The Foreshadowing of Christ

 But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.                                     Genesis 50:20        

 
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.  But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.                                     1 Corinthians 15: 56-57  
 
A couple of months ago I listened to a bible study on Genesis, and was intrigued by the story of Joseph. I’d learned it as a child, and studied it as an adult (even wrote a devotional on it not too long ago). I was keenly interested in the bible teacher’s explanation of things, and listened intently as he reviewed each verse. All throughout the study of Joseph’s study, the teacher has pointed out how Joseph has been a foreshadow of Jesus—similarities in how they were conspired against, sold for silver coins, falsely accused, flanked by two transgressors (Joseph with the wine steward and baker in prison; Jesus by the two thieves at the cross); both were thirty years old at the start of their work—just to name a few.  
 
When the teacher first pointed a couple of these out as we went through the story, the words that Joseph tells his brothers in the last chapter of Genesis came to mind: “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” It is a gracious and declarative statement for Joseph to make, one that demonstrates how truly mature Joseph’s walk with the Lord was, and a great example of how we are called to respond to our enemies.
The Holy Spirit led me one step further, though, in thought: instead of Joseph saying this to his brothers, imagine Jesus saying this to his accusers…to the Jewish crowds who called out for His death…to the enemy who orchestrated what he probably felt to be his greatest victory.  
 
But God used it for good! Had He not sacrificed His Son as an atonement for the sins we committed, we would be faced with the prospect of His wrath, delivered upon us so justifiably. Though Jesus’s crucifixion was the result of the wicked Sanhedrin and their political maneuverings through Pilate, God intended that good would come out of it. It is the epitome of Romans 8:28: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”
Praise the Lord!
 

Prayer Requests

  • For those struggling with depression, and for their family members and friends
  • For healing and civility within our country
  • For unity within our church so that we can discern and obey His will
  • For healing, comfort, and support to those who are experiencing health issues

  It still blows my mind how God orchestrates everything—it’s all right there, in the open. We just need to have a heart open to the urging of the Holy Spirit to help us to see it.

Quotes

  “You will never know the fullness of Christ until you know the emptiness of everything else but Christ.”   — Charles Spurgeon  
“I’m not a Christian because I’m strong and have it all together. I am a Christian because I am weak and admit I need a savior.”