Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God’s Plan? Part 19

This entry is part 19 of 45 in the series Did the Old Testament Greats Understand God's Plan?

Recap Part 18: The chief butler told his dream to Joseph and he enjoyed its good news. At the end of its interpretation Joseph says: “But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon” (Genesis 40:14-15).

Part 19

After hearing the good report about the butler’s dream, the chief baker decides to share his dream and seeks for its interpretation. “…Behold, I had three white baskets on my head: And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee” (vs. 16-19).

We as preachers of Christ’s message must give the news to those around us whether it brings life to them or death. God’s word brings both life and death, but this must not sway us one way or the other. We are not to share with those we see fit and neglect others we feel uncomfortable with. God’s will must be our priority; not our own. If we put ourselves before God, how are we helping him or furthering his cause?

Do we in fact have power when we speak? What does scripture say about the power of our words? “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof” (Proverbs 18:21). “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4). “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29). “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness” (Proverbs 15:1-2). Lastly, Matthew 15:18 – “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man”.

I’m pretty sure Joseph did not want to give this man bad news or upset him, but should he be dishonest? How would you have handled this situation? Joseph made sure to instruct these men by saying: “Do not interpretations belong to God?” (Genesis 40:8) If that is true, Joseph simply gave these men God’s word. Can you see the similarities?

We will not always be best friends with everyone, nor be most pleasing. We are to bring God’s word to others and to preach it boldly. Think about this verse (Isaiah 55:11): “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” How can this be true if we don’t share God’s word? What did Joseph know? WHAT DID THEY KNOW? October 28, 2018 Recap of Part 19: Joseph gives both prisoners, the butler and the baker, the interpretation of their dreams leaving one pleased and the other in distress. The butler promises to remember Joseph when he is restored to his position. Will he in fact keep that promise?

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