From Prison to Palace
Genesis 41 HCBC 11/24/19
We now as God’s people get to gather around His Word- what a privilege I pray we will never take for granted!
For there are many places in the world today like Algeria, Iran, and Iraq where believers cannot freely assemble to open the Word and worship God.
So with a heart of thankfulness, would you open with me in your Bible to Genesis 41?
We’ve seen thus far that Joseph hasn’t had an easy, cushy life- hardly!
For he’s been slammed with one trial after the next: from hateful brothers, to Egypt’s slavery.
And then, for refusing to sell out morally he got thrown into the royal prison.
Long lonely days turned into weeks, months and years. Most people caught in such a trial would have been looking for a way at all costs.
A story is told of a man drafted into the army who wanted out. Wherever he went he would stoop down to pick up any sheet of paper which was on the ground. And every time he would then look at the paper, shake his head back and forth and throw it away.
His superiors became aware of his actions and determined to figure out what was going on. Finally, in desperation, they decided to give him a medical discharge meaning he could leave the army.
The soldier was called before his officer and was handed the official form which granted his release. He looks at it carefully and then exclaims, “This is it! This is the paper I’ve been looking for!”
But not Joseph. Joseph wasn’t just looking for a way out. He was waiting on God to showcase His sovereign plan. He’s holding on in faith yet has no idea how God is going to literally do something beyond his wildest dreams!
Christian, what in your life leaves you wondering, “God, how will you every bring me through this? How will you get glory through situations in my life that don’t make sense, challenges that leave me hurting and helpless?
As we prepare to dive into this stunning chapter, here’s the big picture to keep in mind.
Christian, God wants you to more deeply grasp how His all-surpassing sovereignty actively controls all things big and small. And you are to bask in that.
That’s true on an international level of the nations; and it’s true on the personal level of your life.
God providentially controls the destiny of all nations and all people- most particularly His people!
Chapter 41 unfolds before us in 4 seamless scenes:
1. Pharaoh’s revelation 1-13
2. Joseph’s interpretation 14-36
3. Joseph’s exaltation 37-45
4. Egypt’s preservation 46-57
Look with me now at how our chapter begins with 1. Pharaoh’s revelation 1-13
Now it happened at the end of two full years that Pharaoh had a dream, and behold, he was standing by the Nile.
The “two full years” serve as a time marker telling us how long Joseph has been in prison. Because that’s the focus the last verse of chapter 23 leaves us with: Joseph in prison was forgotten by the king’s cupbearer.
That’s when Pharaoh has a dream.
By the way, dreams were a powerful way God communicated in the O.T. era, particularly before He gave His Word to Moses at Mt. Sinai.
Since we now have the Word of God, the Bible, I encourage you to be on guard against those who say God spoke to them in a dream. For God has spoken once and for all in Scripture.
Yet, can God, even in our day, sovereignly cause someone to have a dream so they would want to study the Bible?
Our CARE group has prayed for a request Sonya and I shared several weeks ago- that God would enable us to have an evangelistic Bible study with our unsaved neighbors.
Well, last Tuesday, we had a neighbor couple over for dinner, Doug and Marie. He’s Jewish and she’s from a Catholic background.
As we were talking Marie tells us she attended a Catholic discussion group years ago that really turned her off. When I told her we would like to begin a Bible study with our neighbors, she tell us something stunning:
The very night before (last Monday night) she dreamed about a Bible study among neighbors! And then she tells us with a big smile, “I think this is God’s wink.”
In other words, she thinks God would have her study the Bible with us!
Again, God speaks to us through His Word. But I can assure you, God’s sovereignty extends so far even to include that dream our neighbor had about studying the Bible with neighbors.
Watch now how God clearly speaks to Pharaoh through his dream. Remember, this is Senusret II (Sesotris II) the Pharaoh of both Upper and Lower Egypt. He’s not just one of many important world rulers of his day. No, during his reign (1897 BC to 1878 BC.) he was the most powerful ruler of the most powerful kingdom on earth- Egypt!
So this Pharaoh dreams he is standing next to the Nile.
Here’s what you have to realize. Historically, the Nile has been the lifeblood of all Egypt So you realize, the Nile River is the longest river in the world, over 4000 miles long? That’s far longer than the width of the entire U.S.!
Every year the Nile would overflow its banks which would water a narrow strip in the dessert.
The waters would also leave behind fertile silt ideal for raising crops. So, their survival as a nation of Egypt depended on the Nile River.
And so did the survival of other nations.
Isaiah 23:2-3 describes how the coastal city of Tyre (Lebanon) depended on the Nile. “The grain of the Nile, the harvest of the River was her revenue; and she was the market of nations.”
In other words, what made Tyre so prosperous was the bountiful grain that grew in Egypt thanks to the great Nile river.
And here’s the connection. The Egyptian Pharaoh’s saw their prosperity and identity tied to the Nile.
There’s a fascinating prophecy in Ezekiel 29 about a later Pharaoh that shows us that.
Ezekiel 29:3–4, 8-9 “Speak and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I am against you, Pharaoh king of Egypt, The great monster that lies in the midst of his rivers, That has said, ‘My Nile is mine, and I myself have made it.’ 4 “I will put hooks in your jaws And make the fish of your rivers cling to your scales. And I will bring you up out of the midst of your rivers, and all the fish of your rivers will cling to your scales. ->8 ‘Therefore thus says the Lord GOD, “Behold, I will bring upon you a sword and I will cut off from you man and beast. 9 “The land of Egypt will become a desolation and waste. Then they will know that I am the LORD. Because you said, ‘The Nile is mine, and I have made it.”
Now, from Genesis 41, we are going to read of Pharaoh’s dream. It’s a key part in what God does in this monumental time in Joseph’s life.
And keep this in mind. God wants us to see it from 3 angles. First, the dream is related from the mouth of Moses the narrator (v. 1-7).
Then, we hear the dream from Pharaoh’s own mouth (17-24).
And finally, the dream is repeated and interpreted by Joseph (25-31).
So now, take in how Moses describes his dream. Verse 2: And lo (in other words, “Look!”), from the Nile there came up seven cows, sleek and fat; and they grazed in the marsh grass. 3 Then behold, seven other cows came up after them from the Nile, ugly and gaunt, and they stood by the other cows on the bank of the Nile. 4 The ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven sleek and fat cows. Then Pharaoh awoke.”
Alright, what are 7 plump cows doing in the Nile?
They aren’t going for a swim. No. But they would go into the river to cool off from the heat of the sun and to keep flies from pestering them.
Then they go and graze on the grass along the riverbank. And all of a sudden, 7 ugly, skinny cows come from behind them. And they eat all of the 7 plump cows alive. They just whoof them down.
Then all of a sudden, the dream ends, and Pharaoh wakes up. Then verse 5 tells us:
He fell asleep and dreamed a second time; and behold, seven ears of grain came up on a single stalk, plump and good. 6 Then behold, seven ears, thin and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them. 7 The thin ears swallowed up the seven plump and full ears. Then Pharaoh awoke, and behold, it was a dream.
From cows in dream 1 to corn in dream 2.
Now, if we were corn farmers from Northern MI, we would know that the typical stock of corn usually has one yet sometimes two ears.
But this cornstalk Pharaoh sees in his dream has 7 ears of corn A gentleman named Matt Jacovelli in New Jersey fed some corn kernels to some squirrels last summer. Those critters buried the corn seeds in his vegetable garden. Well one of those seeds grew into a big corn stock. And that one plant produced a world record of 29 ears of corn! Lots of them, yet they were scrawny. Yet, those first 7 ears of corn in Pharaoh’s dream were all nice and big. That was so different from the second corn plant Pharaoh sees sprout in his dream. It too had 7 ears, but they were all thin. And we read they were scorched from an east wind. In Egypt, there strong winds blow in from the Sahara Dessert. They are called khamsin winds that cause vegetation to wither and die.
Well, for Pharaoh those dreams were nightmarish.
In fact, one of these kings even believed a good harvest of corn was based on favor from the gods.
In fact, one Pharaoh put it this way, “I produced the grain, because I was beloved by the grain god. No one was hungry in my years.”
Well, Pharaoh has to figure out what his dreams mean.
For we are told, (v. 8), Now in the morning his spirit was troubled, so he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them to Pharaoh.
How depressing! He consults with the wisest men in his kingdom including those who practiced magic and astrology, and nothing!
They are stumped. And Pharaoh is still in the dark about the meaning of his dreams.
Yet God providentially used their failure to prepare the ground for Joseph.
For at that very time, God causes the former prison inmate to speak up:
Verse 9: Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, “I would make mention today of my own offenses.
By the way, the implication is the cupbearer, up to this point, had chosen not to tell Pharaoh about Joseph in prison. He had sinned by turning his back on Joseph.
He likely didn’t want to jeopardize being thrown back into prison by saying something that could offend the king.
Well, the cupbearer tells Pharaoh how he came to know about Joseph.
10th verse: “Pharaoh was furious with his servants, and he put me in confinement in the house of the captain of the bodyguard, both me and the chief baker. 11 “We had a dream on the same night, he and I; each of us dreamed according to the interpretation of his own dream. 12 “Now a Hebrew youth was with us there, a servant of the captain of the bodyguard, and we related them to him, and he interpreted our dreams for us. To each one he interpreted according to his own dream. 13 “And just as he interpreted for us, so it happened; he restored me in my office, but he hanged him.”
Here’s what so amazing about this. God saw to it that when the cupbearer told Pharaoh Senusret this story, he hung on every word.
A Jewish young man had told two dreams, and both of them have come true, just like he said.
For it was the providential time when God caused Pharaoh to bring Joseph on the scene.
2. Joseph’s interpretation 14-36
The 14th verse explains: Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh.
There’s no time to waist. So, the king’s men run to bring Joseph from prison.
But first, he’s got to make himself presentable.
So, he cleans up and shaves (since the Egyptians did not typically wear beards).
Then he puts on clothes fitting to enter the king’s palace. And he stands before the Pharaoh.
Pharaoh said to Joseph, (v. 15) “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”
Amazing! Pharaoh admits he’s in a situation in which he’s not in the driver’s seat!
You see, God is making clear here, He (God), and not this world ruler sovereignly controls everything.
Many of you have come to treasure and bask in the blessed truth of Psalm 103:19- “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all.”
O that’s so good! Nothing, absolutely nothing in your life, child of God ever takes place apart from the sovereign control of God. For God’s sovereignty actively rules over all of life and over every part of your life!
So that king hopes that with Joseph’s track record of successfully interpreting dreams in prison, he will be able to explain his dream.
Yet surprisingly, verse 16, Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
Spectacular statement! You see, Joseph has the opportunity of his life to make points with the most powerful man in the world.
He could have said, “Yes, I can interpret dreams, but at a price. How much, O king are you willing to give me?
For starters, will you free me from jail, give me a gold chariot, a whole new wardrobe, and a good job in Egypt?
No, Joseph shows humility and honesty. When he says, “It is not in me!” he’s making it clear: “I don’t have the ability to interpret your dreams.
And here we see Joseph’s godly character shine. For take in once again that wonderful statement he declares to Pharaoh, “God will give you a peaceful (shalom) answer.”
Friends, it took guts for Joseph to say that. For he’s telling Pharaoh, whom others treated as a god, “the real God, my God will give the meaning to your dream!”
Here’s one wonderful trait of Joseph. He loves to bring the thought of God into conversation.
Over and over again, he unflinchingly declares God’s name to this king. He punctuates his response with references to God.
But first, notice how that king recounts his dream. It’s very vivid.
Verse 17: So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile; 18 and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass. 19 “Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such as I had never seen for ugliness in all the land of Egypt; 20 and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows. 21 “Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had devoured them, for they were just as ugly as before. Then I awoke.
From the way that king describes those ugly and skinny cows that eat the other plump cows- there’s a premonition of something awful is coming.
Then the second part of his dream. Verse 22: “I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk; 23 and lo, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them; 24 and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”
Ok, there you have it, Joseph. What’s the meaning of all this?
I can see that Pharaoh with a golden crown on his head, leaning forward from his throne. He can’t wait to hear what Joseph will tell him.
25 Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do.
There it is again! Joseph credits God not himself! He points away from himself and directs attention to His sovereign God.
What an example for us. To take every opportunity in conversation with others not to direct attention to ourselves but to God!
And by the way, Joseph isn’t intimidated. He’s not sweating bullets when talking to that king.
Why not? Because Christian, when your heart is anchored in the all-surpassing sovereignty of God there’s tranquility of soul. There’s calmness and confidence in God’s control!
Further explanation Joseph imparts in verse 26: “The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same. 27 “The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind will be seven years of famine.
There are 13 famines recorded in the Bible. This one’s the biggest. It’s stated 12x in this chapter alone. Here’s why it’s such a big deal: famines spell death.
An ancient Egyptian text describes an awful famine when “the entire Upper Egypt was dying because of hunger” and then it adds this horrifying result: “with every man eating his children.”
Look how Joseph supplies even more specifics of the dream’s meaning. He tells Senusret what God wants him to grasp from that dream.
Verse 28: “It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do. 29 “Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt; 30 and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land. 31 “So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe.
Joseph devotes just one sentence to the 7 prosperous years but 5 sentences to the years of famine.
He then gives an important P.S. to his interpretation: Verse 32: “Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about.
What’s Joseph emphasizing for the third time (v. 25, 28, and here)? That his God would cause the
dream to come about, to be fulfilled. And it would be quickly!
So it’s as if Joseph is saying, “We have an emergency on our hands.” That’s why he advises the king in verse 33
“Now let Pharaoh look for a man discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. 34 “Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance. 35 “Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it. 36 “Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine.”
What a brilliant plan that Joseph suggests.
1. You must put a wise administrator in charge. Make him the disaster preparedness officer for all Egypt.
2. Then choose a team of overseers to help prepare for the famine. How?
3. Take the bumper crop from each of the 7 good years, one fifth each year and store it in granaries of the key cities.
4. Then when the 7-year famine strikes, draw from that stockpile of grain.
Now think about it. Who is proposing this plan to the most powerful monarch in the world? And what are his qualifications?
He’s a young man, he’s a Jewish slave and he’s a prisoner who has just walked out of jail.
Remarkably, Pharaoh doesn’t tell him, “Are you kidding? Who do you think you are suggesting to me such a plan?
No, he doesn’t object at all. It’s here we see the beginning of 3. Joseph’s exaltation 37-45
Verse 37: “Now the proposal seemed good to Pharaoh and to all his servants. 38 Then Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?”
This is outstanding! This pagan king whose people treated him as a god. He sees and says that Joseph’s life is marked by the spirit of God!
No, Pharaoh doesn’t know much about the triune God. But he sees evidence of God’s Spirit working in Joseph’s life!!!
And that’s why he decides by himself whom to put in charge of the coming crisis:
V. 39: So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are.
Now who is talking about the living God? Pharaoh is! For Joseph’s life (including his wisdom) had been an undeniable testimony of the one true God!!!
Now what follows is a jaw dropper. For Joseph and for us. Look at how this great King elevates Joseph:
40th verse: “You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.” 41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” 42 Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck.
This is spectacular! It’s a million times better than winning the lottery. For Joseph is moved from prison to palace.
He’s put him in a place of unbelievable honor second only to Pharaoh. That makes him the prime minister of all Egypt! By the way, the estimated population at that time of that most powerful country is 2 million people.
With the king’s signet ring Joseph can now authorize all documents in the name of the king. It was the golden key to the nation!
And the linen garment and gold necklace show his exalted position.
Yet, here’s what you have to keep in mind. It is God who did all this. It is God who elevated Joseph through this king.
When Stephen in Acts 7:9-10 recounts the history of Israel, he describes what happened to Joseph in Egypt.
And listen to what he highlights: “The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into
Egypt. Yet God was with him, 10 and rescued him from all his afflictions, and granted him favor and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and he made him governor over Egypt and all his household.
So it is, God raised up Joseph, and through this king, put him in the place of unimaginable honor.
43 He had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, “Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt. 44 Moreover, Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharaoh, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”
Joseph can’t believe his ears. Wherever he would ride in his royal chariot with great pomp and ceremony, people would be commanded to show honor to him!
Pictures from ancient Egyptian tombs portray pharaohs receiving homage. People would place their face in the dust before them. That’s the way Joseph the former slave is now being treated as second-in-command in the land!
Friends, this is astounding. For God elevates Joseph to a position higher than any believer in history has every attained.
There’s more honor from God through the Egyptian king. Verse 45 tells us:
Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt.
We can’t be certain what that Egyptian name means. Some have suggested it means “the living one who nourishes the two lands. Others think it means, “the salvation of the world.”
Here’s what’s clear. It was an honor. And so too was being given a wife from a prestigious family background.
And yet we will see, Joseph adopts the Egyptian culture but not the pagan character.
Notice now how God used Joseph for
4. Egypt’s preservation 46-57 Verse 46: Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh, king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
If we know Joseph is now 30, simple subtraction tells us it’s been 13 years since he was sold into slavery at the age of 17 (Gen. 37:2).
Yet, tough as it was, God had used every day of that time, to prepare Joseph for such a time as this in Egypt!
Would you look now at the diligence Joseph shows:
Verse 47: During the seven years of plenty the land brought forth abundantly. 48 So he gathered all the food of these seven years which occurred in the land of Egypt and placed the food in the cities; he placed in every city the food from its own surrounding fields. 49 Thus Joseph stored up grain in great abundance like the sand of the sea, until he stopped measuring it, for it was beyond measure.
Amazing! God bountifully blessed and Joseph zealously labored!
With all his accomplishment, how do we know Joseph didn’t get a big head and forget God? We are further told:
50 Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him. 51 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, “For,” he said, “God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” 52 He named the second Ephraim, “For,” he said, “God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction.”
You see, Joseph didn’t forget God nor how God had brought him through those 13 painful years.
In fact, the Hebrew names he gives both of his sons show his heart of praise to God. For He knows the sovereign God has cared for him at every step.
In spite of suffering and in spite of success, Joseph had not grown distant from his God!
Friends, we must zoom out at this point in the story. For we must realize that what God did in Joseph’s life went way beyond Joseph.
Verse 53 explains: When the seven years of plenty which had been in the land of Egypt came to an end, 54 and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said, then there was famine in all the lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. 55 So when all the land of Egypt was
famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.” 56 When the famine was spread over all the face of the earth, then Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. 57 The people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in all the earth.
O this is far bigger than Joseph’s savvy and shrewdness. It’s showcases Joseph’s sovereign savior.
Yes, God moved Joseph from prison to palace to save Egypt and the nations beyond from starvation!
Here we see another breathtaking fulfillment of God’s great covenant to and through Abraham:
And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” Gen. 12:3
Yes, God sovereignly raised up Joseph, from humiliation to exaltation, to rescue the world of his day from death.
Let me give you some brief encouragements for applying your life to these truths.
1. Live with confidence in God’s sovereign ruler over all including over your life. And because of that, stop worrying and fretting.
Matthew 6:31–33 “Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 “For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
2. Be assured, God always wants what’s best for you and for His glory.
Romans 8:28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
3. Walk before God in humility and let him exalt you in His time.
I Peter 5:6–7 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you at the proper time, 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
4. Show diligence in present opportunities to actively trust in God’s sovereignty. How? By walking by obedient faith. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” II Cor. 5:7 Dwight L. Moody was a poorly educated shoe salesman. Early one morning he and some friends gathered in a hay field for a season of prayer and consecration. His friend Henry told him, “The world has yet to see what God can do with and for and through and in a man who is fully and wholly consecrated to Him.” And by fully yielding to God’s sovereign plan, Moody became that kind of man!
In 1831, a musical society in Milan was preparing to play Haydn’s “Creation.”
Yet all of a sudden the maestro in charge panicked, laid down his baton and walked away.
Mr. Massini, a singing teacher, who was to direct the choral part, said to the committee, “I know only one man here who can help us out of our plight.” “Who is he?” said Count Borromeo, the president. “His name is Verdi, Massini answered. “Well,” said the count, “send for him.”
Massini obeyed, and Verdi soon appeared. He was handed the music for the “The Creation,” and he undertook the performance.
What looked like sure disaster became a stunning masterpiece.
Beloved, our sovereign God loves to use us as His instruments to impact the lives of others and show forth His glory.
Will you yield Your life to Him in obedient faith?
Gracious God and Father…
From Prison to Palace
Genesis 41 HCBC 11/24/19
1. Pharaoh’s revelation 1-13
Isaiah 23:2-3; Ezekiel 29:3–4, 8-9
2. Joseph’s interpretation 14-36 Psalm 103:19
3. Joseph’s exaltation 37-45 Acts 7:9-10
4. Egypt’s preservation 46-57 Gen. 12:3
Being a blessed doer of God’s Word:
I Peter 5:6–7
II Cor. 5:7