Genesis Chapter 45 Jacob learns that Joseph is Alive

            Previously, the sons of Jacob had lied to their father and told him that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal and provided Joseph’s coat of many colors with blood stained from a slain lamb as evidence.  Jacob thought the blood was Joseph’s blood and that he was surely dead.  For many years Jacob believed Joseph to be dead.  Now the time had come that Jacob is told by his sons that Joseph is alive: Gen. 45:25 “And they went up out of Egypt, and came into the land of Canaan unto Jacob their father, 26 And told him, saying, Joseph is yet alive, and he is governor over all the land of Egypt. And Jacob's heart fainted, for he believed them not. 27 And they told him all the words of Joseph, which he had said unto them: and when he saw the wagons which Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of Jacob their father revived: 28 And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.”

            At first Jacob refused to believe that Joseph was alive as he had evidence (so he thought) that he had seen before that Joseph was dead.  He believed his sons were lying to him.  What changed his mind was the preponderance of evidence that Joseph was alive.  This evidence was from the wagons that Joseph sent to carry him into Egypt, then he believed that Joseph was yet alive. 

            This teaches us that false or perverted evidence can great hinder someone from believing the truth.  Jacob’s sons had presented their father false evidence and he had believed it.  Likewise, many people today are presented with a perverted gospel and believe the false teachings.  This seriously hurts them in their ability to believe the truth that salvation from sin is by grace alone.  Paul wrote of a perverted gospel in Gal. 1:6 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

            Paul affirmed that the true gospel is the “grace of Christ.”  He said that any other gospel is a perverted gospel and not the true gospel.  Since many of God’s people have been taught a perverted gospel, it is hard for them to believe the true gospel.  It is necessary that they receive a preponderance of evidence that salvation from sin is by the grace of Christ alone before most of them can be converted to believe the truth.  It is much easier for those who have not had their minds blinded by a false gospel to believe the truth than it is for someone who has been taught and believed a false gospel.


 Genesis Chapter 45  Joseph’s Gift to Benjamin

             Gen. 45:21 "And the children of Israel did so: and Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way. 22 To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment."  There is a very strong correlation in the scriptures between the number 300 and the subject of faith.  This correlation is so strong that the words faith and its derivatives, faithful, faithfully, and faithfulness occur exactly 300 times in the King James translation of the New Testament.  In addition, the words, believe and its derivatives, belief, believeth, believing, and believer occur exactly 300 times in the scriptures.  There are between 30 and 40 writers of the Old and New Testaments whose writings spanned about a thousand years.  There is no way they could have collaborated together to come out with such statistics.  This was by the leadership of the Holy Spirit that such a correlation has been made even to the number of times the words appear in the scriptures. 

            Joseph was the next to the youngest child of Jacob.  He was the oldest son of Rachel.  Jacob had ten sons and they envied Joseph, as he was his father's favorite.  Because of their envy, they sold Joseph into Egyptian bondage.  Joseph is a very strong type of Christ.  There are over one hundred parallels in the life of Joseph with the life of Jesus Christ. 

            While in Egyptian bondage, God blessed Joseph and eventually he became second only to Pharaoh in the Egyptian kingdom.  As his name was changed, his brethren knew not that it was Joseph who was second only to Pharaoh.  There came a famine in the land and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy food that the descendants of Jacob die not.  The brethren of Joseph knew not that it was Joseph who was selling them food, but Joseph knew whom they were. 

            In the process of time, Joseph made himself known to his brethren and at first, they were very afraid, but Joseph comforted them.  It was at this time that Joseph gave the gifts unto his brethren.  To each of the ten older brothers he gave a change of raiment, but to the younger brother, Benjamin, Joseph gave five changes of raiment and three hundred pieces of silver. 

            Since Joseph is a type of Christ, we see that the gifts given to the eleven brothers of Joseph parallel the gifts that Christ has given to his brethren (the elect family of God).  To each of the brethren there is given a change of raiment.  All of the elect were clothed in unrighteousness because of the sin of Adam.  Through the atoning blood of Christ, all of the elect are now clothed in the righteousness of Christ: 2 Cor. 5:21 "For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."  Thus, all of the elect have a change of raiment from the unrighteousness of their fleshly nature to being clothed with the imputed righteousness of Christ.  As a result, they will all be housed in heaven's glory world. 

            Benjamin, however, received more than the other brethren.  He received five changes of raiment and three hundred pieces of silver.  Likewise, the disciples of Christ in his true church receive more than other children of God.  They receive an understanding of the covenant of redemption.  The covenant of redemption is a five part covenant.  In this covenant, the disciples of Christ learn that they have "five changes of raiment."  The covenant of redemption is set forth for us in Rom. 8:29, 30: "For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified."  God foreknew, predestinated, called, justified, and glorified the elect in covenant before the foundation of the world.  This knowledge and understanding of the covenant of redemption sets the true church of Christ apart from all other belief systems.  Those adherents in the primitive church, therefore, have these five changes of raiment: foreknew, predestinated, called, justified, glorified in their belief system. 

            Furthermore, to the true church there is delivered "the faith that was once delivered to the saints" (Jude 1:3).  The faith that was once delivered to the saints is the true system of doctrine, practice, and government of the true New Testament church.  In this faith, there is only one gospel: Gal. 1:6 "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."  The true gospel is the "gospel of the grace of Christ."  Any other gospel is a perverted gospel and Paul said let such as preach a perverted gospel be accursed.  There are many so-called gospels in the world today, but only one true gospel. 

            This faith that was once delivered to the saints is clearly spelled out in the New Testament.  Since the scriptures are a thorough furnisher unto all good works (2 Tim. 3:16, 17), the doctrine, practice, and government of the New Testament church will be thoroughly spelled out for us in the New Testament.  If a group of people have unscriptural practices, or have doctrines not taught in the bible, or have a government that is anti-scriptural then it is because it is not the true church.  No where in the scriptures do you find a Sunday school, schools of Theology, salaried ministry, instrumental music in the New Testament church, hierarchal government, women preachers or deacons, church choirs, tithing in the New Testament church, or church auxiliaries. 

            The three hundred pieces of silver speaks to us of the preciousness of the "faith that was once delivered to the saints.  We should desire to keep the "faith that was once delivered to the saints" and not change it in any way.   


Genesis Chapter 45 Parallels between Joseph and Christ

            Joseph is perhaps the strongest figure of Christ in the bible.  There are a great number of parallels in the life and events surrounding Joseph and Christ.  Some of these parallels are set forth in this 45th chapter of Genesis:

                        1.  v.1 “Joseph made himself known unto his brethren.”  Matt. 16:15 “He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

                        2.  v.2 “And he wept aloud:” John 11:35 “Jesus wept.”

                        3.  v.3 “for they were troubled at his presence.”  Matt. 14:26 “And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.”

                        4.  v.4 “And Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near to me, I pray you. And they came near.  James 4:8 “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.”

                        5.  v.4 “And he said, I am Joseph your brother, whom ye sold into Egypt.” Matt. 26:15 “And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.”

                        6.  v.5 “Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves…” John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

                        7.  v.5 “God did send me before you to preserve life.”  John 6:38 “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. 39 And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.”

                        8.  v.7 “And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.”  Matt. 1:21 “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.”

                        9.  v.8 “So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God:”

John 5:30 “I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.”

                        10. v.8 “lord of all his house…”  Acts 2:36 “Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly, that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

                        11. v.8 “a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.”  Matt. 2:6 “And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.”

                        12. v.10 “And thou shalt dwell in the land of Goshen…”  Rev. 21:3 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

                        13. v.11 “And there will I nourish thee;”  John 21:15 “So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.”  John 21:16 “He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”  John 21:17 “He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.”

            Acts 20:28 “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”

            1 Pet. 5:2 “Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”

            Rev. 7:17 “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.  Rev. 12:6 “And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days.”

                        14. v.21 “Joseph gave them wagons, according to the commandment of Pharaoh, and gave them provision for the way.”  Phil. 4:19 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

                        15. v.22 “To all of them he gave each man changes of raiment; but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver, and five changes of raiment.”  Christ has given all of the elect a change of raiment in judgment, changing them from wearing condemnation in unrighteousness to wearing the imputed righteousness of Christ: 2 Cor. 5:21 “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  To those who know the truth about salvation by grace Christ has additionally given them the knowledge of God’s covenant of redemption (5 changes of raiment) in Rom. 8:29, 30: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”  Moreover, he has given to them the faith (300 pieces of silver represent the faith that was once delivered to the saints): Jude 1:3 “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”

                        16.  v.23 “And to his father he sent after this manner; ten asses laden with the good things of Egypt, and ten she asses laden with corn and bread and meat for his father by the way.”  Joseph sent a great quantity of food for his father’s household.  Likewise, Christ has provided a far greater quantity of food for his Father’s household: 2 Tim. 3:16 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”

                        17.  Joseph’s father believed Joseph to be dead and then found out that he was still alive.  To Jacob this was life from the dead.  Jesus actually died and then arose from the grave 3 days later.  This is life from the dead.