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 September 29, 2018

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Text: Zechariah 1-7
Audio: Zechariah 1-7

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Memory Verse of the Week

“And as they journeyed, a terror from God fell upon the cities that were around them, so that they did not pursue the sons of Jacob.”
(Genesis 35:5 ESV)

Genesis 40 (ESV)

Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.

And 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. When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in custody in his master’s house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” They 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.”

So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me, 10 and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.11 Pharaoh’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.” 12 Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. 13 In 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. 14 Only 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. 15 For 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.”

16 When 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, 17 and 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.” 18 And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days. 19 In 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.”

20 On 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. 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand. 22 But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23 Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

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  1. Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. Genesis 40:23

    Adversity

    When I read this chapter, I can't help but be reminded how often I am in search of God's blessing instead of God Himself. By default, my relationship with God can quickly become focused on me instead of Him (and others). 

    When things are going great, it's easy for God to fade into the tapestry. If we are the primary focus of our lives, then when we're appeased, we find joy and contentment in our circumstances. At the same time, people who have no interest in God will find themselves "believing" in a moment of suffering (or great joy) only to go back to being disinterested once they are pacified. 

    To me, this is one of the clearest evidences of where our hearts really are towards God and reveals where our focus really is. 

    In All the Books and Chapters of the Bible, Herbert Lockyer writes, "Viewing this chapter, we find it easy to believe that 'stone calls do not a prison make.' Adversity never caused Joseph to compromise. He was loyal to God under all circumstances. In prison, Joseph confessed his convictions, was sympathetic, and knew how to win and hold confidence. Thus, his captivity was the providential preparation for his magnificent future. To him was granted the interpretation of dreams. God was so real to His suffering servant, that it was easy for him to reveal to the butler and he baker the meaning of their respective dreams. All that Joseph received from the Lord, he relayed. Nothing was added or subtracted. And is this not our obligation with the Truth we have been given to declare? 'Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph but forgot him' (verse 23). Two years later, the butler did remember Joseph, but think of what those two years must have meant to the waiting prisoner!"

    Do you ever grow impatient with God?

    Do you wonder why times of suffering and trials seem to last so long?

    Do you find yourself more focused on yourself instead of God and others?

    Is your faith strengthened when tested through adversity or does it erode what little faith you have?
     

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