“The king…made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance.” [Psalm 105:20-21].
In the affliction of Joseph and his later exaltation to Pharaoh’s right hand in Egypt, we have such a foreshadowing of the humiliation and exaltation of Christ as to emphasize the authority and inspiration of God’s holy Word.
Joseph the blameless, sold by his own to the Gentiles for a paltry sum, as was the greater Joseph, betrayed by His own for thirty pieces of silver, and delivered to the representative of Gentile power, Pontius Pilate.
Joseph’s service as a slave resulted in his utter humiliation, being brought down in ignominy and shame, being made to suffer as a criminal in Pharaoh’s dungeon. There he met two offenders, a butler and a baker. One was delivered from prison; the other perished.
Behold the greater Joseph, the One who thought it not robbery to be equal with God. See Him humble Himself unto the death of the cross. Witness two thieves dying with Him. One looks to Jesus by faith and is saved; the other, like many on this earth in every generation, dies as he lived, in his sins.
It was said of Joseph’s exaltation to the side of Pharaoh, “He made him lord of his house.” His lifting up was sudden, powerful, and glorious. Overnight he became the greatest man in Egypt.
Let all this pale into utter insignificance when we consider the elevation of the Christ of God as our mighty representative in heaven, bone of our bone, flesh of our flesh, the one and only mediator between God and men. Let us ever bow humbly, and reverently worship the One who, although obedient unto death, rose triumphantly over death, hell, and the grave. [Dr. Bert Cooke].