[Linux4christians] Sunday Genesis 41:1-36
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Joseph's Rise to Power
41:1 At the end of two full years Pharaoh had a dream. As he was
standing by the Nile, 41:2 seven fine-looking, fat cows were coming up
out of the Nile, and they grazed in the reeds. 41:3 Then seven
bad-looking, thin cows were coming up after them from the Nile, and they
stood beside the other cows at the edge of the river. 41:4 The
bad-looking, thin cows ate the seven fine-looking, fat cows. Then
Pharaoh woke up.
41:5 Then he fell asleep again and had a second dream: There were seven
heads of grain growing on one stalk, healthy and good. 41:6 Then seven
heads of grain, thin and burned by the east wind, were sprouting up
after them. 41:7 The thin heads swallowed up the seven healthy and full
heads. Then Pharaoh woke up and realized it was a dream.
41:8 In the morning he was troubled, so he called for all the
diviner-priests of Egypt and all its wise men. Pharaoh told them his
dreams, but no one could interpret them for him. 41:9 Then the chief
cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I recall my failures. 41:10 Pharaoh
was enraged with his servants, and he put me in prison in the house of
the captain of the guards -- me and the chief baker. 41:11 We each had a
dream one night; each of us had a dream with its own meaning. 41:12 Now
a young man, a Hebrew, a servant of the captain of the guards, was with
us there. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted the meaning of each
of our respective dreams for us. 41:13 It happened just as he had said
to us -- Pharaoh restored me to my office, but he impaled the baker."
41:14 Then Pharaoh summoned Joseph. So they brought him quickly out of
the dungeon; he shaved himself, changed his clothes, and came before
Pharaoh. 41:15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and there is no
one who can interpret it. But I have heard about you, that you can
interpret dreams." 41:16 Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "It is not within my
power, but God will speak concerning the welfare of Pharaoh."
41:17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "In my dream I was standing by the
edge of the Nile. 41:18 Then seven fat and fine-looking cows were coming
up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the reeds. 41:19 Then seven other
cows came up after them; they were scrawny, very bad-looking, and lean.
I had never seen such bad-looking cows as these in all the land of
Egypt! 41:20 The lean, bad-looking cows ate up the seven fat cows. 41:21
When they had eaten them, no one would have known that they had done so,
for they were just as bad-looking as before. Then I woke up. 41:22 I
also saw in my dream seven heads of grain growing on one stalk, full and
good. 41:23 Then seven heads of grain, withered and thin and burned with
the east wind, were sprouting up after them. 41:24 The thin heads of
grain swallowed up the seven good heads of grain. So I told all this to
the diviner-priests, but no one could tell me its meaning."
41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, "Both dreams of Pharaoh have the same
meaning. God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 41:26 The
seven good cows represent seven years, and the seven good heads of grain
represent seven years. Both dreams have the same meaning. 41:27 The
seven lean, bad-looking cows that came up after them represent seven
years, as do the seven empty heads of grain burned with the east wind.
They represent seven years of famine. 41:28 This is just what I told
Pharaoh: God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do. 41:29 Seven years
of great abundance are coming throughout the whole land of Egypt. 41:30
But seven years of famine will occur after them, and all the abundance
will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will devastate the
land. 41:31 The previous abundance of the land will not be remembered
because of the famine that follows, for the famine will be very severe.
41:32 The dream was repeated to Pharaoh because the matter has been
decreed by God, and God will make it happen soon.
41:33 "So now Pharaoh should look for a wise and discerning man and give
him authority over all the land of Egypt. 41:34 Pharaoh should do this
-- he should appoint officials throughout the land to collect one-fifth
of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
41:35 They should gather all the excess food during these good years
that are coming. By Pharaoh's authority they should store up grain so
the cities will have food, and they should preserve it. 41:36 This food
should be held in storage for the land in preparation for the seven
years of famine that will occur throughout the land of Egypt. In this
way the land will survive the famine."
Lord, may Your perfect meaning be made known to me by Your indwelling
Holy Spirit and may I be as bold as Joseph in sharing that with others.
Two years passed, Joseph was still in prison, the Cupbearer back in the
The Pharaoh had dreams, visions given to him by God, but his "...
diviner-priests", men whose "gift of interpretation" came to them from
the evil one because he was the one usually giving the visions to
Pharaoh (even if they would not have acknowledged that), were unable to
interpret these dreams (because they came from God).
The Cupbearer finally remembered Joseph's request, perhaps as it would
now make him a 'hero' to the Pharaoh, and told the story of Joseph's
accuracy in interpreting dreams.
God's message, repeated to Pharaoh twice for emphasis, was that a
terrible famine of seven years was to follow seven good years. The
counsel of God was that they store one-fifth of the grain during each of
the seven good years to carry them through the seven years of famine.
Joseph advised Pharaoh to appoint and empower someone he trusted to
oversee this so it would happen as instructed.
Neither the Cupbearer or the Pharaoh would have understood the
difference between the sources of their dreams, they just pragmatically
and superstitiously went to whomever seemed most-capable of providing
Joseph would appear to have prepped Pharaoh a little with his choice of
phrases as he describe the one Pharaoh should choose to lead the famine
preparations "... a wise and discerning man" (Joseph was the only one
with a clue as to the dreams) and "... give him authority" (Pharaoh was
unlikely to have trusted many of those around him).
Reflect upon this:
Joseph, as a result of God's action, went from a
falsely-imprisoned man to not only informing Pharaoh but
When has God blessed you with the opportunity to inform, and perhaps
advise, someone in authority. Were you humble in so-doing? How did they
receive your input?
Faith in Action
Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where He has given you information of
value to someone in a position of authority. Pray for clarity, wisdom
(knowledge plus understanding), and courage.
Today I will find a way to deliver the information, and perhaps also
advise, that I have been given to the one for whom it is intended. This
may be a teacher, parent, bureaucrat, politician, member of law
enforcement, coach, neighbor, or friend. I will do so in an appropriate
manner and remain humble throughout the process. I will consult with a
Biblical "elder" before, during, and after the process for prayer,
accountability, and wise counsel.
Monday's text will be: Genesis 41:37-57
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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