Foundational themes in Genesis – Study 120 (Key verses: Genesis 50:22-26)
We conclude our discussions on foundational themes in Genesis with the final section of this book where the death of Joseph is detailed. The theme of death is indeed the story of the first Adam and here with the death of Joseph certain aspects of this theme are again highlighted for us. Joseph lived in Egypt since he was seventeen years old until the time of his death at the age of a hundred and ten years – in total he lived ninety three years in Egypt, which includes the eighty years as a ruler (Gen 37:2-36; Gen 41:46). The number eighty has the numbers eight and ten connected to it which in spiritual terms refers respectively to the new man in Christ and the completeness of flesh. It is indeed the new man who reigns over the flesh as Joseph also is a type of the elect and their time of rulership (Oba 1:21; 1Cor 6:2-3; Rev 20:4-15):
Gen 50:22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years.
During his time of rulership in Egypt God also used Joseph to bring his own family down to Egypt. But all of that was initiated when his ten brothers sold Joseph to traders who in turn sold him as a slave in Egypt. But the natural man cannot see that all man’s thoughts and acts are caused by God, and everyone is actually contributing to fulfil God’s purposes whether through the good or the evil: