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Author: Kent Berghuis
"Who's In Control?" or, "You Can't Keep God's Man Down" (Genesis 41) Intro: Have you ever been reminded that you are not in control of everything? Two kinds of control: --(Negative) __________________ (using others for your benefit) --(Positive) __________________ (letting God use you) I. Even King's Lose Control (1-7). A. Pharaoh's dream (1-6). 1. How old is Joseph when: a. Sold into slavery? (37:2) b. Meets cupbearer in prison? (41:1) c. Moves from prison to serving Pharaoh? (41:46) 2. What does Pharaoh dream? a. 7 _________________ eaten by 7 _______________. b. 7 _________________ eaten by 7 _______________. B. Pharaoh's frustration (7). --The point: Pharaoh and his court do not have control over the situation. II. God's Servant Knows Who Is in Control (9-36). A. The cupbearer's selective memory (9-13). Why did the cupbearer wait until now to tell about Joseph? B. The Pharaoh's dream repeated (14-24). 1. Joseph is an unlikely character in Pharaoh's court. Why? 2. What does Pharaoh add from the first telling of his dream? C. Joseph's interpretation from God (25-36). 1. Both dreams mean 7 ____________ followed by 7 _______________ . 2. Joseph's advice (33-36): III. God Raises Up His Servant (37-57). A. The rewards of God's servant (37-45). 1. (v. 40-44): 2. (v. 45): B. The faithfulness of God's servant (46-57). 1. Faithful to Pharaoh. 2. Faithful to God. What evidence do we see of this? Conclusion: Who is in control of your life?