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Joseph: A Portrait of Jesus | Part 1

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May 22, 2020 8:00 am

Joseph: A Portrait of Jesus | Part 1

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May 22, 2020 8:00 am

His Word, God gives us many prophetic portraits of Jesus Christ, one being Joseph in the Book of Genesis. In this message, Adrian Rogers explains four episodes in the life of Joseph that foreshadow the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


The Bible is all about Jesus Christ. Listen to Adrian Rogers. God loves his son so much that he wants to give us many snapshots many portraits of God wants us to be saved so much that he gives us so many illustrations of salvation. Now you blind and dumb not to see an illustration at a picture of Jesus Christ, our dear Savior in the life of Joseph working or studying God's word today on love earth buying his God gives us prophetic portraits of his son, one being Joseph in the book of Genesis.

How can we see Jesus through the life of this Old Testament figure.

How does he compare today, pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rogers reveals four episodes in the life of Joseph that foreshadowed the gospel of Jesus Christ. If you have your Bible turned out to Genesis chapter 37 as we begin, Joseph, a portrait of Jesus defined Genesis chapter 37. May I tell you about the word of God. This is an absolutely amazing, astounding book that some people the Bible is a mystery. I want to give you a key a golden key that will help a lot.

The Bible and let the truth of the Bible vanish from the pages into your heart and your life.

The key is a man a person and more than a man.

His name is Jesus and the Bible is all about the Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ himself said concerning the Old Testament search the Scriptures for these are they which testify of me. Now I remind you that the Old Testament was written before Jesus Christ ever touched down in a human body upon this earth and those were the Scriptures that Jesus was talking about when he said, search the Scriptures for these are they which do testify of me and one of these Scriptures that testify. The Lord Jesus is the life of Joseph Joseph became a prophecy, a portrait, a figure and illustration of the Lord Jesus Christ not by happenstance but by divine providence, the more I study the Bible, the more I stand in all of the word of God and I pray God that you if you will have an open Bible in your hand will stand in absolute all, and amazement as we look into the Old Testament and see a hidden portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ want a confirmation both of the inspiration of the word of God and the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ you will stand in all. I asked Larry while I'm doing these messages on Joseph. I wonder if you could find somewhere a picture of Joseph and his multicolored coat. His coat of many comments and he said well I'll follow up a picture and you brought a picture and he said no, wait a minute. I'm not sure about this picture.

He said I bit it says a coat of many colors, but he said when I look at it. It doesn't look like a 17-year-old lad by look at the face. It looks like an artist, a picture of Jesus and then he said, look at the hands. The hands have.

I may (and I put that picture aside and then I thought of them is that I know what the painter of that picture was doing. He was showing that Joseph and his coat of many colors was but a prophecy, a portrait, not with the brushstrokes of an artist, but painted with words we going to see a portrait of the Lord Jesus Christ you know God loves his son so much that he wants to give us many snapshots many portraits of him and God wants us to be saved so much that he gives us so many illustrations of salvation now and in the life of Joseph.

See Joseph as he is his father's favorite vinegar to find him as he is misused and abused by his brethren to find Joseph as he rises to be the Prime Minister of Egypt, the most powerful nation on the face of their and then you're going to find Joseph as he receives his brothers back and forgive some restores them and commissions them for great episodes in the life of Joseph NAR. I write them on your heart go to their forget them first of all, Joseph, the beloved son. Secondly, Joseph, the suffering servant.

Thirdly, Joseph, the exalted solving thoughtfully. Joseph was seeking Savior as he sought his brothers to forgive them and restore them now, you would have to be blind and dumb not to see an illustration at a picture of Jesus Christ, our dear Savior, so we don't think almost 4 things this morning.

Are you ready my only concern today is that not have time to say all that I want to say about Joseph a portrait of Christ.

The gospel according to Joseph number one I want you to see a portrait of Jesus. Now the beloved son in the life of Joseph. Genesis chapter 37 verses one through three, and Jacob dwelt in the land when his father was a stranger in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob, Joseph, being 17 years old was feeding the flock with his brethren in the lab was with the sons of Bill Hall and with the sons of Zilpha by the way, these were slave wives his father's wives and Joseph brought his father there evil report that Israel is another name for Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many comments now rethinking Jesus the beloved son as pictured in the life of Joseph. Three things stand out here in these few verses that I want you to see.

First of all, as we think of Joseph think of his father's devotion his father's devotion verse three tells us that Joseph of all of his brethren is especially love especially love. He was his father's will know what is that tell us about the Lord Jesus Christ. Well my friend, Jesus in Matthew chapter 3 verse 17 at his baptism, the father spoke out of the glory, and a low voice from heaven say this is my beloved son in whom I am well please. And when the Lord Jesus Christ was on the Mount of Transfiguration. Again the voice spoke from heaven. Matthew 17 verse five behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold a voice out of heaven, which said, this is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased. God has a son his name is what Jesus and he is beloved of the father and this world will never settle the same question if it ignores the sun question. Jesus is the son of God and the Bible says when we honor the son we honor the father Jacob had given to Joseph a special name like Jesus. Joseph had a special name you know what the name Joseph me it means abundance, means one who adds to it means a multiplier and that's what Joseph was, what is the name Jesus means it means Jehovah saves, and he is the one also. Whose life is full of abundance. You see, Jesus said to Satan, the thief comes with the kill, and to steal and to destroy who is the thief Satan is the great subcontractor.

But Jesus that I've come that you might have life and have it on late. Here's the Joseph, who adds to who multiplies who gives abundance and so again Joseph is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ below the below son Jesus Christ who died for us upon that cross to give us life and to give it abundantly itself. First of all you see Jesus a portrait of Jesus, who is has number one his father's devotion. You got that number two. He has a faultless distinction that is here is Joseph is distinct from all of his brethren, that they are evil key is not. They do know. I'm sure he was a center but you know that is not one sin mentioned about Joseph in the Bible. That is amazing.

We have the sins of Moses we have the sins of Paul.

These great believers, but no sin is ever mentioned about Joseph.

Why because he is a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ putting a margin Hebrews chapter 7 verse 26 speaks of Jesus, who is holy, harmless on the file separate from sentence Joseph brought under his father, the evil report. Joseph was not a talebearer. Joseph was a truth speaker. Why does the world hate Jesus put in your margin. John seven verse seven Jesus said the world cannot hate you.

Believe me, it hated because I testify of it that works thereof are evil, just as Joseph brought an evil report. Jesus has testified that this world is evil. I've told you before the world is not a good baby Jesus. The world is not a big Jesus who fed the multitudes. The world is not paid Jesus to heal the sick, the world hates the Jesus who testifies of it, that his works are evil. Here is this boy. He has his father's devotion. He has his faultless distinction is separate on the file separate from his brothers, and a mark of that distinction is a coat of many colors you see them burst three.

This is the mark of his distinction that his father realizing that Joseph is absolutely different and unique gives him the scope and it it must've been a splendid coat. The Bible delineates that coat of many colors and immediate speaks of the multiplicity and the variegated splendors of the Lord Jesus Christ when he came this arsenic by the temple, says we beheld him, full of grace and truth. We beheld his glory, what you think of when you think of Jesus you think of some drab, pale, sanctimonious religious recluse on no Jesus was the one with a coat of many colors.

Jesus is the happy Savior.

The Bible says God has anointed him with oil of gladness above his brethren little children love to come and sit at the feet of the Lord Jesus Christ never wondered why those who are in the ministry, dress in black; we think of a preacher we think of somebody in the black suit, black time, black socks and then Jesus so happy Christ Jesus by the coat of many colors distinct and different in this world and so you see not only his father's devotion. His faultless distinction, which also see his future dominion. Joseph had a dream and he told that dream to his brothers. He said I dreamed that you all were bowing down to me and the sun, the moon and the stars were doing obeisance to me. Boy, did that take them off the idea that they were going to bow down to Joseph why they were repulsed by the idea does that speak to you of the Lord Jesus Genesis 37 verses five and six and Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told his brethren, and they hated him yet. The more what does look in the New Testament, Matthew chapter 26 and verse 64 Jesus anything to them that I said nevertheless I say to you, hereafter ye shall see the Son of Man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in clouds of heaven. They hated Jesus because Jesus spoke of his coming dominion I will Vanessa question was Laura coming to answer that question is coming to Jesus. Amen saying that it is coming to Jesus you know why world in such a mess.

Print things out of place. Jesus is the king, and he belongs upon the throne.

Satan is the criminal he belongs in prison. Catholic Church is the bride and she belong with her groom and soon that's all there be back in the place and Jesus is going be overthrown Satan ago to be imprisoned and we go to be with Jesus.

Thank God for that.

Hallelujah. And so here's the beloved son, his father's devotion. His faultless distinction and his future dominion. That's what Joseph pictured as a picture of the Lord Jesus Christ now is moved to the second thing, not only we see a portrait of Jesus. The bluffs on. We also see a portrait of Jesus the suffering servant ballot maturity. The parallel between Jesus and Joseph, and Joseph and Jesus, for example like Jesus. Joseph was the sin. One look, if you will in chapter 37 verses 12 and 13 and his brethren, that is Joseph brother went to feed their fathers fought in Shechem and Israel. That is, Jacob said to Joseph do not live brethren feed the flock in Shechem, I will send the today and he said here my dear my father Jacob says go to your brethren, what is that reminder Jesus. But first John chapter 4 and verse 10 down here is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his son Jesus is the sin one you see Jacob not only love Joseph, but he loved his other sons also and so I sent Joseph to minister to the other sons and thank God Jesus as the suffering servant. First of all, was the sent one but not only was Joseph, the centerline he was the scorned one sin and then scorn. Look, if you will. In Genesis 37 verse four and when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren. They hated him. They hated Joseph now. Likewise, our dear Savior Jesus came into his own his own received him not based on him and they hated him but down. John 15 verse 24.

Jesus said if I've not done among member works which none of the mandated they had not sin, but now have.

They both seen and hated both me and my father, Jesus, the very son of God, one who created all the one who is infinite love came to his brethren, and they hated him and they scorned him and the message is clear to hate Jesus is to hate the father why they hate Jesus were arrogant.

They were full of try looking Genesis 37 in verse eight and you find out why they hated Joseph and his brethren Saturday him shall bowing be reign over us are, shall thou indeed have dominion over us and they hated him yet more for his dreams and for his word. They said we are not going to let you have dominion over us. Joseph why is this world turned against Jesus well because this world will not have Jesus to rule over it. The world today does not want to bow the knee to Jesus. Most of the people in America and the world.

Peacocks strutting the hail, thinking that to good to be Dan Jesus by Joseph was the sent one Jesus like Joseph was the scorned one. Jesus, like Joseph was suffering one sentence scorned and suffering. How did Joseph suffer will first of all, all, there was the suffering of a conspiracy looking Genesis 37 verse 18 and when they saw him a far off as Joseph even before he came near under them. They conspired against him to slay him. He suffered a conspiracy. What did Jesus suffer conspiracy, but down in your Bible. Matthew 26 versus three and four, then assembled together the chief priests and the scribes and the elders of the people under the palace of the high priest who is called Caiaphas and consulted they that they might take Jesus by subtlety and kill him exactly the same. Here's a conspiracy against Joseph. Here's a conspiracy against Jesus. Now not only did he suffer conspiracy, but he suffered abuse I what did they do to Joseph. Genesis 37 verses 23 and 24 and it came to pass, when Joseph came near unto his brethren, that they strip Joseph out of the scope his coat of many colors that was on him, and they took him and cast him into a pit and the pit was empty and there was no water in it that is. He's put their in an empty pit that he cannot get out of no sense. That's put there to death. Actually, they are trying to kill him.

What a picture of the sufferings of Christ notice Matthew chapter 27. Beginning in verse 26 then released a that is been pilot released Barabbas under them and when it starts Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

Joseph is stripped out of the scope of many colors. Jesus is stripped out of his seamless row. Joseph descends into the and Jesus goes down into the very pit of debt. What a picture.

What a picture of Jesus the Lord Jesus suffered conspiracy as Joseph, the Lord Jesus suffered abuse as Joseph, the Lord Jesus suffered betrayal as Joseph did.

Joseph was betrayed look in verse 28 then there passed by Midianite merchantmen and a druid lifted up Joseph out of the pit and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver, and they brought Joseph to Egypt meal whose idea it was to sell Joseph for silver.

It was Judah's idea to know what the New Testament name for Judy as it is Judas, the site of the one who sold Jesus for silver Matthew chapter 26 verse 14 then one of the 12 called Judas Iscariot went under the chief priest and set under them. What will you give me and I will deliver him under you and they commented with him for 30 pieces of silver.

Now Joseph is the sent one Joseph is the scorned one. Joseph is the suffering one. And now Joseph is the slain one, the parallel with Jesus is so incredible. Joseph is slain in a figure in a time not in reality, what did they do notice here in chapter 37 verse 31 and they took Joseph's coat and kill the kid of the goats and Depakote in the blood, and they sent the coat of many colors and brought it onto their father and said this, that we found no now whether it is I sons coat are not and he knew it and said it is my son's coat and evil beast had devoured him.

Joseph is without a doubt renter torn in pieces, and Jacob tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his loins and Moran for his son many days in the mind of Jacob, Joseph, is dead. Can you imagine here's the old patriarch whose favorite son is Joseph leaves son of Rachel's wife is true below and they bring the him the scope. This shows this distinction with the father's market set upon him that the birthright was upon him, and they bring this blood sprinkled and give it Jake any sense. Is he is dead and in the eyes of his brothers, he was dead. Also, they expected him to die. Here is the blood sprinkled garment brought to the father bring one day long ago the blood of God's son, the Lord Jesus was brought to heaven and sprinkled on the mercy seat. There in front of the father. Notice the parallels here that are incredible.

Here is Joseph, the sent one this going one the suffering one. The slain one. What a picture of Jesus. What a picture of Jesus, indeed, and were going to hear the conclusion of this important message coming up on Monday.

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