The last post ended with Joseph being put in prison – the king’s prison – for something that he didn’t do. The wife of Potiphar accused him of making advances towards her when in fact she was the one that tried to get Joseph to lay with her. However, Joseph refused to accept her offer and he ran from her and she caught his cloak and used it to accuse him. Here is a link to yesterday’s post, “PRAYER –JOSEPH A TYPE OF CHRIST”, if you didn’t get to read it. You can get caught up to date.
Joseph is in the king’s prison – “a place where the king’s prisoners were confined”. Here is the scripture.
20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.
I find it interesting that it is not recorded that Joseph was able to refute anything that the wife of Potiphar said. Apparently Joseph knew it would be a lesson in futility if he were to try to refute Potiphar’s wife’s comments. So he kept quiet and just kept being Joseph. He apparently exuded success because even in prison, he was given authority and whatever he did, he succeeded in… “because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.”
This speaks volumes to me at this particular time! Joseph had been lied about and mistreated by someone in authority… or by the wife of his master. He refused to “play the game” and was being punished for nothing! However, he kept quiet and kept doing what he always had done, just be successful in all he did because he relied on the Lord. He surely must have had some conversations with God from time to time. I can just hear him now… “Well, God, here I am again. In a spot for something that I didn’t do.” “Now what?” “What will this bring, God?” “I know something good will come out of this… but what and WHEN?” Well, maybe not quite like that…but maybe so? Who knows really!? I do believe that Joseph did have a close relationship with God. It says too many times that “the Lord was with him” for them not to have had a close relationship.
So, back to the prison. Here is Joseph and then all of a sudden the butler and the baker get thrown into the same prison… coincidence? I don’t think so… Let’s look at the scripture.
It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. 3 So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. 4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.
5 Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. 6 And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?”
Joseph is charged with serving these two that have offended the king of Egypt. Another coincidence? No! One thing I like about this part is that Joseph took notice of them. He had served them for several days, apparently, and recognized when they looked sad. He had to have had other conversations with them and knew them somewhat to have noticed a difference this particular morning. He was concerned and curious at the same time. Here is the rest of the scripture about why they looked sad.
8 And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”
Now, Joseph proceeds to interpret their dreams based on what? He had to have been “connected” with God in his spirit and heart to have God’s interpretation of their dreams. The butler and the baker did have similar dreams but one was good and Joseph told him he would be out of the prison and reinstated back to the king’s butler in 3 days. The baker’s dream however, indicated that he would lose his head in 3 days (Click here to read the entire story. It is very interesting). Now, where I believe Joseph went awry was when he asked the butler to remember him when he got out of prison in 3 days. Here is the scripture.
14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”
How many times do we try to circumvent God’s plan by using or trying to use people, places or happenings to make it happen sooner? God sets life in motion and He has the perfect plan for our lives, yet we sometimes forget and try to “help” God along. Joseph was trying to do this. Well, the butler never remembered to tell the king about Joseph. So, the next two years, Joseph waited and waited. He never ceased to do the right thing though… which was just keep being successful and a positive influence in all you do. Keep trusting… and have faith.
I believe Joseph was a very good, and godly man. He was human though and we all fall under that category. Human. We must strive to be godly if we claim to be Christ followers, though. God created us and knows we fail, yet He is always there to help us up and try again.
In the next post we will find out the opportunity that Joseph has, that is provided by God, to interpret another dream. This will set Joseph’s foot to the path of greatness. God always presents opportunities for us to achieve and to be successful. We must choose to do the right thing and trust that God will do the rest. God loves us so much. After all, He calls us His beloved.
The Song – God Will Make A Way – Don Moen
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