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Joseph's Advancement.

Joseph's Advancement.

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BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,



Genesis xli. 42. 43.

And Pharaoh took his ring from his hand,
and put it upon Josephs hand, and arrayed
him in vestures of fine linens and put a
gold chain upon his neck; And he made
him to ride in the second chariot which he
had ; and they cried before hhny Bow the
knee : and he made him ruler over aU the
land of Egypt.
BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,



Genesis xli. 42. 43.

And Pharaoh took his ring from his hand,
and put it upon Josephs hand, and arrayed
him in vestures of fine linens and put a
gold chain upon his neck; And he made
him to ride in the second chariot which he
had ; and they cried before hhny Bow the
knee : and he made him ruler over aU the
land of Egypt.

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JOSEPH'S ADVACEMET.BY REV. W. THISTLETHWAITE, M.A.,Genesis xli. 42. 43.And Pharaoh took his ring from his hand,and put it upon Josephs hand, and arrayedhim in vestures of fine linens and put agold chain upon his neck; And he madehim to ride in the second chariot which hehad ; and they cried before hhny Bow theknee : and he made him ruler over aU theland of Egypt.Here is another remarkable change in Jo-seph's fortune. The poor youth, whom welately saw cast into prison on a most fsilseaccusatian, is now become ruler of Pharaoh'shouse, and lord of all his substance. Butthe history of Joseph is a history of provi-dence ; and strikingly illustrates the manner400 Joseph's advancement.in wbich God governs the world by his infla-ence on the minds of all people. God hadby certain dreams sent to Joseph^ intimatedthat he should be advanced above all hisbrethren. Here, you will see how all thinirsare working togeL towards Ae bringingforth of that event Circumstances, in ap-pearance the most contrary to it, are allsubserving its accomplishment; and whilemen of various classes and minds are doingthat which is in their own hearts, God ismaMng them to fulfil all his pleasure. Andherein is the exhibition of two truths whichour limited faculties may not perhaps be ableperfectly to reconcile; the first, that whileman is accountable for all his actions, Godis yet the director of them all; and the se-cond, that while the will of man fireely devise
 
and chooses what it pleases, it is devisingand choosing according to the will of God,and under his influence.We proceed to trace the circumstances of the history. We have seen how the wife of Potiphar had met with a repulse fi-om thevirtuous, honourable, and religious mind of JOSEPH'S ADVACEMET. 401Joseph. She felt herself deeply mortified,and her infamous desires becoming changedinto other equally sinful passions, she burntto destroy him. She accused him to Poti-phar as if he had been the offender againsthis honour, and herself the innocent person,and thereby had him cast into prison. Buthis ahnighty Mend and protector did notleave him nor forsake him. ^^ The Lord waswith Joseph, and shewed him mercy, andgave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison." ow all places and persons are just what the Lord pleases to make them.We see, and unhappily we often think too,of nothing but the instrument or secondcause. But we should learn in this as in allthings, to walk by faith and not by sight,and to feel that it is the influence of God'sspirit on the hearts of others which makesthem kind to us. This will not subtract oneparticle of gratitude which we are bound tofeel towards them; while it will also makeus to give the glory and praise to God, andteach us to rely on his care and to feel our-selves safe while we conscientiously serve402 JOSEPH'S ADVACEMET.him. As therefore it had previously beenwith Potiphar, so was it again wiA thekeeper of the prison. This person^ seeingthe prudence and int^ritj of Joseph^ somi
 
learned to value and trust him, so that he'' committed to Joseph's hand all tlie pri-soners that were in the prison, and whateverthey did there, he was the doer of it Thekeeper of the prison looked not to any thingthat was under his hand, because" (here isthe invisibly-working cause of all) ^* the Lordwas with him : that which he did, the Lordmade it to prosper." Thus we find that thisfavoured person, wherever he is, soon be-comes invested with authority. It was so inPotLphar's family, it is so here in the prison,and soon we shall see him exercising it overthe whole land of Egypt. The feivour of theLord maketh great, when it so pleaseth him,and he can take whom he will as it werefrom the dunghill, and set him with theprinces of the people. Yet let us not sap-pose that dignities or wealth are alwaystokens of his favour. Ah! no. They axeoften bestowed upon the most unworthy of JOSEPH'S ADVACEMET. 403men^ and his greatest enemies. They thenbeomie snares and traps by which they aretaken and fall. They prove occasions of pride, oppression, or sensaaHty, and Ihnsincrease the guilt, and accelerate the finalnun, of their possessors. Let us seek theblessing and favour and presence of God,and then in whatever state we are as to thecircttmfirt;ances of this world, we may be there-with content.In furtherance of the purposes of theakmghty God towards Joseph, the chief bmtler and the chief baker of the Kix^ of Egypt were, for some offence against him,c^Qunitted to the very same prison intowhich Joseph had been cast, and they alsowere given into his care. ow it so hap-pened — not without the Lord — that each of these persons dreamed a dream, of which Itrust you remember the particulars, and if 

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