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January 17 - Evening

" 'I cannot do it,' Joseph replied to Pharaoh, 'but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.' "

- Genesis 41:16

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"I Cannot Do It, but God Will


Joseph has already correctly, and apparently effortlessly, interpreted dreams with success.  And, since Joseph’s life is being guided by a set of dreams, he must have had experience interpreting dreams before he came into Egypt. In prison Joseph was confident enough to interpret the dreams of two members of Pharaoh’s staff- the baker and the cupbearer. Now, he stands before Pharaoh with a chance to showcase his ability, to seek promotion, and to receive riches and honor.

But, instead of using his gift as a tool for self-promotion and worldly gain, Joseph makes his opening statement to Pharaoh by saying, “I cannot do it…” Joseph then directs Pharaoh to the source of all answers including the interpretation of dreams by saying, “…but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.”

Pharaoh’s salvation is in God, not Joseph. There will be no advantage for Joseph to oversell himself and end up back in prison like the baker because he was caught trying to deceive or impress Pharaoh. Joseph wants Pharaoh to know what Joseph can and can’t do, but more importantly, Joseph wants to give God the glory his majesty deserves.

Notice Joseph is not reading dreams through a fabricated system of symbols or pre-established meaning for images seen in dreams. He does not refer to his self-published reference book called, “Joseph’s Guide to Dream Interpretation.” Joseph is counting on God revealing the meaning of the dream. Joseph is not trusting his ability or counting on a system of interpretation based on symbolism frequently seen in night visions. Joseph has faith in God and is counting on the Lord revealing the Truth.

  Christian Quote from Church History
"To wrestle continuously with ‘unanswerable questions’ about the economy of God
is to falsely assume that
God intended for us to
know all things or is
obligated to tell us.”

– Charles F. Stanley
Something to Ponder??

In the 1100-1200's church buildings had alms chests
with a slot in the lid.

In the 1300's alms dishes appeared.

In the 1600's, after the Reformation, alms basins started to be passed around by the deacons for the first time.

The position and responsiblity of the ushers originated with Queen Elizabeth I's
re-organizign of the church service for the Church of England. Ushers were responsible for making sure certain people sat where they were supposed to, recording names of people who took communion, and
collecting the offering.

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Euphemos (Gr) - Good Report (Eng) - euphemos is a Greek word that only appears once in the Greek New Testament. Euphemos is used by Paul in Philippians 4:8 where he writes:

"Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,
whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable (euphemos) —
if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things."

Euphemos is a compound word made of eu, "good," "well," and pheme, "rumor," "fame." Eu and pheme together then mean "good-rumor" or "good-fame." Euphemos is translated in the NIV as "admirable" and in the NAS as "good repute."


Most ancient civilizations have a Flood story in their traditions that is very similar, or at least has elements similar to, Noah's account in Genesis
6-9. See over two-hundred-thirty footnoted accounts of an ancient worldwide flood here.

Here is a quote not from Genesis but from an Assyrian tablet (XI) discovered in Assurbanipal's library in 1860 in Nineveh from around 600 BC (See artifact in British Museum HERE):

“The seventh day
when it came,
I brought out a dove,
I let it loose:
Off went the dove but
then it returned,
There was no place to land,
so back it came to me…
I brought out a raven,
I let it loose
Off went the raven,
it saw the waters receding
Finding food, bowing
and bobbing,
it did not come
back to me”

(Source:  I. Wilson’s
 "Before the Flood" seen here.) (More information Here.)

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
Do I give God room to be God?
Do I try to be God in my life? in the life of others? in my world?
I will do what I can do and I will be the person God wants me to be, but
I will not try to do what only God can do and I will not claim to have the ability to do what God does.
  "A wise servant will rule over
a disgraceful son, and will share the inheritance as
one of the brothers."
- Proverbs 17:2
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
(morning only) Job 10 Genesis 18
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns
Fruitfulness in your personal ministry Unity Cultural Values Unreached in Africa: Interior and coastal people of West Africa
Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Robinson's Arch, Jerusalem


Nehemiah's Wall in Jerusalem 445 BC

A octagonal baptismal from the 500's AD for the church that Justinian built. This orignally sat over a cistern closer to the altar, but the crusaders remodeled this church around 1000 AD which included moving this baptismal and painting fresco images on Constantine pillars from 326 AD (two pillars are seen here) (click on image for larger size) A map detailing the rebellion of the five kings and the attack of the four kings from the East. (click on image for larger size)
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