Summary of passage: Two years after Joseph interpreted the cupbearer and the baker’s dreams, Pharaoh had a dream where 7 cows emerged from the Nile River that were fat and then 7 gaunt cows emerged from the Nile and ate up the fat cows. He had a second dream where 7 heads of healthy grain grew on a stalk. After them 7 thin grains sprouted and ate up the healthy grains.
No one could interpret Pharaoh’s dreams. At this point the cupbearer finally remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh how he had successfully interpreted their dreams. Pharaoh sent for Joseph and after cleaning up, he was presented to him.
Pharaoh told Joseph he had heard he could interpret dreams. Joseph immediately said he couldn’t but God could.
Pharaoh repeated his dreams to Joseph who told Pharaoh that God had revealed to him what He was about to do. The 7 good cows and the 7 good grains represent 7 years and the 7 lean cows and 7 worthless grain are 7 years as well. They represent 7 years of good crops and then 7 years of famine. God gave Pharaoh the dreams for the matter has been firmly decided by God and it will happen soon.
Joseph told Pharaoh to look for a discerning and wise man to be in charge of the land of Egypt. Take a fifth of Egypt’s harvest during the good years and store up the grain for the bad years so that the country will not be ruined by the famine.
Pharaoh appoints Joseph as this man who is discerning and wise and Godly to be second in command of Egypt and in charge of all the land. He gives Joseph his ring, dresses him in fine linen and gives him a gold chain. He rode in Pharaoh’s chariot as his second-in-command to announce it to the people.
No one will lift hand or foot without Joseph’s word. He gives him the Egyptian name of Zaphenath-Paneah and an Egyptian wife named Asenath.
Joseph was 30 years old when this happened. Joseph traveled all over Egypt, collecting the grain that was so much Joseph stopped keeping records.
Joseph had 2 sons named Manasseh (forget) and Ephraim (fruitful).
The 7 years of famine began but Egypt had food and Joseph opened the warehouses and distributed the food. The famine was severe in all the world so many foreigners came to Egypt to buy grain as well.
3) Christ made himself nothing, served others selfishly, became obedient to God’s will and death. Joseph served Potiphar and the jail. He was nothing in their eyes, a Hebrew slave. He acted selflessly by refusing to sleep with Potiphar’s wife and take any advantage of his master. He gave God the credit for it all. He interpreted the dreams of the cupbearer and the baker according to God’s will and noticed they were down. He asked to interpret. He showed compassion.
4) He noticed the cupbearer and the baker were sad and asked them why. Then he interpreted their dreams, asking only that they remember him. Eventually, the cupbearer did remember Joseph and recommended him to Pharaoh to interpret his dreams.
5) That the thin cows ate up the fat cows but did not change their appearance (verse 21). They were still thin.
6) Even before he interpreted the dreams, Joseph told Pharaoh that he could not interpret the dreams but God could and He will give Pharaoh the answer he is seeking (verse 16). Throughout the interpretation, Joseph says repeatedly that God has revealed His will to Pharaoh (verse 25, 28) and that God has firmly decided the matter (verse 32).
Conclusions: Didn’t like the Philippians verses (which we’ve looked at before in this study). Felt it didn’t add anything and that this passage is rich enough. The verses were too limiting. Christ and Joseph have dozens of similarities but we are restricted to only a few mentioned in Philippians. Would have liked to have seen a general question so we could come up with our own.
The best part is watching Joseph give God ALL the credit, which is rare these days. No one hardly ever mentions God even when they are talking let alone giving Him the glory for everything in their lives (I would say Tim Tebow is the best known exception to this). It’s refreshing to see and gives us a great, great example to live up to.
When God’s timing is right, events happen quickly. Joseph’s whole life changes in a matter of hours and he is now the second most powerful man in the known world. God uses the times when we imagine nothing is happening in our lives to prepare us for these moments when EVERYTHING happens.
Compare this Joseph with 17 year-old Joseph who comes running blindly to his brothers about a dream he has had. He never mentions God when he is bragging about these dreams. Here, it is all God–from God, by God, and for God.
Gifts and talent take time to develop as does character. Here, we can see the difference between these two Josephs.
Fun Fact: This is the first mention in the Bible of the Holy Spirit being in a man.
One of Tim Tebow’s, quarterback for the Denver Broncos, favorite sayings and one of mine from his book, Through My Eyes.
If you ever wanted to get to know Tebow better, read this book. It explains how he ticks, what motivates him, and his single-minded determination to follow his passion (football and specifically playing quarterback)–all with God’s help and all to His glory.
Warning to the ladies: this book is packed full of football plays, strategy, and game-day moments that for the uninitiated can be very tedious and boring. Luckily for me, I actually wrote a novel on a football player so I learned all about football and read tons of book on the matter so I now consider myself knowledgeable in the area.
However, it is in these football reminisces that Tebow throws in the God nuggets of wisdom that makes this book great.
For someone so young it is surprising and inspiring really how he is so grounded in life. He knows what’s important, what’s the goal in life (living for others, fulfilling God’s purpose for you, and giving Him the glory) and he never deviates. Based on this book, Tebow never engages in stupid teenager stuff (inspiring for those of us parents who are yet to face the infamous teenage years) and he is always pulling for his team and everyone else.
Yet he’s not perfect. One of my favorite moments was when he is describing a game against LSU. Apparently LSU students had gotten a hold of his phone number and were relentlessly calling him all week so after a touchdown he and his teammates celebrated and Tebow mocked them (P. 139). I love this because it is human. And I think that’s okay.
But I think the part of this book I will always remember is probably one I shouldn’t but I will: Tebow’s dog, Otis. Otis was the protector of their family and one day Tebow finds him on their farm mangled, his jaw all twisted and his legs splayed apart unnaturally. The vet informs the family that Otis was probably hit with a baseball bat. Miraculously, Otis survives and lives a fairly normal life afterwards.
I’m sure this was probably the act of some stupid teenagers trying to pay back Tebow for whatever. But in my view there is a special place in Hell for those who harm animals and kids and are unrepentant. I only pray it was just an act of stupid kids and they did repent of it.
Still, as an animal lover, I get riled when people do stupid stuff like this and it cuts me to the core.
I loved this book. Sure, I’m biased. I’m a huge Denver and Tebow fan so that helps. But this book is so encouraging especially to us parents who rue how this world has become when it comes to our kids. Yet Tebow shows kids can grow up to love God, love others, love the world, and make it a better place without falling into the typical teenage trap of underage sex, underage drinking or doing drugs, immature pranks and acts (like beating up dogs for a stupid revenge or bet), or any other crowd mentality kids tend to follow.
There are many human moments in this book like where Tebow is trying to decide which college to play for and in the end when he does decide he briefly decides to change his mind and then he receives no peace from God over the decision (P. 88).
He talks about doing the right thing on P. 176 which reminds me of Paul 2 Thessalonians 3:13 “never tire of doing what is right.”
Tebow talks about how we all have a platform God has given us that we must use for His glory and how football is that for him. How we should give everything–victories and disappointments–to God. How God’s voice is the only voice that matters.
He’s a great example of what living a God-centered life looks like.
Great, encouraging book in these times of so much negativity. One that will surely lift you up and remind you of the only important thing in this transient world: God.
Watching Sunday’s playoff game of the Pittsburgh Steelers versus the Denver Broncos was exciting, nerve-wracking, inspiring, emotional, and in the end downright amazing.
I have to admit: I thought the Broncos would lose. I was pacing my living room after the Steelers tied it. After every snap Roethlisberger took, I’d yell, “Get him!” at the TV. My kids thought I was nuts.
I thought we’d lose in overtime especially if we didn’t win the coin toss. But luckily we did win and the rest is history.
Or is it His Story?
As a Christian, you can’t help but root for Tim Tebow. The man is downright refreshing. Someone who seemingly has it all together (as all together as a human can be). He’s passionate, talented, authentic, and enjoyable to watch. He loves Jesus, is the first to say so, and is unapologetic about it. How many of us can say this?
He is something I aspire to as a mother for we all know how and why Tim is like he is: God and his family. His mother and father instilled in him God’s love and it radiates off of him as bright as the morning Sun after a rainy day.
He is a role model for my kids: how I want them to behave, act, and believe. To not bow to the pressures of this world. To stand firm in your beliefs when countless others tell you you are wrong. To follow your heart and your God no matter the consequences.
He gets down on one knee and prays “even if everyone around you is doing something different”, now known as “Tebowing”, a term invented by a die-hard Broncos fan who now runs a website with pictures of people Tebowing all over the world and sells T-shirts (of which I am eagerly awaiting mine!).
In this world where we are bombarded daily with negativity, immoral values being legitimized, and God marginalized by a secular society, I will take Tim stories any day.
He runs a foundation, granting wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses, partnering to build a Children’s Hospital in the Philippines, and much more.
He is doing God’s work and I wish I’d see more of this in the news and all around me. Tim has been placed by God in this position in this moment for a purpose. And I believe He is succeeding in God’s purpose. Wildly and powerfully so.
Last year’s Super Bowl was the most watched program in the world, garnering 106 million viewers all over the world. Can you imagine what Tim’s impact would be if the Broncos made it to the Super Bowl?
Incalculable, I’d bet.
Seeing someone who so has a heart for God, who’s following his passion in life, and giving God all the credit I believe could be a catalyst for millions of those who are struggling without God to turn to Him.
This is my prayer. That God would continue to use Tim for His purpose. That the Broncos do make the Super Bowl (this is selfish as I’m a Broncos fan!). And that Tim has an amazing career in the NFL for years to come. That he continues to inspire countless others to live for God.
He inspires me.
I pray he inspires you.