Genesis 41

Genesis 41 has Joseph still locked up and in jail.  “After two whole years, Pharaoh dreamed”.  Sounds familiar – dreams seem to be an area that Joseph was good at.  He had correctly interpreted the dreams of the cupbearer and baker two years earlier, and now Pharaoh has a dream but “in the morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men”.  He knew it meant something and wanted to understand what that was, but just couldn’t find anyone who could explain it.  “Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, I remember my offenses today”.  So the cupbearer told his story of Joseph’s dream interpretation.

It didn’t take Pharaoh long to act.  “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit”.  Amazing how quickly Joseph went from prisoner to dream whisperer.  But Joseph doesn’t take any credit for his ability.  He points to God as the source.  “Joseph answered Pharaoh, It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer”.  He knew where the source of wisdom came from.  And he was quick to make that the center of his ability.  “God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do”.

There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt”.  Joseph makes it very clear that a major disruption is coming, so he continues and tells Pharaoh to “therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt”.  Joseph doesn’t position himself for that spot.  He simply gives the wisdom and plan from God.  But Pharaoh figures out the best solution is Joseph himself and says “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command”.

So once again Joseph rises in power from prison to the top of the food chain.  He is now the man in charge of preparing for the pending disaster.  “Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt….He put in every city the food from the fields around it”.  Joseph prepares for famine.  And just as God had given him interpretation, “The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said”.  Things are bad and people began to be in hardship as they didn’t have enough to eat.  Pharaoh was clear on his plan. “Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do”.  God has again made Joseph the man in charge.

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