2 years later, Joseph is STILL in prison (for a crime he didn't even do!) Pharaoh has 2 unsettling dreams and seeks out someone to tell him what they mean. This is when the cupbearer says "oh yea, whoops I totally know a guy who can help you...my bad". As he did before, he makes it clear that he is not the one providing the answers, he gives all of the credit to God. This is pretty cool considering that he could have claimed to be some all-knowing prophet or something.
Jo tells Pharaoh that his dreams indicate 7 years of plenty followed by 7 years of famine. Pharaoh thinks Jo is so wise he puts him over EVERYTHING to get them through the next 14 years.
41 So Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I hereby put you in charge of the whole land of Egypt." 42 Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his finger and put it on Joseph's finger. He dressed him in robes of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck. 43 He had him ride in a chariot as his second-in-command, and men shouted before him, "Make way!" Thus he put him in charge of the whole land of Egypt. 44 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I am Pharaoh, but without your word no one will lift hand or foot in all Egypt."
I am simply amazed at the blessings that God has given to Jo during all of this. First he is over a household, then a prison, then a nation?!?! Amazing.
The 14 goes as Jo predicted but during the time of famine, Egypt is saved because he stored up foods during the previous 7 years. His family back home starts to feel the strain from the famine and travel to Egypt to buy grain. Joseph immediately recognizes them, but they don't recognize him, so Jo decides to taunt them and have a little fun. He calls them spies and gives them a task to prove themselves. They have to leave one brother in prison while the others go and fetch Benjamin (the youngest). The reading ends with Jacob being hesitant and very reluctant to send his baby boy away, especially thinking that one son is already dead and knowing another is in prison.
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