Joseph (Genesis 41)

Joseph released from prison:

14 Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh.

15 And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.”

16 So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream:

28 This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do.

29 Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt;

30 but after them seven years of famine will arise, and all the plenty will be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine will deplete the land.

31 So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe.

32 And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Joseph lays out his political strategy:

33 “Now therefore, let Pharaoh select a man of understanding and wisdom, and set him over the land of Egypt.

34 Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, to collect one-fifth of the produce of the land of Egypt in the seven plentiful years.

35 And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities.

36 Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.”

The Joshua Projectthought on this:

And with this, we have the first politician! Joseph doesn’t enter into politics reluctantly; he enters it judiciously and willfully.

And he understands that the key to managing worldly affairs is adhering to Wisdom and Understanding, the two very words the Torah uses to describes itself.

Put simply, this teaches us that politics isn’t the negation of the Bible’s heavenly teachings, but rather their extension here on earth.

The Joshua Projectthought on this:

And with this, we have the first politician! Joseph doesn’t enter into politics reluctantly; he enters it judiciously and willfully.

And he understands that the key to managing worldly affairs is adhering to Wisdom and Understanding, the two very words the Torah uses to describes itself.

Put simply, this teaches us that politics isn’t the negation of the Bible’s heavenly teachings, but rather their extension here on earth.