“His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. ‘We are your slaves,’ They said. ‘But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.’ And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them” (Genesis 50:18-21).
Joseph’s story is a marvellous picture of our Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph was one of a large family. He had eleven brothers, and he was a special favourite with his father Jacob. The other brothers were very Jealous. And to make matters worse, he was a dreamer
One night Joseph had two dreams which he told his brothers. In his dreams Joseph saw himself as a great ruler. He father and brothers were bowing down before him. When his brothers heard the dreams, they hated him even more and could not wait to get rid of him!
The opportunity for Joseph’s brothers to get rid of Joseph came one day for he was sent by his father with a message to them as they were feeding their flock a long way from home. Some of his brothers would have liked to kill him there and then, but those who were not so cruel suggested that he should be thrown into a pit. To this they all agreed, and after they had thrown Joseph into the pit, they sat down to take their meal.
As Joseph’s brothers were taking their meal, there appeared some camels in the distance, and as they drew nearer they could tell that it was a caravan of Merchants going down to Egypt to sell their spices. Camels were the main means transport for the Merchants, but the people of Ndothua in Kenya where I grew up used Donkeys. Joseph brothers then decided to sell Joseph as a slave to the Merchants,and they were soon bargaining with them as to the price, till at last sold Joseph as a slave for twenty pieces of silver and was carried to Egypt; far a way from his father’s house. His brothers thought that this was the end of Joseph’s dreams, but it was really part of God’s way of making them come true.
Joseph was also able to interprete dreams while in Egypt as a slave. He not only interpreted the Pharaoh’s dreams, but also advised him what to do to prepare for a great famine that was coming. Pharaoh was so pleased with him and his wisdom that he made him ruler over the whole land, to carry out the plans which he had suggested.
In this story, we can see a great many things which reminds us of the Lord Jesus Christ. He too was well – beloved of his father. His brothers, the sons of Jacob (Israel), hated him without cause. They envied him, and sold him for the price of a slave; thirty pieces of silver. They at last tried to get rid of him by nailing him on the cross!
God had promised that the Lord Jesus would sit on the throne and reign over this world. This promise not yet been fulfilled, but it wil bel one day as surely as Joseph’s dreams were fulfilled. When we come to God and tell him that we long for peace and for the pardon of our sins, he will tell us to go to the Lord Jesus, for he is the only one through whom we can get what we need. He will open his storehouses as Joseph did, and give us as much as we can carry (Genesis 44:1).