Forgiveness or Revenge? Joseph’s Life Lesson

forgiveThe life of Joseph was like a roller coaster that takes us directly to Jesus Christ.  Let’s take a look at all the things that happened to Joseph, and how that points us to Christ, and how it teaches us lessons about how we have no need to seek revenge.

Joseph’s brothers were jealous of him and hated him:  We know from new testament scripture that Jesus’ brothers did not believe in him and no doubt were jealous of him.

Jacob sent his favorite son out to care for his other children:  God sent forth his only begotten Son to care for His other children.

joseph-hatedJoseph was hated because his father loved him and his superior virtue:  Jesus was hated because His Father loved him and His superior virtue.

Jacob’s sons plotted to kill Joseph as he came to care for them:  The descendants of Jacob plotted to kill Jesus as he came to care for them.

Joseph was stripped of his coat:  Jesus was stripped of his garments.

joseph-in-the-pitJoseph was cast into a pit by his own people, but would later rule over them: Jesus was cast into a tomb by his own people, but defeated it, and came out of it, and will rule over the entire world.

Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver by those closest to him:  Jesus was sold for 30 pieces of silver by one closest to him.

Joseph was tempted to sin in Potiphar’s house, and did not sin, but was still punished because of false accusations:  Christ was tempted to sin by Satan, and did not sin, but was still punished because of false accusations.

joseph-forgives-his-brothersJoseph was given power to destroy those who had wronged them, but he loved them and saved them from death:   Jesus was given power to destroy those who had wronged him, but he loved them and saved them from death.

Joseph was placed beside two criminals in prison, one would live and one would die:  Jesus was placed beside two criminals, one would live and one would die.

Joseph, who had been rejected by his own people, found a bride among the gentiles:  Jesus, who had been rejected by his own people, found a bride among the gentiles.

kneelcrossThose who had wronged Joseph would have to come back to bow their knee before him to be saved:  Every person who sins will have to come back to bow their knee before Jesus to be saved.

The lesson we can learn from Joseph is to accept the circumstances that happen to us, and move forward, for we cannot know the greater things that God has planned for our future.  Joseph’s own family plotted to kill him, threw him in a pit, and sold him into slavery.  But Joseph made the best of the situation and rose to prominence in Potiphar’s house because God was with him and had bigger plans for him.

Again thru no fault of his own, Joseph was cast into prison, but made the best of the situation and became the leader of the prison, because God was with him and had bigger plans for him.

Finally, By God’s hand, Joseph was made ruler over all of Egypt and in essence, the world, because only Egypt had food.  His brothers came begging before him and he could have had them imprisoned or killed but showed them compassion, and love, and saved their lives, and gave them much more than they deserved.  Jesus does the same for us!

gods-planNo matter how hard your luck has been, keep your head up and keep pushing on, for we do not know what God has planned for our future.  Sometimes God must put us thru the fire in order to prepare us for the great thing he has planned for our future.  Remember these words from Joseph next time someone does you wrong and you desire to seek revenge:
“But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.” Genesis 50:20

 

 

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