The Cupbearer's Dream

Genesis 40:1-15 Joseph, now in prison, encounters two high government officials who are thrown into prison with him. Why dose the narrative of this event stress that they were in prison "with" Joseph? How does Joseph conduct himself in this encounter with these two men? How do we treat the people with whom we have apparently chance encounters? How do the dreams of these two men compare and contrast with the other dreams in the Joseph narrative? Though Joseph is faithful to God in all his misfortune and suffering, yet we see he really does suffer and really does seek release. What is the place of lament in the experience of the child of God? What did Joseph want in his pleas to the cupbearer? What if God had granted him his request at this time? Why does God wait to answer our pleas in our laments? (66 min.)