There are atleast 100 profound likensses between Joseph and Yeshua, the Messiah in the Bible. In fact, there are Messianic prophecies about Messiah, The Son of David, and there are others talking about how the Messiah is the Son of Joseph. A good look at Joseph's life and how it is shadowed in Israel's Messiah, Yeshua is amazing. In our blog today I want to point out just 7:
No 1. The Names: The name Joseph means "may he add," a word play given by Rachel to express her hope for more children during her drama fest with Leah and the hand maidens(Genesis 30:24). Yeshua means "Yahweh saves" and denotes the deliverance of God's children. Through Yeshua, God would add children to Israel. He would raise up a 'remnant nation' (Isaiah 59). His people, Jew and Gentile alike call upon Yeshua, our salvation sent from our Father in Heaven.
No. 2: Joseph’s birth: The birth of Joseph marked the end of Israel's exile from a foreign land. After his birth his father Jacob left Laban, and Laban's land to return to the Promised Land(Genesis 30:25). The birth of Yeshua marked the end of Israel's spiritual exile. He returned to His Father in Heaven and made a way for us to go there too. (Luke 2:29-32)
No. 3: Beloved of the Father: Joseph was "beloved of his father“(Genesis 37:3). We often take for granted God's special love for certain of His Whom He has favored. Joseph was one of them; and, of course, so was Yeshua. Joseph was (ben yachid) as Isaac was regarded by Abraham. This same favor was shown to our blessed Lord and Saviour when the Father in Heaven said, 'This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" (Matthew 3:17; 17:5). Yeshua is also described as 'ben yachid', "only begotten" of the Father (John 1:14)
No. 4: Anointed of the Father: Joseph was "anointed" by his father with a tunic of many colors. Yeshua was anointed as Mashiach ben David (Hebrews 1:9). Psalm 45:7, “Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.”
No. 5: Hated of the Brethren: Joseph's brothers hated him and could not speak kindly to him at all (Genesis 37:4). Yeshua was hated without a cause and repeatedly "tested" by the religious authorities (John 1:11; 15:25). This spirit of hate was very prevalent in Joseph's day, Yeshua's day and today.
No. 6: Attacked, Stripped and Mocked: Joseph's brothers stripped him of his tunic and mocked him (Genesis 37:19,23). The Romans stripped Yeshua and put a scarlet robe on him (Matthew 27:28).
No. 7: Resurrected!: Joseph was raised from the pit (Genesis 37:28). Yeshua was raised from the dead (Matthew 28:6; Mark 16:16; Luke 24:6; John 20:1-17; etc.).
Many Bible students are blown away by the similarities between Joseph and Yeshua. There are similarities about their mothers, their fathers, their brethren and the circumstances in Canaan, and in Egypt. A true look at what Yeshua endured is shown to us in the life of Joseph. May the Lord open our eyes.