Genesis Chapter 40

Jul 9, 2012  |  Genesis, Old Testament  |  No Comments

The Subtle Working of God

While in prison, Joseph is put in charge of Pharaoh’s Chief Cup Bearer and Baker.  Some time into their captivity, they each have a dream. While attending the Cup Bearer, Joseph asks him why he is so sad and he says they have both had dreams, but there is no one to interpret them.

Genesis 40:8b And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”

Joseph went on to interpret both dreams, first the cup bearer’s where he predicts the cup bearer will be restored within 3 days, and then the baker’s where he tells him that he will be killed in 3 days.  He asks that when they are restored to Pharaoh’s service, to plead his case, but the cup bearer forgot Joseph.

Reflections and Prayers on the Passage

Throughout this section, we see how God works out his plan in an almost invisible thread. Joseph is in prison, but because of God’s blessings, he is put in charge of other prisoners.  Two of the prisoners he is in charge of are Pharaoh’s officials, and when they have dreams, Joseph seeks God’s interpretation of the dreams. Both radical predictions come to pass, but Joseph is almost immediately forgotten. Nevertheless, he will now be in a position to be remembered when the right time comes.

Lord, forgive me for my impatience.  Even when nothing seems to be happening, your hand is at work. Help me to trust you in all circumstances.

God communicates through dreams, both to the godly and the godless.

God is the interpreter of dreams.


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