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Friday, September 28 2018
A Bible Journey, 41: The Pharaoh's Dreams Of Cattle And Grain
"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"
The Pharaoh ("pharaoh" was originally the term for the king of Egypt's palace, but later came to mean the king himself) had a troubling dream about his kingdom's Nile River cattle. It was so vivid that it caused the Pharaoh to awaken.
"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 disturbing 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.
When morning came, "his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt (see the Fact Finder question below), 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, at long last, that the Pharaoh's chief butler spoke of Joseph who had successfully interpreted the butler's own dream (see A Bible Journey, 40: Joseph In Prison - 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 prison to 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 recounted the startling 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 explained the meaning of the prophecy to the Pharaoh, as the LORD (see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God) then 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 accomplished everything in preparation for the famine that was surely 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 (see The Mothers Of The Patriarchs: Asenath).
"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)
When the great famine began, Egypt remained through it all 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: As we read in the verses above, the magicians of Egypt were powerless to interpret the Pharaoh's dream. How were they again exposed as frauds at the time of the Exodus?
This Day In History
This Day In History, September 28
48 BC: Roman General Pompey (Cneius Pompeius Magnus) was assassinated in Egypt by a soldier under orders from King Ptolomy (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and The Cleopatra Connection).
351: The Battle of Mursa Major. Roman Emperor Constantius II defeated the usurper Magnentius.
365: Roman usurper Procopius gained the loyalty of two legions (by bribery) at Constantinople and proclaimed himself Roman emperor (see also The Roman Republic and The Roman Empire). Constantinople was named after Constantine (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy and A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad)
1066: William the Conqueror invaded England. He was later was crowned king after defeating and killing Harold at the Battle of Hastings.
1106: The Battle of Tinchebrai. Henry I of England defeated his brother, Robert Curthose.
1238: Muslim Valencia surrendered to the besieging King James I of Aragon.
1542: Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo "discovered" California (it wasn't a discovery to the native-born people who were already there).
1791: France became the first European country to emancipate its Jewish population.
1793: The Upper Canada legislators decreed that all slave children born in Canada after that date would become free at age 25. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms of that time based on the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River to the Atlantic Ocean. "Upper" Canada (i.e. upriver Canada) was the general area of Ontario today, while "Lower" Canada (i.e. downriver Canada) was the general area of Quebec today.
1867: Toronto (then known as York) became the capital of the Canadian Province of Ontario.
1871: The Parliament of Brazil passed the Law of the Free Womb, thereby granting freedom to all children born thereafter to slave mothers.
1895: Louis Pasteur died at age 73. The French chemist made many important discoveries involving bacterial diseases and vaccination against them.
1922: Amidst strikes and general political turmoil, Benito Mussolini and his Fascists (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?) marched on Rome. King Victor Emmanuel III had him form a government.
1928: The Parliament of the United Kingdom outlawed cannabis with the passing the Dangerous Drugs Act (see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).
1928 Scottish biologist Sir Alexander Fleming discovered a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory. It was later named penicillin.
1939: Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agreed on a division of Poland after their invasion of the country at the beginning of the Second World War (1939-1945).
1953: Astronomer Edwin Hubble died at age 63. The Hubble Space Telescope is named after him.
1956: William Boeing died at age 75. His U.S. aircraft manufacturing company produced many military aircraft ("B" as in Boeing) B-17 Flying Fortress, B-52 (i.e. from the year 1952), the B-29 bombers that were used to drop atomic bombs on Japan in 1945 and civilian airliners such as the Boeing 747.
1961: A military coup in Damascus, Syria ended the United Arab Republic, a union between Egypt and Syria.
1978: The Israeli Knesset ratified the Camp David Peace Accord that had been signed between Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
1987: Palestinians ("Palestine" is an English word that originated from "Philistine"; see Where Is Palestine?) began their "Intifada" against Israel.
1994: About 900 people were killed when the ferry Estonia sank in the Baltic Sea southwest of Finland after the locking mechanism on a bow door failed.
1995: Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian terrorist leader Yasser Arafat signed an accord to transfer much of Israel's "West Bank" to the control of its Arab residents (see Jordan's West Bank Invasion; also Why East And West Manasseh?).
1999: Nigel Broakes died at age 65. The British financier's holdings included London's Ritz Hotel and the Cunard shipping line.
2000: Pierre Trudeau, the 15th Prime Minister of Canada (1968-1979 and 1980-1984), died at age 80.