Thursday, March 17, 2011

Genesis 41:37-43 Joseph in Charge of Egypt

"The plan seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his officials.  So Pharaoh asked them, 'Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the spirit of God?'  Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, 'Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.  You shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders.  Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.' " (Genesis 41:37-40 NIV)

Pharaoh could think of no one else who would be better equipped to carry out Joseph's plan than Joseph himself.  It seems that Pharaoh understood that Joseph's wisdom came from God.

Again, it seems amazing that Pharaoh would entrust such power into the hands of a foreigner.  The one who had been in charge of the captain of the guard's household now found himself in charge of the Pharaoh's palace, and the former prisoner now found himself exercising control over all of Pharaoh's people:

"So Pharaoh said to Joseph,
'I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.'
Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger
and put it on Joesph's finger.
He dressed him in robes of fine linen
and put a gold chain around his neck.
He had him ride in his chariot
 as his second-in-command,
and men shouted before him, "Make way!"
Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt."

(Genesis 41:41-43 NIV)

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