Thus far we have seen 17 comparisons between Joseph and Jesus. In this lesson, we will examine 11 more things (numbers 18-28) that are similar between Joseph being sold into slavery and Jesus being betrayed and crucified.
|18||They were stripped||37: 23||Matt. 27:28|
|19||They were in a pit||37: 24||Ps. 28:1; 30:3, 9; Eph. 4:9|
|20||The pit was empty (they were alone)||37: 24||Jn. 11:50|
|21||They had no water||37: 24||Jn. 19:28; Ex. 12:9|
|22||Their brethren sat and looked||37: 25||Matt. 27:36|
|23||Spices were involved||37: 25||Jn. 19:40; Lk. 24:1|
|24||Judah sold Joseph (Judas sold Jesus)||37: 26-27||Matt. 26:25|
|25||They were sold for silver||37: 28||Jn. 12:4|
|26||Taken to Egypt (type of the world)||37: 28, 36||1 Tim. 1:15|
|27||Like evil beasts had devoured them||37: 33||Ps. 22:12, 13, 16|
|28||Like their flesh had been rent||37: 33||Heb. 10:20|
There are a couple of other interesting things to note in this last part of the 37th chapter. Reuben was gone when the boys sold Joseph to the Midianites (v.29) and since he was the oldest brother, he had the responsibility of looking out for his younger brother (compare Gen. 42:37). So, he rent his clothes when he saw that Joseph was gone.
It is remarkable that the boys used goat’s blood to deceive their father (v.31), since goats were used by Jacob to deceive his own father (Gen. 27:16). The principle here is found in Gal. 6:7, “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”