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The Betrayer and the Betrayed

Who Am I?

Here's a little quiz. Who is being described here?

1. I am the beloved son but I was betrayed.

2. My betrayer named in hint # 3 came up with the idea of receiving money to betray me.

3. The name of the betrayer who devised the plan to receive silver was, in Greek "Ioudan". This name is translated into the English names Jude, Judah and Judas in the New Testament. Same name, different people.

4. The man who devised this plan was one of the twelve.

5. Having been betrayed, I was taken away as a captive.

6. The betrayer felt deep remorse and regret for betraying me.

7. Neither the betrayer, nor any of the twelve for that matter, thought they would ever see me alive again.

8. I surprised them. I appeared and revealed myself to the twelve (actually, I met with only ten at first).

9. I explained to the twelve how that all these things had been done to fulfill God's plan and to save men.

There you have it. Can you think of someone that the above nine clues would describe accurately. I suppose most of you will say, "Yes, that's easy." But wait. I'll make it a little more difficult. I'll give an additional clue (usually, additional clues make it easier. But not this time. Sorry. That's just the way I am - J.Q.).

10. The betrayal price was in pieces of silver - 20 pieces of silver to be exact.

Now, "Who am I?" Think about it, then find the answer below. Also you will find the references listed.


Answer:

1. I am the beloved son but I was betrayed. (Genesis 37:3)

2. My betrayer named in hint # 3 came up with the idea of receiving money to betray me. (Genesis 37:26).

3. The name of the betrayer who devised the plan to receive silver was, in Greek "Ioudan". This name is translated into the English names Jude, Judah and Judas in the New Testament. Same name, different people. (Genesis 37:26-28).

4. This man who devised this plan was also one of the twelve. (Genesis 35:22-26).

5. Having been betrayed, I was taken away as a captive. (Genesis 37:28).

6. The betrayer felt deep remorse and regret for betraying me. (Genesis 41:21).

7. Neither the betrayer, nor any of the twelve for that matter, thought they would ever see me alive again. (Genesis 41:32).

8. I surprised them. I appeared and revealed myself to the twelve (actually, I met with only ten at first). (Genesis 42:24; 43:23).

9. I explained to the twelve how that all these things had been done to fulfill God's plan and to save men. (Genesis 45:7).

10. The betrayal price was in pieces of silver - 20 pieces of silver to be exact. (Genesis 37:28).

I am Joseph, the beloved son of Jacob and one of twelve sons.

Now, that little exercise was meant to demonstrate something more than just a coincidence. The New Testament speaks of shadows to be found in the Old Testament. In addition to prophecies about the Messiah and His kingdom, there were illustrations and figures to be found throughout. The sacrificial lamb. The scapegoat. The brass serpent raised up in the wilderness.

In fact, Stephen draws a parallel between Joseph and Jesus. He explains that those who rejected Jesus in his day were doing the same thing that their ancestors had done to the prophets. He uses the people's rebellion against Moses as one example, and also the treatment of Joseph by his brothers as another. (Acts 7:8-14). So, we are not surprised at the interesting and long shadow cast by Joseph that reminds us so much of Jesus. There are many nuggets like this in the Scriptures to be found.

 

By Jon W. Quinn
The Front Page
From Expository Files 12.12; December 2005

 

 

 

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