The Pharaoh experiences two significant dreams—a vision of seven thin cows devouring seven fat cows, and another of seven withered grains consuming seven healthy grains. None of his wise men can decipher the dreams’ meaning. However, the cupbearer, who had previously been in prison with Joseph, recalls Joseph’s ability to interpret dreams. Joseph is summoned and interprets Pharaoh’s dreams, foretelling seven years of abundance followed by seven years of famine.
Impressed by Joseph’s wisdom, Pharaoh appoints him to oversee the storage and distribution of food during the abundant years. Joseph becomes the second-in-command of Egypt, marries Asenath, and they have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. Under Joseph’s leadership, Egypt efficiently stockpiles food during the years of plenty.
As predicted, the famine strikes the land, affecting neighboring regions as well. Desperate for sustenance, people flock to Egypt seeking food, and Joseph, with his prepared reserves, becomes the sole provider during this time of crisis. This turn of events places Joseph in a position of great influence and enables him to save countless lives, including the lives of his own family who eventually come to Egypt seeking assistance.
16. Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
The key verse can indeed be translated as “but God will give Pharaoh an answer, as he desires” to clarify that God is providing Pharaoh with the answer he seeks, regardless of whether it aligns with his personal desires.
Joseph, despite being despised by his brothers for his dreams, now fulfills the purpose that God had intended for him all along. His unique ability to interpret dreams, which his brothers scorned, becomes the very quality that propels him to the pinnacle of power and influence. God’s plan for Joseph’s life unfolds, showcasing how even the most challenging circumstances can ultimately lead to the fulfillment of divine purposes.