Joseph Comes to Power in Egypt
The Pharaoh's cupbearer forgot about Joseph, after Joseph correctly interpreted his dream
that he would get his job back. Joseph remained in prison for two more years, until God intervened.
Pharaoh's Dream: - (two dreams in one) Genesis 41:1-24
The Interpretation: The two dreams have the same interpretation. Genesis 31:25-32
- Seven skinny cows ate seven fat ones.
- Seven weatherbeaten heads of grain devoured seven healthy heads of grain.
- Pharaoh was deeply troubled by the dreams.
- Pharaoh's magicians (astrologers) couldn't interpret them. This parallels a later event,
where Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon was troubled by a dream that his soothsayers could not interpret.
(Nebuchadnezzar was more brutal, in that he required his interpreters not only to interpret the
dream, but also to re-tell the dream, to prove themselves authentic.)
- The cupbearer finally remembered and told Pharaoh about Joseph, who was cleaned up and brought out of prison to
be presented before the king. Pharaoh told Joseph his dream(s).
- Joseph gave God the glory as the interpreter of dreams, as did Daniel after him.
- What about supernatural dreams today?
Jesus said that there will be counterfeit miracles,
signs and wonders - 2 Timothy 2:9. and that false prophets would come, performing miracles
- Matthew24:24. The answer: Ask God for discernment. The key: Who is given credit
- God? Or the healer?
God was revealing what he planned to do. He would provide seven years of bumper crops to be
followed by seven years of famine. (By Larry's tongue-in-cheek (?) engineering calculation,
the seven good years would have had to produce five times
a normal year's crop, in order to provide a normal store for the seven years of famine.) Egypt
would be called on to provide not only for its own people, but for surrounding nations as well.
The Inauguration: - Genesis 41:41-45.
The Administration: - Genesis 41:46-50
- Joseph was given Pharaoh's signet ring and was
granted all authority under Pharaoh. In a true sense, Joseph received a new "coat of many
colors", a symbol of the authority he was granted.
- Pharaoh named him Zaphenath-Panea "The man to whom secrets are revealed", and gave
him Asenath, daughter of Potiphera, the pagan priest of On (today called Heliopolis).
- Another parallel: Jesus also receives a Gentile bride, rescued from a world of sin and unbelief.
- Joseph went throughout the land collecting grain during the seven years of plenty, and stored
it in the cities of Egypt.
- He was 30 years old when he began his work. Another parallel with Jesus.
- God blessed Joseph with two sons, Manasseh, "Forgetting (my trouble)" and