Do you know all life’s mysteries?

Genesis Bible Background

01.17.2016 Old Testament: Gen 41.17–24

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 41 on January 17, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

Pharaoh had a dream, which none of his wise men could interpret, but he found out about Joseph, and told him the dream,

Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: “Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke. Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good. Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me” (Genesis 41.17–24). 

If you did not know the interpretation as Joseph revealed it in the rest of the story, would you have any idea what Pharaoh’s dream meant? We have to answer that we would not know its meaning, although some people would try to give an interpretation.

When you know life’s mysteries, reveal them, but when you do not know, do not reveal your ignorance.

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