July 7 – Genesis 40:1-23

July 7 – Genesis 40:1-23

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Oh Father, how hard it is to wait at times.  Even when we know You are working on our behalf, it sometimes seems like we’ve been forgotten.  Time is different for us and sometimes feels like we will never reach that ultimate goal we are working toward.  Sometimes I find there aren’t enough hours in the day, but sometimes there are way too many days in the week.  But, You God, are always right on time.  I know that, but there are days I forget.  Help me remember that when time seems to be dragging and I feel You have forgotten me. Your love for me will never let You forget me.  You are waiting for the perfect time and the perfect place, and the perfect situation for what gifts You have for me.  I know Your love is beyond what I can ever understand.  Help me to remember that, in the days that seem to drag on forever.  Help me to remember that, in the times I am discouraged.  Thank You for waiting for the perfect time and not just throw me in to a less than desirable situation.  Thank You for Your love and care.

In Jesus’ name.


Joseph’s interpretation of the chief cupbearer and chief baker’s dreams were accurate.  He requested that he be remembered to Pharaoh to see if he could be freed.  The chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph when he resumed his position.  What disappointment Joseph must have endured. 

Have you ever shown kindness to a relative, friend, or acquaintance only to be forgotten? 

How did you feel? 

Sometimes doing what is right is not easy or remembered. 

I often told my children when growing up, “It is always right to do what is right?”  God sees your obedience and you are not forgotten by Him. 

Genesis 40:1-23

40 Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.

And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation. When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”

So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me, 10 and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes. 11 Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.” 12 Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. 13 In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh's cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer. 14 Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. 15 For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”

16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head, 17 and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.” 18 And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days. 19 In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.”

20 On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.


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