9 “Then the chief cupbearer said to Pharaoh, “I remember my offenses today. 10 When Pharaoh was angry with his servants and put me and the chief baker in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, 11 we dreamed on the same night, he and I, each having a dream with its own interpretation. 12 A young Hebrew was there with us, a servant of the captain of the guard. When we told him, he interpreted our dreams to us, giving an interpretation to each man according to his dream. 13 And as he interpreted to us, so it came about. I was restored to my office, and the baker was hanged.” (Genesis 41:9–13 (ESV)
Following the events contained in Genesis 40:5-23, Joseph continued to languish in prison for two whole years. The chief cupbearer, following his own imprisonment and release, returned to serve in Pharaoh’s palace during the same period of time. However, he forget about Joseph (Gen. 40:9-15, 23).
It was after these two whole years that Pharaoh had his two dreams (Gen. 41:1-7). The king found no one, among his magicians and wise men, who could interpret his dreams (Gen. 41:8). Pharaoh was troubled by his dreams (Gen. 41:8). Imagine how he must have felt when none of his advisors could provide him an interpretation. Imagine how they must have felt?
It was at this providential moment that the chief cupbearer remembered Joseph (Gen.41:9-11). Dr. John MacArthur explains, “With memory suitably prompted, the butler apologized for his neglect (“my offenses”), and apprised Pharaoh of the Hebrew prisoner and his accurate interpretation of dreams two years earlier (vv. 10–13).
The cupbearer told Pharaoh of a young Hebrew prisoner who was the servant of the captain of the guard. It was this young man, the chief cupbearer recalled, who was able to provide both the chief cupbearer and the chief baker an interpretation to their own particular dream.
The chief cupbearer then provided a most significant statement. What the young Hebrew interpreted would occur, from the content of the two dreams, actually came about (Gen.41:13). In other words, the chief cupbearer was saying that Joseph was the real deal. He could provide an accurate interpretation which Pharaoh sought from his own two dreams.
Remember, there are no coincidences in life and God is always in control. This is true even when our circumstances seem, on the surface, to be absent of God’s providential control. Have a blessed day in the LORD.
Soli deo Gloria!