Moses goes to Pharaoh and requests him to “let his people go.” Pharaoh asks the rhetorical question, “Who is the Lord?,” and Moses answers with a series of plagues, including an east wind that brings in locusts that cover the land. After ten such plagues, Moses is ultimately triumphant over Pharaoh who lets Israel go.
Jacob, renamed Israel, has 12 sons. It is his last son, Joseph, who will carry on God’s covenant, so he is favored. Joseph has a dream about sheaves of grain, where his brother’s sheaves all bow to his. He shares the dream with his brothers in hopes they will see the favoritism is God’s will. They don’t buy it.
Like people in all ages, the Israelites rebelled. They were getting sick and dying from snake bites, so Moses got up on a cliff with his long hair waving in the wind. He held up his staff, wrapped with a snake, and said that all the people needed to do to be healed was look back toward God (represented by the staff), and they would live.
Noah releases the dove one last time, and she doesn’t return. He takes this as a sign that it is time to leave the ark, that the road is requesting his presence OR Request the Presence of Noah’s Dove: During the flood of misery during the Depression, people often requested the presence of Noah’s dove of peace.
There is lots of wisdom literature in the Bible. The king famous for his wisdom was Solomon. Once two women came to him arguing over a baby that they both claimed was theirs. He suggested they cut the baby in half with a sword and each take half. Of course, he knew this was the best way to judge between the women, because the real mother would never allow her baby to be killed.
While Moses is on Mount Horeb (where he saw the burning bush), he is told by God he will be the one to free his people. Moses asks some rhetorical questions like, “Who am I to do this thing?” Rather than answer, God gives him a rod that can be changed into a snake. In this way, he can demonstrate his power and authority from God.
when you put the sun under a ceiling (like a greenhouse) you produce even more sheaves
"The story goes on with many twists and turns, but ultimately, Joseph ends up in a position of privilege in Egypt (a sunny place) where he can provide grain to his family during a famine. The dream is fulfilled, and the covenant is perpetuated." (Bible Series)