I absolutely love the story of Pharaoh’s Dreams. It is so intriguing to me that Pharaoh had dreams from God and Joseph was used to interpret them. Joseph knew who the dreams were from and who could interpret them. He knew that he could not interpret them without God.
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.” So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (Genesis 41:15-16, NKJV)
No one could explain Pharaoh’s dreams to him, not even the “magicians” that they trusted. Joseph knew that God was trying to tell Pharaoh that there would be 7 good years and 7 years of famine. God delivered the dream to Pharaoh twice because these events were established by God Himself. Joseph followed the interpretation with a plan that would allow them to not only survive the famine, but make a profit as a thriving economy. They were to collect one-fifth of the produce during the seven plentiful years for use during the 7 years of famine.
Pharaoh acknowledged that the “Spirit of God” was with Joseph and entrusted him with power over Egypt. Pharaoh gave Joseph a wife, Asenath. His children were named with very special names: Manasseh (For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house) and Ephraim (For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction) – both names giving credit to God. The events took place, just as God had told them and all countries went Joseph to buy grain because of the famine.