years pass, and Joseph is still in prison. The cupbearer has not remembered
him. Then one night Pharaoh has two Very special dreams, and he wonders what
they mean. Do you see him sleeping there? The next morning Pharaoh calls his
wise men and tells them the things that he has dreamed. But they are not able
to tell him the meaning of his dreams.
the cupbearer at last remembers Joseph. He says to Pharaoh: ‘When I was in
prison there was a man there who could tell the meaning of dreams.’ Pharaoh has
Joseph brought out of prison right away.
tells Joseph his dreams: ‘I saw seven fat, beautiful cows. Then I saw seven
very thin and bony cows. And the thin ones ate up the fat cows. ‘In my second
dream I saw seven heads of full, ripe grain growing on one stalk. Then I saw
seven thin, dried-out heads of grain.
the thin heads of grain began to swallow up the seven good heads of grain.’
Joseph says to Pharaoh: ‘The two dreams mean the same thing. The seven fat cows
and the seven full heads of grain mean seven years, and the seven thin cows and
the seven thin heads of grain mean seven more years. There will be seven years
when a lot of food will grow in Egypt. Then there will be seven years when very
little food will grow.’
Joseph tells Pharaoh: ‘Choose a wise man and put him in charge of collecting
food during the seven good years. Then the people will not starve during the
following seven bad years when very little food will grow.’ Pharaoh likes the
idea. And he chooses Joseph to collect the food, and to store it up. Next to
Pharaoh, Joseph becomes the most important man in Egypt.
years later, during the famine, Joseph sees some men coming. Do you know who
they are? Why, they are his 10 older brothers! Their father Jacob has sent them
to Egypt because they were running out of food back home in Canaan. Joseph
recognizes his brothers, but they do not recognize him. Do
you know why? It is because Joseph has grown older, and he is dressed in a different
kind of clothes.
remembers that when he was a boy he dreamed about his brothers coming to bow
down to him. Do you remember reading about that? So Joseph can see that it is
God who has sent him down to Egypt, and for a good reason. What do you think
Joseph does? Let’s see.