Week #6; Wed, 2/07/18: Genesis 37:1-42:38:
Genesis 37:7, 28, 36 pertaining to Joseph’s dreams, his journey to Egypt, and sale to Potiphar sets a stage for his dreams to come true as planned by God in order for the Hebrew people to survive the famine and drought coming to their homeland.
Genesis 38:1 related to Judah’s “turning aside” led to a “ladder” of problems in his legacy that brought shame and sin to Judah.
Genesis 39:2, 5, 23 indicates that the Lord blessed Joseph and the Egyptian’s house; but a lie resulted in him being cast into prison. However, Joseph gained favor in prison just like he did in Potiphar’s house because the Lord made him succeed. The Lord is still unfolding his plan through Joseph’s many difficulties.
Genesis 40:1-23, shows how Joseph interpreted two prisoners’ dreams; the chief cupbearer and the chief baker; however, Joseph was forgotten and remained in prison.
Genesis 41:1-56 indicates much later, Joseph’s reputation as an interpreter of dreams resulted in him being summoned to interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. When Joseph interpreted the Pharaoh’s dreams (Note: God gave Pharaoh two dreams to demonstrate that the dreams were from God and were confirmed and interpreted by Joseph); he was placed back in power to manage the upcoming famine and drought in the land of Egypt. At 33 years old, Joseph commanded all of Egypt and manage all the grain that would come to support all of the earth.
Genesis 42:1-38 pertains to Jacob learning that grain was for sale in Egypt and he sent his sons (without Benjamin) to buy some to make it available in the land of Canaan. But, Joseph recognized his brothers and sent them back to Canaan to bring back Benjamin while he held Simeon until they returned with Benjamin.