Dore_Bible_Joseph_Makes_Himself_Known_to_His_BrethrenProbably the most obvious parallel between Christ and Old Testament characters would be Joseph. His life is so closely related to Christ’s that Joseph can definitely be added as the most defined shadow of Christ.

The whole shadow starts at the very bottom/beginning: Joseph’s birth.

Rachel was a barren woman until Joseph was conceived. When he was born, Rachel said, “God hath taken away my reproach.” (Genesis 30:23). The Hebrew word for “Reproach” is literally “shame”. Like Joseph was a symbol of taking Rachel’s shame away, so did Christ take away our guilt, shame and sin (Romans 8:1).

Next time we here of Joseph is when Jacob leaves Laban to live by himself with his family. The Bible says this happens right after Joseph was born and only follows two verses after the birth of Joseph.  Like God guided Jesus to Bethlehem, the place where He was promised to be, Jacob led Joseph where he was promised to be.

Next time we here of Joseph, he is being protected by Jacob from his brother, Esau, whom Jacob believes will harm him. So, Jacob puts Rachel and Joseph in the back of the group approaching Esau. As did God when He kept Jesus’ true identity hidden from the world until the proper time (John 7:8 and 10).

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