It is Saturday and the start of the Bank Holiday weekend. Hope you all got my extra email yesterday with details of tomorrow’s services, both outdoor and online.
Today’s Bible passage is Genesis Chapter 40, I think a well-known passage about dreams. As I have been encouraging you to do, pause this email and read the passage for yourself, before looking at my notes below.
Do note the first words of the chapter, ‘Some time later‘. We don’t know how long, but as I was saying last Sunday when speaking about waiting, there are instances scattered throughout the Bible where God’s people don’t get what they want straightaway, and have to learn to be patient and wait for the Lord to act in His best time – a lesson for all of us.
Note too in this place and at that time, justice is harsh, and those with power can wield that power mercilessly. Pharaoh was angry with his officials, and so they end up in jail.
And in this jail, Joseph, the one who had prophetic dreams previously, can also interpret other people’s dreams, although he acts only as an agent because interpretations really belong to God (v.8), as he is quick to acknowledge.
He is a shadow of One who is to come, who does know all things, who can see into the hearts of people, who does know what is to come, because He is God who came down from heaven to earth, and took on flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ.
The first dream, that of the cupbearer, points to a positive outcome, of release and restoration, and Joseph then takes the opportunity to ask the cupbearer to put in a good word for him when he gets out (vs.14-15).
The 2nd dream, that of the baker, sadly points to a negative outcome, of execution.
And of course both dreams come to pass exactly as Joseph had said. And so hopes are up for Joseph that his own unjust imprisonment might end, but no. The last verse of the chapter tells us,
‘The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.’ (v.23). The lesson of patience is still unfinished!
Praying through our extended church address list, we remember today those who came regularly to Here 4 You when it was open, who haven’t been mentioned previously,
– Mikala & family