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.
Christ Reformed Church (URCNA)