Joseph, a type of Christ

I love studying the Old Testament.  In my personal daily reading plan I have been in Genesis, and for the last several days have been reading through the account of Joseph.  Joseph’s life is such a wonderful example of God’s providence and sovereignty, two of my favorite theological topics.  I delight in reading that Joseph realized that God’s hand was at work and was fully submitted to His sovereign will.  This allowed Joseph to forgive his brothers for selling him into slavery.  After the death of their father Israel, Joseph comforted his brothers “As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” (Genesis 50:20)

As I have explained here on the blog before, I use the MacArthur Daily reading plan.  It is free and sent to my email inbox each day.  There is helpful commentary to go with each day’s scripture selection.  Today, the commentary focused on typology.  Typology is a method of biblical interpretation whereby an element found in the Old Testament is seen to prefigure one found in the New Testament (Theopedia).  Dr. MacArthur explained that Joseph was a type of Christ.  It is extremely fascinating, and I thought that my readers would enjoy it as well.  I encourage you to take some time to read the Biblical account of Joseph (Genesis 37-50) and then read through the explanation below of the typology of Joseph from the MacArthur Daily Bible plan.  Look up the New Testament references and see for yourself how the account of Joseph prefigures Christ.  I believe you will find it to be very edifying!

How was Joseph a type of Christ? 

Joseph Parallels Jesus
37:2 A shepherd of his father’s family John 10:11,27–29
37:3 His father loved him dearly Matthew 3:17
37:4 Hated by his brothers John 7:4,5
37:13, 14 Sent by father to brothers Hebrews 2:11
37:20 Others plotted to harm them John 11:53
37:23 Robes taken from them John 19:23,24
37:26 Taken to Egypt Matthew 2:14,15
37:28 Sold for the price of a slave Matthew 26:15
39:7 Tempted Matthew 4:1
39:16–18 Falsely accused Matthew 26:59,60
38:20 Bound in chains Matthew 27:2
40:2,3 Placed with two other prisoners, one who was saved and the other lost Luke 23:32
41:41 Exalted after suffering Philippians 2:9–11
41:46 Both 30 years old at the beginning of public recognition Luke 3:23
42:24; 45:2, 14, 15; 46:29 Both wept John 11:35
45:1–15 Forgave those who wronged them Luke 23:34
45:7 Saved their nation Matthew 1:21
50:20 What men did to hurt them, God turned to good 1 Corinthians 2:7,8

Soli Deo Gloria!


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