Isn’t it interesting how much of the book of Genesis is devoted to the life of Joseph?
A little bit more than one fifth or about 10 chapters of Genesis is dedicated to Joseph.
As we’ve seen, it’s really quite amazing and inspiring to see how his life is a portrait of Yeshua, our savior.
So today I have nine more patterns from Genesis 43 that foreshadow the life of Yeshua.
Some of these might seem like kind of a stretch, but I sensed enough of a pattern that I decided to include them.
-Judah become a surety for Benjamin.
-Yeshua became a surety for the New Covenant.
-The brothers delay in coming to Joseph.
-In the same way, Israel delays in coming to Yeshua, their true Messiah.
-Joseph was offered gifts of spices and myrrh.
-The baby Yeshua was offered gifts of gold, spices and myrrh.
-Joseph desires to break bread with his brothers in his home.
-Yeshua desires to break bread with us in His Kingdom.
-When the brothers return to Joseph, an animal is slain for the banquet.
-In one of Yeshua’s parables, when the prodigal son returns to his father’s house, an animal is slain for the banquet.
-Joseph’s steward tells them, “Peace be with you. Be not afraid.”
-Yeshua after His ascension when He appeared to the disciples said the same thing, “Peace be with you. Be not afraid.”
-Joseph is kind and gracious to his brothers in spite of their sin.
-Yeshua in spite of our sin died for us out of His love for us. (He loved us even while we were still sinners.)
-Joseph says at the supper with his brothers, “serve the bread”.
-Yeshua says at the last supper to his disciples “take this bread”.
-Verse 33 says that the brothers looked at each other in astonishment because Joseph seemed to know things he shouldn’t have known.
-Throughout the whole New Testament, we are told that the people marveled at Yeshua in astonishment because of His knowledge.
NEXT TIME WE BEGIN GENESIS CHAPTER 44