Yeshua of Nazareth and Yosef the Patriarch

Aside from the fact that he was literally called “ben Yosef,” (John 1:45) there are many undeniable similarities, taken from the Scriptures, between Yeshua of Nazareth and Yosef the patriarch. Now notice the following parallels between Yeshua and Yosef.

  • Both were the firstborn sons of barren women. (Genesis 30:1-2 and 30:22 with Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:26-38)
  • Both were especially gifted in wisdom as children. (Genesis 37:5-11 with Luke 2:42-51)
  • Both were shepherds. (Genesis 37:2 with John 10:1-21)
  • Both were called beloved by their fathers. (Genesis 37:3 with Matthew 3:17 and 17:5)
  • Both were surrounded in coats of many colors: one was a literal coat, and the other was a people group of many colors, from every part of the world. (Genesis 37:3 with Matthew 15:24)
  • Both were intended to be slain by their brothers. (Genesis 37:18 with Mark 14:1)
  • Both were mocked. (Genesis 37:19 with Matthew 27:42-43)
  • Both were stripped of their clothing. (Genesis 37:23 with Matthew 27:35)
  • Both spent time in Egypt. (Genesis 37:28 with Matthew 2:15)
  • Both refused fleshly temptations, yet neither succumbed to such sins. (Genesis 39:1-23 with Matthew 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13)
  • Both were imprisoned unjustly with two other criminals; one was condemned, and the other was saved. (Genesis 40:1-23 with Luke 23:32-43)
  • Both were thirty years old when they began their public service. (Genesis 41:46 with Luke 3:23)

Now here are four facts which ultimately correlate Yeshua of Nazareth with Yosef the patriarch.

  • First is the fact that both individuals rose to prominence among pagan, non Hebrew governments: (Genesis 41:37-44) for Yosef the patriarch it was the Egyptians, and for Yeshua of Nazareth it has been the Roman apostate gentile church.
  • Second is the fact that both individuals took foreign, non-Hebrew wives; (Genesis 41:45) for Yosef the patriarch it was the Egyptian maiden Asenath, and for Yeshua of Nazareth it was the assembly from among the goyim to whom the House of Yosef had been scattered.
  • Third is the fact that neither were recognized by their own people; (Genesis 42:8) just as Yosef the patriarch was not recognized by his brothers, neither is Yeshua of Nazareth properly recognized by either the House of Y’hudah or the House of Yosef.
  • Finally is the fact that both were revealed at a time when Elohim has chosen; (Genesis 45:1-13) just as Yosef the patriarch was revealed to his brothers in their darkest hour, so also will Yeshua of Nazareth be revealed to both Houses of Yisra’el in their greatest time of need; to the House of Y’hudah, as it is written, “They shall look to Me, whom they pierced through, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for his only son; they shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn;” (Zechariah 12:10) and to the House of Yosef, as it is written, “Ten men out of all the languages of the nations shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Y’hudi, saying, ‘We will go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.’” (Zechariah 8:23)

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