Genesis 41:37-43, 46-57
We left Joseph before Pharaoh, whose dream he had interpreted, and to whom he had given sage advice.
Joseph’s words concerning the Lord had a manifest effect on idolatrous Pharaoh, and he spoke with reverence. We need never be ashamed to avow our faith. Good will come of holy speech.
What a change from the prison to the chariot. Thus was the Lord Jesus uplifted from the grave, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow. Such honours in their degree shall all persecuted saints obtain either here or hereafter.
Prosperity did not spoil him. He set about his business, and discharged the duties of his office with great diligence.
Our afflictions leave no sting behind. The Lord’s love so rinses out our cup of sorrow that no bitterness remains. Such forgetfulness is sweet.
Here again he ascribes his happiness to his God, and blesses him for his double gift. To forget the past, and bear fruit in the present is a precious boon.
We may call this a typical gospel, for poor hungry sinners are now bidden to go unto Jesus, and what he saith unto them do. May we be every one of us led of the Spirit of God to seek unto him who alone can open the well-stored granaries of grace.
To whom else can men go for salvation but to Jesus, the Saviour? Have all who join in this reading gone unto the Redeemer for heavenly bread? If not—why not?
Hail to the Prince of life and peace
Who holds the keys of death and hell!
The kingdoms of the earth are his,
And sovereign power becomes him well.
In shame and sorrow once he died,
But now he reigns for evermore;
Bow down ye saints before his feet,
And all ye angel-bands adore.