Genesis 39:22-40:23 Joseph Continues To Serve, But Is Forgotten.
We find history repeating here, as Joseph is once again placed in a position of authority because of the LORD’s mercy, creating in him a servant’s heart (v. 22). “Because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper” (v. 23). Then as the story progresses, Joseph again served his fellow prisoners, and one of the services he rendered was to speak to them the word of God that was given to him, in regard to their respective dreams (40:1-8). The butler received a welcome interpretation that he would be restored to serve once again, fittingly with the symbol of a vine, since the bringing of a cup of wine was his duty (vv. 9-13). All that Joseph asked was that he might remember him, and put in a good word to the Pharaoh (vv. 14-15). The baker did not fair so well, as he would be executed and the birds would feed on his decapitated skull, again the days fittingly symbolized by three loaves of bread (vv. 16-19). As predicted, on the third day, the butler was restored, and the baker was executed, perhaps being decapitated with his hanging. “Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.” (v. 23). Joseph, like some of us, was wrongly accused and forgotten, but the LORD was, and is, with us so that we can continue to serve.