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FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/21/2012

Saturday, April 21, 2012

JOSEPH, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 4/21/2012

Gen. 41:39-57 JOSEPH:
A PORTRAIT OF THE GLORIFIED CHRIST, Lesson 53a

1 Cor. 10:11 - Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Rom. 15:4 - For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

The Old Testament Scriptures are filled with many clear portraits and types of Jesus. Some of them are:

1. Noah’s Ark – Gen. 6-9
2. The Manna – Ex. 16
3. The Tabernacle and the Offerings – Exodus and Leviticus
4. Aaron’s Rod that Budded – Num. 17
5. The Red Heifer – Num. 19

There are many, many more. So many in fact, that if one looks hard enough, he can find Jesus Christ on every page of the Old Testament. Truly, the Bible is a Book about Him ( John 5:39).

Of all the types of Christ found in the Old Testament, however, one seems to stand out and above all the others. That is the life of Joseph. As you study this extraordinary man’s life, many parallels with Jesus begin to appear. Among them are:

1. Both were beloved of their Fathers – (Gen. 37:3; Matt. 3:17; 17:5).
2. Both were hated by their brethren – (Gen. 37:4, 8, 11; John 15:25).
3. Both were rejected and conspired against – (Gen. 37:18-20; Matt. 27:28-36; John 11:53).
4. Both were mistreated and delivered up to die – (Gen. 37:23-25; Matt. 27:28-36).
5. Both were delivered from the pit of their death – (Gen. 37:28; Matt. 28:1-6).
6. Both were servants – (Gen. 39:1-6; Phil. 2:5-7).
7. Both were exalted by God – (Gen. 41:14; Acts 5:30-31).

There are many more parallels that could be mentioned, but these are sufficient to demonstrate to us that Joseph is a very good picture of the Lord Jesus Christ. When we come to Genesis 41, we find Joseph having endured rejection, slavery, false accusation and prison. Now, he stands before Pharaoh and is made Prime Minister of all Egypt. We find him exalted and it is this aspect of his life that we want to consider today. At this time in Joseph’s life, he paints a wonderful portrait of the glorified Christ. In these verses, we will see what happened to Joseph and how it parallels what Jesus is doing today. Let’s observe together this man Joseph and think on this thought, “Joseph: A Portrait Of The Glorified Christ“
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v. 39-44 HE PICTURES CHRIST IN HIS POSITION

v. 40 His Greatness – (As Ruler) Pharaoh placed Joseph in the place of supreme authority. The Ring in v. 42 signifies this and only Pharaoh himself was greater. We see this as Jesus, when He ascended back into Heaven, He sat down at the Father’s right hand (Heb. 10:12). Today, Jesus is the ruler of the universe! He has been given this authority by another, and that One is His Father ( Phil. 2:9-11, John 5:22). Men may not recognize Him as such, but Jesus is Lord this morning and He is THE absolute power in the universe! He will prove this one day soon ( Rev. 19:11-16 ).

v. 41, 44 His Giftedness – Joseph had demonstrated his ability to discern dreams, (v. 26-36). Now he proves that he can do what he has promised and provide for the needs of the Egyptian people. He proves that he has what it takes to get the job done right. The same applies to Jesus. While here on earth, and through the pens of the Apostles, He has promised those who receive Him many wonderful things. Now that He is seated in the place of power and authority, He proves daily that He can and will do exactly what He promised He would do. Among the things He has promised us are:

1. His Personal Presence – (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5).

2. His Gracious Provision – (Phil. 4:19).

3. His Abundant Power – (Eph. 3:20; John 14:12).

Daily, Jesus proves afresh that He is worthy of our love and worship. He continually declares His giftedness in doing what He has promised to do ( Rom 4:21).

v. 42-43 His Glory – As Prime Minister, all the pomp and glory of Egypt was his. As Joseph rode through the streets, the people bowed before him and lifted his praises. He was a glorious site to behold. Jesus, when He was on this earth, He was more of an ordinary man, (Isa 53:2), but, what a difference there was in Him when He got home! Peter, James and John got a little taste of it in Matt 17:1-2. John, the Beloved, got the full picture of what the risen Christ looks like in His glory, (Rev. 1:13-18). I don’t know about you, but I know who this Savior is, and one day, I will see Him in His glory ( Rev 22:4) , in a city that needs no light but His, (Rev 21:23).

TODAY’S HYMN and BLESSING!
“ WE BOW DOWN” By Twila Paris (1984)

You are Lord of the Heavens and Lord of my life
Lord of the land and the sea
You were Lord of Creation before there was time
And Lord of all Lords You will be
Refrain:
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
We bow down and we worship You, Lord
Lord of all Lords You will be

You are King of the Heavens and King of my life
King of the land and the sea
You were King of Creation before there was time
And King of all Kings You will be
Refrain:
We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
We bow down and we crown You the King
King of all Kings You will be

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POETLKNG2LOSE 4/21/2012 7:10PM

    Thank you for the lesson today. I know he is all powerful I just don't feel it all the time. I am struggling through my bible study and devotions right now.

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SHERREMAC 4/21/2012 6:36PM

    Thanks for you incite! Joseph's story is one of my favorites! I have never thought of his story in comparison to Jesus.

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SIBLEYHONEYBEE 4/21/2012 8:47AM

    Jesus is definitely worthy of our love and worship! "We Bow Down" is one of my favorite songs. I used to sing it in youth group. Thank you for reminding me of it today.

~Melissa

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