Many saints have traits that could be likened to Our Heavenly Father, but the saints are not perfect – not yet. Our Holy God is! Each Christian should have aspects of Adonai in their lives that will point others to the LORD. We should have faith, hope and agape love. We should be kind and gentle. But we are imperfect. However, the Scripture proclaims,
Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:2
Old Testament saints, though they were imperfect too, also had qualities akin to Adonai. However, they were living examples of prophetic types of YHWH’s plan of redemption for us through Yeshua the Messiah.
“Jesus can be found on almost every page of the Old Testament, if you know how to look for Him. He is there symbolically in types…… Almost every major person in the Old Testament is a type of Christ in the sense that some events in their lives were prophetic of things that would happen to Jesus.” – Dr. David R. Reagan, Lamb & Lion Ministries.
For example, Abraham, typifying the heavenly Father, offered up His beloved son Isaac, typifying Yeshua. Moses was a deliverer just like Yeshua. Solomon was wise beyond measure just like Yeshua. However, according to various sources, Joseph had over 100 similarities that we can compare to Our LORD & Savior Yeshua.
These are a few:
Joseph was a shepherd. (Gen 37:2); Psalm 23 proclaims, “The LORD is my shepherd!” Yeshua said he was the Good Shepherd! (John 10:11).
Both Joseph & Yeshua were particularly loved by their fathers.
Both were envied by their brothers.
Joseph was stripped of his many-colored coat (Genesis 37:23) and Yeshua was stripped of His garments (Matthew 27:28; John 19:23)
Joseph’s supposed blood – it was really goat’s blood – was sprinkled on his coat and presented to his father (Genesis 37:31); Jesus Christ is our scapegoat. His blood was presented to the heavenly Father for a sin offering. (Leviticus 16:8-10; Hebrews 10:12)
Judah suggested the idea of selling his brother Joseph (Genesis 37:26-28). Judas, the Greek name for Judah, was the betrayer of Our LORD (Matthew 1:2-3).
Both were sold for money.
Both were delivered up to the Gentiles.
Both had fraudulent accusations hurled at them.
Both were faithful despite temptation.
Both were thrown into a darkened prison.
Both stood before rulers.
Both their talents were acknowledged by those in authority.
Joseph was thirty years old when he began his ministry to Egypt (Genesis 41:46); Yeshua was thirty when He began His public ministry (Luke 3:23).
It may be that Joseph was “Imhotep”. If you have questions about Joseph being “Imhotep”, there is relatively new research that suggests that they are the same person! This Egyptian name means “he comes in peace”. Jesus Christ is known as the “Prince of Peace”. The angels proclaimed at the Messiah’s birth:
“Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Luke 2:14
That peace is with God! That peace is necessary to have world peace and when Christ returns, under Yeshua’s Millennial reign there will be peace throughout the earth.
Joseph dispersed bread to the hungry masses. (Genesis 41:55); These ancient silos may be seen now in Egypt. Hoever, Jesus is the spiritual Bread of Life to us. (Acts 4:12; Matthew 17:5)
Both saved their rebellious brothers from death.
Joseph was unrecognized. Jesus Christ was unrecognized by some as the Messiah.
Both were humiliated.
But both were exalted after this humilation!
Both embraced God’s purposes even through pain.
Both were used as the instrument God to bless his people.
In Genesis 50: Joseph said to [his brothers who had sold him into slavery], 20 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. 21 Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.
We, Christians, also have a promise:
And we know that God works all things together for the good of those who love Him, who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28
My life is an example of this fact and I’m sure those who are walking with the LORD know this to be true.
Finally, Joseph became a type of savior to the Middle East sparing the people from famine. (Genesis 41:57)
Yeshua the Messiah is the ONE and ONLY Savior to whosoever is hungry for the Word of God, and whosoever believes that He came to make us righteous before God!
(see John 3:16)
And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation