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Key Verse

  • Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household, and ruler over all the land of Egypt. Genesis 48:8 NASB


1. Declared his dreams

  • Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more… Then Joseph had another dream and told it to his brothers. “Look,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” Genesis 37:5&9 BSB
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  • Then the Lord answered me and said: “Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. Habakkuk 2:2-3 NKJV

Examples of Prophesy not being revealed to others

  • “Tell me,” Saul’s uncle asked, “what did Samuel say to you?” And Saul replied, “He assured us that the donkeys had been found.” But Saul did not tell his uncle what Samuel had said about the kingship. 1 Samuel 10:15-16 BSB

2. Successful in spite of circumstances

  • And the LORD was with Joseph, and he became a successful man, serving in the household of his Egyptian master. When his master saw that the LORD was with him and made him prosper in all he did, Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household and entrusted him with everything he owned. From the time that he put Joseph in charge of his household and all he owned, the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s household on account of him. The LORD’s blessing was on everything he owned, both in his house and in his field. So Potiphar left all that he owned in Joseph’s care; he did not concern himself with anything except the food he ate. Genesis 39:2-6 BSB
  • While Joseph was there in the prison, the LORD was with him and extended kindness to him, granting him favor in the eyes of the prison warden. And the warden put all the prisoners under Joseph’s care, so that he was responsible for all that was done in the prison. The warden did not concern himself with anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. Genesis 39:20-23 BSB

3. Conscious of GOD

4. Kept away from sin

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5. The one who had dreams was able to interpret others dreams

  • Had dreams: Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more… Then Joseph had another dream and told it to his brothers. Genesis 37:5&9 BSB
  • Interpreted other’s dreams: “We both had dreams,” they replied, “but there is no one to interpret them.” Then Joseph said to them, “Don’t interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.” 
  • Joseph replied, “This is the interpretation: 
  • Joseph replied, “This is the interpretation: Genesis 40:8-18 BSB

6. Underwent time of preparation

  • Until the time that his word [of prophecy regarding his brothers] came true, The word of the LORD tested and refined him. Psalm 105:19 AMP

7. Made sure GOD got the glory

  • Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It is not in me [to interpret the dream]; God [not I] will give Pharaoh a favorable answer [through me].” Genesis 41:16 AMP

8. Exalted by GOD

  • Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.”  Genesis 41:38-40 ESV
  • “Joseph is still alive,” they said, “and he is ruler over all the land of Egypt!” Genesis 45:26 BSB

8. Lived to see great grand children

  • Now Joseph and his father’s household remained in Egypt, and Joseph lived to the age of 110. He saw Ephraim’s sons to the third generation, and indeed the sons of Machir son of Manasseh were brought up on Joseph’s knees. Genesis 50:22-23 BSB
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