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Surprising Scenes

Genesis 41:38-39

And Pharaoh said to his servants, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are.”

As armed guards lead Joseph down the palace hall and into Pharaoh’s chamber, imagine the stir this scene causes. I picture Joseph with ragged cloak and pale complexion, with worn-out sandals exposing sooty feet, and all the pampered palace-folk turning up their noses and sniggering to themselves, “this guy should be eating locusts and honey in a wilderness, not giving counsel to kings!” But then Joseph stands eye to eye with Pharaoh, unintimidated. Then he interprets the dream with clarity, never once stuttering. And all the murmuring turns to marveling. Even Pharaoh recognizes that this is God at work. Remarkably, he doesn’t throw God’s prophet out like other kings do. He heeds the message and honors the messenger.

Friend, it strikes me that if an Egyptian Pharaoh can have eyes to see and ears to hear the Word of God, there’s still hope for the leaders in our own society. So pray for them by name right now. God might open their eyes yet.