Joseph’s rise to power…

Gen 41: 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

So, what did Joseph do to earn this position, this favour, from the Pharaoh of Egypt? Correctly interpret correctly a few dreams?

No. Joseph did nothing to earn this favour. It is my opinion that this is what God worked out. Maybe it wasn’t His will that Joseph be sold into slavery… but He blessed and prospered a man who was humble enough to accept His will. What makes me say that? Because God does not bless those who mutter and complain against His will. (Yes, the Israelites coming out of Egypt did… but their leader, Moses, interceding for them, remained humble before Him.)

God works His purpose out. We have the free will to make mistakes but God will bring things to where He wants them to be, no matter how many people attempt to thwart Him.

When Joseph was imprisoned… because of lies… Joseph may not have liked it, but he accepted it in humility.


Joseph didn’t say “I am worth better than this… being sold as a slave, I am my father’s favourite son; he didn’t say, “I am worth more than being a slave in a foreign country”; nor did he say, “I correctly interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s servants and have been forgotten.” If he thought of any of those things, they are not recorded.


Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. Gen 41: 42

This was a change from his tunic as a slave, and his chains as a prisoner!

All this achieved by the time he was thirty. (Gen 41: 46…)


Joseph didn’t let the power ‘go to his head’; he acted on the revelation God had given him in those dreams. He stockpiled food in the seven good years… this in itself demonstrates the power Pharaoh had invested in him. Most people of the land would simply ‘eat, drink, and be merry’ if things looked good and ignore it when some foreigner, a former slave at that, said the opposite…

‘Save, store, be cautious’.

But that former slave was second in the land.

Seven years later, the famine did come in all the lands… but in Egypt there was bread. When this became known, all the countries came to Egypt for grain.

And here is set up the next step…

When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?” Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die.” Gen 42: 1,2

None of them knew that Joseph was still alive. God did. So here is another test set up. Joseph is now in a position of power. How will he react?

To be continued…

In the meantime,

Tread softly, you may be treading on someone’s unfulfilled dreams…



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