Genesis Chapter 40

Genesis 40

1And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt.

2And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers.

3And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

4And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.

5And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison.

6And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad.

7And he asked Pharaoh’s officers that were with him in the ward of his lord’s house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?

8And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

9And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me;

10And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes:

11And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

12And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

13Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

14But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

15For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head:

17And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.

18And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

19Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee.

20And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.

21And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:

22But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

23Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

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15 thoughts on “Genesis Chapter 40

  1. Vs 23 When things get good again we often forget where we came from or what we may have vowed when things were bad. We need to praise God in the good and the bad. Give glory to him in everything and remember who died on a cross for us. He bought us with his life and blood. We must not forget him.

  2. 8And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you.

    Joseph gives the credit to God for the interpretation of dreams. It is important that we give credit where it is due. Its not about us, its about God.

  3. The cupbearer and the baker were two of the most trusted men in Pharaoh’s kingdom. The baker was in charge of making the pharaoh’s food, and the cupbearer tasted all of Pharaoh’s food and drink before giving it to him, in case any of it was contaminated or poisoned. These trusted men must have been suspected of a serious wrong, perhaps of conspiring against Pharaoh.

    When Pharaoh’s cupbearer was freed from prison, he forgot about Joseph. Two full years passed before Joseph had another opportunity to be freed. Yet Joseph’s faith was deep, and he would be ready when the next chance came. In similar situations, we should trust God as Joseph did. More opportunities may be waiting.

  4. 23Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

    The butler was all about self and did not care about Joseph after he got out of prison. He was only thinking of what people can do for him and not what he could do for others. Joseph could have allowed himself to get bitter and angry at the butler but instead looked towards God and knew that He was working for his good.

  5. WE see in this chapter evidence of what happens in so many lives today. Poeple turn to the Lord, or the Church when they have a need or are in trouble, but then when they get their answer they remember God no more. The butler wanted his dream interpreted and was glad when the results were good, but once his dream came to pass, he forgot his promise to remmber the interpreter. Lord help us not ot take You or your Church for granted.

  6. V.8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter fo it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me them I pray you. I believe that God still speaks to his people through dreams and visions, it was how the Lord was calling me in the year 1996. My first dream was saving people out of their burning homes as they were crying out…and all I did in that dream was to go from house to house pulling them out! Praise God, it was those dreams, a prophetic word spoken into my life, a hunger for God and change that lead me to Christ, and I’m glad that I answered the call of Christ in my Life.

  7. REMEMBERING THOSE THAT HELP US

    23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

    None have success totally of themselves. Any successful individual must have been presented with the opportunity, teaching and training to be successful.

    In life there are situations and circumstances that we need the assistance of others. The butler found himself in this position. he had a dream that left him confused. Joseph the dreamer was there to interpret for him and made a simple request in verse 14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:

    However when the butler was presented the opportunity to give honor where honor is due, he chose not to remember Joseph. “You can never forget someone that saves your life.” Remember that none of us are where we are now of our own accord only.

    Chose to remember that we are in the positions of victory and success because someone helped us.

    BE Church
    Return the favor

  8. God makes Joseph the ruler over his situation.

    As we look back to chapter 39 where the guard of the prison made Joseph head, and whatever happen in the prison Joseph was responsible for it. We also see here that the two different dreams ment one to live and one to die. Never discredit a dream. I used to think that I was never in control over the outcome of a situation. After becoming more mature spiritually, I relized that I can make a difference in it. You have control over your Attitude, What you Say, How you React. Josephs’ reaction in his situation is what gave him authority in his prison.

  9. V.8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter fo it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me them I pray you. I believe that God still speaks to his people through dreams and visions, it was how the Lord was calling me in the year 1996. My first dream was saving people out of their burning homes as they were crying out…and all I did in that dream was to go from house to house pulling them out! Praise God, it was those dreams, a prophetic word spoken into my life, a hunger for God and change that lead me to Christ, and I’m glad that I answered the call of Christ in my Life.
    +1

  10. v16 ” it is not in me: GOD shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.”

    God the great giver of all good and perfect gifts has come and has offered His Grace and Peace as a gift unto all men everywhere.
    All of us need HIS Grace and Peace.

  11. Much like the Butler, who forgot about Joseph when he was restored, many times when people recieve a “spiritual restoration” they forget how it came about. Not because they want to forget the people who helped them get their, but because they want to forget about what knocked them down in the first place. The Butler didn’t want to think of his time in prison so he forgot a promise that was made. When God pulls us from the prison of sin, we shouldn’t forget the promises we made when we were in sin.

  12. This chapter speaks of remembrance. We must remember when the Word is spoken, and we must heed it. If we want to hear good things then we should do good, just as if we do evil we should expect to hear the same. God knows our hearts and our minds and he is the judge, therefore the wise will remember this and do good things. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  13. Even though after the Butler was restored and forgot about Joseph, Joseph did not give up. He contained to do that which was right because he knew that one day God would deliver him out of that prison. So, even though it may not seem like nothing is happening on the surface, keep trusting in God because he is always working behind the scenes.

  14. 23Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

    all too often we get so wrapped up in ourselves that we forget the promises that were spoken over us by the man of God

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