Pastor’s Letter – January 19, 2021 – A New Coat for Joseph

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:41

Dear Church and Friends,

Joseph lost his coat of many colors (had it forcibly removed). His brothers took it from him and used it to advance their lie. Joseph left his next coat in the hands of Potiphar’s wife who used it to advance her lie. Next stop for Jacob’s son was prison where he stayed for a long time.

  • “And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river” Genesis 41:1.

After Pharaoh’s dreams were interpreted Joseph received a new job – to save Egypt. But before he went to work Pharaoh bestowed upon him something special.

  • The ring is Pharaoh’s signet, a seal with which he authenticated all of his decrees. Now on Joseph’s hand he had the physical authority over Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand,
  • Here’s the last coat he’ll ever wear. Not the coat of a beloved son, or the coat of a slave overseer, but his new badge of authority over the Egyptian people. and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen,
  • The chain represents his social position. He goes from son, to slave, to prisoner, to courtier of Pharaoh. Only the hand of God could make that change. and put a gold chain about his neck;
  • This is like Air Force Two. Only Pharaoh could cause a man to ride in the second chariot-of-state. This was an overt message to the people of the court, of the merchant class, of the priest class, of the worker classes that Joseph was in charge. And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had;
  • Here was his dream partially fulfilled (Gen. 37:7). and they cried before him, Bow the knee: Joseph’s sheaf is standing upright. While his brethren have not arrived yet, all of Egypt is bowing before him.
  • Just like in Potiphar’s house and just like in the prison, Joseph was over all so that Pharaoh didn’t have to worry about a thing. and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Of course this wasn’t the end of Joseph’s story. He would have to go to work and do what he told Pharaoh he could do. However, it is nice to see that there is an end to suffering. So many feel like they are in Potiphar’s house or the prison house. God is using you there and he will bring you out.

I was meditating on a passage in the Psalms this morning that I think applies here. “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: thy blessing is upon thy people” (Psalm 3:8). Joseph’s story teaches us to be patient and work as unto the Lord. Then we will regain all that we’ve lost plus so much more. Our salvation is in his hand, our blessing comes only from Him.

Music: What Love, My God by CityALight.

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Prayer Requests: Please pray for the following.

  • Henry and Evie García, Huntington, W.Va. Church planter Henry García and his wife, Evie, planted Hay Esperanza in Huntington W.Va. “Please pray new families in our church and community will meet Christ. Please also pray for future church plants.”

All my best.

And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.

Genesis 41:44

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Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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