In an age of moral relativism, God’s people must remain devoted to speaking the truth boldly and proclaiming the name of Christ. What does such devotion actually look like? Alistair Begg guides us to Joseph’s example. Even when he sat helpless in prison, Joseph’s trust in God’s providence empowered him to deal honestly with his captors as he interpreted their dreams. May Joseph’s boldness encourage us to live God-centered lives in these confused and confusing times.
1Some time after this, the cupbearer of the king of Egypt and his baker committed an offense against their lord the king of Egypt. 2And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3and he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison where Joseph was confined. 4The captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them, and he attended them. They continued for some time in custody.
5And one night they both dreamed—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison—each his own dream, and each dream with its own interpretation. 6When Joseph came to them in the morning, he saw that they were troubled. 7So he asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, “Why are your faces downcast today?” 8They said to him, “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them.” And Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell them to me.”
9So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph and said to him, “In my dream there was a vine before me, 10and on the vine there were three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes. 11Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup and placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand.” 12Then Joseph said to him, “This is its interpretation: the three branches are three days. 13In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office, and you shall place Pharaoh's cup in his hand as formerly, when you were his cupbearer. 14Only remember me, when it is well with you, and please do me the kindness to mention me to Pharaoh, and so get me out of this house. 15For I was indeed stolen out of the land of the Hebrews, and here also I have done nothing that they should put me into the pit.”
16When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head, 17and in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.” 18And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days. 19In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.”
20On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, he made a feast for all his servants and lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and the head of the chief baker among his servants. 21He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh's hand. 22But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.
(Replaces series, "Providence, Volume 1") All of Scripture declares that God’s hand is active in shaping our every affair, from our deepest trials to our loftiest triumphs. Few stories declare this theme more powerfully than the dramatic account of Joseph, son of Jacob. Through this seminal tale of jealousy, betrayal, faithfulness, and astonishing forgiveness, the Bible invites us to rejoice in God’s divine sovereignty and providential care for those whom He loves.
In volume one of this series, Alistair Begg leads us through Joseph’s early life, demonstrating how his trials, struggles, and unexpected rise to power displayed God’s perfect provision. Born into a troubled family, betrayed at his brothers’ hands, enslaved, imprisoned, and then raised up to Pharaoh’s right hand, Joseph exemplifies how God works all things together for our good and His glory. Through God’s abundant providence, we too may cast unbelief aside and trust in the only One whose plan is perfect.
|New Coat, Big Dreams, Deep Pit||Genesis 37:1-36|
|Sent, Sold, Sad, Safe||Genesis 37:17-36|
|Making the Most of It||Genesis 39:1-7|
|Joseph's Temptation||Genesis 39:6-20|
|Attitude Is Everything||Genesis 39:16-23|
|Good News, Bad News||Genesis 40:1-23|
|Lessons from the Dungeon, Part One||Genesis 40:1-23|
|Lessons from the Dungeon, Part Two||Genesis 40:1-23|
|Pharaoh's Dream||Genesis 41:1-57|
|A Man With a Plan||Genesis 41:25-40|
|In Charge, In Touch, Part One||Genesis 41:41-57|
(Replaces series, "Providence, Volume 2") All of Scripture declares that God’s hand is active in shaping our every affair, from our deepest trials to our loftiest triumphs. Few stories declare this theme more powerfully than the dramatic account of Joseph, son of Jacob. Through this seminal tale of jealousy, betrayal, faithfulness, and astonishing forgiveness, the Bible invites us to rejoice in God’s divine sovereignty and providential care for those whom He loves.
In volume two of this series, Alistair Begg examines Joseph’s journey from the heights of worldly influence to the lasting legacy of his final days. His could have been a story rife with bitterness and vengeance. Instead, being grounded in faith, Joseph trusted in God’s providence and promises, regardless of his circumstances. Like Christ Himself, Joseph’s view of the world was framed by God’s divine purpose, enabling him to forgive genuinely, live correctly, and die without fear. Will we follow his example?
|In Charge, In Touch, Part Two||Genesis 41:41-57|
|Three Conversations||Genesis 42:1-24|
|Remorse or Repentance, Part One||Genesis 42:25-38|
|Remorse or Repentance, Part Two||Genesis 42:25-38|
|One Moment in Time||Genesis 45:1-15|
|A Lesson in Forgiveness||Genesis 45:1-7|
|A Pilgrim's Progress||Genesis 46:1-47:12|
|A Lesson in Dying, Part One||Genesis 47:28-48:2|
|A Lesson in Dying, Part Two||Genesis 49:29-33|
|After the Funeral||Genesis 50:15-21|
|Famous Last Words||Genesis 50:22-26|
|Leaving a Legacy||Genesis 50:22-26|