Also [Jacob] made [Joseph] a tunic of many colors. Genesis 37:3
Along with Noah’s ark, the tower of Babel, the parting of the Red Sea, and other famous stories, Joseph’s “coat of many colors” has attained iconic status. In fact, in the late 1960s, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat—the story of Joseph—was produced and remains one of the most performed musicals on stage.
But the word technicolor betrays what may be an erroneous understanding of Joseph’s famous coat. “Coat of many colours” comes from the King James Version which is based on a hard-to-decipher Hebrew text (Genesis 37:3). In short, no one is quite sure what Joseph’s coat looked like. Rather than “many colours” it may have been an “ornate robe” like that worn by one of David’s daughters (2 Samuel 13:18, NIV). Regardless of its appearance, this much is clear: Joseph’s garment was a sign of generosity and blessing from a father to his son. In the same way, we have been blessed “with every spiritual blessing … in Christ” by God our Father (Ephesians 1:3).
All of God’s children are “heirs with Christ” (Romans 8:17), destined to be clothed with His righteousness for eternity. No earthly garment can compare with the heavenly one.
A true Christian is both a beggar and an heir. Anonymous
The Life of Joseph 01 Genesis 37:1-11 Family Problems
|Comparison List of Joseph and Jesus|
|Joseph was Loved by His Father – Genesis 37:3||God said about Jesus “this is my beloved son” – Matthew 3:17|
|Joseph’s brothers did not believe him and hated him – Genesis 37:4-5||The Jews Did Not Believe in Christ – John 7:5 and they hated him – John 15:24|
|Joseph’s brothers rejected his right to rule – Genesis 37:8||The Jewish leaders said “we will not have this man to rule over us” Luke 19:14|
|Joseph’s brothers conspired against him – Genesis 37:23||They took counsel against Jesus Matthew 27:1|
|They stripped Joseph of his garments – Genesis 37:23||They stripped Jesus – Matthew 27:28|
|Joseph was sold for silver – Genesis 37:28||Jesus was sold for silver – Matthew 26:15|
|Everything Joseph put his hand to prospered – Genesis 39:3||“… And the pleasure of the Lord prospered in his hand” – Isaiah 53:10|
|All things were laid into Joseph’s trust – Genesis 39:4-8||God hath given all things into his hand – John 3:35|
|Joseph’s own brothers did not recognize him.||The Jews did not recognize their Messiah|
|Joseph was tempted and did not sin – Genesis 39:9||Jesus was tempted in all things yet was without sin – Hebrews 4:15|
|Joseph was bound – Genesis 39:30||Jesus was bound – Matthew 27:2|
|Joseph was condemned with two criminals – Genesis 40:2, 3||Jesus was crucified with two criminals – Luke 23:32|
|One criminal was given life and the other was condemned – Genesis 40:21-22)||Jesus told one of the criminals “Today you shall be with me in paradise” – Luke 23:43|
|Joseph was trustworthy and wise – Genesis 41:39||God said about Jesus “this is my beloved son in whom I well pleased” – Mark 1:11|
|Joseph’s brothers bowed their knee to him – Genesis 41:43||“At the name of Jesus every knee will bow” – Philippians 2:10|
|Joseph was 30 years old – Genesis 41:46||Jesus was “about 30 years old” – Luke 3:25|
|God planned the suffering of Joseph in advance to save many – Genesis 50:21||Jesus said “God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son that whosoever believes in him shall be saved” – John 3:16|
|Joseph was made ruler over all of Egypt – Genesis 41:42-44||Jesus said “all power has been given unto me” – 8:18|
|Joseph married a foreign bride who shared his glory – Genesis 41:45||Believers in Christ are “joint heirs” with him in his glory – Romans 8:17|
|Joseph was cast into a pit and then later delivered out of it – Genesis 37:24, 28||When Jesus died he descended into the lower parts of the earth, and later ascended into heaven – Ephesians 4:9|
|Joseph was imprisoned based on false charges – Genesis 39:19, 20||During the trial of Jesus false witnesses were brought in testifying against him – Mark 14:56|
|Joseph’s brothers later repented for what they did to him – Genesis 42:7||“and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn” – Zechariah 12:10|
John 18:14 – Now Caiaphas was he, which gave counsel to the Jews, that it was expedient that one man should die for the people.