Monday, March 14, 2011

Genesis 41:9-14 Joseph Appears Before Pharaoh

"Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, 'Today I am reminded of my shortcomings.  Pharaoh was once angry with his servants, and he imprisoned me and the chief baker in the house of the captain of the guard.  Each of us had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.  Now a young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard.  We told him our dreams, and he interpreted them for us, giving each man the interpretation of his dream.  And things turned out exactly as he interpreted them to us:  I was restored to my position, and the other man was hanged.'  So Pharaoh sent for Joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon.  When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh." (Genesis 41:9-14 NIV)

Some interesting things about this passage:

  1. Verse 9 indicates that Joseph was imprisoned in the house of the captain of the guard.  However, this was not just house arrest as we might think of it.  Probably the captain lived in a house adjacent to the prison.  It was the place where the king's prisoners were kept. (Gen. 39:20)  It had a warden and other prisoners. (Gen. 39:21-22).
  2. Verse 12 confirms that Joseph was a young man when he was imprisoned, and that he was a Hebrew.  This was how the cupbearer described Joseph to the Pharaoh.
  3. Everything which Joseph had predicted came true. (Genesis 40:21-22; Genesis 41:13)
  4. Joseph was brought to Pharaoh from the dungeon of this prison.  (Gen.41:14)  Also, see Gen. 40:15, where Joseph claims that he does not deserve to be put in a dungeon.

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