Genesis 40: We Need to Speak Honestly When We Are Called upon

In Genesis chapter 40, Joseph is imprisoned, and he meets the former baker and butler from the palace. They both had visions that they wanted interpreted.

Gen 40:7  And 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?

Gen 40:8  And 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.

One important thing to notice here is that he gave all of the credit to God. He didn’t say that he could interpret the dream. He said that the interpretation belonged to God, and that is exactly how we should act as well. As Christians, everything we have should belong to God.

As the story continued, the two visions had very different interpretations. The butler received good news.

Gen 40:12  And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days:

Gen 40:13  Yet 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.

On the other hand, the baker did not receive what he must have been hoping to hear.

Gen 40:18  And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:

Gen 40:19  Yet 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.

I am sure that Joseph was not too excited to tell the baker that he would die in three days, but he still delivered the message that God told him to deliver.

That is the way it sometimes ends up for Christians. We have a message that people don’t necessarily want to hear all the time. After all, one of the basic tenets of Christianity is that you are not perfect and you need to rely on God for your salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Nobody likes to hear that they are helpless by themselves and fail to see the awesome mercy that accompanies that realization.

However, we shouldn’t be surprised by this resistance whatsoever. Jesus himself knew that some people would not like Christianity.

Joh 15:18  If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you.

Joh 15:19  If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.

There are variety of reasons that people don’t want to hear the truth, and they honestly might not appreciate you pointing it out. However, like Joseph had to, we have to be honest and not be afraid to reach out with a message of love.

2Ti 1:7  For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.


Posted on August 31, 2012, in Genesis and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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