Genesis Chapter 41

Jul 10, 2012  |  Genesis, Old Testament  |  No Comments

God Reveals Coming Famine to Pharaoh through a Dream

Two years after interpreting the dreams of the baker and cup bearer, Pharaoh has two disturbing dreams that cannot be interpreted by his court.  The cup bearer then remembers Joseph and tells Pharaoh about him. Pharaoh summons Joseph to interpret his dreams.

Genesis 41:16 And Joseph answered Pharaoh saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer in peace.

Pharaoh then told Joseph his dreams of the 7 fat cattle devoured by the 7 skinny cattle and the 7 plump heads of grain swallowed up by seven thin heads of grain.

Genesis 41:25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one. God has shown Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Joseph then tells Pharaoh that Egypt will have seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine.

Genesis 41:28 This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. What God is about to do, he showed to Pharaoh.

Joseph reiterates that Egypt will have seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine. The seven years of famine will be so severe that people will not remember the seven years of abundance.

Genesis 41:32 And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice, because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Joseph then recommends that Pharaoh have a share of the abundant crops gathered, stored and preserved in preparation for the coming famine. That idea sounds good to Pharaoh and his advisers.

Genesis 41:38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find such a man as this, one in whom the Spirit of God is?”

Genesis 41:39 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is no one as discerning and wise as you.”

Pharaoh then put Joseph in charge of everything in Egypt, second only to him.  Joseph oversaw the gathering of the surplus grain during the years of abundance. There was so much grain, he stopped measuring. Pharaoh also gave Joseph a wife, who bore him two sons.

Genesis 41:51 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.”

Genesis 41:52 And the name of the second he called Ephraim, “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.”

When the famine began, Egypt still had bread. And people came from every country to buy grain, because the famine was severe throughout the world.

Reflections and Prayers on the Passage

God speaks to us through dreams, even to the ungodly if it meets his purpose. God alone interprets those dreams with certainty.

When a man has the spirit of God in him, it is apparent to those around him, even to the ungodly.

God comforts and rewards us, even in the midst of hardship.

God knows what He wants to accomplish. We need to be patient and trust Him, even when we don’t know the plan.

God will sometimes bless and preserve the people around His people. The Egyptians and the people in the countries close to Egypt were preserved, because God had a plan to preserve His people, Israel.

Lord, help me to trust you in every circumstance. Help me to listen to your voice, whether through dreams or your Word, and let me discern your voice.


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