Genesis 40* The chief butler and baker of Pharaoh in prison, Their dreamsinterpreted by Joseph. (1-19) The ingratitude of the chiefbutler. (20-23)1-19 It was not so much the prison that made the butler andbaker sad, as their dreams. God has more ways than one to saddenthe spirits. Joseph had compassion towards them. Let us beconcerned for the sadness of our brethren's countenances. It isoften a relief to those that are in trouble to be noticed. Alsolearn to look into the causes of our own sorrow. Is there a goodreason? Is there not comfort sufficient to balance it, whateverit is? Why art thou cast down, O my soul? Joseph was careful toascribe the glory to God. The chief butler's dream foretold hisadvancement. The chief baker's dream his death. It was notJoseph's fault that he brought the baker no better tidings. Andthus ministers are but interpreters; they cannot make the thingotherwise than it is: if they deal faithfully, and their messageprove unpleasing, it is not their fault. Joseph does not reflectupon his brethren that sold him; nor does he reflect on thewrong done him by his mistress and his master, but mildly stateshis own innocence. When we are called on to clear ourselves, weshould carefully avoid, as much as may be, speaking ill ofothers. Let us be content to prove ourselves innocent, and notupbraid others with their guilt. 20-23 Joseph's interpretation of the dreams came to pass on thevery day fixed. On Pharaoh's birth-day, all his servantsattended him, and then the cases of these two came to be lookedinto. We may all profitably take notice of our birth-days, withthankfulness for the mercies of our birth, sorrow for thesinfulness of our lives, and expectation of the day of ourdeath, as better than the day of our birth. But it seems strangethat worldly people, who are so fond of living here, shouldrejoice at the end of one year after another of their short spanof life. A Christian has cause to rejoice that he was born, alsothat he comes nearer to the end of his sin and sorrow, andnearer to his everlasting happiness. The chief butler rememberednot Joseph, but forgot him. Joseph had deserved well at hishands, yet he forgot him. We must not think it strange, if inthis world we have hatred shown us for our love, and slights forour kindness. See how apt those who are themselves at ease areto forget others in distress. Joseph learned by hisdisappointment to trust in God only. We cannot expect too littlefrom man, nor too much from God. Let us not forget thesufferings, promises, and love of our Redeemer. We blame thechief butler's ingratitude to Joseph, yet we ourselves act muchmore ungratefully to the Lord Jesus. Joseph had but foretold thechief butler's enlargement, but Christ wrought out ours; hemediated with the King of Kings for us; yet we forget him,though often reminded of him, and though we have promised neverto forget him. Thus ill do we requite Him, like foolish peopleand unwise.
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