Life of Joseph – Part 17 – Happy Birthday, Pharoah!

So Joseph interpreted the cupbearer’s and the baker’s dreams. He told both of them that what they had dreamed would happen within 3 days. And the third day was Pharoah’s birthday.

Here are today’s verses:

Genesis 40:20-23 / Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 And on the third day, Pharaoh’s birthday, he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the heads of the chief butler and the chief baker [by inviting them also] among his servants.

21 And he restored the chief butler to his butlership, and the butler gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand;

22 But [Pharaoh] hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.

23 But [even after all that] the chief butler gave no thought to Joseph, but forgot [all about] him.


To celebrate his birthday, Pharaoh throws himself a party and invites all of his officials . . . including the cupbearer and the baker that he had put in prison!

And sure enough, he restored the cupbearer to his position — he put the cup in Pharoah’s hand.

And unfortunately, he had the chief baker hanged — just like Joseph had interpreted.

But once the cupbearer was back at work, he totally forgot about Joseph . . . and about his request to tell Pharaoh about Joseph who was in prison for something he didn’t do.

Truths I found in these verses:

– When God gives us dreams to prepare us for a future event, we can count on that event happening at some point in time.

– Some broken relationships are restored while others come to an end.

– No matter what we do for people — no matter how important or life-changing it is — they may not remember us for very long.

– Our destiny is not in the hands of other people. It’s not dependent on other people remembering to connect us to the people we think we need to be connected to when we think we need to be connected.

Application Questions:

– What dreams and visions and scriptures has God given me to prepare me for my future? Which ones have already happened? Which ones are “in process?”

– Which relationships in my life have been restored? Which ones have ended?

– Who has seemingly forgotten what I’ve done for them? What connection was I expecting them to make for me?

– When have I seen God make a connection for me that no one else could?

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