Joseph answered Pharaoh, “It’s not me. God will give Pharaoh a favorable response.” (Genesis 41:16 CEB)
During this “Great Emergence” as Phyllis Tickle calls it, the church is going through enormous change and, it seems, no one really has the answer as to what the church will look like. However, we do have a few “interpreters” or prophets who are telling us some truth. We are being forced to become a much leaner structure. Our understanding of community, and therefore worship, is changing dramatically, especially with social media.
Joseph’s interpretations were not all good news, but they were true. They gave the dreamer time and space to prepare for what would happen next or, at the very least, to know that something was coming.
We do not know what is coming, but we know things are changing quickly. Are we ready to listen to the interpreters? Are we open to the possibility that God will carry us through whatever this is?
Now wait just a second now (as my Dad would say). I thought putting the grain away was wise and generous, until I read the end of chapter 41. So, Joseph took 20% of all the produce from everyone, and then SOLD it back to them?! During a famine? Great for the state, Terrible for the Egyptians!
Day 12: Genesis 39-41
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