Today’s reading is: Gen. 40; 35:28-29; 41
Genesis Chapter Forty
- God the Father sovereignly arranged for Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker to be imprisoned with Joseph (Gen. 40:1-4).
- God the Father sovereignly provided for Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker to have troubling dreams for Joseph to interpret (Gen. 40:5-19).
- Joseph was sensitive to their troubled demeanor (vv.6,7).
- Joseph uses the opportunity to give glory to God (v.8).
- Joseph interprets the cupbearer’s dream, and asks that the cupbearer remember him before Pharaoh when he is released (vv.9-15).
- Joseph also interprets the baker’s dream, but doesn’t bother to ask for the baker’s assistance (vv.16-19).
- Joseph’s dream interpretations were accurate (Gen. 40:20-22).
- The cupbearer failed to remember Joseph’s ministry, and failed to make mention of him to Pharaoh for an additional two years (Gen. 40:23; 41:1,9-13).
Genesis Chapter Thirty-Five
(Outline continued from Day 013)
4. Jacob is finally reunited with his father Isaac shortly before Isaac’s death at the age of 180 (Gen. 35:27-29).
Genesis Chapter Forty-One
- God the Father sovereignly provided for Pharaoh to have two troubling dreams in the same night (Gen. 41:1-7).
- Pharaoh’s Satanically-empowered magicians and wise men were unable to interpret the dreams (Gen. 41:8).
- God the Father sovereignly chose this precise time for Pharaoh’s cupbearer to remember Joseph in prison (Gen. 41:9-13).
- God the Father sovereignly chose Joseph as His Hebrew steward to communicate Bible doctrine to Gentile Pharaoh (Gen. 41:14-32).
- Pharaoh highlights the human (Satanic) inability to understand the matter (v.15)
- Joseph uses the opportunity to give glory to God (v.16).
- The two dreams contain the same message (v.25), and the repetition is for certainty and urgency (v.32).
- Egypt will be blessed with seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine (vv.25-31).
- Joseph recommends a course of action for Pharaoh to follow (Gen. 41:33-37).
- Wisdom from God is freely given, but must be volitionally acted upon through faith (Prov. 8:1-11).
- God’s wisdom must be compared and contrasted with the world’s wisdom (1st Cor. 1:20; 3:19; Jas. 3:15,17).
- There may be an advantage to an abundance of counselors (Prov. 11:14), but they must be Godly counselors, and not worldly counselors (2nd Sam. 17:1-14; 1st Kgs. 12:6-11).
- Pharaoh recognized the Divine blessing upon Joseph, and entrusted him with the survival of his nation (Gen. 41:38-45).
- Pharaoh recognizes that no human (Satanic) wisdom can compete with Joseph’s wisdom (vv.33,38,39).
- Pharaoh imparted virtually all his national authority to Joseph, placing him in the office of vizier (vv.40-44).
- Pharaoh renamed Joseph Zaphenath-paneah: “God speaks, he lives” (v.45a).
- Pharaoh arranged a powerful marriage alliance for Joseph (v.45b).
- Joseph’s faithfulness as a shepherd, family priest, house steward, and prison warden prepared him for even greater responsibility—ruling the Egyptian empire (Gen. 41:46-57).
- Joseph worked with great diligence, and enjoyed career success (vv.46-49).
- Joseph was also blessed in his family life, and never lost sight of God’s faithfulness in his life (vv.50-52).
- Joseph has the spiritual maturity to pass a prosperity test of world-wide proportions (vv.53‑57).