Bible Activity/Discussion

Jesus and Joseph: the similarities

Genesis 37:23Β New International Version (NIV)

So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robeβ€”the ornate robe he was wearing

Matthew 27:28Β New International Version (NIV)

They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,

Many characters in the Old Testament foreshadowed the life of our Savior, but perhaps no one foreshadowed the life of Christ more than Joseph. His faith was remarkable and a shining example for all of us. While rereading Genesis, I enjoyed discovering the similarities between him and our Savior. Did you notice any similarities? If so, how many?

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Joseph was a type of Christ. It’s no coincidence that Jesus’s earthly father was also called Joseph. I’ll share a few similarities I discovered while studying the life of Joseph:

πŸ’™Β Joseph was a shepherd; Jesus is the Good Shepherd.Β 

πŸ’™Β Joseph was loved by his father more than his other brothers (Gen 37:3) and Jesus is the beloved of His Father (Matt. 3:17).

πŸ’™Β Joseph was mocked and called a dreamer (Gen 37:19) just as Jesus was called beside Himself (Mark 3:21).

πŸ’™Β Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver and stripped of his coat; Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver and stripped of his clothing.Β 

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πŸ’™ Both were tempted severely but did not sin.Β Β 

πŸ’™ They associated with two criminals: one is pardoned, the other is not.

πŸ’™ Both were 30 years old when they began their life’s work.Β 

πŸ’™Β Both blessed the world with bread and became the only source of bread for the world.Β 

πŸ’™ Joseph recognized his brethren although they didn’t know him when they first came into Egypt to purchase provisions. After Jesus was resurrected, His brethren didn’t recognize Him, but He knew them.

πŸ’™Β Joseph prepared a place for his family and received them into it; Jesus has prepared a place for us in His coming kingdom.

Joseph and Jesus were falsely accused, were great counselors, provided for all in need, and were men of strong faith.

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There are MANY other similarities! How many can you find? You can do them during your Bible Study period or you can feel free to share them below in the comment section.

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