There, in the midst of Joseph’s lowest point, he gracefully and kindly ministers to two of the Pharaoh’s chief officials. The cupbearer and the baker–each had dreams that caused them distress; in comes the young jail trustee with the news–some good, some bad–but completely accurate. Joseph’s only request, please set me free to go home–that was Joseph’s dream.
Sadly, when all was done–the baker was dead and the cupbearer completely forgot about Joseph’s interpretation and even forgot Joseph. Once again, Joseph trusted and ministered; only to be disappointed. He was forgotten and left to languish in prison in a land he did not choose. imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. There is little doubt, that Joseph questioned the very core of his faith–what a mean trick God played upon him–here is the interpretation, son…Psych! Stay in prison. But, as we know; that is not the end of the story…
So much of God’s plan remains a mystery to us…We seek him, follow him, minister and hope that our lives will be awesome–then, life hits hard, fast and often tearing us apart and leaving us to languish in a prison of circumstance. We see his provision, protection and preparation; but, then it seems things do not get better–Psych!
Still, we cannot see the end of the story. We, like Joseph, literally hold on to our faith with white knuckles and shaking muscles. Take heart, God is not done! Our story is still unfolding–just as Joseph’s was! We must take the advice of Solomon, “Trust in the Lord, with all your heart. Lean not on your own understanding Acknowledge him in all your ways and he will make your path straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
God Bless You
12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”
16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.[a] 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”
18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. 19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”
20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.
23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.