In the drama played out in ancient Egypt there were certain characters who played the more prominent roles, and there were also many lesser prophetic roles. Since Joseph was a faithful and obedient son who was instrumental in saving the lives of so many persons, whom would Joseph picture? He would well picture Jesus Christ, the most faithful and obedient Son of God and who is the Savior of humankind. (1 John 4:14) And since Jesus stated that that which was done to his followers was as done to him, we find that in this drama at times Joseph pictures Christ’s anointed footstep followers.—Matt. 25:40.
And even as in the prophetic drama “people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy [grain] from Joseph,” so today a “great crowd, . . . out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues” have come to Jesus Christ the Greater Joseph for spiritual grain or bread. As a result, it is true of them, even as foretold: “They will hunger no more nor thirst any more, . . . because the Lamb [the Greater Joseph], who is in the midst of the throne, will shepherd them, and will guide them to fountains of waters of life.”—Rev. 7:9-17.
The fact that the Egyptians finally sold their land and themselves, Joseph buying them for Pharaoh, so as to get food from Joseph is of striking prophetic significance. (Gen. 47:23) Thus all those today who would get life-sustaining spiritual food from the Greater Joseph must dedicate themselves and all that they have to Jehovah God. They must make a complete and unequivocal vow to do God’s will and to walk in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. They thereby become Jehovah’s bond servants even as the Egyptians back there became the bond servants of Pharaoh.