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Pharaoh has two similar dreams which Joseph interprets. The fact that there were two dreams, both giving the same message allowed Joseph to discern that the message was from God and that the events would occur with absolute certainty. Pharaoh responded not only by taking action to prevent disaster in Egypt but importantly he recognised that Joseph was a man filled with the spirit of God.

Joseph’s faithfulness was rewarded and at the age of 30 he was put in charge of the whole of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself. When famine came, no-one perished from starvation and indeed others came from afar to purchase grain for themselves. The age is significant too as this is when a Jewish son would take over his father’s business.

Jesus preaches another parable about a farmer who sows good seed, but in the night an enemy plants weeds among the crop. Rather than pull up the weeds then and there, they are left to grow until the wheat has matured. At the harvest, the two are sorted and the weeds are burned.

This is a picture of the final judgement where, like Joseph, the righteous will shine like the sun while evildoers perish in the fires of hell.

In life we have choices and discernment is necessary. Jesus has won eternal life for us through his suffering, death and resurrection. It is our choice whether to accept this gift. It is our choice whether to proclaim the Good News or to live selfishly. When making decisions, pray and listen carefully, for God will speak to an expectant heart and show us the way to eternal life.

Scripture: Genesis 41:17-42:17; Matthew 13:46-24-46; Psalm 18:1-15; Proverbs 4:1-6