This Sunday evening in Genesis Chapter 41 we will read of Joseph finally being released from prison, provide the interpretation for Pharaoh’s dream, rise to a position of prominence, and marry and have children. Through this chapter, we will learn much of Jesus and much of ourselves. Don’t miss the opportunity for God’s word to speak to our hearts!
Here is what we can expect:
For two years, Joseph was forgotten by the chief butler, but he was not forgotten by the Lord. It is disappointing to depend on people, for often their help never comes (Ps. 60:11; 146:3).
Speaking to the world’s greatest ruler, Joseph was careful to give all the glory to God (vv. 16, 25, 28, 32).
God always exalts the humble “in due time” (1 Pet. 5:6). Joseph started as a servant, but then God made him a ruler (Matt. 25:21). He experienced suffering before God gave him glory (1 Pet. 5:10). God invested thirteen years in making a man out of Joseph; when it comes to building character, God is never in a hurry.
Joseph’s new name probably means “the one who furnishes nourishment to the land.” He married an Egyptian wife, and she bore him two sons who were given significant names: Manasseh (“one who forgets”) and Ephraim (“double fruit”). Joseph determined to forget the past and live for the future. In the Bible, forgetting means “not holding it against another.” Joseph certainly did not forget what his brothers did, but he did not hold it against them. Instead, he concentrated on living a fruitful life to the glory of God.
Please join us this Sunday the 22nd of January from 6 p.m. to study God’s Word as we consider this passage of Genesis.