“It is as I told Pharaoh; God has shown to Pharaoh what he is about to do. There will come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt, 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.” (Genesis 41:28-30)
After Joseph dreaming about his future and the baker and cupbearer dreaming about their fate, now it’s Pharaoh’s turn. He has two dreams, one about cows and the other about grain. But actually, the two dreams are the same, and through them God shows that there will first be seven years of plenty and then seven years of famine. But again, nobody is able to interpret the dreams! Finally, the cupbearer thinks of Joseph who had shown a special ability to interpret dreams. Joseph is called out of prison and Pharaoh tells him: “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.” Joseph answers Pharaoh: “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
This story makes very clear that God is above everything. He gave Pharaoh these dreams, and nobody but God’s servant Joseph could interpret them. The same happens centuries later in Babylon, where again a king dreams about the future, and nobody but God’s servant Daniel can make known the dream and its interpretation.
Pharaoh’s dreams about the seven years of plenty and the seven years of famine came true. This also shows that God governs the whole world, including natural disasters, rain, sunshine, and so on. Even mighty kings are dependent on Him.
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