“Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt.”
-Thirty in Hebrew is written as sheloshim & every time it has been mentioned in the Bible it has some great importance in reference to some significant event or responsibility. The number 30 is used as a sign of physical & mental maturity. It is an age when one is ripe for leadership & ready for responsibility. At age 30; Joseph became the governor in Egypt (Gen 41:46), priests were allowed to offer service in the tent of meeting (Num 4:3), David became the king of Israel (2 Sam 5:4), Jesus began His ministry (Lk 3:23) etc.
-Joseph at the age of thirty years became second in command to Pharaoh, after being in prison as a slave in Egypt. He underwent great affliction & discouragement through out his life having been thrown into a pit by his brothers, sold as a slave & imprisoned; but he persevered & remained faithful to God. When magicians & wise-men failed to interpret Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph was accurate in his interpretation through Gods’ help. Pharaoh then gave Joseph a linen robe, a gold chain around his neck & his own signet ring; elevating him to a governor where he was able to make decrees in his name. Pharaoh also changed Joseph’s identity by giving him a new name; Zaphnath-Paaneah & gave him a wife; Asenath the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. God gave Joseph two sons & made him fruitful in the land opening them up to many opportunities of prosperity.
Lord, You have been our dwelling place from generation to generation, receive all the glory & praise. Before You created the earth You knew us; before we were formed in our mother’s wombs You ordained us. Teach us to number our days Lord, that we may gain heart’s full of wisdom. When Joseph was forgotten in the dungeon with all his hopes dead You provided a way for him, Lord have mercy on us. When Joseph was a slave You elevated him to a powerful leader in a foreign land through Your unfailing love, bless us Lord & increase our capacity. When Joseph was going through affliction You strengthened him & made him prosperous in the land, make us prosperous Father in all areas our lives. You are good Lord & Your mercy endures forever, fulfill our heart desires Jesus according to Your promises; according to Your everlasting love & mercy for us. Amen
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