From Pastor Perry

Genesis 41:46–49 (ESV)

Joseph Rises to Power

46 Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt. 47 During the seven plentiful years the earth produced abundantly, 48 and he gathered up all the food of these seven years, which occurred in the land of Egypt, and put the food in the cities. He put in every city the food from the fields around it. 49 And Joseph stored up grain in great abundance, like the sand of the sea, until he ceased to measure it, for it could not be measured.


Joseph had been sold into slavery 13 years before today’s reading.  His brothers treated him wrongly, yet 13 years later… he second in charge… as he serves Pharaoh.  Gee… what are his brothers doing now?  Joseph not only believes Pharaoh’s dream, but he puts in his (Joseph’s) plan to save the people from the drought.  He is an honest, hard working man that is full of integrity.  What if we all had Joseph’s attitude?


I pray: O Lord, help me to serve you like Joseph served you.  Help me to trust in your plans like Joseph did.  Help me to not get caught up in the poor pitiful me’s.  Amen.

Genesis 41:37–45 (ESV)

Joseph Rises to Power

37 This proposal pleased Pharaoh and all his servants. 38 And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” 39 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. 40 You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.” 41 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck. 43 And he made him ride in his second chariot. And they called out before him, “Bow the knee!” Thus he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no one shall lift up hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.” 45 And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphenath-paneah. And he gave him in marriage Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On. So Joseph went out over the land of Egypt.


Pharaoh is pleased with what Joseph has proposed and says “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”  Joseph won over Pharaoh and he is put in charge “over all the land of Egypt.”  He even gets the Pharaoh’s signet ring.  With this ring, he can make and sign contracts.  He uses the signet to stamp the Pharaoh’s mark on a contract, thus sealing the deal.  This is really on heck of a promotion to go from prison to basically the ruler of the land.  WOW!


I pray: O Lord, help me to be content with what I have and help me to serve you through my work.  Let the light of Christ shine through me and my actions.  Help me to proclaim that we are saved by faith!  Amen.

Genesis 41:25–36 (ESV)

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream (The Interpretation)

25 Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has revealed to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 26 The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one. 27 The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty ears blighted by the east wind are also seven years of famine. 28 It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. 29 There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, 30 but after them there will arise seven years of famine, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt. The famine will consume the land, 31 and the plenty will be unknown in the land by reason of the famine that will follow, for it will be very severe. 32 And the doubling of Pharaoh’s dream means that the thing is fixed by God, and God will shortly bring it about. 33 Now therefore let Pharaoh select a discerning and wise man, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 Let Pharaoh proceed to appoint overseers over the land and take one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven plentiful years. 35 And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. 36 That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine that are to occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine.”


Pharaoh’s fortune-tellers and sorcerers cannot help him understand the dreams that God sent. Therefore, Joseph is brought up from the dungeon. Giving all the glory to God, he interprets the dreams and warns of the coming famine. The devil’s tools—fortune-tellers and sorcerers—are powerless in divine matters. Like Joseph, we should praise God for any good thing we have. Let us also not be afraid to share good advice in a spirit of humility when such words would help our neighbor. The best thing we have is God Himself—speaking to us through His Word, redeeming us through His Son, and bringing us to Himself through His Sacraments and Spirit.


I pray: O Lord, our times are in Your hands. When the opportunity comes for us to help others, give us wisdom and strength to do so. We praise You for Your mercy, through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.



Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible (pp. 79–80). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.

Genesis 41:14–24 (ESV)

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they quickly brought him out of the pit. And when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came in before Pharaoh. 15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” 16 Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Behold, in my dream I was standing on the banks of the Nile. 18 Seven cows, plump and attractive, came up out of the Nile and fed in the reed grass. 19 Seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and thin, such as I had never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20 And the thin, ugly cows ate up the first seven plump cows, 21 but when they had eaten them no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were still as ugly as at the beginning. Then I awoke. 22 I also saw in my dream seven ears growing on one stalk, full and good. 23 Seven ears, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprouted after them, 24 and the thin ears swallowed up the seven good ears. And I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”



One of my hobbies is collecting old razors.  I love shaving with straight razors and double edge razors.  I smile when I read that Joseph shaved himself before meeting the Pharaoh.  Oh well… I will move on.  Notice that Pharaoh gives Joseph credit for interpreting dreams, but Joseph quickly corrects him and gives credit to God.  Pharaoh tells Joseph his dream that has two parts.  No one has been able to interpret them.  (Don’t read ahead!)



I pray: Oh Lord, too often I try to take credit when you should be given the credit.  Help me to be like Joseph and to give credit to where credit is due.  Amen.

Genesis 41:9–13 (ESV)

Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today. 10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, 11 we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation. 12 A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream. 13 And as he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.”



It is two years after the cupbearer was set free and Pharaoh’s dream that needs interpreting that he remembers Joseph.  The cupbearer speaks of Joseph as “A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard.”  This sets “remembrance” of Joseph sets into action a chance for Joseph to meet with Pharaoh.  This could be the break that Joseph needs.  Joseph does not complain about the injustice that he has been subject too… but uses it to serve God.  This service is now setting up a meeting.  We need to think about how do we approach life and serving God.



I pray: O Lord, help me to serve you in good times and bad.  To let my life be a living sacrifice and to not reflect on myself, but to take the opportunities in life to serve you. Help me to walk in the faith that you have given me and I give thanks that you have justified me.  Amen.

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