Genesis 41:1-46 Pharaoh’s dream brings Joseph’s exaltation
1 Then it
came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and
behold, he stood by the river. 2
Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and
they fed in the meadow. 3 Then
behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt,
and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river. 4 And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine
looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. 5 He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven
heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. 6 Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east
wind, sprang up after them. 7
And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh
awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. 8
Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent
and called for all the magicians of
9 Then the chief butler spoke to Pharaoh, saying: "I remember my faults this day. 10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants, and put me in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, both me and the chief baker, 11 we each dreamed a dream in one night, he and I. Each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. 12 Now there was a young Hebrew man with us there, a servant of the captain of the guard. And we told him, and he interpreted our dreams for us; to each man he interpreted according to his own dream. 13 And it came to pass, just as he interpreted for us, so it happened. He restored me to my office, and he hanged him."
Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the
dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph,
"I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I
have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret
it." 16 So Joseph
answered Pharaoh, saying, "It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an
answer of peace." 17 Then
Pharaoh said to Joseph: "Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the
river. 18 Suddenly seven cows
came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 19 Then behold, seven other cows
came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never
seen in all the
Joseph said to Pharaoh, "The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown
Pharaoh what He is about to do: 26
The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years;
the dreams are one. 27 And the
seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven
empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine. 28 This is the thing which I have
spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 29 Indeed seven years of great
plenty will come throughout all the
37 So the
advice was good in the eyes of Pharaoh and in the eyes of all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants,
"Can we find such a one as this, a man in whom is the Spirit of God?"
39 Then Pharaoh said to
Joseph, "Inasmuch as God has shown you all this, there is no one as
discerning and wise as you. 40
You shall be over my house, and all my people shall be ruled according to your
word; only in regard to the throne will I be greater than you." 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph,
"See, I have set you over all the
was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of
Y All things happen in God’s own timing.
Two years after the release of the
Y Then the butler remembered Joseph from his prison experience two years earlier and he told Pharaoh about it.
Y Pharaoh sent for Joseph and told him the dreams he had experienced and Joseph interpreted them for Pharaoh, giving God the credit for the revelation.
The dreams tell of the coming of seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.
Y Joseph suggested that Pharaoh set a man over all of Egypt to collect 20% of the years of abundance to help them weather the seven years of famine yet to come to preserve the land from perishing in the famine.
Y Pharaoh acknowledged that since God had revealed this to Joseph when none of his trusted Wise Men were able to help, then Joseph should be the man for the job.
So Pharaoh appointed Joseph over all in
Joseph was 30 years old when he was appointed
second in command over all of
Y All Joseph had done to receive such authority was to be faithful to God in whatever circumstances he found himself. This is the same trait of character Paul expressed in his letter to the Philippians as he said, I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. [Philippians 4:10-13]
Y It is the Lord’s doing and it is marvelous in our eyes. [Psalm 118:23]