Accused & Forgotten, Yet God Is Still Sovereign & Works All Things Out

Today’s selected reading continues in the Old Testament book of Genesis as it was written and recorded by Moses the servant of the Lord. More specifically, today’s passage is found in chapters forty-one and forty-two of this Old Testament book. THE OFFENSE OF SERVANTS! WHEN THE OFFENSE IS ENTRUSTED INTO THE HAND OF FAVOR AND BLESSING! IN PRISON YET DREAMING! INTERPRETATIONS BELONG TO GOD! TELL ME THE DREAMS! IN PRISON YET DREAMING! INTERPRETATIONS BELONG TO GOD! TELL ME THE DREAMS! A DREAM WITHOUT UNDERSTANDING! A DREAM WITHOUT INTERPRETATION! REMEMBER ME! MAKE MENTION OF ME UNTO PHARAOH! I WAS STOLEN AWAY AND I HAVE DONE NOTHING WRONG! AS JOSEPH HAD INTERPRETED UNTO THEM! FORGOTTEN IN PRISON! AND IT CAME TO PASS AT THE END OF TWO FULL YEARS! I REMEMBER! THERE WAS A MAN! BROUGHT HASTILY OUT OF THE PRISON! FAMINE WILL STRIKE AGAIN! FAMINE & THE LAND OF EGYPT! ABRAHAM WENT DOWN INTO EGYPT! ISAAC WENT TO GERAR! JOSEPH WOULD BE BROUGHT INTO EGYPT! FEAST FOLLOWED BY FAMINE! DREAMS IN THE LAND OF CAPTIVITY! DREAMS IN THE LAND OF SLAVERY! GOD IS SHOWING YOU WHAT HE’S ABOUT TO DO! THOU SHALT BE OVER MY HOUSE! I HAVE SET THEE OVER ALL THE LAND OF EGYPT! FROM THE PIT TO THE PALACE! FROM THE PALACE TO THE PRISON! FROM THE PRISON TO THE PALACE! JOSEPH INTERPRETING DREAMS AND PROMOTED! DANIEL INTERPRETING DREAMS AND PROMOTED! DREAMS IN CAPTIVITY AND SLAVERY! WISDOM AND DISCERNMENT IN CAPTIVITY AND SLAVERY! When you come to this particular portion of scripture you will find the narrative and story of Joseph continuing, however, the narrative continues—not with Joseph being in the palace or in Potiphar’s house but being in the prison. When we last read concerning Joseph we found out and discovered that he was over Potiohars house, and how the Lord had not only blessed Joseph and made his way prosperous, but also how the Lord had blessed the house of Potiphar on account of the presence of Joseph in the midst of it. I feel a need to pause here for a minute and speak to this reality and concept of not only being a blessing unto others, but also bringing the blessing of the Lord into the company and presence of others. What’s more, is there is something to be said about bribing the blessing of the Lord into the company and presence of others, as well as bringing the blessing of the Lord into the house of those we enter. What so amazes and astonished me concerning the life and account of Joseph is that even though he had been mistreated and sold into slavery by his brothers, that didn’t stop the blessing of the Lord from flowing through his life. It’s absolutely remarkable how Joseph was sold into slavery and yet just because he was sold into slavery didn’t mean he hadn’t brought the blessing and favor of the Lord with him. What we find within this section of a duo fire is Joseph being sold and brought into the house of Potiphar, but the blessing and prosperity of the Lord being so great upon his life that Potiphar appointed him over everything he had and over his house. Please note that what brought Potiphar to this place was not only seeing how Joseph’s hand prospered in everything he did, but also because he saw that the Lord was with him.

As I stand here this morning I can’t help but think and be absolutely amazed and captivated with and by the fact that even though Joseph has been sold into slavery and had been sold into the house of Potiphar, he brought two very distinct realities and manifestations with him. If and as you read the words which are found within these chapters you will find that despite Joseph being sold into slavery, the Lord was with him. This undoubtedly indicates and points to the incredible reality that when Joseph was sold into slavery—not only did the Lord go with him, and not only was the Lord with him, but he also brought the presence of the Lord with him. What’s more, is that not only was the Lord with Joseph in the midst of his slavery, but the Lord also caused the hand of Joseph to prosper which would position him to be appointed over the whole house of Potiphar. This in turn would bring about something which would be the second reality and manifestation which would be found within the life of Joseph. While it can be said that Joseph brought the presence of the Lord with him when he went down into slavery, and even when he was found to be within the house of Potiphar, it can also be said that Joseph brought the blessing of the Lord with him as well. I can’t help but be absolutely and incredible blown away by these realities, for more often than not we think that when we find ourselves in the midst of trial and trouble, or even conflict and struggle the Lord is not with us, and His hand is not upon our lives. There is this tendency to believe that when we find ourselves in the midst of conflict and struggle the Lord has somehow abandoned us and is not with us. What’s more, is that there is this underlying and underscoring thought and belief that when and as we find ourselves in the midst of conflict and struggle the hand of the Lord is not upon us and we have not been ordained to be a blessing. As I read and consider the life of Joseph here in these chapters I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that through the life of Joseph we come face to face with and encounter the reality that even though we find ourselves in the midst of conflict and struggle, and even though we might find ourselves in the midst of trial and trouble that doesn’t mean the Lord has abandoned, neglected or even forsaken us. Through the life of Joseph we encounter and come face to face with the reality that neither conflict nor struggle can stop or out an end to the presence of the Lord within our lives, nor even the blessing of the Lord within and upon us. What I so love about the narrative of Joseph is that even though he was sold into slavery and even though his situation and circumstance was less than ideal, he was still able to be a blessing in the midst of the conflict and struggle.

I feel compelled to ask a question at this juncture, and that question is simply whether or not you can be a blessing in the midst of your struggle and conflict. Please note that this is in no way intended, nor is it meant to diminish the conflict and struggle you are facing and have found yourself in, but rather to bring u face to face with the reality of whether or not you can be a blessing in the midst of it. Can the blessing of God flow through and flow from you in the midst of the conflict and struggle, and can the blessing of the Lord manifest itself through you in the life of another in order to make them prosperous? What I so love about the blessing which flowers forth and flowed from the life of Joseph is that the blessing didn’t change his situation or circumstance in that it didn’t result in his being brought back and restored unto the land of his father and his brethren. When I speak of the blessing of the Lord flowing through the life of Joseph into the house of Potiphar I am suggesting the reality that even though we might find ourselves in the midst of conflict and struggle the blessing of God can flow through us and come upon the house of another in order that they might be blessed because of us. What so inspires me about the life of Joseph is that within the narrative of his life we find that he was not only a man of the presence of the Lord as the Lord was with him, but he was also a man of blessing as the blessing of the Lord would flow through him and into the house of another. Would it completely and utterly shock you to think about and consider the fact that it is possible that the blessing of the living God can be upon your life in the midst of the struggle and can actually produce and bring about a blessing upon the house and lives of others. There is this underlying tendency and temptation to think and believe that simply because we are found to be in the midst of the conflict and struggle we cannot be a blessing unto others and that the Lord cannot use us in the midst of it. I don’t doubt for one minute that Joseph sought to make a name for himself, nor even sought to work his way up within the house of his master, however, what he experienced had absolutely nothing to do with him, but rather with the blessing and presence of the Lord with and upon his life. How absolutely incredible and remarkable it is to Th ink about and consider the fact that Joseph simply served his master faithfully and to the best of his ability, and as a result of the blessing and presence of the Lord upon his life he was promoted within the house, and his masters house was blessed. Oh how absolutely wonderful and remarkable it is to think about and consider the fact that even though we might very well find ourselves in the midst of the conflict, and even though we might find ourselves in the midst of the struggle, that doesn’t negate the presence of the Lord within our lives, nor does it negate the blessing of the living God within our hearts and lives. We dare not, we cannot, we must not miss and lose sight of the tremendous and incredible reality that just because we find ourselves in the midst of conflict and struggle, that doesn’t mean that the blessing of the Lord can’t flow through us, nor that the presence of the Lord can’t be with us.

If there is one thing I can’t help but notice when I consider the life and account of Joseph, it’s that while Joseph might not be able to speak to his advancement within the house of his master because it was the blessing of the Lord, the favor of the Lord, and the presence of the Lord being with and upon him, so also we must understand that even when Joseph found himself being falsely accused by his masters wife and ultimately cast into the prison where the kings prisoners were kept—although it might not have been the Lord who deliberately and intentionally caused it to happen, He nonetheless allowed and permitted it to happen. There would be some who might argue that the Lord had nothing to do with what took place within the life of Joseph, and yet if we believe that it was the Lord who advance and promoted Joseph, then we must also understand and recognize that it was the Lord who allowed Joseph to be cast into the prison. There are many among us who would believe that the Lord is only ever responsible for advancement and promotion within our lives and that He can’t also be intimately involved with our being brought low, and even our being cast down. There would be Rhode who would dare think and believe that it was the Lord who caused and allowed Joseph to advance within the hour of his master, and are unwilling to acknowledge the fact that the Lord was involved with the process of his being brought low and cast into the prison. Perhaps the single greatest question we must ask ourselves is was it the Lord who brought Joseph low and was it the Lord who cast Joseph into the prison, or did the Lord merely allow and permit it? This question strikes at the very heart of what we think and believe, and is one that we must carefully think about and consider, for it had the absolute to dramatically alter and transform our view of God, as well as our situations and circumstances. There is a familiar passage that is found in the Old Testament poetic book of Job which I can’t help but feel within my heart and spirit has a strong application to what we find and read in the narrative and account of Joseph. If you turn and direct your attention to the first chapter of this Old Testament book you will find the adversary the devil coming unto the throne of God and securing permission to inflict great trial and trouble within and upon the life of Job. In the first chapter of the book you will find Satan going out from the presence of the Lord and not only attacking everything Job had, but also taking away the lives of each and every one of his children as he sent a great wind which caused the house they were in to collapse upon them. If you come to the final verses of the first chapter after Job had lost everything he had, which would include his children, you will find him rising from his place of anguish and sorrow, rending his garment, shaving his head, and falling down upon the ground and worshipping. What’s so incredibly unique and distinct about this reality concerning Job is that in his worship he made an absolutely remarkable and astonishing declaration. If you pick up with the twenty-first verse of the chapter you will encounter and come face to face with the following words:

“Naked came I out of my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21).

As you continue reading the words which are found within the poetic book of Job you will encounter and come face to face with what had taken place the second time around when the adversary struck his entire body with sores and boils. If you enter into and come unto the second chapter of the book of Job you will find that as Job was using broken pottery to scrape himself to provide relief for himself, his wife spoke unto him and asked him whether or not he still retained his integrity. What’s m ore, is that you will find and read his wife speaking unto him and instructing him to curse God, and die. What I so absolutely love about the words which we find and read in the second chapter of this poetic book is Job’s response to his wife when she attempted to bring him to the place where he would curse God and die. If you read the words which are found within the tenth verse of this chapter you will find the following words which were spoken straight from the mouth of Job in the presence of his bewildered and confused wife:

“But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips” (Job 2:10).

In the first chapter we find Job rending his garments, shaving his head, falling down to the ground and worshipping the Lord as He declared that the Love gives and the Lord takes away, but blessed be the name of the Lord. In the second chapter we find Job speaking and declaring in the presence and company of his confused and bewildered wife that we should not only expect good at the hand of God and not also evil. Please don’t miss the tremendous and incredible significance and importance of these words and what is found within and in the midst of them, for Job makes two incredible and undeniable statements which I am convinced directly applies to the account of Joseph. As Job began walking through an intense period of suffering before the Lord—suffering which the Lord permitted and allowed to happen—and doing so without knowing or being aware of the exchanged that had taken place between the Lord and the adversary on two separate occasions, we find him not only worshipping, but also recognizing and acknowledging two distinct realities concerning the Lord. The first reality and truth Job realized and recognized concerning the Lord is that not only does the Lord give, but the Lord also takes away. The second reality Job realized and came to terms with was that we dare not and ought not to only expect and receive good at the hand of God and not also evil. Each of these two realities are extremely and incredibly captivating when you think about and consider them, for these realities bring us face to face with a reality concerning the living God that more often than not we have a difficult time recognizing and understanding. If we are being honest with ourselves, as well as with the living God we must admit that we have a difficult time thinking about—much less even considering the fact that not only can the Lord give, but the Lord can also take away. Moreover, we have an incredibly difficult time accepting and acknowledging the fact that as certainly and as surely as we can receive good at the hand of God, so also we can receive evil. The words which Job expressed before the Lord, as well as before his wife was that the Lord can take away just as easily and just as quickly as the Lord can give, and the Lord can give us evil just as much as He can give us good. Building upon the reality of what we find within the life of Job we must now return to the life of Joseph and come to the point and place where we consider the fact that as surely as the Lord was responsible for Joseph being promoted within the house of his master, so also is it possible that the Lord was responsible for Joseph being cast into the prison where the king’s prisoners were kept. If we believe that the Lord was with Joseph, and if we believe that the Lord blessed the house of Potiphar on account of Joseph, and if we believe that it was the Lord who had promoted Joseph within the house of his master, then we must logically conclude that it was the Lord who was intimately involved with Joseph’s being cast into the prison. What’s more, is that I would dare say that the Lord was very much aware of the false accusations which the wife of his master lobbied against him, for the Lord was well aware of the nature of the accuser of the brethren. In all reality, what we find within the account and narrative of Joseph was a direct manifestation in the natural realm of the accuser of the brethren accusing one of the God’s elects, and doing so wrongly and falsely as Joseph had done absolutely nothing wrong.

As I sit here this morning I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that as surely as the Lord was with Joseph in the house of his master, and as surely as the Lord caused and allowed his blessing to flow through the life of Joseph into the hand of his master—so much so that his master put him in charge of everything he had—so also the Lord permitted Joseph to be wrongly and falsely accused, and even cast into prison. While the living God would never accuse any one of his elect, and while I would dare say that he did not incite the wife of Joseph’s master to accuse him of wrongdoing, I would dare say that the living God permitted and allowed Joseph to be cast into the king’s prison where his prisoners were being held in order that he might be preserved and protected until the appointed time when he could be brought forth. I fully realize and recognize that we might very well have a difficult time thinking about and even accepting the fact that the living God could permit one of His saints and one of His elect to be cast into a prison, however, what we must recognize and understand is that not only can and not only does the Lord give, but the Lord also takes away. What’s more, is we must recognize and understand that as much as we can receive good from the hand of God, so also can we also receive evil. Through the life of Joseph we encounter and come face to face with the awesome and incredible reality that as surely as it was the Lord who caused and allowed Joseph to be promoted within the house of his master, so also we must recognize and understand that it was the Lord who permitted Joseph to be cast into the prison where the king’s prisoners were being held. As we will see from the fortieth and forty-first chapters, the prison wherein Joseph had been cast was divinely ordained and appointed by the living God, for Joseph could very well have been put to death by his master. In his divine providence and sovereignty the living God permitted and allowed Joseph to be cast into the prison where the king’s prisoners were kept, for it would be in the midst of that very prison events would be set in motion that would bring about the rise and ascent of Joseph—not only his rise and ascent out of the prison, but also his rise and ascent to the right hand of Pharaoh within and over the entire land of Egypt. It’s worth noting and considering that while it was true that Joseph was permitted to be cast into the prison, it would be there in the prison Joseph would not only be preserved and protected, but also where Joseph would continue to experience the presence of the Lord, as well as the blessing of the Lord. If you read the final verses of the thirty-ninth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find that while Joseph was there in the prison the Lord was with Him—and not only was the Lord with him, but the Lord also showed him mercy and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. What’s more, is the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison, and whatever happened in the prison passed through the hand of Joseph. Furthermore, we find and read within this passage that the keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand because the Lord was with Joseph, and whatever Joseph did, the Lord caused to prosper.

How absolutely astonishing and wonderful it is to think about and consider the fact that although Joseph was now cast into prison where the king’s prisoners were being held and kept, the same manifestation and the same reality which he experienced in the house of Potiphar would be manifested in the midst of the prison. Just as the Lord was with Joseph in the house of his master, so also was the Lord with Joseph in the prison. Just as the Lord had caused the hand of Joseph to prosper in the house of his master, so also did the Lord cause and allow the hand of Joseph to prosper in the prison. It’s absolutely astonishing to think about and consider the awesome and incredible reality that not only would and not only could the Lord be with Joseph in the house of his master, but so also would and could the Lord be with Joseph in the prison. This is actually quite unique and challenging when you take the time to think about it, for it speaks to and suggest the reality that it doesn’t matter where we are, for the blessing and favor of the living God should be able to flow through our lives where we are and unto those who we are entrusted and committed to. It is absolutely amazing to think about and consider the fact that as much as the Lord allowed Joseph’s hand to prosper in the house of the master so that he would be promoted and advanced within that house, so also would the Lord allow and permit Joseph to be cast into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held and kept. What’s more, is that despite the fact that Joseph was cast into the prison the presence of the Lord was with him there, and the Lord showed him mercy and granted him favor with the keeper of the jail. It was a direct result of this mercy and favour which the Lord had bestowed upon Joseph that allowed him to essentially be promoted in the midst of the prison. PROMOTED IN THE MIDST OF SLAVERY! PROMOTED IN THE MIDST OF IMPRISONMENT. Oh that we would not lose sight of and miss the awesome and incredible reality that just as surely as the presence of the Lord can be with us in the palace, so also can the presence of the Lord be with us in the prison. What’s more, is that just as much as the Lord can cause our hand to prosper in the palace, so also can and will the Lord allow our hand to prosper in the prison. I can’t help but think about and consider the fact that although Joseph had been cast into the prison where the king’s prisoners were being kept and held, it would be there in the midst of the prison Joseph would be cared for, preserved and protected. This reality was manifested in the midst of the Babylonian captivity, for while on the surface it might seem like that captivity was something that was negative, we actually learn through the words of the prophet Jeremiah that it would be through captivity in the land of the Chaldeans the children of Israel would be preserved and protected by the hand of the living God.

If and as you come to the fortieth chapter of the book of Genesis you will find that it coming to pass after Joseph was cast into the prison where the king’s prisoners were being held that the butler of the king of Egypt, as well as his baker had offended their lord the king. Scripture reveals that Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. As a direct result of his anger and wrath he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison where Joseph was bound. What we find and read within the opening verses of this chapter is that the captain of the guard charged Joseph with these prisoners, and he served them there in the midst of the prison. What we also find and read within this passage is that two of Pharaoh’s officers, the chief of the butlers, and the chief of the bakers remained and continued in the prison with Joseph for a season. What’s so incredibly unique about what we find and read within this chapter is that it would be while these prisoners were in the prison with Joseph that they would each dream dreams—dreams which would confound, confuse and perplex them. When each of them awoke the next morning they were solemn and sad because of the dreams which they had and the lack of one to interpret them and reveal the meaning of them. When Joseph came upon them in the morning and observed their sadness and inquired as to the cause of it, they revealed unto him the source of their sadness and its direct connection to dreams. What’s so incredible about what is found within this passage is that Joseph—who himself was no stranger to dreams having had two dreams while he lived within the land of his fathers and brethren—declared unto them that interpretation belongs to God. Joseph would then ask each of them their dreams, to which they would respond by revealing the dreams which they had. The interpretation of each of the dreams bore some similarity in that both dreams represented three days, however, the end result of the fulfillment of the dreams would be drastically different. Joseph revealed to the chief of the butlers that in three days he would be elevated from his place within the prison and would be restored to his previous place before Pharaoh king of Egypt. Unto the chief of the bakers Joseph would reveal that in three days he would beheaded and would have his body impaled, and the birds of the field would feast upon his corpse. Ultimately the words which Joseph had spoken unto each of these men came to pass as the chief of the butlers was restored to his original place, and the chief of the bakers was beheaded and his body impaled and put on a stake. What we must remember and what we must recall when reading these words is what Joseph said unto the chief of the butlers after the interpretation of the dream was provided. If you read that which is found in the fourteenth and fifteenth verses of the fortieth chapter you will find the following words which were spoken by Joseph unto the chief of the butlers knowing that he would be restored to his previous place, and would be restored unto the presence of the king:

“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: for 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” (Genesis 40:14-15).

As I think about and consider that which is found in the final portion and section of this chapter within the book of Genesis I am gripped and captivated by two distinct realities—the first which is Joseph’s plea to be remembered by the chief of the butlers when he was restored to service before the king, and the second which is how the chapter ends. If you read the final verse of the fortieth chapter you will find that when the chief butler was restored to his previous position he did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. HE DID NOT REMEMBER JOSEPH, BUT FORGOT HIM! Please don’t miss the incredible significance and importance of what is found within the final verse of this chapter, for while Joseph asked that he be remembered when the chief of the butlers was restored into the service of the king, Scripture actually reveals that the chief butler did not remember Joseph and actually forgot about him. I am convinced and there is not a doubt in my mind that what we find within the final verse of the fortieth chapter, as well as the opening verse of the forty-first chapter is an incredible and tremendous reality and truth within our hearts and lives—namely, that promotion comes from the Lord and not from ourselves. Although Joseph might very well have been, and was quite possibly innocent in his request of the chief of the butlers to remember him, I would dare say that what he had forgotten was that promotion and restoration comes from the Lord and is not something that man can have anything to do with. Thus far within the life of Joseph we find the hand of man being involved with his promotion in the place where he was, and it is possible that perhaps Joseph thought and believed that if he had put this thought within the heart and mind of the chief of the butlers he might once more find favour in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he would be brought forth from the midst of the prison. The truth of the matter, however, is that not only did the chief of the butlers not remember Joseph, but he also forgot about him. What an incredibly tragic reality is to think about and consider this, for while on the surface we find that the chief butler did not remember Joseph but forgot him, there is absolutely no indication that Joseph was at all aware of this. It would have been utterly and completely impossible for Joseph to know and be aware of the reality that the chief butler had forgotten him, for despite the fact that it was after a full two years of Joseph being in the prison, he would not have known that the chief butler had forgotten him. For all Joseph knew the chief butler could have chosen to remember Joseph and mention him in the company and presence of the king, however, the king deliberately and intentionally chose not to allow Joseph to be brought forth from the prison. If there is one thing this passage reveals it’s that as surely as promotion comes from the Lord, so also is man merely a vessel in the hand of the Lord to bring about His plans and purposes. Even if the chief butler had remembered Joseph—if it wasn’t the will and plan of the Lord for Joseph to be brought forth from the prison, he would have remained there in the prison.

I sit here this morning and think about and consider the tremendous reality that although the chief butler had not remembered Joseph, and had instead forgotten him, it was the Lord alone who was responsible for bringing forth Joseph out of the prison. The Lord could have permitted and allowed Joseph to spend the rest of his natural life in the prison, and it would have been the divine and sovereign will of the Lord to do so. I still firmly believe that it would be through the prison the Lord would not only preserve Joseph in the midst of the land of Egypt, but the Lord would also position and prepare him for that moment when he would emerge from the prison and would be promoted to second in command in all the land of Egypt. .I am firmly and completely convinced that the Lord would use the prison to preserve and protect Joseph—and not only preserve and protect him, but also to position him for that appointed time when it would be the sovereign will of the Lord that would cause him to be brought forth out of the prison. What we must realize and what we must recognize is that this reality wouldn’t be manifested and wouldn’t take place until a full two years had passed. Pause for a moment and think about and consider that, for Joseph would spend a full two years in the king’s prison where the king’s prisoners would be held, and he would even find himself in the company of two of the king’s servants who had offended him. The one servant—the chief butler—would be restored to his previous role and position within the service of the king, while the chief baker would be beheaded and his body impaled. What’s more is that when Joseph knew that the chief butler would be restored to his previous position and would once more be in the company and presence of the king, he asked him innocently enough if he would remember him when he was restored to his previous role. We must understand and recognize that there is and there was nothing at all inherently wrong with Joseph’s desire and request for the chief butler to remember him when he was restored into the service of the king, however, there was one underlying principle and reality that took precedent over his request—namely, that promotion, elevation and restoration comes from the Lord and from Him alone. Just as the Lord had promoted Joseph within the house of Potiphar, and just as the Lord had promoted Joseph in the midst of the the prison, so also it would be the Lord who would bring forth Joseph from the depths of the prison and into the presence of the king.

What I happen to find as truly captivating about the account of Joseph is that eventually he would not only be brought forth out of the prison, but he would also be brought into the presence of the king. If you read the words which are found in the forty-first chapter of the Old Testament book of Genesis you will encounter and come face to face with the reality that at the end of two full years Pharaoh dreamed two dreams which greatly puzzled and perplexed him. Both dreams occurred in one single night, and when he awoke the following morning his spirit was troubled, and he sent and called for all the magicians of Egypt, and all the wise men in the midst of the land. Pharaoh told each of these men his dreams, and yet there was none that could interpret them. With this being said, we must recognize and see the divine providence of the living God in the midst of Egypt—not only causing Pharaoh to dream two dreams which none could interpret, but also the chief butler remembering and acknowledging his faults for not remembering that one who had interpreted the dream he had two years earlier. While there was none in the land of Egypt who could interpret the dreams which Pharaoh had, Joseph would eventually be called forth from the prison and cleaned up in order that he might stand before and in the presence of the king. We must pay close attention to this, for not only do we see the divine providence of the Lord in where Joseph was cast into prison, but we also see the divine providence of the living God in who was cast into the prison with Joseph. What’s more, is that the providence of God was evidenced two years earlier when it would be through dreams that Joseph would reveal the mysteries of God as the Lord was showing unto the chief baker and the chief butler what their ends would be. IN the divine providence and sovereignty of the living God Joseph would be used to interpret the dream of the chief butler, and when Pharaoh himself dreamed two dreams two years later, the chief butler remember Joseph and how he had interpreted his own dream. Curious and intrigued Pharaoh called for Joseph to be called forth from the midst of the prison and had him stand in his presence. It would be as a result of Joseph standing in the midst of the presence of the king of Egypt that he would not only interpret the dreams which Pharaoh had, but would also recommend that Pharaoh king of Egypt appoint one who was wise and discerning to oversee the next fourteen years which would begin with seven years of plenty, yet would conclude with seven years of famine. Pharaoh would agree with Joseph and would be moved with him being able to interpret the dreams that not only did he bring forth Joseph from the midst of the prison, but he also promoted Joseph to second in command in all the land of Egypt, second only to him. Through a series of three distinct dreams—one which the chief butler had two years earlier, and two which Pharaoh had—Joseph would be brought forth from the midst of the prison and promoted to second in command to Pharaoh himself.

That which we find within the book of Genesis is actually very much similar and reminiscent of that which we find in the Old Testament prophetic book of Daniel, for you will find that on two separate and two distinct occasions within the reign of Nebuchadnezzar he dreamed dreams which none of the wise men, none of the astrologers, and none of the magicians could interpret. Despite the fact that none of the wise men in all of Babylon could interpret the dreams which Nebuchadnezzar had, there would be one who was brought forth from the midst of the land of Canaan—much like Joseph was brought forth from the midst of the land of Canaan—who could interpret his dreams. I find it absolutely wonderful how not only did the Lord preserve Joseph in the midst of his slavery and imprisonment, and use the interpretation of dreams to bring about the promotion of Joseph unto second in command in all the land of Egypt, so also would the Lord preserve the children of Israel within the land of captivity and in the land of the Chaldeans. Even more than this, the Lord would use dreams in the land of captivity to bring about the elevation and promotion of Daniel unto one of the rulers within the empire. It’s actually quite remarkable and unique to think about and consider the presence of dreams in the land of slavery, as well as the presence of dreams in the land of captivity. In both places and on both occasions, the Lord revealed His divine plan and will unto the most powerful rulers of the known world at that time what He was going to do, and on both occasions the Lord would use His servants to reveal the interpretation of the dream unto these men. We must recognize and pay close attention to this, for through the lives of both Daniel and Joseph we learn and discover the tremendous and incredible reality that promotion comes from the Lord, and that it is the Lord alone who promotes His servants at his appointed time. There is absolutely nothing we can do to aid and embed the Lord in the process, for His hand and His will operate completely independent of our will, our desire, our plans, our intentions, and even our works. So many times we think and feel we can help the Lord out with bringing out our promotion, and yet there is absolutely nothing we can do to assist the Lord, for the Lord is sovereign over all and does what He wants, when He wants, and how He wants. It is necessary that we pay close attention to this reality, for we must also acknowledge and understand the fact that just as surely as the Lord can promote and bring good into our lives, so also the Lord can bring down low and allow evil within our lives. The question we must ask ourselves is how we respond and how we react in the midst of those times when the Lord brings good into our lives, and how we react when the Lord brings evil into our lives. Oh that we would read the words and account of the life of Joseph and understand that the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, and yet the Lord is still worthy to be blessed and worshipped. What’s more, is that we must understand and recognize that it the Lord who is sovereign over the hearts and minds of men, and that the Lord can turn the hearts of kings, and rulers, and princes, and leaders, and the like however He desires and chooses. Oh that we would read the words found within the life and account of Joseph and that we would trust in the sovereignty of the living God and His divine plan and will within our lives and in the earth.

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