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The Messiah Revealed In Genesis

Out of 50 chapters in the Book of Genesis, 14 chapters (Genesis 37 - 50) are dedicated to describe the life of Joseph. Within the life journeys of this dreamer, God revealed to us about the First and Second Coming of the Messiah, especially with regards to the Jews. At His First Coming, Jesus was rejected by His own brothers, the Israelites. But at His Second Coming, they will accept Him as their Messiah.

Joseph Jesus
First Coming Of The Messiah
Joseph was the first child of Rachel (Genesis 30:22-24). Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation (Colossians 1:15).
Joseph was his father's favorite son (Genesis 37:3). "This is My beloved Son, in Whom I am well pleased." (Matthew 3:17)
He was given a coat of many colours (Genesis 37:3). And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth (John 1:14).
Joseph's brothers hated him enough to kill him (Genesis 37:4, 20). Jesus’ brothers hated Him, and plotted to kill Him (Matthew 27:1).
Joseph was a dreamer and an interpreter of dreams. His prophetic gifting enabled him to foretell the future to his brothers and Pharaoh (Genesis 37:5-11; 41:25-36). So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee." (Matthew 21:11)
Joseph and his family were shepherds in the land of Canaan (Genesis 37:12; 46:32). Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:14).
Joseph’s father, out of his love, sent him to his brothers to see how they were (Genesis 37:13-14). For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
Joseph was afflicted (Amos 6:6). "Wasn't it clearly predicted by the prophets that the Messiah would have to suffer all these things before entering His time of glory?" (Luke 24:25-26)
His brothers treated Joseph with great hostility (Genesis 37:19-20). But they were insistent, demanding with loud voices that He be crucified. And the voices of these men and of the chief priests prevailed (Luke 23:23).
They stripped him of his garment (Genesis 37:23). They divided Jesus' garments and cast lots (Luke 23:34).
They threw Joseph into the pit (Genesis 37:24),. Jesus was buried in a tomb (Mark 15:46).
They sold Joseph to the Midianites for 20 pieces of gold. (Genesis 37:28) Jesus was betrayed for 30 pieces of gold (Matthew 27:3).
Joseph was tempted by Potiphar’s wife, and he did not sin against the Lord (Genesis 39:7-20). Jesus was tempted by Satan, and He sinned not (Matthew 4:1-11).
Joseph found favor in the sight of God and men (Genesis 39:21). Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men (Luke 2:52).
Joseph was raised up from the prison to the palace (Genesis 41:14). Jesus was resurrected from the death (John 21:14).
Joseph was appointed second to the Pharaoh (Genesis 41:41-44). Jesus was exalted to the right hand of God (Acts 2:33).
Joseph provided grains to all the countries of the earth during the time of famine (Genesis 41:55-57).

"Behold, the days are coming," says the Lord GOD, "That I will send a famine on the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD." (Amos 8:11)

Jesus said in John 6:48-50: "I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die."
Joseph’s brothers came to Egypt to buy food from Joseph (Genesis 42:1-3). "This is the bread which came down from heaven—not as your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever." (John 6:58)
Joseph recognized his brothers but they did not recognize him. (Genesis 42:8). Jesus came to His own, and His own did not receive Him (John 1:11).
Joseph’s brother thought that he was an Egyptian Gentile. They did not know that Joseph understood them, for he spoke to them through an interpreter. (Genesis 42:23). Jesus was a Jew. Yet His own people treated Him like a Gentile. As a Jew, Jesus was circumcised on the eighth day after His birth, and His parents brought Him to Jerusalem and presented Him to the Lord (Luke 2:21-24). His Jewish genealogy can be found in both Matthew 1: 1:1-17 and Luke 3:23-38.
Joseph wept when he saw his brothers (Genesis 42:24). When Jesus saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd (Matthew 9:36).
Joseph did not revealed who he was to his brothers until they passed the test that they would not again betray their own brother. Benjamin, Joseph’s younger brother, was used to test their hearts (Genesis 44:1-34). "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! See! Your house is left to you desolate; for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, 'Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!'" (Matthew 23:37-39)

Second Coming Of The Messiah

Joseph finally revealed himself to his brothers (Genesis 45:1-3). "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they have pierced; they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn." (Zechariah 12:10)
Joseph told his brothers, "But now, do not therefore be grieved nor angry with yourselves because you sold me here; for God sent me before you to preserve life." (Genesis 45:5) Now if the whole world became rich in God as a result of Jews’ rejection of God’s salvation, how much more blessed the world will become when the Jews accept Christ. And how wonderful it will be when the Jews come to know Christ! It will be like dead people coming back to life (Romans 11:12-15).
Joseph forgave his brothers. He told them in Genesis 50:20, "But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." Paul said, "For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, when I take away their sins." (Romans 11:25-27)
Joseph told his brothers not to be afraid. He would provide for them and their little ones. He comforted them and spoke kindly to them (Genesis 50:21). "Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb Who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes." (Revelation 7:15-17)
Pharaoh gave them the best of the land of Egypt. And they dwelt in Goshen. Pharaoh made them chief herdsmen over his livestock. (Genesis 47:6). And they sang a new song, saying: "You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:9-10)

The great city, the holy Jerusalem, had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel (Revelation 21:12).

This is the moment that the gospel has reached the ends of the world, with the exception of a few tribes here and there. The fullness of the Gentiles is coming in, and now is the time that all Israel will be saved (Rom 11:25-26)!

Let's proclaim to them that their Deliverer is coming and their Deliverer is come! Let's share the Good News to the Jews in Zion that Jesus is truly their Messiah from the very beginning of Genesis!

Written on:
6 May 2004