Patriarch Lesson: Joseph A type of Christ
Step 1: Excite
Note to Parent: Do not show the child the booklet until you have completed Step 1 and 2.
Christ is foretold in the Old Testament many times and many ways. Commonly, we look at the prophecies about the Christ. But, Bible types also tell us about the Christ and His purpose.
If you use the Heart of Wisdom Lesson Plans you have been reading from the book “Discover Jesus in Genesis . We’ve seen symbols and types all through the previous lessons.
In this lesson we look at several similarities in stories of Joseph.
Get a sheet of paper. Fold in in half longways. Begin a list. You know the story of Joseph. Name as many similarities to his life and Jesus’ life that as you can think of. Put facts about Joseph on one side and facts about Jesus on the other side. Spend at least ten minutes on this list before moving to Step 2.
Step 2: Examine
The Bible Readers Companion gives one good example of how Joseph was like Christ:
Joseph’s silence. Many take Joseph as a type of Christ: an innocent person who suffered because of the wickedness of others, and through whom the chosen people were delivered from certain death. Joseph’s silence as his brothers debate his fate (Gen. 37:12–35) prefigures the silence of Christ before His judges (cf. Isa. 53:7; 1 Peter 2:23).
Matthew Henry gives another example:
Joseph was here a type of Christ. Though he was the beloved Son of his Father, and hated by a wicked world, yet the Father sent him out of his bosom to visit us in great humility and love. He came from heaven to earth, to seek and save us; yet then malicious plots were laid against him. He came to his own, and his own not only received him not, but consulted against him: This is the heir, come let us kill him; Crucify him, crucify him. This he submitted to, in pursuance of his design to redeem and save us.
Warren Wiersbie summeerises several examples in Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines on the Old Testament (Ge 40).
In many ways, Joseph is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, even though nowhere in the NT is he specifically called a type of Christ. Joseph was a beloved son who was hated and rejected by His own brothers. They sold him for a slave and then one day met him as their king. Joseph had to suffer before he could enter into his glory. He was victorious over temptation and yet arrested and treated unjustly. Joseph was a faithful servant who ministered to others. Eventually he was exalted to the throne and was responsible for saving the nations. His brothers did not recognize him the first time, but he revealed himself to them the second time they came to Egypt. So it will be with Israel: they did not know Christ when He came the first time, but they will see Him when He comes again and will bow before Him.
Use the information above and the Scriptures below and add to the list you began in Step 1 comparing Jesus and Joseph.
- Matthew 3:17 and Genesis 37:3
- John 15:25 and Genesis 37:4
- Luke 19:14 and Genesis 37:8
- Mark 15:10 and Genesis 37:11
- Matthew 27:1 and Genesis 37:18
- Matthew 27:28 and Genesis 37:23
- Matthew 26:15 and Genesis 37:28
- John 3:35 and Genesis 39:4
- Luke 23:32 and Genesis 40:2-3
- Hebrews 4:15 and Genesis 40:15
- Luke 3:23 and Genesis 41:46
- Luke 24:31 and Genesis 45:1
- 1 John 4:9 and Genesis 45:7
- Joseph a Type of Risen Christ by Charles Stanley
- Joseph a Type of Christ
- Joseph as a Type for Christ
Step 3: Expand
- Make a Contrast and Compare Booklet
The first four pages are filled in for you. Use your research to fill in the extra pages with more similarities in the life of Jesus and Joseph.
- ❒ Correct all written work to demonstrate correct punctuation and spelling.
❒ Correct all written work to demonstrate correct and effective use of grammar.
❒ Add to your Writing Notebook the rules for all punctuation and grammar errors you corrected.
❒ Record any misspelled words in your spelling notebook.
❒ Add to your Vocabulary Notebook any new words encountered in this lesson. Include a definition for each word. Use each vocabulary term in a sentence orally or in writing.
❒ Add corrected written work or any illustrations to your Portfolio.
❒ Add any important people or events to your Time Line Book.
❒ Share with a friend or family member an activity you completed for this lesson. Explain to them what you have learned.