Summary: Our text finds Joseph still in the midst of a great trial of faith. He has been mistreated, misrepresented, maliciously accused and imprisoned. In the midst of it all Joseph remained patient and kept his testimony intact.
JOSEPH’S PRISON MINISTRY – #5
TEXT: Genesis 39:23 “The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him (Joseph), and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.”
Our text finds Joseph still in the midst of a great trial of faith. He has been mistreated, misrepresented, maliciously accused and imprisoned. In the midst of it all Joseph remained patient and kept his testimony intact.
A glimpse at Joseph’s life reveals the trials he was forced to face.
• He was treated unfairly by his own brothers and sold into slavery.
• He became a slave in a foreign land.
• He was falsely accused of sexual assault and unjustly imprisoned.
HOWEVER – Joseph chose not to be a victim. He understood that “The Lord was with Joseph!” That truth alone made his prison experience bearable.
As we rejoin Joseph in prison, we see his experience reveals some important lessons for God’s people today. Chapter 40 finds Joseph shut up in prison, but still believing and serving the Lord. In that prison he was forgotten by many, but he was never forgotten by the Lord.
The path of life leads us into similar prison situations. We all face hardships and trials. That is the way of life!
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Romans 8:38-39 “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
We may, at times, we feel we are forgoten. We may be forgotten by those around us, but we are never forgotten by the Lord (Heb 13:5).
#1. JOSEPH’S PRISON DUTY (v 1-4). “And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt. 2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.”
While Joseph waits in prison, he receives some new roommates – Pharaoh’s Butler and Baker.
• The Butler was Pharaoh’s Cupbearer. When anything to eat or drink was brought before Pharaoh, the cupbearer would taste it first to make sure it was safe for Pharaoh. Cupbearers were close to the rulers they served. They were so close that they had conversations and where some-times were privy to royal secrets. They were highly trusted servants that literally held Pharaoh’s life in their hands (Nehemiah 2:1ff).
• The Baker was Pharaoh’s Personal Chef. He was responsible for the food that Pharaoh ate as well as those that dined at his table. He too would have been a trusted servant in Pharaoh’s household.