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Despised & Rejected: Joseph & Jesus Compared


Shane Rosenthal

Release date:

August 1, 2021



Despised & Rejected

 Joseph & Jesus Compared
Joseph brought his father a bad report concerning his brothers (Gen 37:2)Jesus said, “The world hates me because I testify that its works are evil” (Jn 7:7)
Joseph was his father’s favorite son (Gen 37:3)Jesus is the beloved son of his father: “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Mt 3:17)
Joseph’s brothers hated him (Gen 37:4)Jesus’ family believed he was “out of his mind” (Mk 3:21) and his brothers did not believe in him (Jn 7:5; cf. Is 53:3 where the messiah is “despised and rejected”)
Joseph’s dreams hint of great things to come. He will be honored above all the members of his family (Gen 37:5-7)An angel reveals to Mary that the child born to her will sit on the throne of David (Lk 1:28-33)
Joseph’s brothers ask, “Will you reign over us?” (Gen 37:8)Men described in Jesus’ parable say, “We do not want this man to reign over us!” (Lk 19:14; cf. Ps. 2)
Jacob kept Joseph’s words in mind (Gen 37:11)Mary pondered these things in her heart (Lk 2:19)
Joseph’s brothers begin to plot against him (Gen 37:20)Jewish leaders plot against Jesus (Mt 26:4; Jn 11:45–57)
Joseph’s brothers: “Come now, let us kill him” (Gen 37:20)Wicked Tenants: “Come, let us kill him” (Mt 21:38; cf. Is 53:9)
They stripped Joseph of his robe (Gen 37:23)They stripped Jesus of his robe (Mt 27:31)
Judah, one of the twelve, suggests that Joseph be sold for twenty pieces of silver (Gen 37:26-28)Judas, one of the twelve, betrays Jesus for thirty pieces of silver (Mt 26:15)
Jacob refused to be comforted, saying “I shall go down to Sheol, mourning” (Gen 37:34-35)Jesus: “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted” (Mt 5:4)
Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God?” (Gen 40:8)Beginning with Moses and the Prophets, Jesus interpreted in all the Scriptures things concerning himself (Lk 24:27)
Pharaoh lifts Joseph out of the pit, and elevates him to the right hand of power in all Egypt (Gen 41:14-42)God raised Jesus from the dead and exalted him at his right hand (Acts 5:30–31; cf. Mt 26:64, Ps 40:1-2, 110:1)
Pharaoh appoints Joseph to intervene so that the people of the land may not perish in the famine (Gen 41:34-36)God so loved the world that he gave his Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish (Jn 3:16; cf. Is 25:9, 60:16)
Joseph was thirty when he entered into the service of Pharaoh (Gen 41:46)Jesus was about thirty years of age when he began his ministry (Lk 3:23)
The people of Egypt were called to “bow the knee” before Joseph wherever he went (Gen 41:43)“God highly exalted him, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…” (Phil 2:22; cf. Is 45:23)
The brothers told their father, “Joseph is still alive, and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” And Jacob’s heart became numb, for he did not believe them (Gen 45:26)The women who saw the empty tomb reported that to the apostles, but their words seemed to them an idle tale, and they did not believe them (Lk 24:10-11; cf. Jn 20:25-29)
When they told Jacob all the words of Joseph…and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived (Gen 45:27)When Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection, they “disbelieved for joy and marveled” (Lk 24:36-41; cf. Jn 20:25-30)
“You meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about the saving of many lives” (Gen 50:20)“This Jesus, whom you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men, was delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God” (Acts 2:23; cf. Is 53:10)
Joseph:  “Do not fear…I will provide for you. Then he comforted them and spoke kindly to them” (Gen 50:21)Jesus: “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom (Lk 12:32)
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