The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did [a]to prosper in his hand. (Genesis 39:2-3)
Three times the Scripture mentions that Joseph’s master, Potiphar, was an Egyptian as if to call special notice to it. In other words, Joseph would go down into and be subject to Egypt which hints, prophetically, at the fact that “Joseph” – those separated from the family — would be among the nations. Yet, all the while the LORD is with Joseph and caused him to prosper. The most amazing part of it is that his master — presumably a pagan and idol worshiper — realized that the LORD was with him! It was so obvious to Potiphar that he decided to appoint him to oversee his entire household.
The Bible says that, from that point, the LORD blessed Potiphar’s house “for Joseph’s sake.” In the future, all of Egypt would be blessed “for Joseph‟s sake.” Again looking at this prophetically, all of “Egypt” — the nations — would be blessed for “Joseph’s” sake. That is to say that the nations of the world are blessed because of the blessing that God bestows upon His people in those nations. Because it rains on the just and the unjust alike, the nations of the world have often prospered due to the fact that God’s people prospered. Furthermore, those nations that have been blessed in this manner often have a particular purpose to serve in God’s agenda.
That Potiphar realized that the favor of the LORD was upon Joseph speaks to the fact that when we do what is right and reap the rewards of righteousness, the world takes note. Messiah said this:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
God’s favor upon us brings blessing upon us and others who in turn are inclined to look favorably upon us as well, which lends itself to more blessing. It’s a win win situation when we are doing what is right in the eyes of God. Obviously favor can also provoke jealousy and anger from some but, in the end, even the enemies of God’s people will have to concede that the righteous of the LORD serve a God who is with them and who blesses them.
Blessings and Shalom,