“Seven Good Cows, Oh Yes”

November 3, 2012
Pastor Roger Ball
It was total devastation by a record monster hurricane leaving massive flooding on the East Coast of America. A monster storm of biblical proportions. Many people lost almost everything. Some people lost everything. You must prepare for the crazy bad twists and turns of life. Plan now because the day will come when it will be your turn to experience devastation.
Preservation: How do you prepare for it?
Genesis 41:14 – Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh. (15) Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, but no one can interpret it; and I have heard it said about you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.” (16) Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.” (17) So Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, “In my dream, behold, I was standing on the bank of the Nile; (18) and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass. (19) Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such as I had never seen for ugliness in all the landof Egypt; (20) and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows. (21) Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had devoured them, for they were just as ugly as before. Then I awoke. (22) I saw also in my dream, and behold, seven ears, full and good, came up on a single stalk; (23) and lo, seven ears, withered, thin, and scorched by the east wind, sprouted up after them; (24) and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.” (25) Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do. (26) The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same. (27) The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind will be seven years of famine. (28) It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do. (29) Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt; (30) and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land. (31) So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe. (32) Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about. (33) Now let Pharaoh look for a man discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. (34) Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance. (35) Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it. (36) Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine.”
How do you prepare for preservation?
1. Never forget: Big ____ comes from ____.
Genesis 41:16 - Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
2. Wise people give the __
__ to ______.
Genesis 41:16 - Joseph then answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favorable answer.”
3. __
______: Recognize it and be thankful for it.
Genesis 41:18 - and behold, seven cows, fat and sleek came up out of the Nile, and they grazed in the marsh grass.
4. __
______: Expect it. Don’t be a fool.
Genesis 41:19 - Lo, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such as I had never seen for ugliness in all the land of Egypt; (20) and the lean and ugly cows ate up the first seven fat cows.
5. Devastation is ____, _______ and comprehensive.
Genesis 41:21 - Yet when they had devoured them, it could not be detected that they had devoured them, for they were just as ugly as before. Then I awoke.
6. Big answers will not come from __
______.
Genesis 41:24 - and the thin ears swallowed the seven good ears. Then I told it to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.”
7. Answers come from God.
Genesis 41:25 - Now Joseph said to Pharaoh, “Pharaoh’s dreams are one and the same; God has told to Pharaoh what He is about to do. (26) The seven good cows are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years; the dreams are one and the same. (27) The seven lean and ugly cows that came up after them are seven years, and the seven thin ears scorched by the east wind will be seven years of famine. (28) It is as I have spoken to Pharaoh: God has shown to Pharaoh what He is about to do.

8. Life includes __
_____ and ______.
Genesis 41:29 - Behold, seven years of great abundance are coming in all the land of Egypt; (30) and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land.
9. Because of crazy bad people forget __
____.
Genesis 41:30 - and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land. (31) So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe.
10. Because of __
____ people forget ____.
Genesis 41:30 - and after them seven years of famine will come, and all the abundance will be forgotten in the land of Egypt, and the famine will ravage the land. (31) So the abundance will be unknown in the land because of that subsequent famine; for it will be very severe.
11. Decisions of __
____ are irrevocable.
Genesis 41:32 - Now as for the repeating of the dream to Pharaoh twice, it means that the matter is determined by God, and God will quickly bring it about.
12. Follow leaders who are honest, discerning and wise
Genesis 41:33 - Now let Pharaoh look for a man discerning and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt.
13. Prepare for __
_____ now … save _____ now
Genesis 41:34 - Let Pharaoh take action to appoint overseers in charge of the land, and let him exact a fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven years of abundance.
14. Wise governments grow big _____ not massive ______.
Genesis 41:35 – Then let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and store up the grain for food in the cities under Pharaoh’s authority, and let them guard it. (36) Let the food become as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which will occur in the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish during the famine.”

Pastor Roger Ball

Roger is our Senior Pastor. He began attending FBC in August 1983 as an associate pastor and became Senior Pastor in November 1990. In addition to his pastoral duties at FBC, Roger also teaches in the various Masters’ and Doctoral classes at Phoenix Seminary and has served as Director of Mentoring at Phoenix Seminary. Local, national and international ministry for Roger has included school boards, compassion ministries, para-church work, conference speaking and Bible teaching. In the last couple of decades many men and women were launched into full-time ministry by FBC-Tempe through various training programs called Pastor-in-Training, Leader-in-Training and Missionary-in-Training. Any willing person can serve God. See our Mentoring Leaders web page. Roger and his wife, Dianna, have two daughters, Sharon and Sharmon. Roger is an Arizona native and enjoys carpentry, fishing and dreaming.

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