Joseph, the Firstfruits and the Remnant

Gen 45:7:

But God sent me ahead of you to preserve for you a remnant on earth and to save your lives by a great deliverance.

These words of Joseph could have been spoken by Jesus.

Paul writes to the Corinthians (1 Cor. 15:20) :

But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.

And later(1 Cor. 15:23):

But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ.

Just like Joseph, Jesus too was handed over for evil purposes, but God had a bigger, glorious purpose behind what seemed so bad – saving a remnant. For Joseph on a national scale, but for Jesus on a cosmic scale.

Leithart has a good post here on more of Joseph as an image of Christ.

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2 thoughts on “Joseph, the Firstfruits and the Remnant

  1. Why is saving a remnant “good news”? It seems that it is bad news for anyone not in the remnant, right? Joseph was saved and he saved his framily. That does not seem relevant to a remnant of Israel being saved. What am I missing?

    1. As I see it the starting point for humanity is bad because of sin. The fact that God reaches out to reconcile us to him in Jesus is great news. If anyone wants to be part of the remnant the way there is simple – believe in Jesus!

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