Pharaoh has a second dream in which seven blighted ears of grain eat seven lush ears. Pharaoh, troubled by the dreams, seeks interpretation from Egypt's top magicians and wise men, but no one can assist him. The chief cupbearer, on the other hand, recalls Joseph and informs Pharaoh about him. Pharaoh invokes Joseph further and asks him to interpret his dreams. Joseph explains that the seven healthy grains are seven years of plenty followed by two months of famine. During this period, all the world will be plagued with natural disasters.
Pharaoh decides to hold a grand banquet for his officials. While eating, they will tell him their respective provinces; after which he will appoint governors to them. When the last guest has been served, Joseph comes in dressed in his royal robes. With his top hat under his arm, he tells Pharaoh that it is time to release the prisoners. As soon as the guards open the doors, Joseph orders them not to move from where they are standing. Then he walks out of the palace leaving Pharaoh stunned.
Joseph then announces many good news to Pharaoh: there will be seven years of plenteous harvest followed by two months of famine. He also predicts that at the end of the seven years, Pharaoh will devalue the currency. This will cause widespread poverty and starvation throughout the country until a new currency is issued by the government. Joseph concludes his speech by saying that when these things happen, Pharaoh should bring his people to the valley of Megiddo for safety.
Exodus Chapter 3 finishes with God telling Moses that he would punish Egypt, forcing Pharaoh to let them all leave. He further said that Egyptian ladies would lavish the Israelites with costly presents such as precious gold and excellent apparel.
This chapter shows how God used a powerful messenger, Moses, to communicate his messages to ancient Egyptians and also to Israel. Although they had many differences with God, both groups were willing to listen to him.
Egypt was one of the most powerful nations in the world at the time. They controlled large parts of Africa and Asia as well as portions of Europe. Their army was so strong that no nation could stand against them. But even though they were a pagan country, they were still human beings who made mistakes like everyone else. They suffered defeat at the hands of another nation and also saw their leaders fail when trying to lead them successfully.
God's message to Egypt was very similar to what he has always done since creating mankind. He tried to get people to listen by communicating with them through signs and wonders, using animals or objects. When they did listen, he delivered them from slavery into freedom. No matter what nation or person you look at, this is something that can be applied to all of us today. We need to open our eyes and ears to what God is saying to us through others.
Synopsis of 1 Kings Chapter 19 The man of God ate and should have been restored to his senses. The angel urged him to wake up and eat the second time. He did, and the food lasted him forty (40) days and forty (40) nights, after which he proceeded to Horeb, God's mountain.
The writer tells us that Elijah was a mighty prophet who lived in the kingdom of Israel. During his time, there were many prophets who came forward but only he had the power and courage to confront Ahab, king of Israel, and tell him that his life was going to end soon. This made King Ahab very angry with Elijah and he wanted to kill him. However, someone prevented him from doing so.
Elijah was carried away by a whirlwind into the land of Moriah where an old man named Elisha was living. Here, he met two other men who were also carried off by the same wind into the same hill. When they reached the top, they saw that Elijah had already started a fire and was sitting beside it waiting for them. The three men asked him what he was doing there when they could have killed him as anyone else would have done. Elijah answered their question by telling them that God had given him strength to live longer than any man on earth except Moses. He said that he was responsible for bringing both the Israelites and the Egyptians back to God.