Genesis 40:23 – Genesis 41:9

Posted on January 10, 2010


Genesis 40:23 – Genesis 41:9

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.

When two full years had passed, Pharaoh had a dream:

9 Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, "Today I am reminded of my shortcomings. 

I am a forgetful person. Anyone who knows me will tell you that. I forget things to do and what I am at the store to buy and where I parked my car. And I do not discriminate between forgetting important things and forgetting insignificant things. I forget them all the same. I am an equal opportunity forgetter.

And yet, I am strangely comforted by these three verses.

If you'll remember, Joseph has been (wrongly) thrown in prison. While in prison he meets two of the Pharaohs's  key guys; the baker and the cupbearer.

(I must admit, every time I read about these guys I think of Beauty and the Beast. Or the nursery rhyme about the "butcher, the baker, and the candlestick maker.")

While in prison, both of these guys had a dream. And Joseph was able to interpret the dream for them. Good news for the cupbearer, the baker…well….he was done. 

And so the cupbearer promised that he wwould put in a good for for Joe with the Pharaoh.

Or rather I am sure he meant to…

But he did…


Better late than never right?

Try that one on Joseph.

Thought it is curious how God uses every person Joseph meets and every bit of time for the end good in Joe's life and his purpose.

So today I will try to doa  better job of remembering things. Especially if I end up in jail with a cupbearer…

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