Pharaoh’s Dreams

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.

 

 

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Pilate and Herod

What to do with the man claiming to be the King of the Jews? Pilate first tries to push this decision onto Herod, who had legal jurisdiction over Galilee. Herod gladly received Jesus because he had heard that Jesus could perform miracles and wished to see one.  Of course, Jesus did not come to impress people. He was on Earth at a specific time, for a very specific and important purpose.  Jesus did not respond to any of Herod’s questions and was mocked and dressed in a gorgeous robe. Herod sends Jesus back to Pilate.

What I did not realize until today, is that Pilate and Herod, who had previously despised each other, became friends with each other on that day. They could not find fault enough with Christ to justify sentencing Him to death. But, the people, the rulers and the chief priests had rejected Jesus to death, in so much as to ask for the release of Barabbas, a murderer, in His place.

Then Pilate, when he had called together the chief priests, the rulers, and the people, said to them, “You have brought this Man to me, as one who misleads the people. And indeed, having examined Him in your presence, I have found no fault in this Man concerning those things of which you accuse Him; no, neither did Herod, for I sent you back to him;[c] and indeed nothing deserving of death has been done by Him. I will therefore chastise Him and release Him” (for it was necessary for him to release one to them at the feast).

And they all cried out at once, saying, “Away with this Man, and release to us Barabbas”— who had been thrown into prison for a certain rebellion made in the city, and for murder. Pilate, therefore, wishing to release Jesus, again called out to them. But they shouted, saying, “Crucify Him, crucify Him!” (Luke 23:13-21 NKJV)

All of this had been foretold.  There is no one more detailed or more perfect than God.  Jesus was to be rejected by His people. He was to become the living, perfect sacrifice on the crucifix made of tree. He was the offering that paid the price of our sins. The fact that all of this was taking place demonstrates how much we needed God because of our “human” condition.

Jesus is The Man

Jesus was literally “The Man.” The chief priests and scribes asked Him if He was the Christ after they took Him from the area of the Mount of Olives. Jesus spoke in parables throughout His ministry and His answer was perfect.

“If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I tell you, you will by no means believe. And if I also ask you, you will by no means answer Me or let Me go. Hereafter the Son of Man will sit on the right hand of the power of God.” Then they all said, “Are You then the Son of God?” So He said to them, “You rightly say that I am.” (Luke 22:67-70 NKJV)

Just prior to this encounter, those that held Jesus captive taunted Him and beat Him – even His face while blindfolded. Jesus is both awe inspiring and a perfect model of relationship with the Father. He controlled His will and only did what He saw His Father do. This guided His every step, thus fulfilling prophecies and God’s plan for our redemption.

Jesus is The Man we should model our lives after.