While visiting Ain Fajum where Joseph was, a thought came to me.
God used him as a type, an example to help us appreciate God’s character a little better.
While living here in Hebron, his father sent him to take some food to his brothers.
He walked a long way to reach them. How did they treat him?
They detested the fact that he wore a special robe. They took it from him and clad him in the robe of a slave.
Was Jesus clad in a special robe when He came to us?
Yes. His robe of sinless ness.
Did He loose that robe on Calvary?
He was clad in the nakedness of my sinfulness.
Jacob sent Joseph to take food to his brothers. He did they treat him? He was sold for the price of a slave.
Like Jacob, God the Father sent His Son to feed us with the food of salvation.
He did we treat Him?
We sold Him for the price of a slave?
Do you notice something while looking at these men on the walls of Karnak? One of them is without a beard. He is a eunuch. In Egypt Joseph was sold to Potiphar, a eunuch one of the king’s officials.
This information assists in appreciating Mrs. Potiphar’s physical affection for Joseph.
It is quite an experience to walk where Joseph walked and worked. He was the best and most trusted servant Egypt had ever seen.
Genesis 39:6 And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he knew not aught he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favored.
Joseph was accused and punished for a crime he never committed.
And you? And Jesus?
He was placed in a dungeon for two years. Jesus too was accused of a crime He never committed and was jailed for it.
You can visit the jail in which Jesus was locked up at St Peter’s in Galigantu in Jerusalem.
After almost dying in the dungeon, Joseph was set free and became the ruler of Egypt.
Jesus too was jailed in death. But when He arose on Sunday morning He became the Ruler of Salvation for the entire world.
During his first seven years of his reign Joseph made storehouses for grain and filled them to capacity. When a seven famine came he could feed the whole world.
Jesus filled His storehouse with the grain of salvation. He has enough gospel food to feed every starving sinner on our planet.
How did Joseph treat his wicked brothers who sold him for the price of a slave?
Genesis 45:5 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did sent me before you to preserve life.
How did Jacob receive the news that his son Joseph was still alive? He could not believe it. How did they persuade him that Joseph really lives?
They showed him the wagons Joseph sent to transport him from hurt to joy, from poverty to prosperity, from loneliness to fellowship.
How does God persuade sinners to leave their misery and come to His fullness? He sends them the wagon of His grace to transport them to Him.
What was the meeting like when Jacob and Joseph met?
Genesis 46:29 And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
I think this was the greatest display of glory Egypt has ever seen. Joseph, a type of Christ came in splendour to embrace his poor sorrow worn father, representing the sinner who experience spiritual poverty.
Joseph presented himself to Jacob.
The Hebrew word Ra-ah is used for God appearing to man.
A foretaste of the second coming of Jesus.
God is going to reveal Himself to us on that day in all His splendour.