The story of Joseph is well known. How is hated by his brothers and sold into slavery, and his subsequent rise to leadership in Egypt. In Jewish tradition, there will be two messiahs. The first is Messiah son of Joseph who prepares the way for the Messiah son of David. The Son of Joseph dies in an act of self sacrifice for his people.
It is interesting to note the similarities between the one called “Jesus” and Joseph. Jesus was Jewish, but was hated by many of his brethren, and his death was really a self sacrifice (read the accounts of his death; He had to give the high priest the grounds for the death pronouncement – see the book of Matthew chapter 26, verses 59 to 66).
Christianity then took him and so made him up to be as a gentile that he is no longer recognizable by his brethren. To a Jew looking at Jesus, they see a gentile who has little or nothing to do with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
Yet the time will come, hopefully soon, when this Jesus will reveal himself to his people. May it be soon!
This story paints a big picture of our God. His love extends to all people, and He reveals Himself to all who will look.