Genesis 39 & 40

Day 38 of Reading the Bible in 365 Days

Yes, I realize Day 37 was skipped.  Another crazy busy day filled with activities, conversations and many tests, for which I’m praying I passed.

Genesis 39 – Joseph had been taken to Egypt.  Potiphar, an Egyptian who was one of Pharaoh’s officials, the captain of the guard, bought him from the Ishmaelites.  The Lord was with Joseph and he prospered and he lived in the house of his Egyptian master.  When his master saw that the Lord was with Joseph and the Lord gave him success in everything he did, Joseph became his attendant and gave his charge over the household, the field and everything he owned except his wife.  He concerned himself with nothing but the food he ate.  Joseph was well-built and handsome and his master’s wife told him, “Come to bed with me!”  He refused her time and time again, day after day, because he was a Godly man, honest and true to God and to his master. 

When she finally got it through her head that he would never sleep with her, one day she sent all the servants away and when Joseph went into the house to attend his duties, she caught him by the cloak and begged him again but he left his cloak and ran from the house.  She called to her servants and lied to them saying he tried to sleep with her, she screamed and he left his cloak beside her and ran from the house.  Then, she told her husband and he burned in anger, believed her and threw Joseph into prison.  The Lord was still with Joseph, never leaving him and the prison warden saw the LORD was with him and gave Joseph charge over all those held in the prison and was made responsible for all that was done there.  The warden paid no attention to anything under Joseph’s care, because the LORD was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did.

Genesis 40 – Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master.  The Pharaoh was angry with his 2 officials and put them in the same prison where Joseph was confined.  Joseph attended them.  After they’d been there for some time, each of those 2 men  had a dream the same night and didn’t know how to interpret the dreams, so Joseph interpreted the dreams.  The cupbearer said, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes.  Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”  Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days.  Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer.  But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.  For I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.” 

Then the chief baker said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.  In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”  Joseph said, “The three baskets are three days.  Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”

The 3rd day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials:  He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand, but he hanged the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.  The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. Nice guy, huh?


Author: Carol B Sessums

Writer, Editor, Coffee Addict, Lover of Mountains. Lives to shrink the planet, one story and connection at a time.

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