In the Beginning
If you missed Tuesday nights study, here are the highlights from Genesis chapter 40. At the end of chapter 39 of Genesis it was clear that God was with Joseph. (Gen. 39:21;23) Joseph knew that God was with him.
After these things…about 2 years after being put into prison these things happened. Pharaoh’s cup bearer and baker offended Pharaoh. The word offended is the same word used for sin.
We are not told why they were thrown into prison and can only speculate that it had something to do with their profession. But it is clear that their sin was not the reason. The reason was that God wanted them there to meet Joseph.
Joseph was the big cheese in the prison yet he came and served them even though Joseph had authority. The word served meant he ministered to, contributed to (their well being and their needs).
Joseph’s heart – he was concerned about these men. Men that are angry and bitten don’t usually care about the problems of others. Joseph could have said, Hey, what about me? Look at all MY problems. But he didn’t. He genuinely cared about their problems.
He was not a fortune teller. He didn’t break out the tarot cards. He wanted to speak to their hearts and gave the credit for any interpretation to God.
Do not interpretations belong to God? – Genesis 40:8
Many people believed that dreams were divine communication from God. Sometimes it is. God spoke in a dream to…
Abemilech Gen. 20
Laban Gen. 28
Jacob Gen. 31
The Midianite Judges 7
Solomon10 Kings 3
Nebuchadezzer Daniel 2
Daniel Daniel 7
Joseph Matt 7
Pilate’s wife Matt. 23
God spoke to unbelievers in dreams as well…about twice as much.
*Note – Every dream is not divine revelation from God. The bible warns that false prophets can use dreams to make their message SEEM believable and to be from God.
If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, ‘Let us go after other gods’—which you have not known—‘and let us serve them,’ 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for the Lord your God is testing you to know whether you love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him. 5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the Lord your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst – Deut. 13:1-5.
The Butler would be restored to his position. The Baker, not so much. He would be impaled on a pole. After interpreting the dreams, Joseph asked that they remember him and show him kindness so he could get out of prison.
Even though he was in prison and God was with him and he knew God was with him, he still wanted out. We can see God in life’s difficulties and struggles however, seeing God there does not mean that God wants us to stay there forever.
We can see the true character of Joseph not holding back the hard stuff. He brought the whole interpretation. He never sugar coated it. That must have been hard to hear and hard waiting for the Baker to wait and see how true this interpretation would be.
*Note – Man loves to see themselves as the hero of the story. It’s not hard to imagine ourselves in Bravehart as William Wallace or Rocky Balboa in Rocky. We can easily find ourselves looking at Joseph and say, That’s me. I want God to use me like that! There is nothing really wrong with that but let me suggest a different route. Try to picture yourself as the Baker or the Butler. Joseph is a type of Christ in this story in Genesis.
- He was an innocent man/prisoner that came to our prison and shared in our suffering
- He was an innocent/prisoner man that revealed God’s message to us
- He was an innocent man/prisoner who was found to be true
- He was an innocent man/prisoner who brought a message of life and death
There at the end of the passage, Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him – Genesis 40:23. He forgot Joseph. This really stuck in my mind being very similar to the story in Luke 17 about the 10 lepers – 10 were healed, 1 came back to praise Jesus. I pray that we would not forget Jesus and all that He has done for us and continues to do for us. Frankly if He stopped at the cross, it is more than we deserve.
Verse of the Week
Do not interpretations belong to God?
– Genesis 40:8.
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