According to Pattern: Joseph (Part 2)

Now, let’s see how in the story of Jesus, God is retelling the story of Joseph in a dramatic new way.

  • Jesus is the ultimate son of Jacob/Israel (Matt. 1:1, Rom. 9:5), and the full and final fulfillment of the ‘seed’ of Abraham (Gal. 3:16) and the serpent-crushing ‘seed’ of the woman in Gen. 3:15.
  • Jesus is given preeminence above his brothers by God the Father (Heb. 2:11), and is the firstborn of all creation (Col. 1:15). As the climactic descendant from the royal line of David He is also the firstborn in the sense of Kingship (Matt. 27:11, Rom. 1:3).
  • Jesus is persecuted by his brethren and suffers “exile” (“the curse of the Law”, Gal. 3:13) for His people (2 Cor. 5:21).
  • Jesus is falsely accused and is silent when reviled (Acts 8:32, 1 Pet. 2:23).
  • Jesus is the suffering servant, and as a result of his humiliation is later exalted (Isa. 52-53, Phil. 2:5-11).
  • Jesus becomes a source of life, not only for the people of Israel, but also for the surrounding pagan nations (Isa. 49:6, 52:10, Rev. 7:4-10).

The parallels are clearly seen once you do a little digging. Joseph serves as a historical prefiguring of Jesus. Or, put another way, Jesus repeats the essential acts of Joseph’s life, but on a cosmic scale.

Joseph was great, but a greater than Joseph has come!


Posted on September 26, 2007, in Typology and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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