SOAP for January 15, 2015 Genesis 40: 8; Genesis 41:16, 25, 32 Joseph Interprets Dreams

SOAP for January 15, 2015 Genesis 40: 8; Genesis 41:16, 25, 32


8“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

Genesis 41:16

16“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”

25Joseph responded, “Both of Pharaoh’s dreams mean the same thing. God is telling Pharaoh in advance what he is about to do.

 32 As for having two similar dreams, it means that these events have been decreed by God, and he will soon make them happen.


What is the difference between what is of God and what is of the enemy?  The source.

Joseph knows that the supernatural knowledge he has comes from God and is not from himself. Joseph has experienced God’s grace and activity in his life in the middle of challenges and seeming adversity in his life. He observes, knows, and understands the workings of the LORD.

As Joseph interprets dreams he makes it clear that the knowledge is

  • from God (40:8)
  • beyond Joseph’s ability to do in and of himself (41:16)
  • that the purpose of the dreams is God telling Pharaoh what is about to happen so that God’s long term plans will come to fruition. (42:25b)
  • The dreams are of events decreed by God which will come to pass. (42:32)


I want to observe carefully what is of God and what is not. We need to carefully avoid occult activities while recognizing God at work. If it is of God, it will glorify God and be only for good. If it is from the enemy it will be self-elevating and have less than long term good as defined by God, not us, effects.

Dear Father,

I do not want anything in my life that glorifies the enemy. I do not want to call Your actions evil or the enemy’s activities good. Give us discernment so that we will readily be able to identify the difference between what is of You and what is of the enemy. You are always good, and know the end from the beginning. Give us genuine wisdom and discernment.

I love You,



Friday, May 10, 2013—Wrap Up the Week Day, Preparing for Grocery Shopping and Bible Translations


Each Friday:

  • Clean out your purse, backpack, briefcase or whatever you carry with you
  • Clean out your car—get rid of any trash, put away anything better stored elsewhere, shake out the mats, run the car through the car wash or rinse the car off with a hose.
    • Your car is not a storage unit on wheels. In a sudden stop, anything in your car can go airborne and injure you or other passengers including the littlest of passengers—babies secured in car seats. Do not leave stuff unsecured in any part of your car.
    • Cars are major investments and you will get a better return when you sell or trade in your car if it has been cared for. When was the last time the oil was changed?
    • Vacuum the traffic areas in your home.  This is not a thorough vacuuming but traffic areas only. Exception—your area of focus (zone) gets an under, around, over, and behind vacuuming.

Your Area of Focus (Zone—The Kitchen) Continue to work around the room dealing with each area as you come to it. Years ago I was told by a highly organized friend, Jean Watson, that organized people did not have to clean out closets because they straighten them every time they find anything out of place. I am not as highly organized but I do try to quickly put things back into place when I find them out of order.

HINT—When preparing to shop for groceries:

  • Check your food storage areas. Put anything out of place back where it belongs.
  • Note what you are in short supply of and add those items to your list.
  • Please note—for some unknown reason, loved ones tend to put empty boxes away and leave full boxes on the counter. I do not know why this is true but I see it regularly. Shake boxes that may be empty—the open containers of family favorite foods.
  • With your storage areas in order it is easier to put groceries away and you are less likely to discover you are out of some crucial item after you return home from shopping
  • Keep a magnetic pad on your fridge and list items you are about to run out of. Do not wait until the last smidgen is gone.
  • Your refrigerator is a cold storage cabinet. Regularly put it back into order. Check its contents before shopping, also.

A couple more words about your refrigerator:

  • Dairy products and eggs are better stored on the shelves inside the fridge instead of the door because of the constant temperature changes as the door is opened and closed. They will remain fresh longer.
  • Keep a basket with masking tape and a sharpie on top of your fridge. Label your containers with the date and contents. Use or toss before they become science experiments.
  • I made a label for the storage drawer where I keep lunch meats and cheeses requesting that whoever opens the package put the date on the container. Sometimes it works.

From this morning’s Quiet Time:

Psalm 59: 16-17

But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength;
            Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning,
            For You have been my stronghold
            And a refuge in the day of my distress.

O my strength, I will sing praises to You;
            For God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness.

And from the Genesis of the New Testament, John 1:1-5; 14:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2He was in the beginning with God. 3All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

      14And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.

That was from the New American Standard Bible (NASB or NAS)

When studying the Bible use a translation rather than a paraphrase. Translators use one of two methods or a degree of each in translating the Scripture: formal equivalence and dynamic (functional) equivalence. Formal equivalence tries to give a word for word translation of the original language. Dynamic equivalence tries to give a thought for thought translation in an effort to have the original “dynamic impact” on the reader as it did to the original readers and hearers.












Definitions of words are in the text

Contemporary English Version


American Bible Society


Thought for Thought


English Standard Version


Crossway Publishers


Word for Word


God’s Word Translation


World Publishing


Thought for Thought


Holman Christian Standard Bible


Holman Bible Publishers


Optimal Equivalence*

This is the version used at CHBC

King James Version


Public Domain


Word for Word


Living Bible


Tyndale House




The Message






New American Bible


Catholic Press


Thought for Thought


New American Standard


Foundation Press


Word for Word


New Century Version


Word Bibles


Free Translation


New International Version


International Bible Society

1978,1984, 2011

Thought for Thought

I prefer 1984 version

New Jerusalem Bible




Thought for Thought


New King James Version




Word for Word


New Living Translation


Tyndale House


Thought for thought


New Revised Standard Version




Word for Word


New Testament in Modern English by J.B. Phillips






Commonly referred to as the Phillips

Today’s English Version


American Bible Society


Thought for thought

Also called Good News Translation


* According to the translators, the primary goal of an optimal equivalence translation is “to convey a sense of the original text with as much clarity as possible”. To that end, the ancient source texts were exhaustively scrutinized at every level (word, phrase, clause, sentence, discourse) to determine its original meaning and intention. Afterwards, using the best language tools available, the semantic and linguistic equivalents were translated into readable a text as possible. (Holman Christian Standard Bible theory of translation)



Just A Little Grammar—

There—a location—over there

Their—a possessive—their home

They’re—a contraction of the words They are