Chapter 36



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(Gen 37:3,4)  Now Israel [Heb: he will rule as God, prince with God] loved Joseph [Heb: let him add, adding] more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat [robe] of many colours. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.

1.      Commentary: Jacob and Rachel had a son named Joseph. Joseph was the last or eleventh man-child of Jacob (Heb: heel-catcher, supplanter) and Rachel (Heb: ewe, sheep). Then Jacob was blessed by God with a name change to Israel (Heb: he will rule as God, prince with God) indicating a change in his character which is a type of being born-again. Thereafter, Israel and Rachel had a second son and named him Benjamin (Heb: son of the right hand). Did the blessing of God flow through Israel into Benjamin? Certainly. The Benjamin company is the younger and only full brother to Joseph (Jesus Christ). Uniquely of the twelve tribes (sons) of Jacob-Israel, only Joseph and Benjamin were mothered by Rachel and thus only Joseph and Benjamin comprise “the sheep company.” Both Joseph and Benjamin are blessed. Benjamin followed Joseph in birth. You and I are the antitype (fulfillment) of the Benjamin company following Jesus.

2.      Commentary: Joseph (Heb: let him add, adding) received a “coat of many colours” (Gen 37:3) from his father, which points to the four colors of the robes that Jesus wore in the New Testament (blue: Exo 28:31,32 & John 19:23; purple: John 19:2; scarlet: Mat 27:28; white “fine twined linen” Mark 9:3), and also points to the four same colors appearing in five stripes or bands on the fabric gate, door, veil, and the ceiling of the Tabernacle of Moses. Joseph is perhaps the only perfect type of Jesus Christ in the Bible.

3.      PURPLE = (John 19:1-3)  Then Pilate therefore took Jesus, and scourged him. And the soldiers platted a crown of thorns, and put it on his head, and they put on him a purple robe, And said, Hail, King of the Jews! and they smote him with their hands.

4.      SCARLET = (Mat 27:27,28)  Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.

5.      WHITE = (Mark 9:2-4)  And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them. And his raiment [robe] became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus.

6.      (Heb 5:5,6)  So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said unto him, Thou art my Son, to day have I begotten thee. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

7.      (Psa 110:4) The LORD hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.

8.   BLUE = (Exo 28:31,32) And [for High Priest Aaron] thou shalt make the robe of the ephod all of blue. And there shall be an hole in the top of it, in the midst thereof: it shall have a binding of woven work round about the hole of it, as it were the hole of an habergeon, that it be not rent. //// & //// (John 19:23,24) Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier a part; and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment [robe] among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots. These things therefore the soldiers did.

9.   (Gen 14:17-20) And the king of Sodom went out to meet him [Abram] after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him, at the valley of Shaveh, which is the king's dale. And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God ["kings and priests" Rev 1:6; 5:10]. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he [Abram] gave him tithes of all.


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