Participants: Kelly Mowrer
Series Code: HWAL
Program Code: HWAL000452
00:16 Hi, and welcome back to His Words are Life.
00:18 I'm Kelly Mowrer and thank you for joining with me again today
00:22 to read the word of God. Before we continue with Joseph's story
00:26 let's pray together. -Dear Lord, thank you so much for this
00:30 wonderful story that we are in the middle of reading,
00:33 of your servant, Joseph and how even in the darkest times
00:38 it seems like he was abandoned and forgotten, a slave. You were
00:43 with him and each of us who are reading and listening now,
00:48 when we face the things in our lives that we don't see the
00:52 answers to, bring to our mind Joseph's story and the
00:55 words, The Lord was with Joseph. And may that encourage each
00:59 of us to remember that you are with us you'll bring us safely
01:03 through. Thank you for loving us We love you so much.
01:06 We are in the middle of the story of Joseph and when we
01:12 read last together, he was in prison and there were 2 officers
01:18 of Pharaoh's court, also in prison
01:20 with him who had had dreams.
01:21 The baker and the chief Butler. And they were troubled by the
01:24 dreams, didn't understand them and Joseph interpreted them.
01:27 And the dreams came true just as he had said.
01:30 And Joseph had a request for the butler; because the butler
01:34 was going to be returned to Pharaoh's court, and Joseph said
01:36 When you get out, please remember me and tell Pharaoh
01:39 about me; because I haven't done anything to deserve being
01:42 in here. Please help me clear my name. And so the butler
01:45 gets out, just as Joseph had interpreted in the dream,
01:49 and forgets about Joseph. And for two more years Joseph is in
01:53 prison until Pharaoh has a couple of dreams that he doesn't
01:56 understand and his wise men can't interpret them; but this
01:59 prompts the memory of the chief butler and he speaks up
02:03 and he said, I am remembering my faults here because I
02:06 forgot to do something that I should have done 2 years ago.
02:09 When I was in prison, I had a dream and there was a man
02:12 there who interpreted it correctly. And so we're going to
02:15 continue now because what happened is Pharaoh sent
02:17 to the prison and Joseph was taken out, he was cleaned up,
02:21 and brought before Pharaoh. And another thing that struck me
02:25 as we were reading last time: here is Joseph who has been
02:27 languishing in this prison for all these years, forgotten,
02:30 and he's brought into the court of the king and the king says
02:34 to him, I understand you interpret dreams. And Joseph is
02:37 so humble and walking so closely with God, that he isn't tempted
02:42 and that he doesn't to ahead and say, Why, yes sir, I do.
02:46 He immediately gives the glory to God. He says, well I don't
02:48 do it; but God can interpret the dream. So Pharaoh, as we pick
02:52 up the story, beginning to tell Joseph his dreams
02:54 so that Joseph's God can interpret the dreams to Pharaoh.
02:58 We're reading in Genesis in chapter 41, picking up with
03:03 I'm going to start with 17. We actually read that last time
03:06 but we'll start with that because it's the beginning of
03:08 the dream. - And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, In my dream, behold
03:12 I stood upon the bank of the river: and behold, there came up
03:16 out of the river seven kine, fat fleshed and well favored;
03:20 and they fed in a meadow: and, behold, seven other kine came up
03:24 after them, poor and very ill favored and lean fleshed,
03:27 such as I never saw in all the land of Egypt for badness:
03:31 And the lean and the ill favored kine did eat up the first seven
03:35 fat kine: and when they had eaten them up, it could not be
03:39 knows that they had eaten them; but they were still ill favored,
03:42 as at the beginning. So I awoke. And I saw in my dream,
03:47 and, behold seven ears came up in one stalk, full and good:
03:51 and behold seven ears, withered, thin, and blasted with the east
03:56 wind, sprung up after them: And the thin ears devoured
03:59 the seven good ears: and I told this unto the magicians;
04:03 but there was none that could declare it to me.
04:05 And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one:
04:10 God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do. The 7 good kine
04:15 are 7 years; and the 7 good ears are 7 years: the dream is one.
04:21 And the 7 thin and ill favored kine that came up after them
04:26 are 7 years; and the 7 empty ears blasted with the east wind
04:32 shall be 7 years of famine. This is the thing which I have spoken
04:36 unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh.
04:41 Behold, there come 7 years of great plenty throughout all
04:45 the land of Egypt: And there shall arise after them 7 years
04:49 of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land
04:52 of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land; and the plenty
04:57 shall not be known in the land
04:58 by reason of the famine following
05:00 for it shall be very grievous. And for that the dream was
05:05 doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is
05:08 established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.
05:12 Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise,
05:17 and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this,
05:21 and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up
05:25 the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the 7 plenteous years.
05:29 And let them gather all the food of those good years that come,
05:33 and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep
05:37 food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the
05:42 land against the 7 years of famine, which shall be in the
05:45 land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
05:49 And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes
05:54 of all his servants. And Pharaoh said unto his servants,
05:57 Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the spirit of
06:02 of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath
06:08 shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as
06:13 thou art: Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto
06:17 thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I
06:24 be greater than thou. And Pharaoh said unto Joseph,
06:28 See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh
06:32 took off his ring from his hand, an put it upon Joseph's hand,
06:35 and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a golden
06:39 chain about his neck; And he made him to ride in the second
06:43 chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee:
06:46 and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.
06:49 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee
06:55 shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.
06:59 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah;
07:04 and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah
07:08 priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.
07:14 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh
07:17 king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh
07:21 and went throughout all the land of Egypt. And in the 7 plenteous
07:25 years the earth brought forth by handfuls. And he gathered up
07:30 all the food of the 7 years, which were in the land of Egypt,
07:33 and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field
07:36 which was round about every city, laid he up in the same.
07:41 And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much,
07:44 until he left numbering; for it was without number.
07:48 And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine
07:53 came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On
07:57 bare unto him. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn,
08:01 Manasseh: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil,
08:06 and all my father's house. And the name of the second called he
08:10 Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of
08:15 my affliction. And the 7 years of plenteousness, that was in
08:20 the land of Egypt, were ended. And the 7 years of dearth
08:25 began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth
08:29 was in all the lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was
08:33 bread. And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people
08:37 cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the
08:40 Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do.
08:44 And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph
08:49 opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians;
08:52 and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. And all countries
08:58 came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the
09:02 famine was so sore in all lands.
09:05 We're continuing now with Genesis, and chapter 42.
09:09 This is the King James Version.
09:11 Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said
09:16 unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon another?
09:19 And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn
09:22 in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence;
09:25 that we may live, and not die. And Joseph's ten brethren
09:30 went down to buy corn in Egypt. But Benjamin, Joseph's brother,
09:35 Jacob sent not with his brethren for he said, Lest peradventure
09:39 mischief befall him. And the sons of Israel came to buy corn
09:43 among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan
09:46 and Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that
09:51 sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came
09:54 and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the
09:59 earth. And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them,
10:03 but made himself strange unto them and spake roughly unto them
10:07 and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the
10:10 land of Canaan to buy food. And Joseph knew his brethren,
10:14 but they knew not him. And Joseph remembered the dreams
10:18 which he dreamed of them, and he said unto them, Ye are spies;
10:22 to see the nakedness of the land ye are come.
10:25 And they said unto him, Nay, my Lord, but to buy food are thy
10:30 servants come. We are all one man's sons; we are true men,
10:34 thy servants are no spies. And he said unto them, Nay, but to
10:40 see the nakedness of the land ye are come. And they said,
10:43 Thy servants are 12 brethren, the sons of one man
10:46 in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the youngest is this day
10:51 with our father, and one is not.
10:53 and Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you
10:59 saying, Ye are spies: Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of
11:03 Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest
11:06 brother come hither. Send one of you, and let him fetch your
11:11 brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be
11:13 proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the
11:17 life of Pharaoh surely ye are spies. And he put them all
11:21 together into ward three days. And Joseph said unto them
11:25 the third day, This do and live; for I fear God: If ye be true
11:29 men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your
11:32 prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:
11:36 But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words
11:40 be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so.
11:44 And they said one to another, We are verily guilty concerning
11:49 our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he
11:53 besought us, and we would not hear; therefore is this distress
11:57 come upon us. And Reuben answered them, saying,
12:02 Spake I not unto you, saying, Do not sin against the child;
12:05 and ye would not hear? therefore, behold, also
12:08 his blood is required. And they knew not that Joseph understood
12:13 them; for he spake unto them by an interpreter.
12:16 And he turned himself about from them, and wept;
12:19 and returned to them again, and communed with them, and took
12:23 from Simeon, and bound him before their eyes.
12:27 Then Joseph commanded to fill their sacks with corn,
12:31 and to restore every man's money into his sack,
12:33 and to give them provision for the way: and thus did he
12:36 unto them. And they laded their asses with the corn,
12:39 and departed thence. And as one of them opened his sack to give
12:43 his ass provender in the inn, he espied his money;
12:47 for, behold, it was in his sack's mouth.
12:49 And he said unto his brethren, My money is restored;
12:52 and lo, it is even in my sack: and their heart failed them,
12:57 and they were afraid, saying one to another, What is this
13:01 that God hath done unto us? And they came unto Jacob
13:05 their father unto the land of Canaan, and told him all that
13:08 befell unto them; saying, The man, who is the lord of the land
13:12 spake roughly to us, and took us for spies of the country.
13:16 And we said unto him, We are true men; we are no spies:
13:19 We be twelve brethren, sons of our father; one is not,
13:23 and the youngest is this day with our father in the land
13:26 of Canaan. And the man, the lord of the country,
13:29 said unto us, Hereby shall I know that ye are true men;
13:32 leave one of your brethren here with me, and take food for the
13:35 famine of your households, and be gone: And bring your youngest
13:38 brother unto me: then shall I know that ye are no spies,
13:42 but that ye are true men: so will I deliver you your brother,
13:46 and ye shall traffick in the land. And it came to pass
13:49 as they emptied their sacks, that, behold, every man's bundle
13:53 of money was in his sack: and when both they and their father
13:57 saw the bundles of money, they were afraid. And Jacob their
14:01 father said unto them, Me have ye bereaved of my children:
14:04 Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin
14:08 away: all these things are against me. And Reuben spake
14:12 unto his father, saying, Slay my two sons, if I bring him not
14:16 to thee: deliver him into my hand, and I will bring him
14:19 to thee again. And he said, My son shall not go down with you;
14:24 for his brother is dead, and he is left alone: if mischief
14:28 befall him by the way in which ye go, then shall ye bring down
14:32 my gray hairs with sorrow to the grave.