Genesis Chapter 41
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8 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled; and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream; but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
48 And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.
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Matthew Henry's Genesis Chapter 41 Bible commentary...
Pharaoh's dreams. (1-8) Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams. (9-32) Joseph's counsel, He is highly advanced. (33-45) Joseph's children, The beginning of the famine. (46-57)1-8 The means of Joseph's being freed from prison were Pharaoh's dreams, as here related. Now that God no longer speaks to us in that way, it is no matter how little we either heed dreams, or tell them. The telling of foolish dreams can make no better than foolish talk. But these dreams showed that they were sent of God; when he awoke, Pharaoh's spirit was troubled.
9-32 God's time for the enlargement of his people is the fittest time. If the chief butler had got Joseph to be released from prison, it is probable he would have gone back to the land of the Hebrews. Then he had neither been so blessed himself, nor such a blessing to his family, as afterwards he proved. Joseph, when introduced to Pharaoh, gives honour to God. Pharaoh had dreamed that he stood upon the bank of the river Nile, and saw the kine, both the fat ones, and the lean ones, come out of the river. Egypt has no rain, but the plenty of the year depends upon the overflowing of the river Nile. See how many ways Providence has of dispensing its gifts; yet our dependence is still the same upon the First Cause, who makes every creature what it is to us, be it rain or river. See to what changes the comforts of this life are subject. We cannot be sure that to-morrow shall be as this day, or next year as this. We must learn how to want, as well as how to abound. Mark the goodness of God in sending the seven years of plenty before those of famine, that provision might be made. The produce of the earth is sometimes more, and sometimes less; yet, take one with another, he that gathers much, has nothing over; and he that gathers little, has no lack, #Ex 16:18|. And see the perishing nature of our worldly enjoyments. The great harvests of the years of plenty were quite lost, and swallowed up in the years of famine; and that which seemed very much, yet did but just serve to keep the people alive. There is bread which lasts to eternal life, which it is worth while to labour for. They that make the things of this world their good things, will find little pleasure in remembering that they have received them.
33-45 Joseph gave good advice to Pharaoh. Fair warning should always be followed by good counsel. God has in his word told us of a day of trial before us, when we shall need all the grace we can have. Now, therefore, provide accordingly. Pharaoh gave Joseph an honourable testimony. He is a man in whom the spirit of God is; and such men ought to be valued. Pharaoh puts upon Joseph marks of honour. He gave him such a name as spoke the value he had for him, Zaphnath-paaneah, "a revealer of secrets." This preferment of Joseph encourages all to trust in God. Some translate Joseph's new name, "the saviour of the world." The brightest glories, even of the upper world, are put upon Christ, the highest trust lodged in his hand, and all power given him, both in heaven and earth.
46-57 In the names of his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, Joseph owned the Divine providence. 1. He was made to forget his misery. 2. He was made fruitful in the land of his affliction. The seven plenteous years came, and were ended. We ought to look forward to the end of the days, both of our prosperity and of our opportunity. We must not be secure in prosperity, nor slothful in making good use of opportunity. Years of plenty will end; what thy hand finds to do, do it; and gather in gathering time. The dearth came, and the famine was not only in Egypt, but in other lands. Joseph was diligent in laying up, while the plenty lasted. He was prudent and careful in giving out, when the famine came. Joseph was engaged in useful and important labours. Yet it was in the midst of this his activity that his father Jacob said, Joseph is not! What a large portion of our troubles would be done away if we knew the whole truth! Let these events lead us to Jesus. There is a famine of the bread of life throughout the whole earth. Go to Jesus, and what he bids you, do. Attend to His voice, apply to him; he will open his treasures, and satisfy with goodness the hungry soul of every age and nation, without money and without price. But those who slight this provision must starve, and his enemies will be destroyed.
Godsend's Genesis Chapter 41 comment on 8/18/2013, 5:50am...
dont run away from your destiny
Godsend's Genesis Chapter 41 comment on 8/18/2013, 5:45am...
have faith in God no matter how you find yourself
Godsend's Genesis Chapter 41 comment on 8/18/2013, 5:44am...
no matter how you find yourself believe in God that he will bring you out of the situation
Mina's Genesis Chapter 41 comment about verse 40 on 4/13/2013, 7:35am...
We, as Christians are a type of "Joseph". We have great authority given us "In Christ" by our King. We were in the "pit". We rise from despair to Kingship because of our Savior. Our King is still the One who reigns on the Throne.
Olayinka oye's Genesis Chapter 41 comment on 1/19/2013, 6:27am...
Joseph offered a voluntary service to the chief butler and the chief baker without any benefit. Little did he know that his good deeds will make way for him. When he was brought to Pharaoh and after he interpreted the king's dream, he suggested that the king should look out for a man who is discreet and wise to do the job. Joseph did not recommend himself. We need to learn from Joseph, who knows whether the solution to our challenge lies in giving a helping hand to somebody in need. Joseph was sensitive to the needs of others, despite his own challenges, he was ready to provide solution without any benefit.
Hemant's Genesis Chapter 41 comment on 10/03/2012, 8:43pm...
By the end of the chapter we see that Joseph was all in all in Egypt. We even see Pharaoh telling people to do what Joseph tells them to do. But..... was it easy for Joseph to have this position? Let's go back a little and see through what circumstances had Joseph go through to rise to this position. He had to go to the pit, he became a servant in the house of Potiphar where he was accused for nothing, the devil pushed him to the jail. It was the Hell. Then Joseph began to rise. He was made the chief of the prisoners and he had the keys of the jail. He interpreted the dreams of the butler and the baker. He was not noticeable till then. He had to interpret for Pharaoh.....so on.... What we can conclude from here is that our God is not that God who leaves his people in the midst of troubles. He always makes a way for his people. But we have to prove our faithfulness to Him. Glory be to our God forever and ever and ever.
Timothy Wayne George's Genesis Chapter 41 comment on 5/16/2012, 7:40am...
GOD SAID A MAN'S GIFT SHALL MAKE ROOM FOR HIM. JOSEPH WAS VINDICATED AND IS MADE PRIME MINISTER OF EGYPT. JOSEPH DOES NOT SEEK REVENGE FOR THOSE WHO SENT HIM TO PRISON, YET HE IS BLESSED WITH A WIFE, AND TWO CHILDREN. GOD MADE HIM TO FORGET HIS TOIL, AND MADE HIM TO PROSPER. SEVEN REPRESENTS COMPLETION, AND GOD BRINGS ALL THINGS TO A PERFECT COMPLETION AT THE RIGHT TIME. THANK GOD FOR JOSEPH, AND LOOK TO THE LORD TO BRING YOUR SITUATION TO A COMPLETE ENDING AT THE APPOINTED TIME FOR THE GLORY OF GOD.
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