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Joseph
Genesis 48
Jesus Comparison
48:1 Some time later Joseph was told, "Your father is ill." So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 2 When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed. 3 Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me Romans 1:16 I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew , then for the Gentile. Jesus, like Joseph, brings along others when He goes to the Father. 
4 and said to me, `I am going to make you fruitful and will increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.' Luke 10:2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest , therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. God gives the harvest.
5 "Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. Romans 9:24 even us, whom he also called, not only from the Jews but also from the Gentiles? 25 As he says in Hosea: "I will call them `my people' who are not my people; and I will call her `my loved one' who is not my loved one," 26 and, "It will happen that in the very place where it was said to them, `You are not my people,' they will be called `sons of the living God.'" God accepts both His chosen people (the Jews) and Gentiles, as did Jacob.  Christ, like Joseph, brought along Gentiles and therefore we are accepted by the Father.
6 Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers. Ephesians 3:21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.

Romans 11:17 If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,

The promises of blessings extend to the generations of believers.  For this reason, to collect the whole harvest of individuals saved, Christ has delayed returning for His people.  All people are welcomed to Him, to the glory of God.
7 As I was returning from Paddan, to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath" (that is, Bethlehem). no parallel seen no parallel seen
8 When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, "Who are these?" 9 "They are the sons God has given me here," Joseph said to his father. Then Israel said, "Bring them to me so I may bless them." Luke 14:21 "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, `Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.' God (Israel) has His "chosen people", some of whom are not saved because of their own choices.  In the parable of Jesus, God then invites others who are accepted by Jesus (like Joseph).  God gives the harvest. 
10 Now Israel's eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too." John 6:37 All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. God will embrace Christ's followers and rejoice in the company of us for eternity.
12 Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. John 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. 39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. Joseph was greater than his father in Egypt.   Jesus clearly humbled Himself for the Father and for our sakes.  Joseph came to his true father in humility.
13 And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel's left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel's right hand, and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim's head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh's head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn. Matthew 20:16 "So the last will be first, and the first will be last ." Much has been written on the significance of these verses.  Jacob was blessing the youngest similar to the blessing he got through trickery from his father, Isaac.  Prophetically, this projects to Christ's teaching regarding Heaven.
15 Then he blessed Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm --may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth." Romans 11:26 And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: "The deliverer will come from Zion; he will turn godlessness away from Jacob. The descendants of Israel will be blessed according to this blessing.
17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim's head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head." 19 But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations." 20 He blessed them that day and said, "In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: `May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'" So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. see v. 13 above. see v. 13 above
21 Then Israel said to Joseph, "I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers. John 16:28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father ." We look forward to going to the final land of our fathers, Heaven.
22 And to you, as one who is over your brothers, I give the ridge of land I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow." Ephesians 1:21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, Joseph was again restored to be greater than his brothers, as Christ is.  All (people and possessions) are under Christ's control.


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