- Genesis 41:16 – Joseph said, “I cannot do it, but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.” Joseph prophesied that God would give Pharaoh (through him) the answer before he had even heard the dream. I love that Joseph had the confidence that God would give him the interpretation. He was careful to recognize God as the source of the gift.
- Genesis 41:25 – Joseph said, “God has revealed to Pharaoh what He is about to do.” Joseph keeps the focus off of himself by acknowledging God as the source of the revelation.
- Genesis 41:28 – Joseph made the same statement again.
- Genesis 41:32 – Joseph said, “…the matter has been firmly decided by God, and God will do it soon.” This may be the only scripture that explains why God repeats something in dreams (or prophecy.)
- Genesis 41:39 Pharaoh focuses the attention on Joseph by saying, “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you.” Pharaoh realizes that without Joseph and his relationship with God, Pharaoh would not know what God was saying.
- Genesis 41:51 When Pharaoh does not send Joseph back to prison, lifts him up to a high position, and gives him a wife, Joseph gives God all the glory and is thankful for all God has done. ,
- , and after the birth of his two sons. He does not appear to need therapy or inner healing.
- Both dreams have the same interpretation.
- There will be seven years of abundant harvest.
- There will be seven years of famine.
- The matter has been firmly decided and will happen soon.
- Look for a discerning and wise man and put him in charge of the land of Egypt.
- Appoint commissioners over the land.
- Take a fifth of the harvest of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
- Store up the grain under the authority of Pharaoh, to be kept in the cities for food.
- Hold the food in reserve for the country, to be used during the seven years of famine, so that the country may not be ruined by the famine.
- You shall be in charge of my palace.
- All my people are to submit to your orders.
- Only with respect to the throne will I be greater than you.
- I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt.
- Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph’s finger.
- He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.
- Pharaoh had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command,and people shouted before him, “Make way!”
- Joseph cleaned himself up before seeing Pharaoh.
- Joseph approached and spoke to Pharaoh with poise, dignity, and self-confidence.
- Joseph showed the proper respect toward Pharaoh and his position.
- Joseph showed discernment and wisdom.
- Joseph offered a plan of action with regard to the coming famine that would save face for Pharaoh and preserve his kingdom.
- Joseph did not use his new-found power to impale the cupbearer for neglecting to remember him for two years.
b. The secret to Joseph’s confidence and inner strength was nurtured by his parents, his humility birthed through the challenging circumstances he endured, and his relationship with God.
c. Joseph’s example is a reminder to never let success go to my head or take the credit myself. Realize that no matter what natural gifts I may have been blessed with, all blessings and honor come only as a result of God’s grace and mercy.