The story is told of a man who was drafted into the armed forces. Wherever he went he would
stoop to pick up a piece of paper which was on the ground. And every time he picked up a piece of
paper, he would look at it, shake his head no, and then throw it away. It didn’t take lon … More
It becomes very evident in this passage that it was God’s will to elevate Joseph to a position of great power in this world system. The long years of discipline and development had been designed to prepare Joseph for the high position that was soon to be his. It was the will of God to present him to Pharaoh and once he did things began to move very quickly. One hour Joseph was in prison hustling to and fro as right hand man to the prison governor and the next his name was called and he was arrayed in court robes being hurried off to see Pharaoh. Pharaoh was a man who claimed to be god, a man whose functions were as much religious as political. However Joseph saw beyond his trappings of power and saw a lost, lonely man who needed to be saved.
On the way to see Pharaoh Joseph shaved and put on clean clothing (v. 14). As explained in the previous verses Pharaoh had two dreams (v. 15). When the Butler told him about Joseph and how he could interpret a dream he immediately sent for him. When Joseph came before the king, he spoke boldly of the God he worshiped even though he knew the king worshiped the idols of Egypt. When Pharaoh told him that he understood he could interpret dreams Joseph said, “It is not in me to interpret dreams, but God has the power” (v. 16). Pharaoh told how in his dream seven skinny cows ate seven healthy cows (vv. 17-21). In another dream seven thin heads of grain swallowed seven good heads of grain (vv. 22-24). His magicians could not tell him the meaning.
What an opportunity this would have been for Joseph to take the credit. Satan must have whispered into Joseph’s ear, “Don’t be preaching to this fellow about God. Remember he’s a god himself and very powerful. He will have your head off if you insult him.” As we see in the following passage Joseph gave him a strong testimony of who God is and Pharaoh was dethroned and the true God is put in absolute control.
I may not find it easy to give God the credit for everything that He allows me to do like Joseph did? It is so easy to be proud of what I have done and think that I am great. I need God’s help in this. The urge is so great to want recogition in all the wonderful experiences in life that I try to claim credit myself.
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Genesis 38:1-30Judah And Tamar
Genesis 39:1-6Joseph is Delivered to Potiphar
Genesis 39:7-18Potiphar’s Wife Accuses Joseph
Genesis 39:19-23Joseph is Sent to Prison
Genesis 40:1-8Pharaoh’s Two Servant’s in Prison
Genesis 40:9-23Joseph Interprets Two Prisoners Dreams
Genesis 41:1-13Pharaoh’s Dream
Genesis 41:14-24Pharaoh Tells Joseph His Dream
Genesis 41:25-36Joseph Interprets Pharoah’s Dreams
Genesis 41:37-49Joseph Rises to Power
Genesis 41:50-57Joseph Put in Charge of The Store Houses
Genesis 42:1-17Joseph Brothers Go to Egypt to Buy Grain
Genesis 42:18-38The Brothers Return Home to Jacob
Genesis 43:1-15The Brothers Preparing to Return to Egypt
Genesis 43:16-34The Brothers Bring Benjamin to Joseph
Genesis 44:1-17Joseph Tests His Brothers With a Silver Cup
Genesis 44:18-34Judah’s Plea For Benjamin