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Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Genesis 41:1-16

Relax, Read and Reflect.
Prayer- Lord, Open my heart and open my mind and help me learn. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.
Pharaoh's Dreams
1 When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, 2 when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. 3 After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. 4 And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
5 He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. 6 After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. 7 The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.
8 In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged. [
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14 So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon. When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
15 Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I had a dream, and no one can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it."
16 "I cannot do it," Joseph replied to Pharaoh, "but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires."
Two long years waiting for a trial. Say what you will, but Joseph had patience. Pharaoh has some dreams that he can’t understand, and they bother him. Looking at the dreams after interpretation, they seem pretty obvious-fat cows eaten by skinny cows and the same with heads of grain. He did not know what they meant, but he did know that they must be important. His butler then remembers Joseph, and his ability to interpret dreams. I guess it is better late than never.
After Joseph is cleaned up, he is brought before Pharaoh. He is not brought to him for trial, but to see if he can help. After Pharaoh asks Joseph if he interpret the dreams, Joseph tells him he can’t-but God will. That is faith.
I have to see God working a lot in this passage. I believe that God is working on Pharaoh with the dreams, making these visions pray heavy on his brain. Also, Pharaoh had lots of interpreters working in his court, and none of them could tell what the dreams meant? Some poor excuses of seers if you ask me.
Can we wait that long for our chance? What will we do for the Kingdom if we are placed in places we don’t deserve to be in? Joseph understood more than dreams.
Prayer- Lord- Keep us focused on the important parts of our lives as we experience the changes in life we are going through. Remind us of our priorities, and give us the opportunities to do Your will. Go-Fight-Win. Amen.


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