So Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this [a man equal to Joseph], in whom is the divine spirit [of God]?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since [your] God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and clear-headed and wise as you are. You shall have charge over my house, and all my people shall [c]be governed according to your word and pay respect [to you with reverence, submission, and obedience]; only in [matters of] the throne will I be greater than you [in Egypt].” Genesis 41:38-40
It is highly significant to recognize that in comparison to the written material from the Ancient Near Eastern texts, the biblical teaching about the Spirit of God or the Spirit of the Lord has no parallel. Lloyd Neve correctly observes: “No other nation in the Ancient Near East spoke of gods as having a spirit. In a peculiar people with a singular Lord it was a unique concept.” Nowhere in those texts can one find an expression “the spirit of [such and such god or gods].” This acknowledging the being and power of the true God, though faint and feeble, continued to linger among the higher classes long after idolatry had come to prevail.
Here we get a glimpse of the secret that lay back of Joseph’s extraordinary life; it was the Spirit of God. Perhaps there never was a life that touched more closely the common life of suffering humanity. We see in him a true and noble nature exposed to the discipline of the keenest suffering; separated from home and friends; carried into captivity in a foreign land; misunderstood, traduced, unjustly condemned, and cast into a prison under the deepest and most unjust opprobrium and disgrace; and yet, so heroically standing true to God and righteousness, and so steadfastly trusting in the divine faithfulness and love, that he triumphed at length over all his difficulties, rose from the prison to a princedom of honor and influence, and from the very lowest place found a pathway to the highest position that it was possible for a mortal to attain. Was there ever a more extraordinary transformation, was there ever a more striking object lesson of the power of high and holy character?
Joseph was recognized as a man of unique spiritual attributes and that, indeed, this was the real reason for his other abilities. Though they could hardly have understood the doctrine of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Spirit, nevertheless they acknowledge that in Joseph dwelt the Spirit of God (Hebrew ruach Elohim).
Often, the gifts of the Spirit are in the context of use in the church. But here, the gifts of the Spirit used by a marketplace believer in the marketplace solving problems that impact many. Another person who had similar gifts and marketplace ministry was Daniel. In Daniel’s story, God spoke to King Nebuchadnezzar through a dream about future empires and his future, and Daniel interpreted them.
Pharaoh had never read a book on the Spirit-filled life. He had never heard a message on it. He had never even met a Spirit-filled person in his entire life. He had never even HEARD of the Holy Spirit. Yet – he perceived that Joseph was a man in whom the Spirit of God was in.
How interested are we in developing in our spiritual giftedness? How have we seen the Lord maturing us in this area?
- The Thing About Spiritual Gifts Pt. 2 (josephelonlillie.com)
- Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding
- The Spirit of Wisdom
- A Spirit of Wisdom And Revelation for You
- The Spirit Of Wisdom