January 19, read through the Bible in a year.

Today there are three chapters.

January 19: John 18, Genesis 40, Genesis 41 (click on the chapter to begin reading)

John 18 deals with the last 24 hours, the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus arrest, Jesus before Annas, Peter’s first denial, Jesus before Caiaphas, Peter’s second and third denial, the cock crowing, Jesus before Pilate, sent to Herod, back to Pilate, Pilate offers to release Jesus or Barabbas, the people demands that Barabbas be released and Jesus Crucified.

Genesis 40 deals with dreams. Joseph’s two fellow cellmates in prison each have a dream, Joseph interprets the dreams that the cup-bearer will be released and restored to his former position, while the other, the baker will be hanged on a tree.

In Genesis 41 Pharaoh himself has a dream, and Joseph is taken out of prison to interpret the dream. It deals with seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. Joseph does it so well, that Pharaoh puts Joseph in charge of all affairs of Egypt. The seven years of plenty comes and fills the storehouses. Then comes the seven years of famine.

Genesis 41, Pharaoh’s dreams, Joseph’s interpretation and rise to power.

Here let me interject a story from my childhood. In Sweden at that time we had Christianity as a subject first thing in the morning every day in the lower grades. My younger brother was in first grade, the teacher always started with Genesis, and had come to this passage in the Bible. I was in middle school in town, and his elementary school was local. Anyhow, upon hearing the story he exclaimed “It is the same with my big brother, he eats and eats and is never getting any fatter” The story spread from our village to town, and I got yet another nickname.

It was an early dream of Climate change.

Climate Change is “best” solved by taxation of the abundance, but unlike today that abundance was not to be spent immediately, but be put in storage for the lean, dry years.

The famine is recorded in hieroglyphs, like in the tablet below.