Joseph and Daniel

I recently wrote about the Foreshadow of Jacob, and how the life of Jacob at Padam Aram presents us with a foreshadow, or prophecy, of the Last Days. Part of Jacob’s foreshadow involves his son, Joseph, of the many-colored robe. Bible students have noted many parallels and foreshadows between the lives of Joseph and the Lord Jesus.

There are also several parallels between the lives of Joseph and the Prophet Daniel. Here are some that I have perceived. I would not be surprised if there were more.

There are four instances where Joseph was placed in a the position of second in authority over others; Jacob, Potiphar, the jailer, Pharaoh. This is also a parallel with the Lord Jesus, who is second in authority to God.

Joseph was second in authority to Pharaoh. After the death of Nebuchadnezzar, Nabonidus became king. The son of Nabonidus, Belshazzar, ruled while his father was away. It was at this time that Belshazzar made Daniel second in authority to himself, or third in command after Nabonidus and Belshazzar. (Daniel 5:29)

Joseph and Daniel were two very great men whose accounts are given in the Bible. We would all do well to model our lives after theirs. I look forward to the privilege of meeting them in Heaven.

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