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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Genesis 40

 

 

Verses 1-23

Joseph in Prison- Genesis 40:1-23 records the account of Joseph's imprisonment, and how he interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh's butler and baker. After Joseph interprets the dreams, he asks the chief butler to remember him when he stands before Pharaoh.

It is important to note that God sent Joseph an opportunity to help others get out of prison as a seed for his own deliverance. God sends us opportunities to sow a seed in the midst of our needs. We simply need the wisdom to recognize these opportunities.

Genesis 40:14Comments- The chief butler forgot to show kindness to Joseph ( Genesis 40:23).

Genesis 40:23, "Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him."

Genesis 40:15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon.

Genesis 40:15Comments- Note the early mention of the Hebrew people ( עִבְרִי) (H 5680) before the Exodus from Egypt. This word will be used six times in the book of Genesis. On one occasion it will refer to Abraham ( Genesis 14:13), on three occasions it will refer to Joseph ( Genesis 41:12) and once it will refer to the Hebrew people in general ( Genesis 40:15).

Genesis 14:13, "And there came one that had escaped, and told Abram the Hebrew; for he dwelt in the plain of Mamre the Amorite, brother of Eshcol, and brother of Aner: and these were confederate with Abram."

Genesis 41:12, "And there was there with us a young Prayer of Manasseh , 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."

Genesis 40:18Comments- Bread was baked fresh daily in this ancient culture. Since a basket of bread represented a day's worth of bread, it is easy to see how one basket of bread represents one day.

Genesis 40:23Comments- The chief butler forgot about the kindness of Joseph ( Genesis 40:14). It was not God's time to take Joseph out of prison yet. God was setting the stage to place Joseph at Pharaoh"s right hand ( Genesis 45:7-8). The chief butler's forgetfulness of Joseph was of the Lord.

Genesis 40:14, "But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house:"

Genesis 45:7-8, "And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt."

 


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Bibliography Information
Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Genesis 40:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/genesis-40.html. 2013.

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