When Memory Fails

“Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, ‘I do remember my faults this day: Pharaoh was wroth with his servants, and put me in ward in the captain of the guard’s house, both me and the chief baker: and we dreamed a dream in one night, I and he; we dreamed each man according to the interpretation of his dream. And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret. And it came to pass, as he interpreted to us, so it was; me he restored unto mine office, and him he hanged.'” Genesis 41:9-13 (KJB)

Joseph is the man of whom the chief butler is speaking of.  Joseph was a dreamer of dreams, and God had given him the dreams, and he had interpreted the dreams of the baker and the butler (Genesis 40).

God had told Joseph through his dreams that his whole family would bow before him as a ruler.  Sold by his own brothers to traders who later sold him to Egyptians, he ended up a servant to Potiphar, a captain of the Egyptian guard (Genesis 39:1), and due to false accusations of the wife ended up imprisoned for something he did not do.  I am sure Joseph must have thought, “How?”

Joseph interprets the dreams of the baker and the butler with their promise to tell the Pharaoh of his gift giving.  The baker died just as Joseph had said, and now the butler is remembering what he had forgotten.

It happens after the Pharaoh has had a dream of coming excessive crop growth, and coming famine following – 7 years of each.  Only thing is he does not know what the dreams mean. He needs someone to tell him.  Now the butler remembers.

Looking at this from a rearward gaze it is easy to say, “Now that is good timing.”

Of Joseph the Psalmist has written…

“He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron. Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him. The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free. He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: to bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.” Psalm 105:17-22

Even when we forget; God’s timing is always spot on; just in time, on time, every time.

It was at the time of God’s choosing that He sent His Son Jesus.  It was at the right time that Jesus went to the cross, was buried, and rose again.  It is at the right time, the time of God’s choosing that Jesus will return and put an end to all evil.

Let us never forget that.  Come to Jesus through His death, burial, and resurrection.

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