Then as the Midianite [and Ishmaelite] traders were passing by, the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and they sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And so they took Joseph [as a captive] into Egypt. (Genesis 37:28 AMP)
One important thing we ought to understand is that the entire bible is about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
You search and keep on searching and examining the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and yet it is those [very Scriptures] that testify about Me; and still you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life. (John 5:39-40 AMP)
“O foolish men, and slow of heart to trust and believe in everything that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary for the Christ to suffer these things and [only then to] enter His glory?” Then beginning with Moses and [throughout] all the [writings of the] prophets, He explained and interpreted for them the things referring to Himself [found] in all the Scriptures. Luke 24: 26-27(AMP)
In the old testament He is hidden in types and shadows and in the new testament, He is revealed. Before reading the word our prayer to our Heavenly Father should be from Psalm 119:18…Open my eyes [to spiritual truth] so that I maybe hold Wonderful things from Your law.
In the story of Joseph, Joseph typifies Jesus Christ. An evident example in today’s devotion is that his brothers betrayed him and sold him for twenty shekels of silver to the Ishmaelites into slavery. They thought that Joseph would eventually die as a slave. See how they introduced themselves to Joseph the Prince of Egypt in Genesis 42:13 “Your servants are twelve brothers [in all], the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; please listen: the youngest is with our father today, and one is no longer alive.”
Later on, we see Jesus Christ betrayed by His own. One of the twelve disciples He handpicked, Judas Iscariot. You know what if it were someone like a stranger who betrayed Him, the pain of betrayal wouldn’t hurt as much as it did from a brother. He considered His disciples His family, His brothers. So Jesus and Joseph are familiar with the excruciating pain of betrayal by someone so close that you love. In case you have or are experiencing this pain, be encouraged by looking at the life Jesus through the story of Joseph so that you don’t cave in under the pain, instead you grow stronger and hour heartis transformed as hou behold Christ that He image of peace and unconditional love and grace are forged into your heart.
Lord was sold for thirty shekels of silver to the scribes and Pharisees to be tried and crucified to His death. Both stories, however, do not end in death. Joseph did not die in Egypt instead he become a Prince, second in command to Pharaoh. While although Jesus Christ had to die a gruesome death, on the third day He rose again and He is sited on the right hand of the throne of God, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion [whether angelic or human], and [far above] every name that is named [above every title that can be conferred], not only in this age and world but also in the one to come.
The entire bible is about Him, Christ Jesus. As we have already discussed in the previous days devotion, the Holy Spirit unveils Jesus Christ in the bible and He glorifies Him. So without the Holy Spirit, it is impossible to behold Jesus Christ in the word. We should pray that the LORD fills us with the precious Holy Spirit and most of all that we are obedient to all He guides and reveals to us to do.
• The entire bible is about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
• In the old testament He is hidden in types and shadows and in the new testament, He is revealed.
• Read Psalm 119:18.
• The Holy Spirit unveils and glorifies Jesus Christ in the word of God
• Ask the Lord to fill you with the Holy Spirit and be obedient to the leading and guidance of the Holy Spirit.