Genesis 37

Chapter 37

37:2  These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report.

Joseph

While it is nowhere asserted that Joseph was a type of Christ, the analogies are too numerous to be accidental. They are:

(1) both were especial objects of a father's love Genesis 37:3 ; Matthew 3:17 ; John 3:35 ; 5:20 .

(2) both were hated by their brethren Genesis 37:4 ; John 15:25 .

(3) the superior claims of both were rejected by their brethren Genesis 37:8 ; Matthew 21:37-39 ; John 15:24 John 15:25 .

(4) the brethren of both conspired against them to slay them Genesis 37:18 ; Matthew 26:3 Matthew 26:4 .

(5) Joseph was, in intent and figure, slain by his brethren, as was Christ Genesis 37:24 ; Matthew 27:35-37 .

(6) each became a blessing among the Gentiles, and gained a Gentile bride Genesis 41:1-45 ; Acts 15:14 ; Ephesians 5:25-32 .

(7) as Joseph reconciled his brethren to himself, and afterward exalted them, so will it be with Christ and His Jewish brethren Genesis 45:1-15 ; Deuteronomy 30:1-10 ; Hosea 2:14-18 ; Romans 11:1 Romans 11:15 Romans 11:25 Romans 11:26 .

37:35  And all his sons and all his daughters rose up to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted; and he said, For I will go down into the grave unto my son mourning. Thus his father wept for him.

grave

Heb. "Sheol," (See Scofield "Habakkuk 2:5") .

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