SUBJ: Joseph as an exemplary man
of God and his introduction to us as a type of Christ in the display of
rejection to the place of power.
AIM: That we learn through Joseph
more about Jesus and the imitation of Him in our lives.
INTR: The well-known Bible stories
are given us as things easy to remember, to show us examples of a Godly
character and to show that Christ was prefigured before He came into the
1. We have witnessed such pictures in several such as the
offering of Isaac and the intercessory prayers of Jacob and several
others found in the Old Testament.
2. While we may be rejoiced and
entertained in reading of the operations of divine providence, they are
worthy of meditation in the light of Gospel revelation.
difficulty in the study of the life of Joseph is in that we want to jump
to the conclusion with his brethren in Egypt. There is much to consider
along the way.
THESIS: In our
enjoyment of the providential working of our God, we would be reminded
of grace experienced in men such as Joseph and that what happened to him
was for our good and God's glory.
I. The favorite of Jacob (vv.
1. We are made to wonder at the occupation of Joseph with the
sons of the handmaids of Leah and Rachel and what was discovered with
2. We consider the fact that Joseph was not going to tolerate
their mischief in that it seemed to be directed toward his father.
It is likely that they would have been abusive toward him and
Also, toward Jacob and the others considering who their mothers were.
3. Moses is careful to tell us of the special love that Jacob had for
him and the reason of it.
1) He was the son of his old age and the
firstborn of Rachel, his favored wife.
2) The coat of many colors was
perhaps one of honor and indicated that Joseph was the one to be blessed
in the end.
4. Instead of loving their younger brother as did Jacob,
his brothers resented him and treated him badly. Consider that the
personal desire of men for honor at the expense of others.
The Dreams (vv. 5-10)
1. It is well noted that the sheaves were a
fitting emblem of what happened in Egypt and their submission to him for
2. The sun, moon, and the eleven stars looked to a higher place
of authority and looked to the subjection of the whole family to the
care of Joseph in time to come.
3. It is probable that Joseph (at age
seventeen) had no idea what these things meant or implied.
1) What is
noteworthy is that his brothers sensed it and assumed that he was
claiming something that either desired or planned and
2) So, comes
the resentment and a deepening of the hatred they already felt for him
3) Even Jacob rebuked him.
4. What we see in their resentment
was played out fully in Christ and He was sensitive to it:
1) In a
parable He pictured His subjects as crying "We will not have this man to
reign over us," and we see in their actions in crucifying Him.
continued as we note that this resentment and the rejection of Christ
was called out by Stephen and the resentment was so intense, they stoned
him to death.
3) So, it continues to this day that men will become
more resentful and event violent over the claims of the Gospel and will
rather insert their own willful ways and despise the mercy of God.
III. The Crime that Followed (vv. 12-37)
1. The narrative:
The brethren in Shechem and Joseph sent by Jacob to see to their welfare
and he found them in Dothan
2) They, sighting him immediately laid
plans to kill him - thee was a clear reference to the dreams and what
they sensed of the superiority of Joseph.
3) Reuben (with problems
enough) interceded to prevent outright murder and devises a plan to
return him to Jacob. They threw him into a pit
4) Judah further
intervened and they sold him to some Midianite merchantmen
all conspired to deceive Jacob and took the coat and made it look as
though it had been torn by wild animals and they put the blood of a kid
6) There was no thought for either the life of their brother
or the grief of their father and
7) Such were they who crucified
Christ and still are.
2. Hating the Son is the same as hating the