Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 21

This entry is part 21 of 39 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 20: “Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream” (Genesis 41:1-8).

Part 21

All is on the line. Joseph stands before Pharaoh and he requires an interpretation of his dream. Will Joseph be able to interpret it? Will God reveal the secrets of this man’s dreams to Joseph? If not, he definitely has a problem. I am sure Pharaoh doesn’t bring every prisoner out of confinement with such a request. Do you think, that during this time, Joseph feels the weight or stress of the whole matter? Or does he have confidence in the Lord? Does he know without a doubt that God has been with him the whole time, through adversity? How does he respond?

“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 41:15-16). The first thing Joseph does when asked by Pharaoh to interpret is to praise God for his abilities and not himself. Joseph knows that the interpretation is given by God alone and not by his own strength or understanding.

“And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass” (vs. 25-32).

Joseph was raised up to 2nd in command for his interpretation. He was elevated above everyone except Pharaoh. He was given a wife named Potipherah he was given a new name by the Egyptions: Zaphnathpaaneah. A quick recap reveals Joseph’s adventure thus far. At age 17 he was sold as a slave. He was 17 when entering Potiphar’s house and 30 when raised to 2nd in command. At least 2 years he was in prison and for sure less than 13 years, but no exact number is given for his imprisonment. Joseph had it rough thus far.

“And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house” (Act2 7:9-10). We as Christians live our days consecutively and have no idea what God has in mind for our life. We have no idea what our destinies are or what tomorrow will bring. However, we do know that God will guide our step and lead our paths if we let him. Psalm 119:105 tells us “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”.

We pray: God help us each to know your will and to be continually obedient. Help us to feel your presence and to know you are near to us. Help us to trust your way and to live without doubts. Help us to allow you to lead our lives and not try to do it all ourselves. We are nothing without you. Give us the strength to overcome. Amen.

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