jesus was sold out by his own disciple, Judas. And asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. Matthew 26:15-16


3. Falsely Accused

Joseph was thrown in prison for being falsely accused of having sex with his master’s wife. Jesus was crucified due to false witnesses. But they did not find any, though many false witnesses came forward. Finally two came forward. Matthew 26:60


4. The Cupbearer and the Baker

The two inmates in the same prison with Joseph who had two different outcome. The baker was executed and the cupbearer was restored after 3 days in prison. This mini story describes how Jesus had to die so we can be restored with his blood. The baker represents Jesus’ human body. The cupbearer presents Jesus’ blood. While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28  Just like how the cupbearer forgot about Joseph until a crisis rises. This describes how some Christians forget Jesus until they fall into a hardship.


5. Authority

Pharaoh placed Joseph in charge of Egypt. Everyone had to take orders from Joseph. During a famine people from all over world came to Egypt to buy grain because Joseph opened all the storehouses. This part of the story describes how God has given Jesus authority. Whoever shall believe, pray, and repent through his name shall have eternal life in the Kingdom of God. Egypt represents Heaven. The famine represents death or end times. The grain represents salvation. Pharaoh represents God, the father. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” Genesis 41:44   Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6


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