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Seeing Jesus in the Life of Joseph

Joseph was Jacob’s beloved son

Because of Jesus, we are God’s beloved children

 

The Lord was with Joseph

The Lord is with me always

 

The Lord raised Joseph from prison to palace

Jesus raised us from sin and death to eternal life

 

Joseph saved his family and forgave them

Jesus is my forgiving savior!

 

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Joseph: The Forgiving Saviour

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God raised Joseph to be Ruler of Egypt to save the world

Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers. He was wrongly accused. He was sent to prison. But God raised him up to be the one who would save his family, the whole of Egypt and other countries from the famine.

“… it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you.” Gen 45:5

Jesus was betrayed by his own disciple. He was sentenced to death despite being innocent. Yet through His death on the cross, He defeated death. And God raised Him up to be the King of kings who would save the world from their sin.

 

Joseph forgave his brothers and showed them grace.

No matter how bad his brothers were, Joseph still loved them and forgave them. Joseph told his brothers not to blame themselves — that God had allowed what they did for His greater plan … all the bad He turned for good.

Joseph not only forgave them but also invited them to live with him where he could provide for them always.

Even after their father died, and the brothers were afraid that Joseph will seek his revenge, he reassured them. “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. 21 So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” (Gen 50:20-21)

No matter how bad we are, Jesus still loves us and forgave us. Jesus forgave us for our sin and showed us grace. He died for us while we were still sinners. He gave us His life — in Him we are always provided and cared for.

Because of Jesus, we can forgive others who hurt us, just like Joseph forgave his brothers.

 

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Joseph: Promoted to Glory

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The Lord was all Joseph had — and he was enough.

Joseph had nothing. He was a slave and slaves had no rights. The people who owned them can beat them to death and they will not be punished.

But Joseph rose from a slave to the second most important man in Egypt How was he able to interpret Pharoah’s dream, when even the wisest men in Egypt could not do it?

Joseph told Pharoah that he was not able to interpret the dream but God was able to do it.

You see, although Joseph had nothing, he had the Lord, and the Lord was enough because he gave Joseph all the wisdom he needed.

 

God restored (gave back) to Joseph more than he lost

Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold as a slave by his own brothers. He lost his family, home and even his own rights. He spent 13 years of his life as a slave and in prison. It would almost seem like he was going nowhere and his life was wasted. But at the age of 30, God promoted Joseph to be the second most important man in Egypt, a powerful nation.

There may be times in our life when things are going wrong and we feel sad or upset. We may have lost our friends when we changed classes/school, or our brother/sister broke our favourite toy.

When Jesus died on the cross, he took all our sins and punishments so that we can have God’s blessings of provision.

As God restored to Joseph more than what he lost, he will also give to us more than we lost.

Whatever sin took away from us — love, joy, peace, patience, health, wealth etc — Jesus restored on the Cross in exchange for His blood.

 

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Joseph: The Lord was with Him

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God was with Joseph.

Joseph was sold by his own brothers and ended up a slave in Egypt … far from his father and home.

But the good news is, God never left Joseph, and He was with him in Egypt.

Today, when we believe in Jesus, God’s Holy Spirit is in us forever. So no matter what happens, always remember that God is always with us!

 

God’s presence gave Joseph favour and success.

Because of Joseph, Potiphar and all he had were blessed by God too!

Even in prison, the Lord granted Joseph favour in the eyes of the prison warden who put him in charge of all in the prison.

When we have Jesus, we have His favour and success. And all around us are blessed because of us. We are blessed to be a blessing!

 

God’s presence gave Joseph power to resist temptation.

When Potiphar’s wife tried to get Joseph to do something bad, Joseph refused because:

  • He knew his master trusted him
  • He knew his position in the house — he could have everything except his master’s wife
  • He knew God had blessed him so much … so how could He sin against God?

Jesus was also tempted in every way, yet He did not sin.

When we believe in Jesus, we become Jesus’ boys and girls. When we know who we are and who we belong to (Jesus), we can also say no to sin and temptation. We don’t have to listen to or follow our friends when they do naughty things. We can remind ourselves, “I’m a Jesus-boy/girl, and I don’t do these sort of things!”

Joseph was falsely accused and punished for what He did not do.

Jesus was also falsely accused by the chief priests and false witnesses (Matt 26:59-60).

Jesus took the punishment that was meant for us.

And there was a time when even God left Jesus’ presence — as He was hanging on the cross, carrying all our sin and shame, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matt 28:46).

Because of Jesus, we can have God’s presence and favour in our life!

 

 
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Joseph: The Beloved Son

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Joseph was Jacob’s beloved Son; Jesus is God’s beloved son & we are all God’s beloved children.

Jacob trusted Joseph to check on his brothers and bring back reports for him.

Jacob blessed Joseph with a beautiful colourful coat as a mark that he was the beloved son.

This reminds us that Jesus was God’s beloved son.

When Jesus was on earth, twice God spoke from heaven to declare, “This is my beloved son with whom I am well pleased.”

But because of Jesus, we are all now God’s beloved children. Unlike Jacob, God doesn’t play favourites. So we don’t have to be jealous of each other. God sees us in His beloved son, Jesus, so He loves all of us just the same!

So we can live each day knowing that our Father’s favour and grace is on us always.

Romans 9:24, “I will call those who were not my people, ‘my people,’ and he who was not beloved, ‘beloved’.”

 

Joseph’s brothers tried to kill the Dreamer. But God’s dreams don’t die.

God had a purpose for Joseph’s life. And even though his brothers tried to stop it by selling him off, God continued to work in Joseph’s life to bring it to reality (as we will find out more in the next few lessons).

Jesus also was rejected by his brothers. He was betrayed by his disciple for 30 pieces of silver, whipped and crucified.

The devil thought he had destroyed God’s plan of saving the world. He thought he had won! But he was wrong.

God used the devil’s evil plans to bring His own plan of salvation to reality.

 

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