Genesis 41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh.
It had been two full years since Joseph had interpreted the chief cupbearer’s dream and asked him to ‘remember him and mention him to Pharaoh.’
Now, rather quickly he is brought out of the pit.
Now, he is being requested by Pharaoh.
Now, he is given a shave and some new clothes in exchange for his prison garb.
I wonder if it included a new robe — as his old one had been torn to pieces at the beginning of all this pit-living.
A new robe!
We’ve seen God do that before:
with a tomb-living gentleman from Gerasenes (Mark 5:15)
with a tomb-exiting gentleman named Lazaraus (John 11:44)
in a teaching of Jesus about a father’s response to a tomb-returning son (Luke 15:22)
Joseph’s life changed on this day when his name was called to come before the king.
Then again, his life had been changed when he was falsely accused and landed in that prison cell.
Oh, and his life had been changed when his brothers threw him into that first pit.
What about the life change that occurred as a result of a couple of dreams as a teenager?
Change and exchange… God can work both beautifully.
sent and called for (out of forgottenness)
quickly brought him (out of the pit)
shaved and changed his clothes
came before the king