The man at the right hand

The man at the right hand….. {Genesis 41:37-46}

After going through a series of very trying events, Joseph had finally been exalted to a place of authority, just as he had seen in his dream. God was with him and he pleased Pharaoh, King of Egypt, so much that he put him in charge of everything in his kingdom. He told Joseph, “See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” Joseph had received great authority over all Pharaoh had.

However, all of that power and authority was to be viewed and understood through the lens of what Pharaoh said in Genesis 41:40. “Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.” You see, Joseph was in charge, he was the Lord of the land, but he STILL had a head. Although he had the highest position of authority, he was still subject to an authority; he had a King. Joseph, in relation the Pharaoh, typifies Christ in relation to God. As it is written, “But I would have you know, that the head of every man is Christ; and the head of the woman is the man; and the head of Christ is God.”
1 Corinthians 11:3

Jesus pleased the Father in everything he did {John 8:29}. Twice during Jesus’ ministry, God spoke from heavens saying, “This is my Son, in whom I am well pleased,” {Matt. 3:17, 17:5} Jesus proved this when he yielded himself to God’s will at Gethsemane and pleased the Father through his obedience, even unto death {Phil 2:8}. But God raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places {Eph. 1:20}; all power (exousia=authority) was given unto him. {Matt 28:18} Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted {Acts 2:33}, he was highly exalted and given a name/authority that is above every name/authority {Phil. 2:9}. Far above all principality, and power (exousia), and might, and dominion, and every name/authority that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come and hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all {Eph. 1:21-22}. Yet, we must understand that though we are Christ’s, Christ is God’s {1 Cor. 3:23}.

Jesus was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God {Mark 16:19}; of whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began. {Acts 3:21} For David is not ascended into the heavens: but he saith himself, The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, until I make thy foes thy footstool. {Acts 2:34-35, Ps. 110:1} To which of the angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool? {Heb. 1:13} For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come…..but we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man. {Heb. 2:5-9, Ps. 8:4-6} Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame. {Heb 12:2}
This man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God; {Heb. 10:12} angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.
{1 Peter 3:22}

Thus, it is Christ who fulfils Ps. 110:1. And, then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted (not included), which did put all things under him. {1 Cor. 15:24-27}

Just as Pharaoh was over Joseph, so is God over Christ. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him; that God may be all in all. {1 Cor. 15:28}

I pray this edifies the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is the church. I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may continue to give unto [us] the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him; the eyes of [our] understanding being enlightened; that [we] may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints. {Eph. 1:17-18} Now [may] the God of patience and consolation grant [us] to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That [we] may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. {Rom. 15:5-6}

Grace and peace be unto you all from God the Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ,
the Son of the Father, in truth and love. {2 John 1:3} Amen

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