Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000451
00:17 Hi, I'm Kelly Mowrer and welcome back to His Words are Life.
00:20 Before we read, Let's pray today. Dear God, please be with
00:25 us as we read the stories of Genesis together
00:30 and some of them are more difficult to understand
00:33 than others. But you've preserved them here in
00:36 in your book for instructing us and for teaching us something
00:40 that you want us to know. So please send your Holy Spirit
00:43 to be with our minds and our hearts as we read today,
00:46 and to guide us into truth. We love you so much
00:49 and thank you for loving us. Amen.
00:51 We're going to be reading today one of my favorite stories
00:55 in the bible, which is the story of Joseph and how as Joseph
00:59 sought to do the right thing, he found himself constantly
01:03 facing new trials. But at the every setback there is a phrase
01:07 in the story that says, And the Lord was with Joseph.
01:10 And I've often found comfort in that myself when things don't
01:14 seem to be making sense, the Lord is still with us.
01:16 But before we go on to the story of Joseph we're
01:19 in the middle of where we left off of last time of the story
01:22 of Judah and his sons. He had three sons. The oldest married
01:27 a woman named Tamar and died without leaving her children,
01:31 the second one went in to give her children, but fixed it so
01:35 that he didn't; but God was displeased with that so he died
01:38 as well. But Judah said to Tamar, you know, Go be with
01:42 your father until my other son is old enough. But when his old,
01:45 his younger son grew to be old enough to provide a child
01:49 of Tamar, he didn't - Judah didn't see that happened.
01:53 So Tamar, hearing that Judah was visiting in the town near by
01:57 decided to take it upon herself to get children, she put off her
02:02 mourning clothes and covered her face with a veil and went
02:05 and sat where Judah would see her. And because her face was
02:08 covered with a veil, Judah took her for a prostitute.
02:11 So now, we're picking up the story in Genesis, chapter 38,
02:15 This is the King James Version. And we're starting with verse 16
02:19 And he, Judah, turned unto her by the way, and said, Go to,
02:27 I pray thee, let me come in unto thee; for he knew not that she
02:31 was his daughter in law. And she said, What wilt thou give me
02:35 that thou mayest come in unto me? And he said, I will send
02:39 thee a kid from the flock. And she said, Wilt thou give me a
02:42 pledge, till thou send it? And he said, What pledge shall I
02:46 give thee? And she said, Thy signet, and thy bracelets,
02:50 and thy staff that is in thine hand. And he gave it her,
02:54 and came in unto her, and she conceived by him.
02:58 And she arose, and went away, and laid by her veil from her,
03:02 and put on the garments of her widowhood.
03:04 And Judah sent the kid by the hand of his friend the Adulamite
03:09 to receive his pledge from the woman's hand; but he found her
03:12 not. Then he asked the men of that place, saying, Where is the
03:17 harlot, that was openly by the wayside? And they said,
03:20 There was no harlot in this place. And he returned to
03:23 Judah, and said, I cannot find her; and also the men of the
03:27 place said that there was no harlot in this place.
03:29 And Judah said, Let her take it to her, lest we be shamed:
03:33 behold, I sent his kid, and thou hast not found her.
03:36 And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told
03:40 Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law
03:43 has played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by
03:47 whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
03:51 When she was brought forth, she sent to her father in law
03:55 saying, By the man, whose these are, am I with child:
04:00 And she said, Discern, I pray thee, whose are these,
04:05 the signet, and bracelets, and staff. And Judah acknowledged
04:10 them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I;
04:14 because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew
04:19 her again no more. And it came to pass in the time of her
04:21 travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.
04:25 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out
04:29 his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand
04:33 a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. And it came to
04:38 pass, as he drew back his hand, that behold his brother came out
04:41 and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach
04:45 be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez.
04:48 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet
04:52 thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zerah.
04:56 We're continuing now in Genesis, chapter 39,
04:59 And this is the King James Version.
05:01 And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, and officer
05:06 of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, and Egyptian,
05:09 bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, which had brought
05:13 him down thither. And the Lord was with Joseph,
05:17 and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his
05:21 master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord
05:25 was with him, and that the Lord made all that he did to prosper
05:28 in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight,
05:32 and he served him: and he made him overseer over his
05:37 house, and all that he had he put into his hand.
05:39 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him
05:44 overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the Lord
05:47 blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; and the blessing
05:51 of the Lord was upon all that he had in the house,
05:54 and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph's hand
05:58 and he knew not aught he had, save the bread which he did eat.
06:01 And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured.
06:04 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife
06:09 cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me.
06:12 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold,
06:16 my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he
06:19 hath committed all that he hath to my hand: There is none
06:22 greater in this house than I; neither hath he kept back
06:25 anything from me but thee, because thou art his wife:
06:28 how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?
06:34 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day,
06:40 that he hearkened not unto her, to lie by her or to be with her.
06:44 And it came to pass about this time, that Joseph went into the
06:48 house to do his business; and there was none of the men of
06:50 the house there within. And she caught him by his garment,
06:54 saying, Lie with me: and he left his garment in her hand,
06:58 and fled, and got him out. And it came to pass, when she saw
07:04 that he had left his garment in her hand, and was fled forth
07:06 that she called unto the men of her house, and spake unto
07:10 them, saying, See, he hath brought in an Hebrew unto us
07:13 to mock us; he came in unto me to lie with me, and I cried
07:16 with a loud voice: And it came to pass, when he heard that I
07:19 lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me
07:22 and fled, and got him out. And she laid up his garment by her,
07:26 until his lord came home. And she spake unto him, according
07:30 to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou
07:33 hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: And it came
07:37 to pass as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his
07:40 garment with me, and fled out. And it came to pass, when his
07:44 master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him,
07:47 saying, After this manner did thy servant to me;
07:51 that his wrath was kindled. And Joseph's master took him,
07:56 and put him into the prison, a place where the king's
07:59 prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison.
08:03 But the Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy,
08:07 and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison.
08:11 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph's hand
08:14 all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they
08:18 did there, he was the doer of it. The keeper of the prison
08:22 looked not to any thing that was under his hand: because
08:24 the Lord was with him, and that which he did, the Lord made it
08:28 to prosper. Continuing to read how the Lord was with Joseph.
08:33 Chapter 40, in the book of Genesis,
08:35 and this is the King James Version.
08:36 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the
08:41 king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of
08:45 Egypt. And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers,
08:48 against the chief of the butlers, and against the
08:50 chief of the bakers. And he put them in ward in the house of the
08:54 captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph
08:57 was bound. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with
09:01 them: and he served him and they continued a season in the ward.
09:04 And they dreamed a dream, both of them, each man his dream
09:09 in one night, each man according to the interpretation
09:12 of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt,
09:15 which were bound in the prison. And Joseph came in unto them
09:20 in the morning, and looked upon them and, behold, they were sad.
09:22 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward
09:26 of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly,
09:30 today? And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream,
09:33 and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them,
09:37 Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.
09:42 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him
09:46 In my dream, behold a vine was before me; And in the vine were
09:51 three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her
09:54 blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth
09:57 ripe grapes: And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the
10:01 grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave
10:03 the cup into Pharaoh's hand. And Joseph said unto him,
10:08 This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are
10:12 three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine
10:16 head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver
10:19 Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner
10:22 when thou wast his butler. But think on me when it shall be
10:27 well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me,
10:30 and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of
10:33 this house: for indeed I was stolen away out of the land
10:37 of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they
10:41 should put me into the dungeon.
10:42 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good,
10:47 he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold,
10:50 I had three white baskets on my head: And in the uppermost
10:54 basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh;
10:58 and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.
11:01 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation
11:05 thereof: The three baskets are three days: Yet within three
11:09 days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee,
11:12 and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy
11:16 flesh from off thee. And it came to pass the third day,
11:20 which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all
11:24 his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and
11:27 the chief baker among his servants. And he restored
11:31 the chief butler unto his butlership again;
11:33 and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand:
11:36 But he hanged the chief baker as Joseph had interpreted to them.
11:41 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
11:46 Genesis, chapter 41. This is The King James Version.
11:50 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh
11:56 dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. And, behold, there
11:59 came up out of the river seven well favored kine and fatfleshed
12:05 and they fed in a meadow. And, behold, seven other kine came
12:10 up after them out of the river, ill favored and leanfleshed:
12:14 and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river.
12:17 And the ill favored and lean fleshed kine did eat up the
12:21 seven well favored and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. And he slept
12:27 and dreamed the second time: and behold, seven ears of corn came
12:31 up upon one stalk, rank and good. And, behold, seven thin
12:37 ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.
12:41 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears.
12:46 And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.
12:50 And it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was
12:54 troubled: and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt,
12:58 and all the wise men thereof: and Pharaoh told them his dream;
13:01 but there was none that could interpret them unto Pharaoh.
13:04 Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember
13:11 my faults this day: Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and
13:15 put me in a ward in the captain of the guard's house, both me
13:18 and the chief baker: And we dreamed a dream in one night,
13:21 I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation
13:25 of his dream. And there was there with us a young man,
13:28 a Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him,
13:32 and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according
13:37 to his dream he did interpret. And it came to pass, as he
13:41 interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office,
13:46 and him he hanged. Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph,
13:51 and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved
13:55 himself and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh.
13:59 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have dreamed a dream,
14:03 and there is none that can interpret it: and I have heard
14:05 say of thee, that thou canst understand a dream to interpret
14:09 it. And Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me:
14:15 God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace. And Pharaoh said unto
14:21 Joseph, In my dream, behold, I stood upon the bank of the river
14:25 We'll continue with the dream next time. But until we're
14:28 together again, may God bless you and keep you in His peace.
14:31 Thank you for joining me. Goodbye.