Read thru Old Testament – January 17, 2017

January 17


Genesis 41


Genesis 35-50        The suffering and the glory…Joseph, cont’d.


Genesis 41:1-8-Joseph had been in jail for two years. One day, Pharaoh had a dream that disturbed him.  He called on his magicians and wise-men to interpret it…but none could.

Genesis 41:9-13-The Chief Cupbearer remembered when he and the Chief Baker had dreams and Joseph had correctly interpreted them. He told Pharaoh about it.

Genesis 41:14-37-Pharaoh tells Joseph that he has had a dream and has been told that he can interpret dreams. Joseph responds, “It is not me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” The word “favorable” comes from the Hebrew word “shalom”, which means “peace, peaceful”.  Pharaoh’s dream was actually one dream, in two parts.  The first part was about cows, and the second part about corn.  Joseph tells him that both dreams mean the same thing.  His interpretation was that there were about to be seven good, productive years of farming in Egypt.  Then, there were going to be seven years of such devastating famine, that they would destroy all that was good about the first seven.  The reason that he had the dream twice, in two parts, was that God was telling Pharaoh that He was the One Who was bringing it about; and, that it would happen very soon.  Joseph urged Pharaoh to find someone to put in charge of the crops and to begin setting aside food for the time of famine.  It seemed like a good plan, to Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:38-46-Pharaoh like Joseph’s plan so much that he appointed him to be his second in command. He gave him an Egyptian name, “Zaphenath-paneah” (its meaning is uncertain) and an Egyptian wife whose name was “Asenath” (the daughter of the priest of On, named Potiphera).  Joseph was 30 years old at this time (he had been in Egypt for 13 years).

Genesis 41:47-49-Joseph implemented the plan he had outlined to Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:50-52-Joseph had two sons…he named them “Manasseh” (which means “one who causes to forget”…meaning this change in life made him forget the past), and “Ephraim” (which means “fruitful”).

Genesis 41:53-57-The seven years of plenty came to an end and the seven years of famine began. This famine affected the surrounding countries, as well.  Despite the famine…there was food in Egypt because Joseph had stored it up.  People from all over that part of the world came to Egypt to buy food.


Prayer: Father, please give me wisdom like you gave Joseph.  Help me to know how to live in such a manner that others see You…even as Pharaoh saw You in Joseph.  And lead me in such a way that I will be a source of help to other people.

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