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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.

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." (Genesis 41:1-4 KJV)

The Pharaoh was able to return to sleep, but then had another disturbing dream.

Egypt

"41:5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn 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." (Genesis 41:5-7 KJV)

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.

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." (Genesis 41:8-13 KJV)

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.

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." (Genesis 41:14-16 KJV)

The Pharaoh then recounted the startling dreams of the cattle and the grain.

Joseph

"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." (Genesis 41:17-24 KJV)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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." (Genesis 41:25-36 KJV)

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.

Joseph

"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?

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.

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." (Genesis 41:37-43 KJV)

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.

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. 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 as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number." (Genesis 41:44-49 KJV)

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.

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; because that the famine was so sore in all lands." (Genesis 41:53-57 KJV)

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?
See Enchantments: The Pharaoh's Magicians In Concert


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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).

Pompey

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)

Constantine with Sol Invictus

1066: William the Conqueror invaded England. He was later was crowned king after defeating and killing Harold at the Battle of Hastings.

Britain 1087

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.

Upper Canada

1867: Toronto (then known as York) became the capital of the Canadian Province of Ontario.

Toronto

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.

Hiroshima

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.

2000: Riots by Palestinians began when Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount in Jerusalem (see also David's Altar and Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple).





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