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I Am Joseph, Your Brother

“And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near. And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.” (Genesis 45:4)

“And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.” (Zechariah 12:10)

The foreshadowing in Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers of Christ’s reconciliation with His brothers is astounding. We have been looking at Joseph’s interactions with the other sons of Jacob from the perspective of the Christian interacting with Christ. But we are also reminded herein of the Lord Jesus’ own relation with the nation of Israel. After all, at this particular time Joseph (who is foreshadowing Christ) is interacting with whole of the nation of Israel, for the entirety of all the tribes is represented in this room. The ancestors of each and every tribe is present with each brother being the namesake of the tribe that will descend from him.

It is telling that none of the brothers recognized Joseph. The nation of Israel failed to recognize their promised Messiah during His first coming, as well. It is only when Joseph chooses to reveal himself to the brothers that they can know who he is. The Lord Jesus stated plainly to the nation of Israel Who He was, but they did not believe Him (Matt. 23:37). At the first meeting of Joseph and the brothers, they do not realize who he is. It is during their second journey into Egypt that Joseph reveals himself to them.  So it shall be during our Lord’s second coming that He will reveal Himself to a repentant and believing remnant from among Israel. Joseph said unto his brothers, “I am Joseph, your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.” Jesus will say, “I am Jesus, your Brother, Whom ye crucified.”

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  1. This one gave me goosebumps! I have read this so often before, but never thought of it this way! I love how you keep finding Jesus in Joseph’s story. And how God wrote all of it specifically that way. I commented on another blog about how someone has told me that often times it is things like this, Jesus prophecies from the old testament, that help a Jewish person to see Him and believe. God bless you and thanks! :) You are really journeying through this with a passion for Him!

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  2. “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved.” (Rom. 10:1)

    I have heard of many devout Jews converting to Christianity after being shown from the Old Testament that Jesus perfectly and uniquely fulfilled the prophecies concerning the coming Messiah. It seems hard to understand how anyone could believe passages such as Isaiah 53 and Zechariah 12:10 and not realize that they point directly to the Lord Jesus Christ. Who else in the world could these be referring to?

    I came across a website which stated that its purpose was to “assist” Jewish persons to refute the efforts of Christians sharing the Gospel with them. They were actually proud to call their tactics “counter-evangelism.” I was interested to see how they dealt with some of the more direct Messianic passages from the Old Testament, so I clicked the links to read their explanations for passages like Isaiah 53. By the time they had “interpreted” the meaning of the passage, it did not even resemble anything even close to what the text actually said. Everything was given a metaphorical, allegorical, or symbolic meaning to the point where the chapter was rendered utterly without any meaning at all. They would not even concede the possibility that it was referring to an actual Person, despite the clarity of the language denoting otherwise.

    You would think that the overwhelming evidence in the Old Testament pointing to Jesus Christ as the promised Jewish Messiah would convince anyone who holds the Old Testament to be the Word of God, but as we know, unless a person has the eyes of their understanding opened, they remain in darkness.

    Thanks for the great comments, Deb, God bless you :)

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