Joseph: God’s man, not Pharaoh’s man …

Thoughts on Gen 41:42-45, nicely stated by John Walton:

On the surface, Joseph is being “made” by Pharaoh.  Everything he is given comes from Pharaoh’s hand: his office, status, privilege, name, wife – everything.  He is “reborn” as a servant of Pharaoh.  The irony is that from the standpoint of Genesis, it is not the hand of Pharaoh that has remade Joseph but the hand of God.  For all that Pharaoh did, God brought Joseph to the recognition of Pharaoh, and God gave Joseph wisdom and success.  In the end, Joseph is not first and foremost Pharaoh’s man, but God’s man.  He is not Pharaoh’s instrument of economic survival; he is God’s instrument of salvation.

Genesis, 691.

Andrew Compton
Christ Reformed Church (URCNA)
Anaheim, CA

2 thoughts on “Joseph: God’s man, not Pharaoh’s man …”

  1. Hey, since one of you is an OT scholar I was wondering what is some reading that deals a death blow to the NPP regarding Gods righteous as his covenant faithfulness in the OT particularly the Psalms Wright cites.


    1. Hi Trent,

      The only reading I’m familiar with on this topic is Mark Seifrid’s essay in vol. 1 of Justification and Variegated Nomism where he examines צדק language in the Hebrew Scriptures and in the early Jewish writings. I thought it was a really fine chapter.

      I’m sure there are other treatments out there, but I’m just not aware of them. Also, I believe Seifrid is technically a NT scholar. I really don’t know of any OT specialists writing about this. In what I’ve seen, mostly the participants are NT scholars or scholars of second temple Judaism. I’d love to learn of anyone writing on this from a more straight-forward OT approach.


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