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Summary: Sermon 3 in the Joseph series as inspired by the writings of Chuck Swindoll

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Victim…that’s a word that we hear a lot these days isn’t it?

If anyone ever experienced being a victim it would have had to have been Joseph.

Let’s quickly recap his story thus far…

First he receives unfair treatment from his brothers, then he gets thrown into a situation of being a slave, next he gets falsely accused of rape, and we left him last week getting thrown into prison,

But if you recall we once again were reminded that The Lord was with Joseph and it wasn’t long until he was promoted to head trustee and despite his circumstances he was making the best of an otherwise bad situation.

In what could have been a bad situation Joseph prospered! Because of his commitment to God, he was freed up to be used of God in the lives of at least two other men.

LET me just throw this in for someone here today…When a dungeon experience comes…the quickest and easiest response is to feel like God has forgotten you…Lord where are you…what is going on will you ever answer my prayers? Have you been there?

If that is where you are this morning then just hang on…this message is for you, good news is on the way…. Let’s look at Genesis chapter 40 for our lesson today…

1 Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them.

Isn’t it amazing how often God will bring alongside us people who are going thru or have gone thru the same circumstances that we are dealing with?

Old Joseph and these two guys were all thrown into prison for different reasons but here they are together, sharing similar stories of misery. Now watch what happens as God starts to use the circumstances…

After they had been in custody for some time, 5 each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.

6 When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. 7 So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, "Why are your faces so sad today?"

If anyone should have had the sad face you would think it would have been Joseph but not the case…say Christian friend…when your heart is right, even though the bottom may have dropped out of your life, you can still be empathetic to others who are suffering…so Joseph inquires what is wrong…watch this verse 8…

8 "We both had dreams," they answered, "but there is no one to interpret them."

Remember from week one something we learned about Joseph…this guy was the dreamer of all dreamers…

Then Joseph said to them, "Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams."

At first Joseph may have though to great not another dream Lord…remember last time I shared about a dream…but know being obedient he ask them to share their dreams with him…


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