Shalom and good morning. Our teaching will be from Genesis 41.1-8.
READ GENESIS 41.1-8
We see that GOD is drawing Joseph closer to fulfilling His prophecy He made with Abraham in Genesis 15 some 200 years earlier. GOD’s prophecy to Abraham, Joseph’s Great-Grandfather was this. The Children of Israel would be strangers in a land not theirs. And they would serve them and they would be afflicted and made slaves 400 years. That land of course was Egypt, and it was Joseph whom GOD used as His instrument to bring the Children of Israel into Egypt.
That was Joseph’s mission for The LORD GOD, and also for the Children of Israel, and also for all mankind. For The LORD, His plan was to make Israel a great nation in Egypt, and to show His great wonders and miracles, and bring them out with great wealth. For the Children of Israel, the Jewish People, GOD chose them to be a holy people unto Himself, and to be His servant and witnesses, to reveal the One GOD of Creation to the world. To declare His truth to mankind, and bring forth His Messiah in human nature to the nations. For the nations, GOD has brought Salvation to all mankind from the Jewish People, through the Jewish Messiah, Yeshua Ha Mashiakh, Jesus The Messiah, Who is above all.
Joseph had a huge mission and he accomplished it perfectly through the work of The LORD. And part of his mission was to meet Pharaoh, King of Egypt face-to-face.
GENESIS 41.1 In Pharaoh’s dream, he stood by the River Nile.
41.2 WELLFAVORED – YAHFEH – beautiful
KINE – Pahrote – cows
FATFLESHED – BAHREE – fat and plump
41.3 ILL FAVORED – RAHOTE MAHRET – ugly to look at
LEANFLESHED – DAHKOTE BAHSHAR
thin and lean bodies, emaciated, bony, half starved
41.4 EAT UP – devoured (not a pretty sight)
41.5 RANK AND GOOD – solid and healthy
41.6 THIN – DAHK – small and thin
BLASTED – scorched and burned
41.7-8 VERSE 8 – His spirit was troubled, his thoughts were distrubed.
So Pharaoh called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men of Egypt to interpret his dreams, but none could. Today, Egypt has a population of about 70 million peope. I don’t know what their population was back then, some 4,000 years ago, but Pharaoh had a whole lot of magicians and wise men before him, and none could interpret his dreams. But The Bible says, magicians are an abomination to The LORD. Let’s see why.
MAGICIANS – KHARTOME – magicians.
Webster’s defines magic as a sorcerer. A sorcerer is a wizard or person who practices sorcery which is the use of power gained from the assistance or control of evil spirits, especially divining. Magic is also, according to Webster’s Dictionary, the use of means as charms or spells believed to have supernatural power over natural forces, etc., etc., etc.
Let’s look at GOD’s thoughts on magic. DEUTERONOMY 18.9-14
DEUTERONOMY 18.9 The abominations of those nations
toeahvote ha goyim
ABOMINATIONS – TOEAHVOTE – disgusting, abhorent to GOD. He hates the abominations of those nations.
18.10 – Divination is witchcraft. The use of magic and sorcery.
OBSERVER OF TIMES – practice magic
AN ENCHANTER – practices magic spells.
A WITCH is a woman practicing black witchcraft, often with the aid of a devil or demonic spirit. A male witch is a wizard.
18.11 A CHARMER is a medium who consults with demons.
A CONSULTER with familiar spirits consults with demons.
A WIZARD is a male witch.
A NECROMANCER – consults with the spirits of the dead and practices magic and sorcery with evil spirits.
18.12-14 Thus magic is an abomination to The LORD your GOD, and you should avoid it at all costs. The LORD has called you to be perfect, obedient to The LORD your GOD.
GENESIS 41.9-16 Joseph at this time is 30 years old and has matured into a godly man. And he said to Pharaoh, “GOD will give Pharaoh an answer of peace”, GOD will put your mind at rest.
41.17-25 Both dreams are one, meaning, they are one and the same. They both have one meaning, or the same meaning.
Before continuing with Pharaoh’s dreams, I thought this would be a good time to explain the word or the number ONE as in, “Hear, O Israel, The LORD our GOD, The LORD is ONE. (Deuteronomy 6.4)
This word ONE in Hebrew is (ehkhad). Ehkhad means one, but it is a number that means more than one being one. Such as the two dreams being ONE and THE SAME.
And GOD is ONE, meaning GOD is ONE, but He is MORE THAN ONE. GOD is The Father, He is The Son, and He is The Holy Spirit. The Father is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. Yeshua, The Son is The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit. GOD IS ONE. They are not distinct from one another, nor are they separate or different from one another. THEY ARE ONE AND THE SAME. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are THE ONE GOD of Creation, Jehovah, Yahway, El Shaddai, The Holy One of Israel, Yeshua The Messiah.
DEUTERONOMY 6.4, ISAIAH 44.6, ISAIAH 45.5-7, 14, 18, 22
JOHN 14.9, 1 PETER 1.10-11, ISAIAH 9.6, JOHN 1.3-4
There is only one GOD. He is The Father, Yeshua and The Holy Spirit.
ZECHARIAH 12.10 When we see Yeshua on His Throne in the Millennium and in Heaven, we will be looking at GOD, Face to face, The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.
GENESIS 41.25 GOD has told Pharaoh what he is about to do, in those dreams. And how does GOD tell Pharaoh what he will do? He sends His servant Joseph to tell the King what the dreams mean. Somehow, at some time, perhaps when Joseph was face to face with Pharaoh, GOD gave Joseph the interpretation, and what Pharaoh should do when he finds out what the dreams mean.
Since, as The Bible says in Proverbs 16.1, “Though a person may plan what he or she wants to say, GOD determines what he or she will actually say”. And in Proverbs 16.9, “Though a man or woman may plan their course of life, it is The LORD GOD Who directs our steps and designs our life.” And in Proverbs 20.24, “It is The LORD and not us Who determines our journey through life.” And “It is The LORD Who turns the heart of the King, or any head of state wherever He will to do His will.” Proverbs 21.1
Thus it is GOD Who gives us dreams, though most dreams have no value. But there are some dreams in our lives that have merit and importance, as the dreams of Pharaoh. GOD used dreams in Pharaoh’s life to save his country, and to bring Joseph to him. Part of GOD’s plan. GOD works in mysterious ways in our lives, also.
GENESIS 41.25-36 GOD reveals through Joseph what Pharaoh should do to save his country. And GOD through Pharaoh will make Joseph second in command in Egypt. And that is how GOD performed His plan through Joseph to bring the Children of Israel into Egypt from Canaan during the great famine. Thus accomplishing in part the prophecy He spoke to
Abraham 200 years earlier in Genesis 15.
GENESIS 41.37-40 VERSE 38. In Verse 38, Pharaoh said, can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of GOD is.
At this time I would like to do a little Biblical research on The Holy Spirit, Who was in Joseph and Who is in all true Believers in Messiah Yeshua.
Who is The Holy Spirit? He is GOD. How do we receive Him? And what are His characteristics and qualities?
1. Who is The Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is GOD.
2. It is GOD Who gives us The Holy Spirit to live in us.
UPON – AL – in and upon
3. The Holy Spirit can remain with us forever or depart because of disobedience to GOD.
1 SAMUEL 16.12-14
4. Who are those, let’s talk about today, whom GOD gives The Holy Spirit to? Those who obey Him.
ACTS 5.32, EZEKIEL 36.26-28
5. Here are some of the qualities and characteristics of The Holy Spirit.
COUNSEL – AYSTAH – advice and counsel of GOD
MIGHT – GEHVOORAH – excels, valiant, gains the victory, also might and power.
6. Some other qualities we receive from The HOly Spirit of GOD are: We may prophecy the truth. We will change and become another person, holy to GOD. The Holy Spirit puts His true word in our mouth. He teaches us obedience, not to sin against GOD and His Law. Only with The Holy Spirit can we know The LORD and Messiah, and know His Word. The Holy Spirit gives us life, eternal life. The Spirit is truth. We understand we are to live by GOD’s Truth. His Word, Torah, and Commandments. The Holy Spirit guides us in all Truth, and He comforts us. The Spirit may give us the ability to speak in other languages and much more. And gives us spiritual gifts of ministry.
7. David referred to GOD’s Spirit as The Holy Spirit.
8. Those who are led by GOD The Holy Spirit are the Children of GOD.
9. Yeshua explains to us, better He teaches us, those who believe in Him, how to receive The Holy Spirit. Hint. Obey GOD, His Word, His Law of Moses and His Commandments.
JOHN 14.21-23, 24
So in summary:
magic, all kinds of magic is an abomination to The LORD GOD.
GOD is one, and there is only one GOD and none other. GOD is The Father, He is The Son and He is The Holy Spirit. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are not separate from one another, nor are they different from one another. The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit are The One GOD of Creation. They are Jehovah, Yahway, El Shaddai, The Holy One of Israel, Yeshua The Messiah, The one GOD of Creation.
The Holy Spirit is GOD, and it is GOD Who gives us The Holy Spirit to live in us, to those who believe in Messiah Yeshua and obey GOD, His Word, His Law of Moses, and His Commandments, and as Paul wrote in Romans 8.14, “For as many as are led by The Spirit of GOD (Who is GOD) they are the children of GOD”.
Shalom and good morning. Our teaching will be from Genesis 41.1-8.