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Friday, August 30 2013
Genesis 41: The Pharaoh's Dreams
One night, in due time according to the Will of the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God, also The Forerunner Of Man and Of God), the Pharaoh (a word that originally meant the king of Egypt's palace, but which later came to refer to the king himself) had a disturbing dream.
"41:1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river.
The Pharaoh was able to return to sleep, but then had another vivid dream.
"41:5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
The next morning, "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." It was then, finally, that the Pharaoh's chief butler spoke of Joseph who had successfully interpreted the butler's own dream (see Genesis 40: The Dreams Of The Butler And The Baker).
"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.
Joseph was brought out of the dungeon and before the Pharaoh. When the Pharaoh explained his problem, Joseph answered in the same way that he always did: "It is not in me: God shall give Pharaoh an answer."
"41:14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
The Pharaoh then described the dreams of the cattle and the grain.
"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:
Joseph then gave the meaning of the prophecy, as the LORD enabled him, of the dream that the LORD had given to the Pharaoh. It wasn't just an interpretation; it was also a means for the Pharaoh to prepare for the difficult years that were surely coming. The fertile, well-watered Nile Delta region was a unique place in the region (the reason that the Israelites went there, as directed by the LORD) where such a solution could be accomplished.
"41:25 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.
It was also then made evident to the Pharaoh, by means of the Holy Spirit, that Joseph was the man to execute the LORD's Will in the matter: "Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 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." Joseph instantly went from a dungeon prisoner to the Prime Minister of Egypt, second in authority only to the Pharaoh.
"41:37 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. 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?
Joseph carried out all of the work in preparation for the famine that he knew was coming.
"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; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
Joseph was also given an Egyptian wife who became the mother of two Israelite patriarchs, Ephraim and Manasseh.
"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 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." (Genesis 41:50-52 KJV)
So it was that the great famine came, while Egypt remained as a land of plenty.
"41:53 And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, were ended. 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.
Fact Finder: Did Abraham and Isaac go to Egypt, or the nearby Philistine territory, to escape famines in their times?
This Day In History, August 30
30 BC: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (see The Cleopatra Connection and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), died. She is said to have committed suicide by allowing a poisonous snake to bite her.
526: King Theodoric the Great died of dysentery at Ravenna. Theodoric's daughter Amalasuntha assumed power as regent for her 10-year old son Athalaric.
1125: Lothair II, Duke of Saxony, was elected king of the Germans.
1363: The forces of two Chinese leaders, Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang, met at the Battle of Lake Poyang, one of the largest naval battles in history.
1791: HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day. The Royal Navy warship was best known as the vessel sent in 1790 to search for the HMS Bounty and the mutineers who had hijacked it.
1799: During the Second Coalition of the French Revolutionary Wars, the entire Dutch fleet was captured by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell.
1835: Melbourne, Australia was founded.
1873: Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discovered the archipelago later named Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.
1881: In Germany, Clement Ader patented the first stereophonic sound system.
1914: The Battle of Tannenberg, one of history's greatest military disasters, ended after the Russian Second Army lost 30,000 troops after being encircled by the Germans.
1940: Sir J.J. Thomson, the English physicist who discovered the electron in 1897, died at age 83. He was buried near Isaac Newton in the nave of Westminster Abbey.
1945: Hong Kong was liberated when the British Royal Navy under Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt sailed into Victoria harbor to accept the Japanese surrender.
1973: Kenya banned the hunting of elephants and the trade in ivory.
1980: A 17 day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, ended when union leader Lech Walesa signed an agreement with government negotiators.
1981: Iranian President Mohammad Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar were killed in a bomb blast at the Prime Minister's office in Tehran.
1982: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat abandoned his headquarters in Beirut following an Israeli military intervention into Lebanon.
1995: NATO began military operations against Bosnian Serb forces.