In The Beginning God – Part 26

Kingwell By Kingwell, 6th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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When Pharaoh has a dream that none of his wise men can interpret, the chief butler remembers Joseph and he is summons to appear before the king.

The Chief Butler Remembers Joseph.

As we saw earlier Joseph had implored the chief butler to intercede for him when he was restored to his former position but of course, the man in his great relief, forgot all about Joseph, and the young Hebrew remains in the king’s prison. Joseph continues to be faithful however, fulfilling his duties and never giving up hope. It is now two years since Joseph correctly interpreted the dreams of the kings’ butler and baker and now it is Pharaoh’s turn to be disturbed by his dreams. The king has had two dreams in one night and both have upset him to the extent that he calls in all the magicians and wise men in the country but not one is able explain the meaning of his dream.
It is now that the chief butler remembers Joseph and how he correctly analyzed the dreams of the chief baker and him. He quickly reminds Pharaoh of the time he had him and the former chief baker imprisoned and of their dreams and how the young Hebrew had interpreted them just as it had happened. “Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream, and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying. It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. Genesis 41: 14-16.

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh's Dreams.

Pharaoh proceeds to make known his dreams to Joseph: “In my dream, behold I stood upon the bank of the river: and behold there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in the meadow; And behold seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in the land of Egypt for badness. And the lean and ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: And when they had eaten them up, it could not be known that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favoured, as at the beginning. So I awoke. And I saw in my dream and behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good. And behold seven ears, withered, thin and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: And the thin ears devoured the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me”. Genesis 41: 17-24.

Joseph answers Pharaoh with the same certainty with which he spoke to his butler and baker two years previously, explaining that the two dreams are as one, in fact it was repeated twice to show the king its’ importance. The seven kine (cows or oxen) and the seven ears of corn represented he revealed, seven years. The dream meant that there would be seven prosperous years in Egypt but it would be followed by seven barren years, when there would be great poverty in the land. Joseph continued that God had revealed this to Pharaoh so that he might prevent starvation and destitution in the seven lean years by storing food during the good years. When Joseph had finished speaking Pharaoh and his servants were all amazed by his wisdom! “And Pharaoh said unto his servants, can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou”. Genesis 41: 38-40.
In the course of one day, Joseph has gone from being a prisoner to second in command in the land of Egypt! He quickly sets up a plan to store supplies because he knows that the seven years of famine are coming and he wants the country to be in readiness.
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 27
See Part 1

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author avatar spirited
6th Jul 2015 (#)

Interesting chapter Kingwell,

Perhaps even these foreign Kings were familiar with the Gods of other religions to so readily accept that Joseph's wisdom was coming from his God, and to be aware enough to see that he was favoured by God, and God was with him.

Perhaps the teachings of other religions crossed over to over countries where they worshipped foreign Gods too, even as it does still today too.

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank Spirited and I think you are right. Clearly Pharaoh knew that Joseph was genuine. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Jul 2015 (#)

I do wish we listened to people of the caliber of Joseph that are in our midst too. But our noise decibel is ear shattering to make sense of the wise.

Thanks Kingwell for bringing us pearls of wisdom from the past - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
6th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks Siva and yes we need to listen to people like Joseph but we rarely do. Blessings.

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author avatar Retired
8th Jul 2015 (#)

This one was really fantastic!

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author avatar Kingwell
8th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica.

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author avatar Carol Roach
11th Jul 2015 (#)

he was a wonderful dream interpreter. Just a side note, it is strange they shaved him, gave him clean clothes but what about his body which much have smelled bad, they did not bathe him

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol, Probably few people bathed back then and they all smelled alike.lol!

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author avatar Kingwell
11th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks Carol, Probably few people bathed back then and they all smelled alike.lol!

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