January 7th, 2021

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Joseph and the Lord Jesus

An observation on two people named Joseph in the New Testament.

Joseph, the foster-father of our Lord Jesus, took Mary to be his wife (Matthew 1:24-25) and cared for her and the baby Jesus. Jesus was wrapped in cloths and laid in a manger in Bethlehem (Luke 2:7).

Joseph, a disciple of the Lord Jesus, took the body of our Lord after his crucifixion and wrapped his body in spices and linen cloth and laid him in a tomb (John 19:38-42).

It strikes me that a person by the same name was there to tenderly care for and wrap our Lord's body. It also seems interesting that Joseph in the Old Testament is the one who was wrapped in a glorious robe by his father who loved him (Genesis 37:3).
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By an Oath

"...others who became priests took their office without an oath, but this one [Jesus Christ] became a priest with an oath..." Hebrews 7:20-21

How interesting that the wife of the high priest, Elisheva wife of Aaron during the time of the Exodus (Exodus 6:23) and Jehoshabeath wife of Jehoiada during the time of the kingdom of Israel (2 Chronicles 22:11), both bear a name which means "oath of the Lord." Was this foretelling us of the High Priest who was yet to come - the one to be made priest by God by an oath (Psalm 110:4)?

Also, are Elisheva and Jehoshabeath figures of the Church - the Bride of Christ Jesus (Ephesians 5:32)? Elisheva's husband's name is Aaron, meaning "light." Jehoshabeath's husband's name is Jehoiada, meaning "knowledge of the Lord." And doesn't our Lord Jesus bring both light and knowledge to His Church, which is in covenant with Him by His precious blood (Matthew 26:28)? He, our High Priest and Sacrifice. The marriage of the Lamb. <3

"For it is the God who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6