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Joseph interprets Pharaoh's dreams

Joseph is appointed the second most powerful ruler in Egypt.
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When Joseph interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer, he asked him to plead with Pharaoh to release him. But when the cupbearer returned to his job he forgot all about Joseph. Two years went by and Joseph remained in prison. – Slide 1
One night Pharaoh had a dream. – Slide 2
He was standing by the Nile River when seven fat cows came up out of the water and began to feed on the grass. – Slide 3
Then seven very thin and bony cows came out of the River Nile and stood by the other cows on the riverbank. – Slide 4
In Pharaoh’s dream, the thin cows ate up the fat cows. – Slide 5
Pharaoh woke up, then went back to sleep again. He had another dream. – Slide 6
He saw seven heads of grain, full and ripe, growing on one stalk. – Slide 7
Then seven other heads of grain sprouted. They were thin and scorched by the desert wind. – Slide 8
These thin heads of grain swallowed the full ones – Slide 9
The king was so disturbed by his dreams, the next morning he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. He told them his dreams, but no one could explain them to him. – Slide 10
The cupbearer then remembered Joseph. He explained to Pharaoh, ‘When I was in prison, a young Hebrew interpreted my dream and things turned out just as he said.’ – Slide 11
The king sent for Joseph, and he was immediately brought out of prison. After he had shaved and changed his clothes, he was brought to see Pharaoh. – Slide 12
‘I have had dreams that no one can explain,’ Pharaoh told Joseph. ‘I have been told that you can interpret dreams.’ – Slide 13
‘I cannot interpret dreams,’ Joseph replied, ‘but God can.’ – Slide 14
Pharaoh told Joseph his dreams. ‘I was standing on the bank of the river Nile, when seven fat cows came up out of the river and began feeding on the grass. – Slide 15
‘Then seven very thin cows, the poorest I have ever seen, came out of the river and ate up the fat cows. But the thin cows did not look any better. – Slide 16
‘In another dream I saw seven heads of grain, which were full and ripe, growing on one stalk. – Slide 17
‘Then seven heads of thin, scorched grain swallowed the full ones. I told the dreams to the magicians, but none of them could explain them to me.’ – Slide 18
‘The two dreams mean the same thing,’ Joseph explained. ‘God has told you what He is going to do. The seven fat cows are seven years, and the seven full heads of grain are also seven years. There will be seven years of great plenty in all of Egypt.’ – Slide 19
‘The seven thin cows and the seven thin heads of grain are seven years that follow. These will be seven years of a terrible famine that will ruin the country. The repetition of your dream means that the matter is fixed by God and that He will make it happen very soon. – Slide 20
‘You must choose a man with wisdom and put him in charge of the country. During the seven years of plenty, take a fifth of the crops and store the grain in cities under guard. During the seven years of famine you can then use the stored grain so people will not starve.’ – Slide 21
Pharaoh and his officials liked this plan. ‘We will never find a wiser man than Joseph, a man who has God's spirit in him,’ Pharaoh concluded. – Slide 22
Pharaoh removed from his finger the ring engraved with the royal seal and put it on Joseph's finger. Joseph was granted authority as the second most powerful man in the kingdom. He was a given a fine linen robe, a gold chain and a royal chariot. – Slide 23
Pharaoh gave Joseph the Egyptian name Zaphenath Paneah and a wife, Asenath. Joseph was now thirty years old with the task of gathering and storing grain in the seven years of plenty. – Slide 24
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