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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,


Genesis xlix. 23, 24.

'* The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and
hated him : But his how abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob."
BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,


Genesis xlix. 23, 24.

'* The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and
hated him : But his how abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob."

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JOSEPH.BY THE REV. ISAAC WILLIAMS, B.D,Genesis xlix. 23, 24.'* The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, andhated him : But his how abode in strength, and the arms of his handswere made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob."These words contain Jacob's own account of hisbeloved son Joseph, and shortly comprise all hishistory. o doubt the reason why Holy Scripturehas told us so much of Joseph, and rendered theaccount of him so singularly attractive is, that theexample may sink deep into our hearts and lives,suited as it is for every age and condition of life. Andthe example comes down to us Christians, hallowedand enforced by the remarkable figure which Joseph isgiven to bear of our Lord Himself; so that it is Christspeaking to us through Joseph of old, and we areconstrained to think of our Lord Himself throughout.The dreams of Joseph, of the sheaves bowing down tohis, and the sun, moon, and eleven stars doing obeisanceto him, at once raise our mind to one greater thanJOSEPH. 73Joseph, at whose ame " every knee shall bow, of thingsin Heaven, and things in earth, and things under theearth *.*' Joseph had to bear his cross ; he was " aman of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;" he wasstripped of his raiment like our Lord Himself, andcast into the pit as if dead ; he is known, like our LordHimself as described in Isaiah, by his garments dyedin blood'; his brethren, "moved with envy'," de-livered him up to the Egyptians, as the Pharisees,
 
moved with envy, gave up Christ to the Gentiles ; hewas sold by one of them whose name was Judah orJudas ; and as if to confirm the figure, he is again castinto the dungeon, " as a dead man out of mind," as" free among the dead," and " out of remembrance."He also might say with Christ, " Let not the pit shuther mouth upon me ;" "I am so fast in prison that Icannot get forth ;" "I am become as an alien unto mybrethren ;" " Thou hast made me to be abhoreed of them ;" " fafee witnesses did rise up against me, theylaid to my charge things that I knew not." He was" numbered with the transgressors ;" to one of thosefellow-sufferers he promises life, to the other not. Thenbe is raised on high among the Heathen, saving lifeand giving bread, the bread that saveth from death ;setting forth Him "Who giveth the true Bread fromHeaven ; married to a daughter of Egypt, as Christ'sBride, the Church, is taken from among the Gentiles ;then receiving his brethren as one "alive from thedead," and with words like those of our Lord Himself after the resurrection, when they were " troubled atHis presence," and " supposed that they had seen a» Pliil. ii. 10. » Isa. Ixiii. 1—3.' Acts Tii. 9.74 JOSEPH.spirit *," but Joseph says, " Come near to me, I prayyou. And they came near. And he said, I amJoseph your brother." And then who is thisBenjamin the younger brother, but St. Paul himself," of the tribe of Benjamin * ? " And oh, with whattenderness, what loye is he welcomed and singled outbeyond the rest! "Behold, your eyes see, and theeyes of my brother Benjamin, that it is my mouththat speaketh unto you." And in all these things it
 
was with Joseph as with Christ, that his exaltation isbrought about by those very means which they took to destroy him, and render the prophecies of noneeffect.ow it is to be observed that Christ speaks to usnot only in the G-ospels and in the ew Testament, inwhat is there written of Himself, of what He says anddoes, but also throughout the Old Testament inmanifold ways; the Prophets mention many thingsconcerning Him as accurate in description as historyitself; and the Psalms speak of Him, and express thethoughts of His heart as the Son of Man, as much asthey do of David and his own history. We have hadoccasion to notice how Grod has made the charactersof the Old Testament to represent Him ; as Abelspeaks of His death ; Enoch of His ascension ; oahspeaks of Him as our place of refuge ; Melchizedeck of His everlasting Priesthood ; in Moses He is our Law-giver; in Joshua the Captain of our Salvation; inSamuel He is the Intercessor ; in David our Eang ;Samson speaks of His victory in death ; Solomon of His wisdom in His Church, in hymns, and parables, andprecepts ; Daniel of His honour among the Heathen ;* Gen. xlv. 3. 12 ; St. Luke xxiv. 37. * Rom. xi. 1.JOSEPH. 75Elijah of His miracles and ascension ; Elisha of Hisquickening the dead ; and both of these of His missionto the Gentiles '; and Joseph, as we have just observed,of His humiliation, and subsequent exaltation to thelight hand of God. These are figures and prophetictypes of the events of our Lord's Incarnation ; but thisis not all ; the Saints of old exhibit severally some pointin our Lord's character, as the Son of Man, for ^^ of His fulness have all we received, and grace for

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