(1) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. 40: 1- 4 (ESV)
(The King of Egypt’s Cupbearer and Baker Are Jailed)
1Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt.2And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. 4The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.
(2) Gen. 40: 5- 8 (ESV)
(The Cupbearer’s and Baker’s Dreams)
5And 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. 6When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. 7So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” 8They 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.”
“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.”
(3) Gen. 40: 9 – 15 (ESV)
(Joseph Positively Interprets The Cupbearers Dream)
9So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me, 10and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes. 11Pharaoh’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.” 12Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. 13In 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. 14Only 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. 15For 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.”
(4) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. 40: 16 – 19 (ESV)
(Joseph Negatively Interprets The Chief Baker’s Dream)
16When 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, 17and 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.” 18And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days. 19In 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.”
(5) Walk Thru The Word for Today: Gen. Gen. 40: 20 – 23 (ESV)
(Joseph Finds Favor In Prison)
20On 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. 21He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. 22But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
(6) (Yellow – Not In Your Notes)
The New Testament explains God’s principles
The Old Testament Shows us the processes of how those principles work in our lives!
- The Old Testament traces a family bloodline to the birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.
- God nurtures that family into a nation, and society that will receive and safeguard His Word.
- God’s Old Testament Word points to and prepares us for His Messiah!
- The Old Testament uses the members of that bloodline as the primary examples to demonstrate how God works in the lives of His people then and now.
- The New Testament shows how Christ fulfills the Old Testament through His redemptive “Born Again” experience, and how God uses the transformed disciples to spread the Gospel and explain God’s principles that transform our lives and civilization!
(7) Message map: Series: #5 Bouncing Back From Betrayal!
Gen. 40: 1-23
“Joseph Delivers God Word To Two Imprisoned Dreamers”
- Joseph represents god’s faithful overseer who Finds Favor And attends us!
- God foretells our fate through his word which can be reinforced with dreams
- the cup Bearer Receives life As a Branch connected to the vine
- birds Devour The word that secures and preserves life
- everyone is on 1 of 2 paths – the cup Bearer’s or The Baker’s
- Joseph is an example of those whom God Has prepared to walk in good works
(8) Gen. 37 – 47 Joseph’s Life Represents How God’s Plan for Our Lives Includes Preparing us for Service by guiding us through various experiences.
God called Joseph to save the world from a famine.
All Joseph knows is he will rule over his family (Gen 37)
To save the world from a famine one must be in an organized society, where there is infrastructure (roads & facilities), a command & control culture to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people. So God transfers Joseph to Egypt… Click To Tweet
To save the world from a famine one must be in an organized society, where there is infrastructure (roads & facilities), a command & control culture to mobilize hundreds of thousands of people. So God transfers Joseph to Egypt which is the last place a Hebrew would want to be. To Save the world from a famine one also must be skilled with
- food (agricultural) production, management & distribution, which Joseph learned on his daddy Jacob’s ranch.
- how Pharaoh’s court & government operates, which Joseph learned at Potiphar’s suburban estate
- how to deal with shrewd, conniving people, which Joseph learned in Prison. (Psalm 105:16-25 explains Joseph’s prison experience)
It can be difficult to see at what stage of the process we are in. We, therefore, should pray for God to confirm within us His call upon our lives. Note that hardship does not mean we are out of God’s plan. Hardship may mean God is preparing us for our next assignment.
(9) Gen. 39: 1-6&9 Joseph represents god’s faithful overseer who Finds Favor And attends us!
Gen. 39: 21-23 — Despite how Joseph feels, and the ignoble and humiliating circumstances he is in …
In Prison, as with Potiphar, we again see … 21But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love (God gave constant attention to Joseph’s well-being and doing what is best for Joseph to fulfill God’s call and plan for his life.) God gave Joseph favor .
Providence (God’s Will) has brought into the prison and Joseph’s presence, two of Pharaoh’s servants.
Joseph is put in charge of two servants to whom Pharaoh is most vulnerable. Wesley: Nothing is more uncertain than the fickle favour of princes. Those that make God’s favour their happiness, and his service their business, will find him a better master than was Pharaoh (Matt 11: 28-30 Matt 11: 28-30 28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Pharaoh may be upset with his servants because they may have been involved in an attempt to take his life, or the two servants may be in danger of losing their lives for no other offense than the casual lighting of a fly into the king’s cup, or because a little sand had drifted onto his bread. Regardless of the reason, providence (God’s Will) has, brought them into the prison and Joseph’s presence.
God gives both the cupbearer and the chief baker dreams (a low and veiled grade of prophecy) that trouble them so much they can’t ignore them.
(10) Gen. 39: 19 – 23 (ESV) the cup Bearer Receives life As a Branch connected to the vine
9So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine (symbol of life) before me, 10and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes. 11Pharaoh’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.”
12Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. 13In 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.
(11) Gen. 40: 16-19 The birds devour that which secures and sustains life
Gen. 40: 16-19 — 16When 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, 17and 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.” The food was prepared but never got to its intended destination where it could fulfill its purpose. (Parable of The Sower, Luke 8:5)
In Luke 8:5 (The Parable of The Sower) “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell along the path and was trampled underfoot, and the birds of the air devoured it. The devil does all he can to keep the Word from being delivered into our minds, hearts and souls. The Baker’s produce (symbolizing the carnal work of man’s hands) does not reach Pharaoh. It is devoured and does Pharaoh no good. prince of the power of the air)
19In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang (impale) you on a tree. And the birds (Eph 2:2 agents of the prince of the power of the air) will eat the flesh from you (uncircumcised flesh, which is a metaphor for unredeemed human nature).”
(12) Gen. 40: 16-19 Our Ministry to deliver God’s word
If you were Joseph and God delivered to you the interpretation of the message the dreams convey, would you tell the baker …
- “it’s best that I not get involved because its really not my business”
- “in 3 days you’ll get an answer” (but leave out the negatives to not offend the baker)
- “God loves you, man, and you should focus on that” “
- “I do not want to compromise what God is saying on this matter, so here goes the truth …”
What is God’s Will for you to say on this matter?
Col 1:28-29 28Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. 29For this I toil, struggling with all his energy that he powerfully works within me.
God foretells our fate (the outcome of one’s life that is beyond a person’s control, as determined by God’s Supernatural Power)ultimate through His word which can be reinforced with dreams.
(13) Gen. 39: 19 – 23 (ESV) everyone is on 1 of 2 paths: the cup Bearer’s or The Baker’s
- Pharaoh represents God – “their lord the king” whom they committed an offense The king has ultimate power over life and death!
- Each of us is an offending sinner trapped in a prison of iniquity, and are in need of mercy. (Rom 3:23 All have sinned and fall short. (Num15:2, Lev. 4:1-3 1, Lev 5;1, 17. Some fall short unintentionally, but even those sins must be atoned. Numbers 15:27)
- The Cup Bearer represents an offending sinner who receive’s God’s grace. Grace recipients come to Christ typified by the vine full of life. John 15:5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
- The Baker represents an offending sinner who fails to receive God’s grace and receives judgement
- 20The occasion for this salvation & judgment was Pharaoh’s (=Christ’s The Lord’s) birthday, On the 3rd day, the day of resurrection, he made a feast for all his servants and …21He restored the chief cupbearer to his position …22But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.
(14) Gen. 40: 14 – 15 (ESV) Joseph asks the cup Bearer to tell Pharaoh to rescue him
14Joseph asks the cup Bearer to remember him and tell Pharaoh to rescue him.
15For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews,
15…and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”
Joseph’s Options Now that He’s forgotten includes
- spending each day trying to convince others he is innocent to clear his name
- wishing he’d never come to Egypt
- living for Christ taking it one day at a time.
- planning to escape from the circumstances God has him in
- asking God to give him strength for today and hope for tomorrow
(15) Gen. 39: 1-6&9 Joseph is an example OF GOD’S WORKMANSHIP PREPARED FOR GOOD WORKS Joseph Bounced Back from Betrayal by Being A Peculiar Person!
Gen. 39: 1-23 And Our Call to Discipleship
Joseph’s is an example of the type of disciple God calls us to be.
Eph. 1: 1-10 1And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9not a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
(16) Let’s Pray that God ReAwakens, ReInvigorates & ReEstablish Us in Our Calls In Christ!
God, please work in us to revitalize the vision You have for our lives!
Work in us so we are not bitter when betrayed.
And help us to fulfill Your Great Commission by loving You with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our mind.
Work in us so we love our neighbors as ourselves — with the love You fulfill in us.
Lord, make us sensitive to hear Your Spirit’s promptings iand bless us with the capacity to submit to Your will.