(February 17, 2014)
I feel like my scripture study lately has been almost nothing but additional evidences of the truth of the Restoration. Through the writings of Hugh Nibley and others, and done in the light of the Restoration, we see just how important Abraham meeting the Pharaoh was – one of the most important events in the history of the world. The Pharaoh claimed the priesthood and the rulership of the Earth, but that priesthood was properly held by Abraham. Over time, Pharaoh came to recognize that and Abraham was called upon to heal Pharaoh and taught him astronomy. He did all of this through the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream.
In this chapter, we have three dreams presented to Joseph who is able to interpret them all. But the reason why he is able to interpret them is what is an additional evidence. It is not in him (though the Butler noticeably points out that Joseph is a Hebrew). Instead, it is in God (Jehovah) to give Pharaoh the answer of peace. Pharaoh (presumably a son or grandson of the Pharaoh that met Abraham) has learned who is in charge and who holds the priesthood. He defers to Joseph as his ancestor deferred to Abraham. Additionally, it is another way that Joseph establishes that the lineage passes through him, as he imitated or walked the same path that Abraham walked long before.