Good Morning, Siblings!
Today’s readings are Genesis 41-42
As you are reading today, keep in mind what we’ve talked about: As the reader you are sometimes privy to more information than the primary figures in our story have.
We have no record of contact between Joseph, his father, or his brothers during the time in which Joseph was sold and rose to power in Egypt.
We are given insight into Joseph’s state of mind towards his family in the naming of his two sons.
Manessah means “to cause to forget” and Joseph says he named him that because “YHWH has made me forget all my hardship and all my father’s house.”
Ephraim means “fruitful” and Joseph stated: “For YHWH has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
I often wonder if Joseph spent a great deal of time wondering why his father did not come looking for him and how that must have hurt. Through these names we can see the pain of betrayal, rejection, and making peace with a new plan that the Lord had for his life.
Wise in the World’s Eyes
Pharaoh had many wise men who could not interpret his dream. These would have been scholars, intellectual types, the wisest of the wise as far as everyone was concerned.
And yet, YHWH’s ways were beyond their vision and understanding. Even so, Joseph clearly states that he is not the one who offers interpretations, but YHWH, and from that source wisdom flows to the pharaoh.
Note that YHWH offered sufficient warning, as is His way, before disaster befell Egypt. The people had clear signs and instructions on how to prepare. However, in preparing they would have had to put back grain during a time of plenty. Perhaps, in their own wisdom, this would have been a time of celebrating and enjoying their abundance, but in heeding God’s wisdom they had to remain steadfast and prepare instead.
- If we were in their place, with warnings and signs that a time of tribulation was coming and that we should prepare, but found ourselves in a time of plenty in many ways, would we heed the warnings found within YHWH’s word?
- Would we turn to YHWH or would we simply turn to our own wise men?
We can answer that question by seeing how we are responding at this very point in time.
One of the best things we can be doing right now is read His Word, firsthand, for ourselves.
Prophetic Dream Refresher: Genesis 37:5-11 again 5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
Now let’s read a passage from today Genesis 42:6: 6 Now Joseph was governor over the land. He was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground.
The word of YHWH ALWAYS Proves True!
I’m so grateful to be on this journey with you! May He bless our readings with revelation of His will and wisdom in our lives.
Test everything, hold tight to what is good – and HE is the only source of good.