Thirty: Joseph, David, Jesus



In the essay comparing the parallel stories of Jesus and Joseph it is shown how “Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt” and “Yeshua was about thirty years old when he began his public ministry” (Genesis 41, Luke 3). I came upon an interesting correlation I had not before considered. Jesus (Yeshua) is the King of Israel. Yeshua is the son of David. Both of these realities are prophetic bound proclamations of “messiah-ship”. Yeshua has been anointed, but he has yet to “inaugurate” the prophesied Kingdom as seen in Daniel 7 (I understand the implications of a spiritual kingdom being manifest and a reality now, because “Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him”). It was then no shock to see this passage about his “father” David that he was “thirty years old when he began his rule” (2 Sam 5:4).

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