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Joseph
Genesis 46
Jesus Comparison
46:1 So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. Genesis 21:31 So that place was called Beersheba , because the two men (Abraham and Abimelech) swore an oath there. 

Luke 2:29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace.

Israel (Jacob) sacrificed at the place named for the oath sworn between Abraham and Abimelech.  When Christ was a child, God promised Simeon that he would see the Messiah before he died.  Promises of God come true.
2 And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, "Jacob! Jacob!" "Here I am," he replied. Luke 2:26 It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Christ. Israel (Jacob) was revealed a vision, the Holy Spirit also revealed to Simeon.
3 "I am God, the God of your father," he said. "Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there. Matthew 2:13 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. "Get up," he said, "take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt . Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him." God warned the fathers that they must go to Egypt to escape death.
4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph's own hand will close your eyes." Matthew 2:15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." God sent them to Egypt to save them only to guarantee bringing them back to their land.
5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel's sons took their father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh had sent to transport him. 1 Timothy 6:17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God , who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. God richly provides, as Pharaoh had provided for Jacob.
6 They also took with them their livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan, and Jacob and all his offspring went to Egypt. 7 He took with him to Egypt his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters--all his offspring. Matthew 2:14 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt , 15 where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: "Out of Egypt I called my son." The whole family of each went to Egypt.   The return of Christ happened after Herod died.  The return of Israel occurred when Pharaoh and his army died while crossing the Red Sea pursuing Moses. 
8 These are the names of the sons of Israel (Jacob and his descendants) who went to Egypt : Reuben the firstborn of Jacob. 9 The sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. 10 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jakin, Zohar and Shaul the son of a Canaanite woman. 11 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath and Merari. 12 The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez and Zerah (but Er and Onan had died in the land of Canaan). The sons of Perez: Hezron and Hamul. 13 The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puah, Jashub and Shimron. 14 The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon and Jahleel. 15 These were the sons Leah bore to Jacob in Paddan Aram, besides his daughter Dinah. These sons and daughters of his were thirty-three in all. 16 The sons of Gad: Zephon, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi and Areli. 17 The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi and Beriah. Their sister was Serah. The sons of Beriah: Heber and Malkiel. 18 These were the children born to Jacob by Zilpah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Leah--sixteen in all. 19 The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin. 20 In Egypt , Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On. 21 The sons of Benjamin: Bela, Beker, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim and Ard. 22 These were the sons of Rachel who were born to Jacob--fourteen in all. 23 The son of Dan: Hushim. 24 The sons of Naphtali: Jahziel, Guni, Jezer and Shillem. 25 These were the sons born to Jacob by Bilhah, whom Laban had given to his daughter Rachel--seven in all. 26 All those who went to Egypt with Jacob--those who were his direct descendants, not counting his sons' wives--numbered sixty-six persons. 27 With the two sons who had been born to Joseph in Egypt , the members of Jacob's family, which went to Egypt , were seventy in all.   There is undoubtedly great information in this genealogy but the analysis goes beyond the scope of this already long comparison.   Perhaps some day...
28 Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, Isaiah 40:3 A voice of one calling: "In the desert prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the wilderness a highway for our God.

Matthew 11:3 to ask him, "Are you the one who was to come , or should we expect someone else?"

God sent John the Baptist ahead of Christ, who then asked Jesus if He was the one to come or was it another?  Jacob typifies God here, Judah - John the Baptist, and Joseph - Jesus.  Again, Goshen is the land of salvation, as we "draw near" Christ.
29 Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around his father and wept for a long time. Matthew 21:5 "Say to the Daughter of Zion, `See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey , on a colt, the foal of a donkey .'" Like Joseph, Jesus rode in to the land (on a lowly donkey, though) to be crucified to "draw near"  His Father.   Undoubtedly there was a celebration in Heaven upon His triumphant arrival.
30 Israel said to Joseph, "Now I am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive." (words of a righteous man - Simeon)
Luke 2:29 "Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation,
Both Jacob and Simeon were old men who were ready to die once they saw salvation.
31 Then Joseph said to his brothers and to his father's household, "I will go up and speak to Pharaoh and will say to him, `My brothers and my father's household, who were living in the land of Canaan, have come to me. Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes will , like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. Christ is our advocate before our perfect God.   Joseph was his brother's advocate before Pharaoh. 
32 The men are shepherds; they tend livestock, and they have brought along their flocks and herds and everything they own.'  33 When Pharaoh calls you in and asks, `What is your occupation?' John 21:17 The third time he said to him, "Simon son of John, do you love me?" Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, "Do you love me?" He said, "Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you." Jesus said, " Feed my sheep . Jesus's disciples became shepherds of men.   As they passed on the gospel, the church is brought with them into salvation.
34 you should answer, `Your servants have tended livestock from our boyhood on, just as our fathers did.' Then you will be allowed to settle in the region of Goshen, for all shepherds are detestable to the Egyptians."

Exodus 1:8 Then a new king, who did not know about Joseph, came to power in Egypt.

Acts 20:28 Keep watch over yourselves and all the flock of which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers. Be shepherds of the church of God, which he bought with his own blood. 29 I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock. Pharaoh allowed them to settle in Goshen despite their detestable nature as shepherds.  God will allow us detestable Christians to settle in Heaven only because of Christ's righteousness, similar to Joseph's relationship with Pharaoh.  

Jesus knew that savage wolves would come in to destroy His people.   After Joseph's generation died, the Israelites grew numerous in Egypt and their strength worried the new king who forced them into slavery and great hardship, leading to Moses and the Exodus.


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