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Joseph as a Type of Christ Part 1

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Do you like puzzles

Do you like puzzles

I am the son of artists, yet to me paintings are not something to dwell upon. If you want to study painters and paintings I encourage your pursuit. On the flip side I am deeply into music in all its facets. But seeking deeper "gems" of the revelation of our LORD is my endless passion.

So if you like looking deeper into types and symbolism, GOD'S hidden gems. God promises blessings for you. Proverbs 25.2 " It's God's glory to conceal -- the glory of kings to find them out" I present to you Joseph the son of Jacob. It's no secret that Joseph is a type of Christ but let us dig deeper. We may be blessed to see some eternal gems.

Joseph was the son of promise. But our story begins with Isaac and Rebekah. It seems Isaac is a little thick or should we say manly. The sages say a woman is wiser than a man, Adam was formed from the Earth but Eve was built. The Hebrew word for built is "banah", which implies pattern and structure. Men are doers while women are relational by design. It's Rebekah who enquires of the Lord and it's Rebekah who intercedes when hard-headed Isaac wanted to bless Esau and Rebekah saw the need for a Hebrew wife for Jacob. Jacob ends up with two wives, one he loves, one he doesn't. It isn't till many years later that Rachel was able to conceive and have a son. Jacob had many sons but Jacob had a favorite son, 'Joe'. Then to make matters worse he makes Joseph a special coat, this really didn't go well, because his brothers resented his favoritism. Later God gives him a couple of dreams, which he then tells his brothers about them and they get very angry because the dreams show the brothers of Joseph. bowing down to him. These things caused them to throw Joseph in a pit, and then telling Jacob he must be dead. Because Jacob thought Joseph was dead, He never sent out a search party. Not being looked for must have made Joseph think, even his father didn't care enough to seek him.

The similarities with Jesus give us some amazing pictures of Christ. Jesus was and is the son of promise. Jesus, the one rejected. Jesus was raised from the "pit" of death and resurrected only to not be sought after by His family. In the story, Joseph, after his time in the pit, is pulled out and sold to Egyptians.

In Egypt, the similarities continue,



Two wives

Rachel and Leah

Rachel and Leah

The Plot Thickens

It's interesting that unlike King David and Boaz who are great types of Christ, that were in the messianic line, Joseph is not. We could play the "if" game and if things went differently he may have been. To play that game is futile because whatever is past is what had to be. God does not make mistakes, what He allows is for a bigger reason. In Proverbs "We make our plans but God directs our paths".

I think an important place to start the moment that Jacob meets Rachel. One important reality is history is not linear its cyclical, the days go round, the weeks go round and the years go round and that's the way God designed and that's the way God teaches. In the beginning Jacob is a type of Christ and Rachel is Israel. Later the typology will spin to Joseph as a type of Christ. Jacob was led to Rachel and it was love at first sight. Things are looking good so far but enter 'the wicked Laban", he was worse than a friend who betrays, he was family. He not only played a shell game with Rachel and Leah he constantly twists and deceives Jacob. Laban's name means white, but his whiteness is a self-righteousness whose center is self. Jacob made a contract with Laban, and after serving seven years for Israel Jacob marries Rachel, but wait, when Jacob wakes up 'the next day and it's Leah not Rachel who he was given. Leah is symbolically the Church and Rachel is symbolically Israel, the apple of his eye. Now he has to work another seven years {the Church Age} to get Israel his first love. In a real way Laban was out to "destroy Jacob" and that is what the Rabbi's say about Laban. In the Passover Haggadah its said "an Aramean (Laban) sought to destroy my father (Jacob) and he went down to Egypt". The scripture seems to say Jacob was in Haran twenty years , Genesis 31.38, and almost everybody thinks that. The problem is it is not mathematically possible to fit all the births into the time frame. The answer is more like over thirty years and the key is realizing that Jacob said he was "twenty years with thee" to Laban but Jacob was not with him the whole time he would have been near and interacting with Laban but not in his house. Again we all build boxes including myself but if we seek Gods help our boxes can be stretched.

Now we finally come to the birth of Joseph, whose name means "the LORD shall add another son". Also note that it is after the birth of Joseph that Jacob asks to Laban to let him leave, did he need to? Also note that Jacob says "my wives and my children", but Laban later says his children. There is nothing wrong with that in itself, its just the emphasis of it. I would also like to mention that I try hard not to read into the text. I wanted to see a repentive Laban, but I couldn't reconcile it. Laban is a type of Satan! Yes he is a Hebrew relative, yes he was the father of Lean and Rachel and yes they did part in so called "peace". As the children of fallen Adam we are the 'children of satan' being a child of Abram does not automatically guarantee peace with God, and parting as they finally did was with a wall of separation not peace. Next Laban asks him to stay and work for him, then they negotiate wages. It is apparent that Laban has no intention of ever letting go of his headship and just like Satan who offered Christ anything but the Cross Laban is trying to stop or at least delay him. They made a deal! A deal with Satan sounds like no deal, but a deal was made.

Lets take a look at the deal. Laban was to take all the non-full color sheep and Jacob would start with only full color ones. There is an interesting point here! Laban is taking from Jacob the stripped sheep, these represent the Hebrew sheep who at the Cross were temporarily given over to or dispersed into the world until the end of the Church Age. Laban being a herder figured they wouldn't produce any spotted or stripped sheep, in other words, kind after kind. Unsaved produce only unsaved, sadly saved people also don't naturally birth what is from above. We all can not base our salvation on family heritage. What Laban didn't know could kill him. God showed Jacob that if he would put stripped sticks in the watering troughs when they were about to mate they would produce stripped sheep. There were three types of rods. The first is green Poplar which is the Hebrew word 'Libneh' and only used two times, Genesis 30.37 and Hosea 4.13, its root meaning is white, the green meaning fresh and alive. Next there were Almond poles. In Jeremiah 1 verses 11 and 12 God showed Jeremiah an Almond pole and told him it was a proof of His Word. In Exodus 25 the branches of the Lampstand were almond branches, and it was the only light in the Tabernacle. Aaron's staff was an almond branch and it divinely budded to prove his anointing. The last was the Chestnut, which by nature sheds its bark and looks stripped and bare. In Isaiah 53 verse 5 "he was wounded {pierced} - bruised - and with His stripes we are healed." In Numbers 21.9 just as Moses put a "serpent on a pole and told the people to look upon it and they would be healed." So symbolically these sheep would look and be 'healed', as proofed by their marks. This whole picture gets even deeper. { I strive to keep things short and sweet, to avoid excess verbiage, but there is so much here that I must dig into the feast of His Word } I love the Aleph-Tav marks pronounced 'ET', there are many in the Old Testament, including in Genesis 30.36 "Jacob fed 'Et' flocks", the covenant sheep suggesting covenant children. I also don't want to get too much stuck on one focus point. In Genesis 30.37 I found a 'mark' that is not the 'ET', it's the leters 'Lamed-Vav'.


Lamed - Vav Genesis 30.37 " And took 'Lamed-Vav' Jacob staff", these two letters are not a word, but they are sounded as 'low'. They are a 'mark' none the less and there is much significance here. First the letter Lamed which is in Hebrew a 'staff' representing leader or teacher. In Exodus Pharaoh has had enough of Moses and in verse 28 " and said 'Lamed-Vav' Pharaoh leave me", here it is Pharaoh that is the "leader - man". Please note that Hebrew started as a picture language, so there are definite pictures associated as with each letter, and their placement gives them a number. Then there is Vav which is pictured as man in general and typologically Jesus. This is picturing Jacob as a type of Christ, the Great Shepherd. There is more to the 'Lamed-Vav' it has a numerical value of 36, Lamed = 30 and Vav = 6. The Hebrew word 'Life' has a value of 18. Life is so important that a lot of Jewish people wear it around their necks and give gifts in multiples of 18. The second letter in Hebrew the alphabet is 'Bet' and is pictured as a house, and has a value of 2. Two is also significant as referring to witness. Yeshua is our house and also lives in two realms, heaven and earth, Jesus declared " I am the Life," so there is a real connection, two times 'life' equals 36. Thirty-six in Hebrew thinking refers to the righteous ones which are called the LamedVov-niks. It is also interesting that some nuances of '36' are, you can make a triangle with it, which is 12 x 12 x 12, and the Star of David is two triangles, one pointing down, God looking down and one pointing up, us looking up to HaShem. Next, twelve is the number of government, 3 x 12 refers to perfect government. You can also make a square out of it, which is 9 x 9 x 9 x 9, this is significant as perfection of perfection, 3 x3 = 9. The 4 sides picture the four corners of the world and in Jeremiah 49.36 " I will bring the four winds from the four corners of heaven". Jesus said " lo in the volume of the book it written of me " which is also a quote from Psalms 40.7. I would rather see my child do things or to spend time together them than anything money can buy. God wants to spend time together, Martha complained that Mary was sitting at His feet while she was laboring then Jesus said " Mary has chosen the better thing". It is not about how much we do or how much we know, it's about Jesus - see Yeshua and spend time with the One you will spend eternity with.

Jacob was troubled that the "countenance of Laban was not as before". It's obvious that Laban wanted to get over on Jacob, but now he was getting jealous and who knows what else. God sees too and tells Jacob to return to his own land. One of the games I like to play is where have I heard that before. Jacob sets out without telling Laban and rightly so. Now when Laban finds out, which is after three days of Jacob leaving, he pursues him with the intent to harm him. It takes Laban seven days to catch up with Jacob. The night before Laban is about to reach Jacob, GOD tells Laban in a dream not to touch Jacob either good or bad. The typology here is the three days represent the three days of Christ in the tomb, and the seven days represent the Church age symbolically being seven days, the completeness of God's plan. From everyone's view until the Resurrection, no one even the disciples did not knew what had become of Him. You could say that the order for Laban not to do good or bad applies to all believers, Satan can and does divert our attention and lead us astray maybe even hurt our bodies but never our spirit, but with Jacob / Isreal as the focus its when the Church age is done and the seventieth week of Daniel starts, in which the week equals seven years. In a deeper sense is even more points to the Millennial Kingdom Age, when Satan will be bound. Satans whole motive is to destroy and he may destroy the body by he can't touch the inner life, and as a believer we should not want or can get nothing of value from him, its only empty lies. When Laban catches up with Jacob, Laban acknowledges that GOD warned him against harming Jacob, then he goes on to accuse Jacob of stealing his "gods/images". This story is very parallel to the Joseph and his brothers story in Genesis 44. Laban overtakes Jacob, Josephs servant overtakes the brothers. Jacob is accused of stealing - the brothers are accused of stealing. Jacob did not know they were hidden - the brothers did not know they were hidden. Jacob declares whoever is found with them should die - the brothers said the same. The search was started with the oldest and went to the youngest both times. Now a difference in the stories is the image was never found, because Rachel hid the images under a saddle and sat on it There is more here but I wish to move on.

After Jacob sets on his way he sees and meets the God's host, he calls the name of the place Mahanaim, which means dual camp. That's it, nothing else is said about this meeting. Jacob sends messengers ahead to Esau. They come back and tell Jacob and Jacob gets scared. As they are about to meet you will see an Old Testament version of the Prodigal Son. Before they meet they cross over the brook Jabbok which means 'emptying', and Jacob is about to be emptied! The night before they meet Jacob has the famous "wrestling match with God" and his name is changed to Isreal. Next he meets Esau in a 'Prodigal' way, and all goes well and he tells Esau that "seeing him is as seeing the face of God" Genesis 33.10. Jumping ahead to Genesis 35 between Bethel which means 'House of God" and Ephrath which means "place of fruitfulness", Rachel is about to give birth to her second son. She was in travail and about to die at his birth, she called him Benoni meaning "son of my sorrow" yet Jacob called him Benjamin "son of my right hand" Genesis 35.19. Sad to say this another picture of the Cross! First it's our sorrow that we must see what our sin has cost yet it's our joy to see the resurrected Son raised and restored to the right hand of God. It is also true that ( temporally } Israel "died", to be renewed at His Second Coming. When anyone dishes on Israel, I tell them my sin put Him on the Cross, I'm the guilty one, end of story. At the Second Coming, "they will look upon Him whom they pierced, they shall mourn for Him, as one who mourneth for the-only son" Zechariah 12.10. The word 'only' in this verse is the word 'the-yachid' which means 'only one or solitary one'. There is only one 'the-Son' Our Lord Yeshua. There is also in this verse an 'ET - Aleph-Tav'. Verse 10 again "they shall look on me 'ET' whom they have pierced, the literal translation of this verse. Please take a big NOTE!! A so called problem is with our understanding of the Shema, Deuteronomy 6.4 "Behold O Israel the LORD our GOD is One LORD". They say it says God is One, the Hebrew word 'Echad' that is true but they miss the reality, because of their 'box", they argue that Jesus can't be God. They miss the point, that God is one with three expressions, just like h2o has three states, yet each are unique yet one. Jesus said "I and the father are one. Proverbs 30.4 "what is God's name and what is his son's name" The word is 'Echad' which can mean one singular but it also can and does more times than not, it mean a compound unity, like Adam and Eve were one or Israel is one.

In ending part 1 it may seem like Joseph is missing but I felt it important to establish his family heritage, it will effect his whole life and much symbolism will directly connect back to the story of his Father and family. It's; like the Old Testament concealing and the New revealing. I came across a Bible version called - The Scriptures 1998, at first I thought it was a "thought for thought" style but it turns out it is very literal. Romans 10.4 For Messiah is the Goal of the Torah unto Righteousness to everyone who believes. Joseph will continue in Part 2.

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