Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Gen. 40; 35:28-29; 41


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Genesis Chapter Forty

  1. God the Father sovereignly arranged for Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker to be imprisoned with Joseph (Gen. 40:1-4).
  2. God the Father sovereignly provided for Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker to have troubling dreams for Joseph to interpret (Gen. 40:5-19).
    1. Joseph was sensitive to their troubled demeanor (vv.6,7).
    2. Joseph uses the opportunity to give glory to God (v.8).
    3. Joseph interprets the cupbearer’s dream, and asks that the cupbearer remember him before Pharaoh when he is released (vv.9-15).
    4. Joseph also interprets the baker’s dream, but doesn’t bother to ask for the baker’s assistance  (vv.16-19).
  3. Joseph’s dream interpretations were accurate (Gen. 40:20-22).
  4. 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

  1. God the Father sovereignly provided for Pharaoh to have two troubling dreams in the same night (Gen. 41:1-7).
  2. Pharaoh’s Satanically-empowered magicians and wise men were unable to interpret the dreams (Gen. 41:8).
  3. God the Father sovereignly chose this precise time for Pharaoh’s cupbearer to remember Joseph in prison (Gen. 41:9-13).
  4. God the Father sovereignly chose Joseph as His Hebrew steward to communicate Bible doctrine to Gentile Pharaoh (Gen. 41:14-32).
    1. Pharaoh highlights the human (Satanic) inability to understand the matter (v.15)
    2. Joseph uses the opportunity to give glory to God (v.16).
    3. The two dreams contain the same message (v.25), and the repetition is for certainty and urgency (v.32).
    4. Egypt will be blessed with seven years of plenty, followed by seven years of famine (vv.25-31).
  5. Joseph recommends a course of action for Pharaoh to follow (Gen. 41:33-37).
    1. Wisdom from God is freely given, but must be volitionally acted upon through faith (Prov. 8:1-11).
    2. God’s wisdom must be compared and contrasted with the world’s wisdom (1st Cor. 1:20; 3:19; Jas. 3:15,17).
    3. 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).
  6. Pharaoh recognized the Divine blessing upon Joseph, and entrusted him with the survival of his nation (Gen. 41:38-45).
    1. Pharaoh recognizes that no human (Satanic) wisdom can compete with Joseph’s wisdom (vv.33,38,39).
    2. Pharaoh imparted virtually all his national authority to Joseph, placing him in the office of vizier (vv.40-44).
    3. Pharaoh renamed Joseph Zaphenath-paneah: “God speaks, he lives” (v.45a).
    4. Pharaoh arranged a powerful marriage alliance for Joseph (v.45b).
  7. 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).
    1. Joseph worked with great diligence, and enjoyed career success (vv.46-49).
    2. Joseph was also blessed in his family life, and never lost sight of God’s faithfulness in his life (vv.50-52).
    3. Joseph has the spiritual maturity to pass a prosperity test of world-wide proportions (vv.53‑57).