Genesis 41

Genesis 41

Two years after the baker died, Pharaoh himself had a dream and then the butler finally remembered Joseph

Genesis 41:1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. 41:2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. 41:3 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. 41:4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

Pharaoh’s dream was reinforced by a second dream.

41:5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn [grain] came up upon one stalk, rank and good. 41:6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. 41:7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

None of the wise men could interpret the two dreams by the wisdom of men, because dreams and visions from God cannot be interpreted by the wisdom of man; they can only be interpreted by the wisdom from God, who gives understanding to those who obey him.

Even godly men cannot interpret dreams and visions, unless the understanding is given to them directly by God; for many ancient prophets desired to understand many things and understanding was withheld from them (Dan 12).

If we sin willfully, or if we reject any part of God’s Word to cling to our preconceived notions;, or if we compromise with any part of the Word of God; we are cut off from God and cut off from understanding the things of God; as is the case in most of today’s spiritual Ekklesia. They will not forsake their spiritual adultery and idolatry of men and the false traditions of men to be faithful to the Word of God; therefore there is no godly wisdom among them.

To correctly interpret a dream or vision from God; we MUST ask God for the correct understanding, rather then jump to our own conclusions.

41:8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.

Then the butler remembered Joseph as a true man of God and recommended that Pharaoh send for him.

41:9 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: 41:10 Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker: 41:11 And we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. 41:12 And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. 41:13 And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.

Pharaoh sends for the man of God to interpret his two dreams.

41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself [cleaned himself up from the prison], and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.

Joseph then tells Pharaoh that it is God who gives the understanding.

41:15 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. 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace [peace of mind from the dreams].

Pharaoh then relates his two dreams.

41:17 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river: 41:18 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven kine, fatfleshed and well favoured; and they fed in a meadow: 41:19 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them, poor and very ill favoured and leanfleshed, such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness: 41:20 And the lean and the ill favoured kine did eat up the first seven fat kine: 41:21 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.

41:22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good: 41:23 And, behold, seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east wind, sprung up after them: 41:24 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.

Joseph then gives God’s explanation of the two dreams; revealing that they both mean the same thing.  The two dreams meaning a double emphasis, the second confirming the first and confirming that the thing is sure.

41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. 41:26 The seven good kine are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one. 41:27 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.

God gives the interpretation of the two dreams because Joseph sought the understanding from God and it was God’s will to exalt Joseph in Pharaoh’s sight.

41:28 This is the thing which I have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh. 41:29 Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt: 41:30 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; 41:31 And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous.

The two dreams are to emphasize that the matter is well established by God, for by two or three witnesses all things are established.

41:32 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.

Then Joseph give this wise advice, based on the interpretation that God had given.

Even so we should become wise in spiritual matters by looking to learn and to keep every Word of God.  For God gives his Spirit and spiritual understanding; ONLY to those who obey his Word (Acts 5:32)

41:33 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 41:34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. 41:35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. 41:36 And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.

41:37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants.

Because Joseph was a man of God, filled with the wisdom of God, Pharaoh chose Joseph to fulfill the vital task of preserving the nation.  Consider that God could have prevented any famine and blessed Egypt for a hundred or a thousand years of he had wanted to. 

Therefore this famine was to bring the family of Israel into Egypt, to keep the prophecy of God regarding Israel in Egypt and to reunite that family and fulfill the two dreams of Joseph, causing his brothers and parents to exalt him according to the very dream that Almighty God had previously given to Joseph! 

In that case God allowed the family of Joseph to understand his dreams – in spite of their attitudes – for God’s own purpose.  The bottom line is that understanding of dreams from God comes from God who reveals the meaning as he wills.  

God perfects his people through the experiences that he ordains they experience in their lives, and God fulfills his purposes in ways often mysterious to men, but he always keeps his Word.

Just as Joseph was prepared by experiences of trials, to become a great man in Egypt and to save his family along with the Egyptians;  when we endure some trial, sometimes even for doing good; it is because God is teaching us very important things which will prepare us for the marvelous future that God has in mind for us!

41:38 And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? 41:39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 41:40 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.

God caused Pharaoh to exalt Joseph over Egypt because of his faithful enduring loyalty to God.  Even so we will be exalted if we also endure faithfully and if we zealously live by every Word of God: And if we endure faithfully we will rise with a resurrected Joseph to rule the earth with our King of kings, Jesus Christ.

Just as Joseph was made the second ruler in all of Egypt; we have the opportunity to be made second rulers under Jesus Christ in the land of our spiritual inheritance: If we passionately love God and his whole Word, to exalt the whole Word of God above all else in our lives!

41:41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. 41:42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; 41:43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

We have the potential to fulfill the birthright of our calling; which is to receive the gift of eternal life to rule the nations; not like bullies as the wicked do, but teaching all peoples the righteousness of God and his Word, in service to God and to humanity.

41:44 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt. 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnathpaaneah [“the man to whom mysteries are revealed”]; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.  And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

At the age of thirty and after much sorrow Joseph became the second ruler in all of Egypt.

41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Joseph fulfilled his own advice and with the warning given by God, saved the plenty of the seven good years to survive the little of the seven years of famine.

41:47 And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls. 41:48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. 41:49 And Joseph gathered corn [grain] as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.

Later Joseph was to replace Reuben as the firstborn of Jacob, because of Reuben’s sin (Gen 35:22).  Joseph was to be accounted the firstborn, for he was the firstborn of Rachel the intended first wife.

According to the custom of inheritance, the firstborn was to receive a double portion and along with that came the responsibility of caring for his elderly parents and helping his brethren.

Therefore Joseph inherited a double portion in Israel; each of his two son’s having his own portion in Israel,  Then Levi was given no inheritance in Israel; keeping the inheriting tribes at 12; for the inheritance of Levi was in the Eternal to be the servants of the Eternal to teach righteousness to all Israel.

41:50 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him. 41:51 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all [the trials of] my father’s house. 41:52 And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction. 41:53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended.

This famine covered all Egypt including Canaan which was controlled by Egypt at that time.

41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 41:55 And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do. 41:56 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. 41:57 And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn [grain food] ; because that the famine was so sore in all lands.


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