I have to say I am admiring Joseph the more I read about him. At first, I thought he was arrogant when he was young, flaunting his dreams to his brothers. Then, I thought he was a victim of circumstances, first being sold to slavery and then being thrown in prison. I thought God was blessing him in everything he did, just so that God could accomplish his divine plan of bringing Israel to Egypt.
Now, however, like I mentioned the other day, I believe Joseph fully believed in the God of his father and shared stories of the one true God (Yahweh) with everyone close to him. I mentioned the other day how I believe he shared Yahweh with his pagan wife in ch. 41. Today we have another example~ Joseph shared Yahweh with his steward! We know that by what the steward said, “Don’t be afraid. Your God, the God of your father, has given you treasure in your sacks.” (43:23)
Again, even though Joseph is in a pagan culture, he is not afraid to share Yahweh with everyone he knows. I imagine he told stories about his dad’s experience with Yahweh. I bet the steward knows the story of Joseph’s dad wrestling with the angel and walking away with a limp (ch. 32).
I admire Joseph because he did not hide what he knew to be true. He was not ashamed of being from a shepherd family who worshipped the one true God. This reminds me of what Jesus said, “Whoever is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.” (Luke 9:26) Joseph wasn’t ashamed of God. It makes sense then that God wasn’t ashamed of him and so he blessed him in all he did and therefore used him to accomplish his divine plan (39:3, 21& 41:38)!