Archive for July 16th, 2011

Genesis 41

Genesis 41 has Joseph once again in the dream business.  This time Pharaoh himself has two dreams – one about the seven cows and one about seven ears of grain.  No one could interpret the dream for the king.  The cup bearer, who had spent time with Joseph in prison and had his own dream interpreted by Joseph, finally remembers him and recommends him as the solution to interpreting the dream.  “Pharaoh sent and called Joseph”.  By this time Pharoah probably has forgotten who Joseph even is.  But God creates a set of circumstances to bring Joseph back into the limelight and bring God glory.

The king asks Joseph if he can interpret the dream.  Joseph responds this way: “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer”.  There is no showboating here.  No fame grabbing.  No self-admiring.  Joseph points straight to the source of his success – God Himself.  He is a faithful servant serving an awesome God.  Pharaoh tells Joseph both dreams and is given the interpretation of both – life is going to get very difficult but there is a plan to make it work out well.  The action plan was to “let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt”.  Hmmm – I wonder who fits that bill?

So Pharaoh looks around and then decides Joseph is the man for the job.  “You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command….Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you….took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck…. set him over all the land of Egypt”.  Do you see the transition here?  Joseph goes from being in prison to now being the number two man in charge of everything.  Pharaoh remains CEO of the land, but Joseph is the president/COO in charge of operations and making it happen.  This is no minor change in position. He goes from the very basement to the top floor and God was His agent along the path.  The reality was that “without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt”.  He is the man.  There is no other with his power or control.

So Joseph takes over.  He is a young guy – only thirty years old when he takes on this new role.  So his leadership is a gift from God – not years of wisdom and experience.  “He gathered up all the food….stored up grain in great abundance”.  He did exactly what God had told him to do.  And like clockwork “the seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end”.  The good times were ending and the bad set to begin.  But Joseph was ready.  He had listened carefully to God and was ready to take on the storm.  And because of his obedience to God’s plan – he was ready to deal with the famine.  “So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt”.  In fact – he was more than prepared – he profited his boss through it.  Talk about being in charge – he had the keys to the only food anywhere in sight.  He was the most powerful man on earth.

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