Most of us live in a kingdom where men, women too unfortunately, strive to become the “all they can be”; more respect, more pay, more notoriety. But Yehovah’s kingdom operates on a different set of values; in His kingdom the man who will lay down his life as His servant is exalted and given great reward. It is for this reason that I love this story in which Joseph is exalted.
Joseph excelled as a servant to Potiphar, as a servant overseer in the house of confinement and even in service to his fellow captives. Today this servant is exalted by Yehovah to save his family, Egypt and the people from many nations from a great famine.
In Genesis, after Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream, he moved seamlessly into the number two spot in Egypt.
And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of Elohim?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Inasmuch as Elohim has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you.” (Gen 41:38-40)
In the book of Yasher we get the rest of the story. After Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream he is not believed. Joseph then prophecies that Pharaoh’s 2-year-old son would die and that he would have another son born to him that very night.
Yasher 48:62 And the king answered and said unto Joseph, Who says and who knows that thy words are correct? And he said unto the king, This shall be a sign for thee respecting all my words, that they are true and that my advice is good for thee.
63 Behold thy wife sits this day upon the stool of delivery, and she will bear thee a son and thou wilt rejoice with him; when thy child shall have gone forth from his mother’s womb, thy first-born son that has been born these two years back shall die, and thou wilt be comforted in the child that will be born unto thee this day.
Well, these words are not the kind of words that most kings want to hear and Joseph is taken back to the house of confinement and that night all Joseph’s words came to pass.
Yasher 49:1 After these things the king sent and assembled all his officers and servants, and all the princes and nobles belonging to the king, and they all came before the king.
2 And the king said unto them, Behold you have seen and heard all the words of this Hebrew man, and all the signs which he declared would come to pass, and not any of his words have fallen to the ground.
Finally Pharaoh is willing to consider Joseph as the man sent by Elohim to prepare Egypt for the coming famine.
Yasher 49:8 And the king said to all the officers: I have thought that since Elohim has made known to the Hebrew man all that he has spoken, there is none so discreet and wise in the whole land as he is; if it seem good in your sight I will place him over the land, for he will save the land with his wisdom.
9 And all the officers answered the king and said, But surely it is written in the laws of Egypt, and it should not be violated, that no man shall reign over Egypt, nor be the second to the king, but one who has knowledge in all the languages of the sons of men.
All the languages of the sons of men were 70 and Joseph spoke only his own language.
Yasher 49:10 Now therefore our lord and king, behold this Hebrew man can only speak the Hebrew’s language, and how then can he be over us the second under government, a man who not even knows our language?
11 Now we pray thee send for him, and let him come before thee, and prove him in all things, and do as thou see fit.
12 And the king said, It shall be done tomorrow, and the thing that you have spoken is good; and all the officers came on that day before the king.
But that night Joseph is visited by a messenger of the Elohim.
Yasher 49:13 And on that night Yehovah sent one of his ministering angels, and he came into the land of Egypt unto Joseph, and the angel of Yehovah stood over Joseph, and behold Joseph was lying in the bed at night in his
master’s house in the dungeon, for his master had put him back into the dungeon on account of his wife.
14 And the angel roused him from his sleep, and Joseph rose up and stood upon his legs, and behold the angel of Yehovah was standing opposite to him; and the angel of Yehovah spoke with Joseph, and he taught him all the languages of man in that night.
When they heard Joseph the next morning they knew he was the one sent to deliver them from the coming famine.
Genesis simply says,
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt. (Gen 41:41-43)
Wait until you hear about what Yasher has to say about the day Joseph is exalted and all the things that were given and done for the man who learned first to serve others before. And hear the heart of Joseph, in the middle of the parade as he looks up to heaven and calls out,
“He raises the poor man from the dust, He lifts up the needy from the dunghill. O Yehovah of Hosts, happy is the man who trusts in thee!”
Joseph Is Exalted
2G46 Genesis 42 and Yasher 48-52.11
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