This chapter is about Joseph interpting Pharaoh’s dream, the cupbearer having a pre-Jesus “Come to Jesus” moment, & Joseph becoming the Pharaoh’s right hand man. And becomes a free man, no longer a slave. It’s a pretty good read. I hope you the read!
Two years after the cupbearer had been released from prison, the Pharaoh had a dream. Here’s the dream: Pharaoh was standing by the Nile (River). When out of the river came up 7 cows, sleek & fat. They grazed among the reeds. After them, 7 other cows, ugly & gaunt, came up out of the Nile. These cows ate up the 7 sleek, fat cows. Pharaoh woke up after this dream.
He fell back to sleep. Pharaoh had a 2nd dream: & heads of grain, healthy & good-looking. They were growing on a single stalk. After them, 7 other heads of grain sprouted. These were scorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the 7 healthy, full heads. Pharaoh woke up, realizing it was just a dream.
In the morning, he was troubled. Pharaoh sent for all the magicians & wise men of Egypt. He told them his dream, but no one could tell Pharaoh the meaning. The cupbearer remembered Joseph when he heard about this. The cupbearer told Pharaoh about meeting Joseph while he was in prison. The cupbearer also told Pharaoh about how Joseph interpreted his dream & that everything happened just like Joseph said.
So Pharaoh sent for Joseph. He was quickly sprung from prison. The bible says “dungeon.” Joseph was shaved & changed his clothes. He then went before Pharaoh. Pharaoh asks Joseph to interpret his dream. Joseph tells Pharaoh that only God interprets dreams, but “God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”
Pharaoh tells Joseph his dream. Joseph gives the interpretation: Both of the dreams mean the same thing. That there will be 7 good years, of abundance. Then there will 7 years of famine. Joseph tells Pharaoh that God has shown him what to do. He also tells Pharaoh that the famine will be so bad that no one will remember the 7 good years.
Joseph tells Pharaoh to put a wise man in charge of Egypt. He also tells Pharaoh to stockpile food, so that they’ll have food for when the famine comes. Pharaoh thought that this was a great idea! So did Pharaoh’s officials. Pharaoh told Joseph that since this was his idea, he was in charge of making it happen. Plus in charge of Pharaoh’s palace, all of the Egyptians submitting to Joseph’s orders.
So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all of Egypt. Pharaoh then took his signet ring & put it on Joseph’s finger. (This is the point where Joseph becomes a free man.) Pharaoh dressed Joseph in the finest linens & put a gold chain around his neck. Pharaoh made Joseph ride in a chariot as his second-in-command. Thus Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all of Egypt, like the whole country. Think Vice President, with more power!
Then Pharaoh tells Joseph that he’s still in charge but nobody will do anything without Joseph’s word. Pharaoh then gave Joseph the name of Zaphenath-Paneah. Pharaoh also gave Joseph Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera (who is the priest of On/Heliopolis), as his wife. (There’s a story found in some sources about Asenath. Joseph & Asenath didn’t want to marry each other. Asenath didn’t because Joseph was a Hebrew. Joseph didn’t want to marry Asenath because she wasn’t a Hebrew & her dad was a priest of a different god. Asenath physically saw Joseph from afar & she didn’t know that it was Joseph. She fell in love with him. Because he’s a good-looking dude, just ask Potipher’s wife! Joseph still wasn’t having any of it! So Asenath prayed to Joseph’s god. God sent down a honeycomb to gum up her mouth. Bees come flowing out of her mouth. Her mouth becomes un-gummed, & she was purified. So then she changes her religious beliefs for Joseph. He accepts her as his wife because she’s been purified & starts being a Hebrew.) Joseph then went throughout the land of Egypt.
Joseph was 30 years old when he was in the service of Pharaoh. During the 7 years of plenty, Joseph stockpiled all the food produced. Joseph stockpiled so much grain that he stopped keeping records because there was so much grain.
Before the years of famine had come, Joseph & Asenath had 2 sons. The 1st born’s is Manasseh. The 2nd son’s name is Ephraim. The years of abundance ended & the years of famine began. There were famines in all the other lands, but Egypt had food. When all of Egypt began to feel the famine, the people start complaining to Pharaoh. Pharaoh tells them to do as Joseph says. Joseph opened the storehouses & sold the grain to the Egyptians, because the famine was so severe. And all the countries came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph. Because the famine was so severe in the all the world.