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

Scripture

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.

Observation

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)

Application

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,

me

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