The accounts of Yosef‘s “coat of many colors” or “Technicolor Dreamcoat” and his standing strong amid adversity and oppression in Mitzraim are popular among children and adults. But a scandalous aside in this week’s Torah portion, וישב Vayeshev (“he settled,” Gen. 37:1–40:23), involving his brother Yehudah may not reach many children’s ears. Yet both Yosef and Yehudah provide important “calling cards” for Mashiakh Yeshua.
Yosef played the messianic role consistently through his life. God is the one in control of Yosef’s life, not Yehudah. Yeshua the Mashiakh wasn’t even born, yet we read all about Him in Yosef’s life. When Yeshua told the elders that all of the Scripture is a testimony of Him, this is just one of the stories Yeshua is referencing in his rebuke of the willfully unbelieving Pharisees.