“Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good.” Genesis 50:20
There is often some character flaw in people in the Bible, particularly in the Old Testament. Abraham and Isaac lied. Jacob was deceitful. Moses got angry and misused his position. Jephthah was foolish. Samson made bad relationship choices. David was lustful. Solomon’s faith wavered. And so on.
There are a few people in the Old Testament who do not have a character flaw, at least as revealed in scripture. One of those is Joseph in the book of Genesis. It has been remarked that Joseph’s life parallels the life of Christ in a number of ways. In this sense he serves as a “type” of Christ, a symbol that foreshadowed Christ.
Think about the similarities. Like Christ, both were the beloved of their father. Joseph was a shepherd, Christ the Good Shepherd. Both were foretold to be rulers. The brothers of both were jealous of them. Joseph was sent to his brothers, Jesus to God’s people. When he was in danger, Reuben wanted to rescue Joseph but could not; Pilate wanted to release Jesus, but did not. Both were betrayed by those close to them and sold for a price. Both went to Egypt. Both were falsely accused, Joseph by Potiphar’s wife, Jesus while on trial before the Sanhedrin. Each was condemned with two others – Joseph with the Butler and Baker, Jesus with the two thieves. Of those condemned with them one lived and the other died. Joseph’s brothers did not recognize Jesus; neither did the Jewish people recognize Jesus. Both Joseph and Jesus were raised to power. All knees bowed to Joseph; all knees will bow to Jesus. The evil others intended was meant for good by God. Joseph and Jesus forgave those who meant them harm. Both Joseph and Jesus saved their people. Joseph does not have his sins mentioned in the Bible; Jesus was truly sinless.
It is interesting that Joseph’s story conforms so closely to the life of Christ. He is the reminder that our lives too, in whatever imperfect ways, are also to conform to Christ’s. How are we doing in conforming our attitudes, thoughts, and actions to Christ?
With Warm Regards,