Transquotation: Genesis 37: 18; 23-24; 26-28; 31-32

13 Jan

Hello again!

The first verse is after Jacob has sent his son Joseph to check up on His brothers. — This is what God gave me today in His word:


They saw him from afar, and before he came near to them they conspired against him to kill him. (Genesis 37:18)

So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it. (Genesis 37:23-24)

Then Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother, our own flesh.” And his brothers listened to him. Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt. (Genesis 37:26-28)

Then they took Joseph’s robe and slaughtered a goat and dipped the robe in the blood. And they sent the robe of many colors and brought it to their father and said, “This we have found; please identify whether it is your son’s robe or not.” (Genesis 37:31-32)


And when we saw Jesus, even while He was a way off, we conspired against Him, to kill Him, because we knew He was loved by the Father while we were facing destruction. Taking Him, we crucified Him, and by His blood the Father’s wrath was appeased; we faced no punishment.

Explanation of the transquote:

Lets, real quick, combine all four verses to form a story:

First, they “saw Him from afar,” then they conspired to kill Him. Then He was stripped of His glory and went down into a “pit.” In fact, more than that, He was treated as a slave. Then the remaining sons returned to Jacob with a blood stained robe and showed it to him; and because of the blood on the robe, Jacob knew His son was dead, and though that, their selling Joseph into slavery wasn’t punished… I would like to point your attention now to a couple of a verses:

But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus. (Matthew 12:14)

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. (Philippians 2:5-7)

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. (Matthew 26:14-15)

8 First he said, “Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings you did not desire, nor were you pleased with them”—though they were offered in accordance with the law. 9Then he said, “Here I am, I have come to do your will.” He sets aside the first to establish the second. 10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:8-10)

Jesus was worth ten shekels of silver more than Joseph, aside from that, there’s pretty much no difference – aside from the time, number of people involved, perfection or lack thereof of certain persons, names of certain persons involved, and the heritage of certain persons involved. i.e. Jesus was the son of God, Joseph was the son of Jacob, etc.. -. They both descended into a “pit” (Hell) and they both saved people. Granted, the way they both saved people from punishment is very different, as is the number of people they saved… But the general idea is in place.

Praise God that Jesus took away our punishment; and that now we are being sanctified, becoming more like Jesus, until at last when we die and live in our glorified bodies with God!

Now then, as with every transquote before it, let’s confirm it both New Testament-wise and Contextually:

New Testament confirmation:

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:1-2)

Context confirmation:

And he identified it and said, “It is my son’s robe. A fierce animal has devoured him. Joseph is without doubt torn to pieces.” (Genesis 37:33)

OK, so there are some differences between the reactions of the two fathers, but the outcome is the same; a lot of kids (children of God) get off the hook. More than that though, a lot of kids get new Spirits and new desires something which, granted, we don’t see happening with Joseph’s brothers. But, that’s to be expected, this is only a foreshadow of things to come. — This supports the transquote by strengthening the connection between Jesus and Joseph, and between, to a lesser extent, Jacob and God.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland


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