Today's scripture: Genesis 41:1-8 (NIV*)
When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream: He was standing by the Nile, when out of the river there came up seven cows, sleek and fat, and they grazed among the reeds. After them, seven other cows, ugly and gaunt, came up out of the Nile and stood beside those on the riverbank. And the cows that were ugly and gaunt ate up the seven sleek, fat cows. Then Pharaoh woke up.
He fell asleep again and had a second dream: Seven heads of grain, healthy and good, were growing on a single stalk. After them, seven other heads of grain sprouted—thin and scorched by the east wind. The thin heads of grain swallowed up the seven healthy, full heads. Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream.
In the morning his mind was troubled, so he sent for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. Pharaoh told them his dreams, but no one could interpret them for him.
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT...
- Why might this dream have been sent by God to Pharaoh?
- What are the similarities between the two dreams?
- Why do you think none of the "wise men" of Pharaoh's court were able to interpret the dreams?
- How might you have interpreted the dreams?
- If you were in Pharaoh's shoes, how might you have felt when his counselors were unable to help him?
- Have you ever experienced a troubling dream that stayed with you after you awoke?
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