incensed at his rejection, the wife of his master turned on Joseph, and
complained to her husband who imprisoned Joseph without a trial. Such a
treatment was also given Jesus. In the words of Isaiah 53: 8, "He was taken
from prison (restraint) and from judgment." There was no justice in the
treatment of either one. Jesus received a mockery of a trial that either broke
or ignored the restraints of Roman law, whilst Joseph had no trial at all.
After enduring prolonged imprisonment, Joseph was at length restored to favour by interpreting the dreams of
Pharaoh, concerning the seven years of famine that was to overtake Egypt, following seven years of plenty. He was made co-regent of all Egypt immediately, with only
Pharaoh being greater than he.
So Joseph’s dreams concerning his future status came true. He was made vizier and saviour of all the land of Egypt.
How much like Jesus this is. After Christ’s ill treatment resulting in death and resurrection he ascended to the right hand of his Father in Heaven from whence he will return and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. In the meantime Jesus is the saviour of mainly gentile people until his return to earth in power.
JOSEPH REVEALS HIMSELF TO HIS BROTHERS
The famine affected not only the Land of Egypt, but also Canaan, where Joseph’s father and brothers were sojourning. It was so intense that they sent into Egypt to buy food so they could survive.
There were two journeys to Egypt, when they bowed before Joseph without recognising him. He roughly treated them and sent them away with food and engineered a device whereby they would be compelled to bring his full brother, Benjamin, into Egypt or starve. It so happened that Benjamin came, and Joseph was so overcome that he made himself known to his erring brothers, who trembled with fear before him. But Joseph forgave them for selling him into Egypt, explaining that it was really God’s plan they were fulfilling. They were grieved and repentant, weeping at the unexpected revelation of their brother and saviour.
Being overjoyed to know that his father was still alive he, on reporting the coming of his brothers,
Pharaoh ordered him to take provisions and carts to transport his father and brothers and possessions into Egypt. They were given the best of the land for the purposes of raising cattle – the land of Goshen on the Nile delta. There they stayed and enjoyed the nurture of Joseph and
JESUS WILL REVEAL HIMSELF TO ISRAEL
The story of Joseph revealing himself to his brothers illustrates clearly the surprise of the Jews when Jesus comes again to establish the Kingdom of God on earth. "They will look upon me whom they pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn." (Zech 12:10) "And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." (Zechariah 13:6). "Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen."
(Revelation 1:7). These scriptures clearly illustrate
that Israel will accept Jesus when He comes again in
power and glory, to reign over all nations. Be sure to
be also ready when He comes.