Genesis 41 & 42: Is The Spirit Of God In You?
Verse of the Day: (41:38) And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?
1. Seven (41:1-37)
And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine. (41:36)
We may not understand God’s plan and purpose but He never make mistakes! If Joseph’s brothers had not thrown him into the pit and subsequently sold him to the Ishmeelites, he would not be serving Potiphar, his master. If Potiphar’s wife had not seduced him, he would not have been thrown into the prison, and met the butler, who later told Pharaoh that Joseph could interpret his dreams, when no one in Egypt could. Joseph correctly interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams of the seven years of plenty of corns as well as seven years of famine, and advised Pharaoh to save up the corns during the seven years of plenty so as to feed the people during the seven years of famine. Pharaoh was pleased with Joseph’s advice, and immediately appointed him as his right hand man. Joseph then delivered not only the people of Egypt, but the entire known world of starvation. Indeed, this was exactly the fulfilment of Joseph’s dreams earlier in his life, when he told his family that the whole world including his family shall bow before him! (Genesis 37:1-11)
2. Spirit (41:38-57)
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. (41:40)
God’s Spirit was in Joseph as he saved not only the Egyptians, but the world from starvation as he supplied them with corns he had kept during the seven years of plenty.
3. Spies (42:1-38)
And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come. (42:9)
Joseph’s brothers went to Egypt to buy corns, and little did they know that Joseph, their brother, whom they threw him into the pit and then sold him to the Ishmeelites was the one whom they would buy the corns from. Joseph recognised his brothers while the brothers could not as many years had passed by. Joseph taught his brothers a lesson for treating him badly by accusing them of being spies of Israel to gather information to attack Egypt. They denied, and Joseph imprisoned Simeon, one of their brothers, and commanded the rest of them to return to Israel in order to bring Benjamin, their youngest brother, who was in Israel with their father, to him to prove that they were not spies. Finally, the brothers reconciled with Joseph, and repented their wickedness. Indeed, all things work together for good to them who love God and have His Spirit! (Romans 8:28)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, thank You that Your holy Spirit dwells in me now and forever!