Forgotten in your Dreams

Forgotten in your Dreams

Genesis 40:1-23

Call to Worship: Psalms 81:1; 84:1, 2, 4, 11 (NIV)

        Sing for joy to God our strength;
                    shout aloud to the God of Jacob!

        How lovely is your dwelling place,
                    Lord Almighty!
        My soul yearns, even faints,
                    for the courts of the Lord;
            my heart and my flesh cry out
                    for the living God.

        Blessed are those who dwell in your house;
                    they are ever praising you.

        For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
                    Lord bestows favor and honor;
            no good thing does he withhold
                    from those whose walk is blameless.

Scripture: Isaiah 40:27-31 (NIV)

27        Why do you complain, Jacob?
                    Why do you say, Israel,
            “My way is hidden from the Lord;
                    my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28         Do you not know?
                    Have you not heard?
            The Lord is the everlasting God,
                    the Creator of the ends of the earth.
            He will not grow tired or weary,
                    and his understanding no one can fathom.
29         He gives strength to the weary
                    and increases the power of the weak.
30         Even youths grow tired and weary,
                    and young men stumble and fall;
31         but those who hope in the Lord
                    will renew their strength.
            They will soar on wings like eagles;
                    they will run and not grow weary,
                    they will walk and not be faint.

Sermon Text: Genesis 40:1-23 (ESV)

I. The Butler and Baker Imprisoned with Joseph (40:1-4)

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.

II. Joseph Interprets Their Dreams (40:5-19)

A. God breaks into prison through dreams (40:5-8)
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.”

B. The cupbearer’s dream and interpretation (40:9-15)
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.”

C. The baker’s dream and interpretation (40:16-19)
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.”

III. The Fulfillment of the Dreams (40:20-23)

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.

IV. Forgotten in Your Dreams

A. The God of dreams (Amos 3:7)

B. The fulfillment of dreams: Heaven’s hope and the human touch

C. The mystery of waiting in our dreams (Isa 40:31)


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