Reflections on Genesis 40-41

Gen. 39:20-21: And Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined, and he was there in prison. But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him steadfast love and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

Gen. 40:23: Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him.

Though men may forget you, the Lord does not.


Gen. 37:3: Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors.

Gen. 37:23: So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore.

Gen. 41:41-42: And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh took his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain about his neck.

God can redeem even the most painful and personal loss.


Gen. 41:39-40: Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has shown you all this, there is none so discerning and wise as you are. You shall be over my house, and all my people shall order themselves as you command. Only as regards the throne will I be greater than you.”

John 2:3-5: When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.

The Spirit of God can shine forth so powerfully in a man that unbelievers in authority will trust so fully that they command their servants: “Do whatever he says.” This is the “wisdom from above”.

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