Genesis 41:1-13: Exactly as interpreted.

“When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: he was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the river-bank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up. He fell asleep again and had a second dream: seven ears of corn, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. After them, seven other ears of corn sprouted – thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin ears of corn swallowed up the seven healthy, full ears. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream. In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him. Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, ‘Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 10 Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard. 11 Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own. 12 Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream. 13 And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us: I was restored to my position, and the other man was impaled.’ NIV


Have you ever woken from a dream and been relieved to find it was just a dream? I’m sure you have. But in Pharaoh’s case, these dreams were not just dreams. They were full of portentous significance. I’m sure Joseph wouldn’t have wanted to wait a further two years (1) before release from prison. But as previously noted, things work out in God’s good time, and He can be trusted.

Suddenly, the cupbearer’s memory got a good dig in the ribs (9), and he was able to tell the king that ‘’things turned out exactly’’ as Joseph had said (13). Ironically, things were about to work out precisely as Joseph had foreseen in his own dreams some years earlier.

God is always as good as His Word. Trust Him.