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And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants. And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shown thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph’s hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt. (Genesis 41:37-43)
Words that Were Hard to Accept
Genesis chapter 41 talks about Joseph becoming the governor of Egypt. Joseph had dreamt about that when he was young. His brothers hated him for it and sold him into slavery. He was serving as a slave in the house of Potiphar, a captain of the guard in Egypt, when he was wrongly accused of a crime, intentionally, by Potiphar’s wife and was sent to prison. While in prison, Joseph interpreted the dreams of the chief butler and the chief baker, who by chance were also imprisoned. Joseph’s interpretation of the chief butler’s dream was that he would be released from prison, which indeed he was.
Afterward, the Pharaoh had a dream, but there was no one who could interpret it. Pharaoh was greatly stressed, but then from his chief butler he heard about Joseph. He called for Joseph and recounted to him his dream. Joseph interpreted the dream.
“The seven fat-fleshed cows are seven years of prosperity, and the seven rank and good ears of corn also represent seven years of prosperity. The seven ill-favored and lean-fleshed cows and the seven withered and scorched ears of corn represent seven years of famine that will come about after the seven years of prosperity. There will be seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine all over this land of Egypt.”
After interpreting Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph said, “Unless you gather and store food during the seven plenteous years, this land will perish.”
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “God has shown you all of this. There is none as discreet and wise as you. You shall be over my house and according to your word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than you.”
Pharaoh had done the tremendous act of establishing Joseph as the ruler of Egypt.
While reading the Bible, there are many aspects of the Word of God that are difficult to accept into our heart. This is because the Words of God in the Scriptures are so far beyond our rationale. There are so many things in the Bible that cannot be understood through our experience or knowledge. We are carefree in our reading of the Bible, but for the people who actually lived the experiences we read about in the Bible, it was very difficult for them to accept everything on faith. We can see, however, amazing works arose when people accepted them on faith.
One example of the power of faith was when Jesus changed water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee. It was clearly water that the servants had poured into the water pots, but Jesus told them to draw out the water and take it to the gover