The inability of the wise men to interpret Pharaoh's dreams, emphasizes the truth later
recorded in 1 Corinthians 3:18-19: "Let no person deceive himself. If anyone among you
supposes that he is wise in this age [let him become a fool discard his worldly
discernment and recognize himself as dull, stupid, and foolish, without true learning and
scholarship] that he may become [really] wise.
For this world's wisdom is foolishness (absurdity and stupidity) with God, for it is written,
He lays hold of the wise in their [own] craftiness" (Amplified).
Egypt was a symbol of the world. During the time of Joseph, Egypt was the center of
learning and culture—it was a proud leader among ancient civilizations. But the people
were idol worshipers; they did not know Jehovah. But now Pharaoh was made to see
that all human resources and wisdom are powerless and worthless and that true wisdom
comes only from God.
How wonderful it would be if leaders in today's world would also come to that realization!
"The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him" (Ps. 25:14). If world leaders would
turn to the Scriptures and seek God's face, they would learn what is shortly going to
come to pass.
From the results of Joseph's time in prison, we see that patience had had her perfect
work. God's man was now ready. All things had been working together for Joseph's
good, although he had not always recognized it.
Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; I am the Lord thy God which
teacheth thee to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go (Isa.