Joseph Wept: The Story Of Joseph Part 5.

Genesis 50:15-21
15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.”  So they sent messengers to Joseph saying, ‘Before your father died he commanded, saying, ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph:  I beg you, please, forgive the trespass of your brother and their sin; for they did evil to you.'”  Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of the God of your father.”  And JOSEPH WEPT when they spoke to him.
Then his brothers also went and fell down before his face, and they said, “Behold, we are your servants.”

Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?  But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.  Now therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.  And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.



Believe it or not, Genesis is probably the most prophetic book of the entire Bible. Like a timeline, everything recorded in the book is happening again in similar (not exact) fashion.

Four Levels Of Meaning.

According to Jewish Rabbis, every story in scripture has four levels of meaning:  P’shat, Remez, D’rash & the Sod.”  

The surface story, “P”shat,” is the simplest and most basic.  Many other gems of wisdom and truths are found in the other three levels all the way down to the “Sod.” Today we are going to dig down into the “Sod” to see what else Joseph’s story has to tell us.

For a more detailed discussion of this topic, you may follow the link below:

Kairos (Prophetic) Timeline.

In part 4, we saw how Joseph revealed his true identity to his brothers.  They were reunited, his family brought to Egypt, and settled by him in Goshen.  There they were protected there and cared for in the midst of the terrible famine that struck the entire region.

In this part of Joseph’s story will be revealed the real reason why Jesus is weeping over His end-time Church. No, it’s not because there is sin in the Church or that believers are not on fire for God. You may be quite surprised at the real reason.

The Death Of Jacob.

In the opening passage, Joseph’s brothers came to him with a fabricated story that they concocted after Jacob died.  Their father, in fact, had not said what they reported.  They made the whole thing up because they assumed Joseph was secretly angry with them for their cruel betrayal years earlier. They were terrified that he would now take revenge on them.

Nothing could be further from the truth.


Parallels In Joseph’s Life To Jesus.
Here are a few of the parallels between Joseph’s life story and our Lord Jesus:
1)  Joseph was beloved of his Father but rejected by his brothers.
2)  He was sold for 20 pieces of silver into slavery in Egypt, a typology of the world.

3)  He was thrown into prison for three years, a typology of Jesus’ death.

4)  He was elevated to the 2nd highest position in the whole country:  Viceroy of Egypt, second only to Pharoah in power.
5)  His position as Viceroy saved many lives when his family relocated to Egypt during time of great famine.

6)  Joseph wept.

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1)  Jesus was beloved of His Father but rejected by His brothers–the Jewish people–when He came into this world.
2)  He was betrayed, sold for 30 pieces of silver.
3)  He was beaten, brutalized beyond recognition, and died on the cross for all of us.

4) He was raised to life on the third day.
5)  He is now exalted far above everything and everyone, seated at The Father’s right hand and He saved us all!

Joseph Wept 7 Times.

Genesis records that JOSEPH WEPT SEVEN TIMES.  The seventh time he wept has staggering implications for us today/

(For more on why we say, “Five is the number of grace,” you may follow the link below:

The first time he wept was when His brothers came to Egypt the first time to buy grain.  They didn’t recognize Joseph because of his Egyptian garb, Egyptian makeup, and the fact that he spoke through an interpreter, a picture of Jesus Who taught in parables. His brothers didn’t know he understood every word he said.  

He was so overcome with emotion at seeing his family again but, because he wasn’t ready to reveal his identity yet, he dismissed them and hid himself.  He wept bitterly.


Jesus Wept.

When Jesus came to His own human family, they also did not recognize Him.  He loved them so very much!  He wanted only to bless and protect them as a mother hen protects her chicks.  But because of their rejection, He could not.

As He entered into Jerusalem, riding on a donkey, He wept loudly with shaking sobs, crying over the people He loved so much.  He saw what would happen to them in the distant future without Him in their midst to protect them.  He knew He would be unable to help them because they didn’t want Him.  He saw them destroyed in the Holocaust, and it broke His heart.

You see, He is a great Respector of your free will.  He won’t force His will or His protection on anyone.  If you reject Him, He cannot help you. You have to want His protection in order to receive it. In other words, you must accept Him as your Savior which means you are now in covenant with Him.

(For more on our covenant relationship, you may follow the link below:

Joseph weeps

Joseph’s brothers found him in royal garb.  What they would have expected, if they had known he was still alive, was someone in a slave’s garb or someone of low esteem.  Truth is, they weren’t expecting to find him at all.  They presumed he was long dead.

Conversely, the Jewish people were expecting Messiah to be a conquering king, royal in apparel and appearance.  Instead, He was came to them in humility, born into a poor family.  He lived in Nazareth, of all places, a seedy little backwater town in the Galilean countryside.  He even dressed like the people of the times:  Humble and unassuming.

Prophetic Of Our Times.

The last time Joseph wept is worthy of note and prophetic of our times.  It is recorded for us in the very last chapter of Genesis, as you read in the opening passage.

When he first revealed who he was to his brothers, they were terrified that he would seek retribution.  Joseph reassured them that he wanted them near so he could protect and provide for them.

After Jacob died and they came to him with this fake story, he assured his brothers that God had sent him ahead to save them all. What they had meant for evil, God used for their ultimate good.  He had not only forgiven them:  He held absolutely no ill will toward them.  Genesis 45 verses 4-5 records that exchange:

“4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Come close to me.” When they had done so, he said, “I am your brother Joseph, the one you sold into Egypt! 5 And now, do not be distressed and do not be angry with yourselves for selling me here, because it was to save lives that God sent me ahead of you…”

What made Joseph weep for the last time?  His brothers didn’t know they were really, really, really, really REALLY ALREADY FORGIVEN OF ALL THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS AGAINST HIM.

jesus weeping over the world

Why Is Jesus Weeping Today?

Why is Jesus weeping today?  Is it because of sin in the church, as many suggest?  Perhaps it is because believers not reading their Bible enough, not praying enough, not having enough faith, or not attending church.


Just like Joseph’s brothers, many Christians today believe that God is, if not out-right angry with them, He is at least mildly disappointed. Like Joseph’s brothers, they don’t understand that it isn’t just their sins of the past up to the present that are forgiven when they came to faith in Christ, but ALL THEIR SINS, FUTURE INCLUDED, ARE PUT AWAY AS WELL.


Cleansing Waterfall.

Why is that so? Remember, God is OUTSIDE time. He sees our lives as a composite whole. When Jesus died, all your sins were future as we count time. But to God, they are all “Now.” All means, “ALL.”  

Do we still sin? Of course!…but we walk through life under His covering like being under a cleansing waterfall. Our sins are instantly gone the moment they are committed without asking. We don’t confess our sins TO BE forgiven; we confess them because we ALREADY ARE.

If you were taught that only your past sins up to the present moment are forgiven but you must ask for forgiveness as you go forward, I am truly sorry. You have been misinformed. Your pastor, and you by default, has the same understanding as that of Simon the Pharisee.  

Remember him? He had what I like to call, “Present Tense understanding.”  Conversely, the woman who came in while they were eating, wept at Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair, had “Perfect Tense understanding.”  BIG DIFFERENCE!

That 180 degrees difference in the understanding of her forgiveness caused that woman to LOVE JESUS MORE!!!

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Complete Work.

Church, Jesus did a complete work.  All your sins are completely cleansed from the moment you were born again until the day you meet Jeaus face to face.  That is a “Perfect tense ” understanding.  

Now, it’s ok to discuss with your Father your failings, yes.  But we no longer to to Him to confess them in order to be forgiven.  We now confess, as I said, that Jesus has already cleansed…..PAST TENSE… each time we fail, that we are…..PRESENT TENSE…..the righteousness of God in Christ.  We are a bride ALREADY FIT for the coming of the bridegroom.

You are not going to be complete; YOU ALREADY ARE.


Shadows In The Old Testament.

In the Old Testament when you brought your lamb to the priest for a sin offering, he didn’t examine you.  Of course not.  He knew why you were there.  He examined your lamb to make sure it was without spot or wrinkle.  Then, you placed your hands on the head of the lamb and your sins passed to the innocent lamb.  He then offered your sacrifice, and you went away with the representative righteousness of the lamb.  It gave you temporal forgiveness, like a promissory note.  You looked forward to Jesus’ finished work.

But today, we look back to His finished work!  Amen!

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Under the New Covenant, God doesn’t look at you to evaluate you.  He looks at your Lamb.  Is Jesus without spot or wrinkle?  YES!

Is He ALWAYS acceptable to God?  YES!

Do you EVER have to go to God and re-offer your Lamb?  NO!

Do you still sin?  YES!

Are you still righteous because of the finished work?  YES, YES ,YES!!!

Jesus our mercy seat

It is precisely because the Church as a whole still doesn’t understand their complete forgiveness that Jesus weeps;

…..and it was because Joseph’s brothers didn’t understand their complete forgiveness that Joseph wept.

6 thoughts on “Joseph Wept: The Story Of Joseph Part 5.

  1. According to Genesis Joseph wept 7 times. Seven is the number of perfection. These weepings clearly show his perfect love for his family, brothers and father.(42-24,43-30,45-1 &15,46-29,50-1 &17)

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    1. Thank you for your observation. I have amended my article to reflect the information you shared. The most important time he wept, of course, is the last time, picture of the fact that His brothers, i.e. His natural family, did not know He hold no ill will for them.


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