Seven Years of Plenty and Famine

1Then it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh had a dream; and behold, he stood by the river. 2Suddenly there came up out of the river seven cows, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 3Then behold, seven other cows came up after them out of the river, ugly and gaunt, and stood by the other cows on the bank of the river. 4And the ugly and gaunt cows ate up the seven fine looking and fat cows. So Pharaoh awoke. 5He slept and dreamed a second time; and suddenly seven heads of grain came up on one stalk, plump and good. 6Then behold, seven thin heads, blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. 7And the seven thin heads devoured the seven plump and full heads. So Pharaoh awoke, and indeed, it was a dream. 8Now it came to pass in the morning that his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt and all its wise men. And Pharaoh told them his dreams, but there was no one who could interpret them for Pharaoh.

25Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do: 26The seven good cows are seven years, and the seven good heads are seven years; the dreams are one. 27And the seven thin and ugly cows which came up after them are seven years, and the seven empty heads blighted by the east wind are seven years of famine. 28This is the thing which I have spoken to Pharaoh. God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do. 29Indeed seven years of great plenty will come throughout all the land of Egypt; 30but 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. 31So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe. 32And the dream was repeated to Pharaoh twice because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass.

Jared Bartholomew is the author of www.tithing.com. There are over 300 articles written on research and reviews about tithing information.

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7 comments on “Seven Years of Plenty and Famine
  1. 1. BEFORE the Law, tithing was voluntary. Abraham was the first mentioned in the Bible to tithe. He did it voluntarily and in recognition of King Melchizedek’s greatness.
    2. DURING the Law, tithing was compulsory. This is under the Mosaic Law where tithing is mandatory. No one should escape from tithing his first fruits to God.
    3. AFTER the Law, tithing was willingly. In the New Testament and covenant, we are under grace. It is not compulsory. It is not voluntarily. It should comes from a heart of gratitude so it comes from willingness. Tithing in the new covenant is just a starting point. It is also brought to a greater height and higher standard by Jesus. God doesn’t need our money. He just wants to sanctify our money obtained from this world through our tithing.

    Keep it up,….
    God bless!
    David

  2. Ketrich says:

    David,
    Try to keep the law perfectly. If you keep one part, you must keep them all…. oh, yeah, you just placed Christ’s death in vain, at least for you.
    Grace vs Law… I’ll take the grace and live by Spirit-led giving. Good luck trying to justify the flesh.
    Ketrich

  3. freewillgiver says:

    The Church will do fine dispite many churches closing. Mabey true congregations will discover minitries from home. Congregations are enabling over-exspencive ministies. They should not exist in their present form with tithing.

    Partially due to the housing crisis the burst of the bubble, some friends probably coming to live with me. I don’t know if they will stay a week 6 months or a year but my home is their refuge. I pray that the woman and her kids will not have to live with me because I want their husband to get his finacial act together. He will not stay with me because he should not be enabled. I love this guy although he needs to discover Jesus and money management.

    Now my offerings are really about to increace. It’s a good thing that I am not tithing or else I might not have enough resorces to share with my friends. Freewill giving can be quite costly however Jesus will pay me back in heaven.

    Give creativly and pray that my friends work it out without needing to stay with me. However whatever ministry God gives to me I will accept

  4. Freewillgiver,
    Your words are so true. Many have a hard time understanding how closely knit the communion was in the very early church. If we all were sensitive to the needs of individuals around us as you have been with these people, then the Church would be so much better off. The sad thing is when i say the church would be better off, people usually equate “better off” with having more programs available or even a new coffee shop.

    -Jared

  5. freewillgiver says:

    I have a good friend who converted from Penticostal to eastern Orthodox Christian. In his orthodox church they do have a feast for the poor and the homeless including wine like the scripture in Deuteronomy 12:26. When I mentioned the tithe doctrines to him currently preached by most evangelicals he said that requireing all people to give 10% makes the often give too much and the rich give too little.

    You are setting people free from leagalism and your hard work is encuraging me and weekly I share with others your reasearch in various ways.

    Soon thousands will become freewill givers

  6. freewillgiver says:

    My spelling can be very bad at 1am in the morning I meant to say that the poor often give too much while the rich often give too little when all are required by bad doctrines to give 10% of thier money.

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