The Pharaoh, having accepted *Joseph’s plan* to get Egypt through the seven lean years that Joseph had predicted would follow seven plenteous years, wondered about who should administer the plan.
“Would you like the job?” the Pharaoh asked Joseph.
“Thank you for asking me, your Majesty, but I feel inadequate for so onerous a task. I’m sure there are lots of other men in Egypt who are more suitable.”
“Possibly. But no other men in Egypt are able to interpret dreams as accurately as you. In my papyrus this puts you head and shoulders above other men, except of course above me. You’ll be just fine for the job. So I’m now decreeing that you run Egypt for me over the next fourteen years.”
“I’ll do my best, your Majesty.”
“You’d better, else your head won’t long be attached to your neck.”
The Pharaoh took off his signet ring and put it on Joseph’s finger, and had him dressed on fine linen and hung a gold chain around his neck. Then the Pharaoh gave Joseph a viceroy’s chariot, by which he (Joseph) might travel around Egypt more quickly and comfortably than the normal Egyptian man-on-the-farm could.
The Pharaoh also gave Joseph a new name, “Zaphnath-paaneah”.
“Your Majesty, I do appreciate you giving me a new name”, said Joseph, “but won’t Zaphnath-paaneah be a bit of a mouthful. Couldn’t you give me a simpler name like……oh I don’t know…..Yeshua. How about Yeshua?”
“Yeshua sounds Hebrew to me,” said the Pharaoh. “However, as prime minister of Egypt, which is what you’ll be in fact, it’s essential that your name be Egyptian, and Zaphnath-paaneah is perfect. I do realise there are other Egyptian names I could give you, like Aapep, Amun, Horus, Ramses or Osiris. But Zaphnath-paaneah, being longer, sounds more authoritative.”
“Would it be alright, your Majesty, if my friends could still call me ‘Joseph’?”
“I would have no objection, as long as it’s in private,” said the Pharaoh.
Source: Genesis 41, 37 – 45