Genesis 41-42 Bible Study

Chapter 41 begins two years after Joseph interpreted the cupbearer's dream and the cupbearer was restored to his position. Pharaoh had two dreams and was troubled that no one could tell him what the dreams meant. The first dream was about seven ugly, scrawny cows eating up seven fat cows (vv. 1-4). The second dream was about seven thin heads of grain swallowing up seven healthy heads of grain (vv. 5-7).

The cupbearer told Pharaoh that while he was in prison he'd also had a dream that he did not understand. A young Hebrew named Joseph had interpreted the dream for him. So Pharaoh sent for Joseph. After Joseph shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh. Joseph told Pharaoh that he could not interpret dreams but God would give the interpretation (41:16).

After Pharaoh told Joseph the dreams, Joseph told Pharaoh that the dreams were really one in the same. The seven fat cows and the seven good heads of grain represented seven prosperous years in the land. The seven ugly cows and the seven worthless heads represented seven years of famine in the land. Then Joseph told Pharaoh how to avoid the famine by storing up grain.

This interpretation of the dreams pleased Pharaoh so greatly that he placed Joseph in charge of the entire land of Egypt, the palace and everyone else. No one had more authority than Joseph except Pharaoh. Pharaoh even took his signet ring from his finger and placed it on Joseph's finger. When Joseph was put in charge of Egypt he was only thirty years old. Pharaoh also gave Joseph a wife.

In chapter 42 we are told that the famine spread to the country of Joseph's father, Jacob. Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain. When they arrived, they bowed down to Joseph (just as Joseph had said they did in his dream many years before). Joseph recognized his brothers, but they didn't recognize him. He asked them if they were spies. They replied, 'No, my lord.” They said they were all sons of one man who had sent them for grain.

Joseph told them that to prove they were not spies, one of the brothers must stay behind in prison, while the others brought back the youngest brother with them. So Joseph had Simeon bound in prison and sent the others on their way back to Canaan with grain for the hungry.

As the brothers traveled, one of them opened a bag of grain to feed the donkeys and found silver in the mouth of the sack. When the brothers arrived home they discovered a pouch of silver in each sack. They were frightened because the silver was the exact amount they had paid for the grain. Someone had put their silver back in their sacks.

Reuben wanted to take Benjamin and return to Egypt so that Simeon would be released and they could buy more grain. But Jacob refused, ''My son will not go down there with you; his brother is dead and he is the only one left'” (42:38).

Fill in the blanks on the worksheet and on the 'Go to the Word” sheet. May God bless you as you study His Word.

Genesis 41 to 42 Worksheet

Pharaoh had two ______ but did not know what the dreams meant.

The cupbearer told Pharaoh that a young Hebrew named Joseph could _________ dreams (41:12).

Joseph told Pharaoh that he could not _________ dreams but God would give the interpretation (41:16).

The first dream was about seven ugly, scrawny _____ eating up seven fat _____ (41:17-21).

The second dream was about seven thin heads of _____ eating up seven healthy heads of _____.

Joseph told Pharaoh that the seven fat cows and the seven good heads of grain represented seven __________ years in the land (41:25-26).

The seven ugly cows and the seven worthless heads represented seven years of ______ (41:27).

Then Joseph told Pharaoh how to avoid the famine by _______ up grain (41:34-36).

Pharaoh was so impressed that he placed Joseph in charge of the entire land of _____ (41:41).

Pharaoh even took his signet ____ from his finger and placed it on Joseph's finger (41:42).

When Joseph was put in charge of Egypt he was only ______ years old (41:46).

Because of the famine, Jacob sent ___ of his sons to Egypt to buy grain (42:3).

When they arrived, Joseph __________ his brothers, but they didn't _________ him (42:8).

Joseph accused his brothers of being _____ (42:9).

Joseph had ______ bound in prison and sent the other brothers to bring back the ________ brother with them (42:24).

When the brothers arrived home they discovered someone had put their ______ back in their sacks.

Reuben wanted to take ________ and return to Egypt but Jacob refused (42:38).

Memory Verse: 'A wise son heeds his father's instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke” (Proverbs 13:1).

Genesis 41 to 42
Go to the Word 

Match each Scripture reference below with the correct verse, and then fill in the missing words.

Genesis 42:35                           Genesis 41:27                           Genesis 42:30               Genesis 42:24

Genesis 42:20                           Genesis 41:50                           Genesis 41:22               Genesis 42:6

 

''The seven lean, ugly __ that came up afterward are seven years, and so are            Genesis ______

the seven worthless heads of grain scorched by the east wind.'”

 

''In my ______ I also saw seven heads of grain, full and good, growing on       a          Genesis ______

single stalk.'”
 

'Before the years of ______ came, two sons were born to Joseph by Asenath            Genesis ______

daughter of Potiphera, priest of On.”

 

'Now Joseph was the ________ of the land, the one who sold grain to all its            Genesis ______

people.”
 

''The man who is ____ over the land spoke harshly to us and treated us as                 Genesis ______

though we were spying on the land.'”

 

'As they were ________ their sacks, there in each man's sack was his pouch   Genesis ______

of silver!”
 

''But you must bring your ________ brother to me, so that your words may            Genesis ______

be verified and that you may not die.'”

 

'He turned away from them and began to ____, but then turned back and                      Genesis ______

spoke to them again. He had ______ taken from them and bound before

their eyes.”