“Now his brothers had gone to graze their father’s flocks near Shechem,
and Israel said to Joseph,
“As you know, your brothers are grazing the flocks near Shechem.
Come, I am going to send you to them.”
“Very well,” he replied.
So he said to him,
“Go and see if all is well with your brothers
and with the flocks, and bring word back to me.”
Let’s take a look at the prophetic elements in Joseph’s life as they appear in Genesis chapter 37.
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-The hatred that the brothers had for Joseph grew progressively worse until it led to them wanting to kill him.
-The hatred that the Jewish ruling leadership had for Yeshua also grew worse and worse until it led to him being arrested and sentenced to death.
-After sharing the dream he received from his heavenly father, Joseph was rebuked by his earthly father.
-Yeshua was rebuked by both his earthly father and mother when He was about His Father’s business in the temple.
-Joseph’s dream predicted that Israel (Jacob) and his brethren would eventually bow down to him.
-The Bible predicts that at the end of times, all Israel and the nations will bow down to Yeshua.
-Joseph was sent on a mission from his father to his brethren.
-Yeshua was sent on a mission from His Father to His brethren
-Joseph was sent to Shechem, a worldly and wicked place.
-Yeshua was sent to this earth, undoubtedly also a wicked and worldly place.
-Joseph was sent by his father to his brethren because they might be lost.
-Yeshua was sent by his Heavenly Father to seek and find the lost sheep of Israel.
-Joseph’s brothers plotted how to kill Joseph from afar.
-The Jewish establishment plotted how to kill Yeshua from afar.
-Joseph’s brothers wanted to kill Joseph for “his dreams and his words”.
-Yeshua was crucified for the words He spoke claiming He was the Son of God.
-Reuben tried to appease his brothers so they wouldn’t kill Joseph.
-Pontius Pilate tried to appease his Jewish audience so that they wouldn’t kill Yeshua.
-Joseph was cast into an empty pit.
-Yeshua was cast into an empty tomb.
-Joseph was stripped of his coat.
-Yeshua was stripped of his robe.
-After Joseph was thrown into the pit, Joseph’s brothers sat down and left him for dead.
-According to Matthew 27:36, after crucifying Yeshua, the soldiers “sat around and kept guard as he hung there”.
-Joseph was betrayed by Judah, one of the 12 brothers, for 20 pieces of silver.
-Yeshua was betrayed by Judas, one of the 12 disciples, for 30 pieces of silver.
-Joseph had his coat dipped in blood.
-Yeshua was dressed in a robe dipped in blood.
-Joseph’s brothers lied about Joseph’s death because he was alive.
-Following the resurrection, the Jewish leaders paid the guards to lie about the reason why Yeshua’s tomb was empty because he was alive.
And as we move forward, there will be many, many more amazing prophetic patterns!