Tuesday, 23 November 2010

The Sufferings of Christ Previewed in Joseph, Genesis 39

Who doth not feel pity in the review of Joseph's unjust and cruel treatment!

Behold the Patriarch a little before the object of his father's love. And now look at him as a bond slave and a prisoner in a strange land!

To what a reverse of circumstances are even good men exposed in this waste and howling wilderness.

But reader! never forget that Jesus is with His people always, and in all their afflictions He is afflicted.

Suitable, seasonable grace shall be given them as they stand in need. And as their day is, so shall their strength be.

But is there nothing in this chapter which prompts the heart to discover some faint sketches of Him of whom Joseph was a type?

Oh yes! certainly a greater than Joseph is here.

• How was the Son of God when upon earth sold and tempted, and led into prison and unto death!

• If we look at Joseph suffering by unjust imputation, can we forget for a moment Him to whom our sins are imputed; though He did no sin and in whose mouth there was found no guile.

Did He not bear our sins in His own body on the tree when He died, the just for the unjust to bring us to God.

Lord, grant that as in so much mercy, Thou didst condescend to be sin for us who knew no sin, we may be made the righteousness of God in Thee.

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