| Joseph in Charge of Egypt
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, “Make way!” Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.” 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.
46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and travelled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.
I love this part of the story because Pharaoh gives Joseph a new robe. For me this picture symbolises God’s heart for the lost. In Joseph’s life he has three garments
The robe of many colours that his father gives him which is stripped away from him
The cloak left in Potiphar’s wife’s hand which symbolises his integrity but also another occasion where everything is stripped from Him
Now he’s given a new robe which symbolises his restoration. No longer a slave, no longer a prisoner, now second in command, position and privilege.
That’s what God does for all of us. Through Jesus,
We are no longer slaves, we are sons and daughters of the living God
We are no longer prisoners, for where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom
We are no longer stripped of our garments, we are clothed a new robe, an inheritance as co-heirs with Christ, that will never spoil, fade or perish.
What a promise! What a God!