8 Feb 2021
Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today. When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation. A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream. Genesis 41:9-12
Two years had passed since Joseph interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker. Jospeh had asked the cupbearer to remember him when the cupbearer would be restored. It was only when Pharaoh sought an interpretation of his distressing dreams that the cupbearer remembered Joseph.
There are a couple of takeaways from this story. First, there’s value in the waiting. Joseph would continue to hone his leadership skills during the two additional years in prison as the personal aid to the warden. Secondly, and most importantly, we have a Cupbearer who never forgets. In due time, the Father sent his Son into our world to deliver us from our incarceration to sin. And our Cupbearer still intercedes for us from his kingdom throne. Father God, thank you for remembering us and for sending us your Cupbearer who has drunk from the cup of suffering to set us free. Help us to never forget the extent of your extravagant and costly love for us. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling