Obedient Love

(Genesis 41:25-33, 37-40, 50-52; 9/13/20; Dr. Baines, Jr.)

Introduction: A key idea in today’s lesson is Joseph becomes a great officer in Pharaoh’s administration as well as a husband and father. Prayerfully, we will be challenged to stay faithful to God, no matter where we may find ourselves.

Summary Highlights: In vss. 25-33, Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dreams. God revealed to Pharaoh that there would be seven years of great abundance. And then there would be seven years of famine. The two dreams (i.e., cows and grain) underscore the firmness of God’s plans and its urgency.

In vss. 37-40, Pharaoh appointed Joseph as a chief official. Because God’s working in and through Joseph was so apparent, Pharaoh chose him. Joseph was in charge of everything except the throne.

In vss. 50-52, Joseph had two sons before the famine came. The sons were born by the daughter of Potiphera (i.e., Asenath). The first was named Manasseh meaning “God has made me to forget all my trouble and all of my father’s household.” And the second was named Ephraim meaning “God has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”

Applications:
1. Gifted in Egypt. Notice in vs. 25 that Joseph used his God given gifts while in Egypt as a prisoner. ..... Let’s work on using our gifts in this dark and decaying world (see Mt. 5:13-16).

2. Seasons. Notice in vss. 26-31 that famine comes behind abundance......Let’s be mindful of how seasons of abundance and famine come and go.

3. Dreams. Notice in vss. 32-33 that Joseph interpreted the dream and suggested that it be acted upon......Let’s work on hearing and obeying God’s will for our lives.

4. God’s use of people. Notice in vss. 37, 39-40 that God worked through humans to carry out His will. ..... Let’s work on trusting and obeying God with the realization that God often uses others to bless His people.

5. Family matters. Notice in vss. 50-52 that Joseph had two sons from his marriage. .....Let’s work on trusting and obeying God in our family matters.


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