Genesis 41:41-49: ‘Bow down!’

“41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.’ 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain round his neck. 43 He made him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and people shouted before him, ‘Make way[!’ Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt.44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt.’ 45 Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera, priest of On, to be his wife. And Joseph went throughout the land of Egypt.46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and travelled throughout Egypt. 47 During the seven years of abundance the land produced plentifully. 48 Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. 49 Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.” NIV

I understand that a better translation of the words ‘’Make way!’’ (43) would be ‘’Bow down!’’  We again see Joseph as a ‘type’ of Christ. Jesus passed through suffering into glory, and before Him one day, ‘’every knee’’ will ‘’bow’’ and ‘’every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’’ (see Philippians 2:1-11, especially 9-11).

  • We need to ensure that we are bowing down now to the LORD Jesus Christ, with our whole lives laid before Him in submission and surrender;
  • We need to call people from all nations to acknowledge the true and rightful Kingship of Jesus (‘’All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…’’ Matthew 28:18, 19), knowing that the King is always with us as we go on His Mission;
  • We need to believe that in the end everyone ‘’in heaven and on earth and under the earth’’ will bow the knee to Jesus. Finally, all will be well.


I heard a preacher say, just this morning, that Jesus owns every room. Every room we find ourselves in – He owns it. It may be an office full of blaspheming, unbelieving colleagues, but He owns it.

Things can change. Did Joseph ever say, ‘Pinch me, I must be dreaming!!?’ Probably not. But he could have said, ‘Pinch me, I dreamt this!’ (See 32). His destiny was also ‘’firmly decided by God’’, and at the right time he found himself in a very different place and position.

Things can change. Jesus Christ is Lord, and He will have the final say in the universe…and in your life.