Joseph- 11th Son of Jacob, the first-born of Rachel

Genesis 30:22-25, "And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.  And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach:  And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son."

"...the Lion of the tribe of Judah." Revelation 5:5.

Jacob's prophetic words to Joseph:
Genesis 49:26, "The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren."

Genesis 37:2, "These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report." 

Major points of Joseph's life:
1. Coat of many colors -
Genesis 37:3,  "Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours." 

Genesis 37:4, "And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him."

2. Joseph's dream
Genesis 37:5, "And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more."

The dream:
Genesis 37:7, "For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf."

Genesis 42:6, "And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth."

3. Sold to Egypt
Genesis 45:8, "So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt." 

Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Genesis 49:24, "But his bowabode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:"

Psalms 105:19, "Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him." 

Malachi 3:3, "And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness." 

Job 1:21, "And said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD." 

Genesis 39:4-6, "And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had he put into his hand. And it came to pass from the time [that] he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field.  And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand; and he knew not ought he had, save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured." 

Genesis 39:3, "And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 

One of Joseph's greatest temptations:
Genesis 39:6, "...And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured."

Genesis  39:7, "And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me."

Joseph's answer to the tempter:
Genesis  39:9,
"...how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?"

Genesis  39:20-23 "And Joseph's master took him, and put him into the prison... But the LORD was with Joseph, and showed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper."

Genesis 41:46, "And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt."

Genesis 41:43, "And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt."

Joseph illustrates the life of Christ:



The brothers of Joseph were envious of him and so they sold him to be a slave in hopes that he will not become greater than themselves

The Jewish priests and elders were jealous of Christ, fearing that He would draw more attention to Himself than to them. And so they put Him to death to prevent Him from becoming king.

Through Joseph's bondage in Egypt, he became the saviour to his father's family. During the famine, his father's family came to Egypt to buy food and they all were sustained

The crucifixion of Christ by His enemies made Him the Redeemer and Saviour of mankind, the Saviour of the fallen race, and Ruler over the whole world.

Even though Joseph became the saviour of his brethren, their guilt was not lessened.

And so the crime of Christ's murderers was just not lessened as well even though Christ died for them that they will believe and be saved from their sins.

Joseph was sold to the heathen by his own brothers

So Christ was also sold to His bitterest enemies by one of His own disciples.

Joseph was falsely accused and was put into prison because of his integrity of character

So Christ was despised and rejected because of His righteous life was a constant rebuke to sin and though He was not guilty of any wrong, He was condemn upon the testimony of false witnesses.

Amidst injustice and oppression, Joseph remained meek and patient, ready to forgive his brothers.

So Christ did not murmur but endured the malice and abuse of wicked men. He was spitted and mocked but He remained meek, and was forgiving not only to His murderers but to all who come to Him confessing their sins and seeking pardon.

Matthew 25:23, "Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord."