Genesis 39:1 – 41:57
This is the longest section that we have read thus far and there is a lot here but it moves pretty fast. How are you enjoying this time moving through God’s word?
Joseph has had it rough since he turned 17 and it only gets worse. The whole time Joseph was overseer at Potiphar’s house, “the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake.” “The blessing of the Lord was on all that he had.” That’s an amazing statement to make because that is what I would love to see in my life.
Joseph was then framed for adultery by Potiphar’s wife because he denied her repeatedly. Then he was sent to prison (39:6-23). The keeper at the prison then put Joseph in charge of it, just like Potiphar did in his household (39:21-23). Joseph was completely in charge of everything there and the keeper did not have to meddle in the affairs, same thing happened in Potiphar’s household.
Joseph was then around when the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt were put into prison. The chief cupbearer and the baker both had dreams and Joseph predicted/interpreted them (former would die and latter would be restored, both within 3 days). Verse 23 points out that the chief cupbearer forgot about Joseph (40:14-15) once he was restored and set free.
Pharoah then has 2 dreams that need interpreting and he couldn’t find anyone in Egypt able to do so. And the chief cupbearer then remembers that Joseph has the ability to interpret dreams (41:1-13). But before Joseph comes to Pharoah, he shaved himself and changed his clothes (v. 14). Because when you go to see the king, you need to prepare yourself a little. It is the same way with God. We need to prepare ourselves in order to meet with Him. It is a casual encounter but a life-changing one every time. Let’s approach it that way.
It is great to note that when asked about how to interpret the dream, he points to God as the answer and not to himself (41:15-16). The dreams were simply that “God has shown to Pharoah what he is about to do” (41:28). These dreams were meant to show that there would be 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine (41:29-32). Joseph even tells Pharoah to select “a discerning and wise man” to be in charge of all this (41:33-36). Was he promoting himself for this role? I think that he was a little bit. Which I have no problem with at all. God gave him the wisdom for a reason. Use it for His glory. Joseph then lays out a plan for how to survive and proceeded to accomplish it.
Pharoah puts Joseph in charge of all Egypt (41:37-45). This is very important to note because Pharoah says to Joseph that “only as regards to the throne will I be greater than you.” Joseph was thus restored completely and promoted beyond belief. He was also in charge once again and in a way that foreshadows Moses.
Joseph was only 30 when he was put in charge of all of Egypt (41:46-49). He went throughout Egypt and made sure to save a ton of supplies for the coming faith. Could this be a warning to us today to truly “save for a rainy day?”
Then Joseph got married…to Potiphera’s daughter, Asenath. Potiphera was a priest of On. I am not sure of On is a god or idol or if it is a city. It would be interesting to find that out.
Joseph had 2 sons, Manasseh & Ephraim.
Manasseh = “for God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.” Ephraim = “for God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
Everyone suffered during the famine (all countries throughout the earth) but Egypt had plenty to go off of and “all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain” (41:53-57). This reminds me of the great wisdom of David and Solomon. And just like the early church, Joseph found favor with all the people.
My question today relates to what the world thinks of us as Christians. Does it think of us as a blessing or as a curse? Because God wants us to ultimately be a blessing to all people everywhere. All the earth should be blessed because of us. People should rejoice when new Christians are reborn because we are such a life-changer through God’s power.