After a lengthy imprisonment for a crime he did not commit, Joseph was called to serve Pharaoh. Pleased with Joseph’s service, Pharaoh exalted him to a high position of authority. When Joseph’s brothers later come to him for help, Joseph forgave them for their betrayal of him and saved their lives by providing the food they needed.
In these details, Joseph continues to foreshadow the Savior to come, who took the form of a slave, was crucified as a sacrifice for sins He did not commit, and was then raised from death. God the Father was “well-pleased” with Jesus (see Matt. 3:17) and exalted Him to the highest position of authority.
Compare the account of Pharaoh’s exalting Joseph in Gen. 41:40–44 with descriptions of Jesus in Eph. 1:19–22; Matt. 28:18; Phil. 2:7–10. And compare the risen Christ in John 17:2, “You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should give eternal life to as many as You have given Him” with Joseph’s statement to his brothers in Gen. 45:7, “And God sent me before you . . . to save your lives by a great deliverance.”
Genesis 41:38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?”