Day 37…Genesis 41:

November 3, 2010 at 2:44 PM Leave a comment

Genesis 41: Pharaoh’s dreams come TRUE!

v.1-7, 2 years had passed since Pharaoh’s b-day party and he had a dream (actually he had two).

DREAM 1: Pharaoh was standing at the Nile River. 7 healthy cows came up and started grazing on the marsh grass. Then 7 other cows came up but they were skinny and ugly (skin & bones – MSG) and they ate the healthy cows. [then Pharaoh woke up]

DREAM 2: 7 healthy heads of grain grew out of a single stalk. Then 7 more also grew but they were thin and scorched by the East wind. They swallowed up the healthy ones. [then Pharaoh woke up again]

v.8, in the morning pharaoh was upset. He sent for his magicians and wise men and told them his dreams, but they couldn’t interpret them.

v.9-13, at this time the cupbearer REMEMBERED Joseph! He told Pharaoh of Joseph and how he interpreted both his dream and the baker’s and they came true. “BTW I should have told you this sooner. Sorry!” –DeGraaf paraphrase

v.14-24, Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once. They rushed to get him and make him presentable (hair cut, shower, clean clothes) before Pharaoh. Pharaoh told Joseph his dreams. Pharaoh: “I heard you interpret dreams just by hearing them.” Joseph: “Not I, but God!” And Pharaoh tells Joseph his dreams…

v.25-27, DREAMS INTERPRETATION: both dreams mean the same thing: God is telling Pharaoh what his plan will be for the future…

7 healthy cows & 7 healthy heads of grain = 7 years of plenty

7 skinny sick looking cows & 7 dried up heads of grain = 7 years of famine

v.28-32, The Meaning: God is letting you in on his plan. He is going to give you 7 years of plenty throughout Egypt but following them will be 7 years of famine. The fact that Pharaoh dreamed the same dream emphasizes God’s determination to do this and do it soon!

v.33-36, Instructions from Joseph: you need to look for a wise and experienced man and put him in charge of all of Egypt (the country). You need to appoint managers through out the country to help organize it during the years of plenty. Their job will be to collect all the food produced in the good years and stock pile it all under Pharaoh’s authority for food. This grain will be held back to be used later for the famine years. This way the country of Egypt won’t be devastated by this famine!

v.37-38, Pharaoh loved the plan! So did his officials! They both agreed Joseph should be the man to do this job. Pharaoh said…

“Can we find anyone like this man, one in whom is the Spirit of God. Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace and all my people are to submit to your orders. Only with respect to the throne will I be greater that you” – NIV [Wow, 2nd in command again!]

v.41-46, Pharaoh commissioned Joseph to be in charge of the entire land of Egypt! He gave Joseph his signet ring, royal robes and a gold chain for his neck. And he gave him a chariot as 2nd-in-command.

“No one in Egypt will make a single move without your stamp of approval” – MSG

Then Pharaoh gave Joseph an Egyptian name: ZAPHENATH-PANEAH (God speakes and he lives) and he gave him a wife: Asenath (daughter of the Priest Potiphera). Joseph was only 30 yrs when he took this job!

v.45-49, for the next 7 years Joseph gathered up all the food produced and stored them in cities. In each city he put the food that grew around it. There was so much that Joseph stopped counting!!!

v.50-52, Joseph had 2 sons before the famine: 1. Manasseh (forget) because God made Joseph forget all the hardships from back home. 2. Ephraim (double prosperity) because God had made him prosperous and fruitful (with children) in the land where he suffered.

v.53-55, the 7 years of plenty came to an end! 7 years of famine began just as Joseph had predicted. All countries experienced the famine. Egypt was the only country that had food! When the people of Egypt started to feel the famine they cried out to Pharaoh and he told them to go to Joseph and do what he tells them to do.

v.56-57, when the famine got worse and spread though out all the land Joseph opened up all the storehouses and sold emergency supplies to the Egyptians. The famine was so bad soon people from all over the world were coming to buy food from Joseph.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? No matter now much I am being ‘put on the shelf’ or not be allowed to use my gifts, God has a plan. Even if it is not my plan and not my timing he is going use me for his glory. I just need to be patient. Joseph was in prison for at least 2 years before the cupbearer remembered about him. So I need to wait on God, as Joseph did.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? Be patient! Wait on God! Because I did wait and was patient God has taken me “off the shelf” and is using me again, this time in a very different ministry and I am loving it!

Thank you God that you know what’s best for me even when I don’t agree at the time.

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