May 12, 2008

Pharaoh's Crazy Dreams

Our story this week centered around Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and his crazy dreams.

To tell the story, we had one of our kids lie down on a cot with a pillow and blanket to represent Pharaoh. Then we used an overhead projector to shine a 'dream bubble' over 'Pharaoh's' head. Then we placed a bunch of different shadow shapes inside the dream bubble.

One night, Pharaoh had not one, but two crazy dreams! In the first, seven fat cows appeared by the Nile river, followed by seven skinny cows. The skinny cows then walked on over to the fat cows and ate them!

In the second dream, seven fat heads of grain were eaten by seven skinny heads of grain.

Needless to say, after having such strange dreams, Pharaoh was concerned. He asked the smartest people in Egypt what these dreams could possibly mean, but no one could tell him.

Finally, Pharaoh's cupbearer remembered Joseph from the time they had spent together in prison. Joseph had interpreted his dream correctly for him back then. So, the cupbearer told Pharaoh about Joseph, and Pharaoh sent for Joseph immediately.

After hearing Pharaoh's dreams, God helped Joseph understand what they meant. He told Pharaoh that Egypt would experience seven really good years, followed by seven years of severe famine. Joseph told Pharaoh that, during those seven good years, he needed to find someone smart to make sure they saved enough food to last during the seven bad years.

Pharaoh thought Joseph looked smart enough for the job, so he put him in charge of Egypt's food supply. Not only that, he put him second-in-command over all of Egypt. Only Pharaoh would have more power than Joseph.

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