In the 2nd half of Genesis 39 we find that Joseph has been falsely accused of adultery with Potiphar’s wife and thrown into prison. Isn’t it just like the devil to swoop in when everything is going well and try to stop the plans God is setting in motion? We shouldn’t be surprised because after all, Satan’s master plan is to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). However, the Bible says, “The Lord was with Joseph” (verse 21). God’s favor shows up once again when the warden puts Joseph in charge of the other prisoners.
In Genesis 40 we find a divine appointment between Joseph and two prisoners, the cupbearer and baker of Pharaoh, who have been put under his care. Perplexed by dreams they had on the same night they began to share them with Joseph. Long story short with God’s help Joseph, the dreamer, becomes Joseph, the dream interpreter. He told the men, “Cupbearer, you’re going to be restored to your position in the palace. Baker, not so much, you’re going to die.” Joseph asked the Cupbearer to remember him by putting in a good word with Pharaoh for him in hopes of being freed. The Bible says in Genesis 40:23, “The cupbearer, did not remember him, he forgot him.”
- You’re closer than you’ve ever been.
Can we just pause for a minute and do a recap of what all has happened in the life of Joseph? He’s gone from a pit to slavery, then from serving in Potiphar’s house to prison. But not just any prison, the prison where only THE KING’S prisoners were held. Right under Pharaoh’s nose. I love the way God sets things up for Joseph. If we were to look back at history, adultery was punishable by death. So, the fact that he wasn’t killed shows us that God’s protection was on his life and that God had different plans in mind for Joseph.
Joseph’s purpose was about to be revealed, but not before some more waiting. TWO YEARS had passed since Joseph asked the cupbearer to speak to Pharaoh on his behalf. Joseph may have felt forgotten by the cupbearer, but God had not forgotten him. God knew that Pharaoh was going to have a dream, and that he would need an interpreter. And Joseph was the man for the job.
In Genesis 41 we read that Pharaoh has two dreams back-to-back and none of his magicians or wise men knew what they meant. In verses 9-13 we read that the cupbearer remembered Joseph’s gift and testifies to Pharaoh about what Joseph did for him. In verse 14 Pharaoh calls for Joseph and he is brought from the dungeon, shaves and changes his clothes. Verse 14 stands out to me because I feel like it’s symbolic of Joseph changing from his assignment to his purpose.
Ever felt forgotten by God? Like your day is never going to come? Like Joseph, you feel like you’re in a prison doing mundane, menial tasks. You know in your heart of hearts you want more, a change. Sadly, some of us decide to throw in the towel and cease to press forward. I want to encourage you to hold on a little longer. Dig your heels in and continue marching on. Your name is about to be called and your purpose is about to be revealed. You’ve been walking in your assignment now it’s time for your purpose.
Stay tuned for part 4!