Joseph Rises to Power

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Testimony

Pharaoh and his officials were so impressed with Joseph, who was “a man in whom the spirit of God is” (vv. 37-38) that Pharaoh elevated him to a position second only to his own position (vv. 39-40). He made Joseph governor of all of Egypt (v, 41), placed his royal ring on his hand (v. 42), gave him royal clothing to wear, let him ride in the second chariot and had the people bowing down to him (v. 43). The king told Joseph that “no one in Egypt can do anything without your permission (v. 44). They gave him an Egyptian name and also let him marry Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera who was a priest (v. 45). Joseph is now thirty years of age (v.46). In the next seven years the crops grew so well that he stored the extra grain which was so much that they stopped keeping record and it could not be counted (vv. 47-49).

In one day he had been elevated from the prison to the palace. However, it had taken God thirteen years to bring him to this place of service, for he was  only seventeen when he first arrived in Egypt. No doubt he felt disappointed during those years, but he never chose to feel discouraged. Because Joseph had walked with God and trusted Him through many years, he was ready for this promotion when it came. From all outward appearance Joseph was an Egyptian but he still maintained  a testimony for the God of Israel.

Application

If Joseph had not trusted God in the  prison, he would not have gotten to the palace. Because he had trusted God in all the hard years, God could now trust him to stand for Him in this place of leadership. Based on this thought, I wonder how much God can trust me to do?

Genesis 41:37-49 (English Standard Version)

This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. And Pharaoh said to his servants, "Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?" Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you." And Pharaoh said to Joseph, "See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt." Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, "Bow the knee!" Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt." And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt. Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.

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