Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. (Genesis 41:39-43)
Just in case you’re not up on your ancient Biblical history, Joseph is sold in to slavery by his loving brothers (they had plotted to kill him at first, but had a change of heart at the last minute). In Egypt he’s bought by a high ranking government official named Potiphar. He did his job so well that Potiphar promoted him to General Manager of his estate. After some time Potiphar’s wife accused Joseph of committing an act he was innocent of and Potiphar threw Joseph into prison.
Even in prison Joseph distinguished himself and aided other inmates. After several years went by Joseph was given wisdom by God to interpret Pharaoh’s dream and suggest a way through the difficult times ahead. In the passage quoted above we see Pharaoh recognizing Joseph’s administrative gift and foresight. Pharaoh freed him and gave him a position something like Prime Minister of the country.
Today during devotions my grandfather said, “Can you imagine Potiphar going home and saying to his wife, ‘Well, you’ll never guess who my new boss is.'”
Gosh that must have been awkward for Potiphar.