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Reapplying God’s truth

Briefly share the story of Joseph’s life using these categories …

  • Dreams & Immaturity

  • Jealousy & Slavery

  • Favor & Promotion

  • Obedience & False Accusation

  • Imprisonment & Favor

Read …

Genesis 40:1-16

Some time later, Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer and chief baker offended their royal master. Pharaoh became angry with these two officials, and he put them in the prison where Joseph was, in the palace of the captain of the guard. They remained in prison for quite some time, and the captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, who looked after them.

While they were in prison, Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker each had a dream one night, and each dream had its own meaning. When Joseph saw them the next morning, he noticed that they both looked upset. “Why do you look so worried today?” he asked them.

And they replied, “We both had dreams last night, but no one can tell us what they mean.”

“Interpreting dreams is God’s business,” Joseph replied. “Go ahead and tell me your dreams.”

So the chief cup-bearer told Joseph his dream first. “In my dream,” he said, “I saw a grapevine in front of me. The vine had three branches that began to bud and blossom, and soon it produced clusters of ripe grapes. I was holding Pharaoh’s wine cup in my hand, so I took a cluster of grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup. Then I placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”

“This is what the dream means,” Joseph said. “The three branches represent three days. Within three days Pharaoh will lift you up and restore you to your position as his chief cup-bearer. And please remember me and do me a favor when things go well for you. Mention me to Pharaoh, so he might let me out of this place. For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.

When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given the first dream such a positive interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I had a dream, too.

How did Joseph show both maturity and immaturity in this part of the story?

React to this quote …

The greater the assignment -
the greater the maturity needed

Joseph’s maturity and immaturity were tied to his faith. He was immature when he believed the enemy’s lies. Which lies? And he was mature when he believed God’s truth. Which truth? So why wasn’t Joseph ready for the big stage yet?

Unbelief isn’t just the state of believing nothing. Your faith is never just in neutral. You always believe in something. The question is, What do you believe - the truth or a lie? Unbelief is the choice to believe a lie rather than the truth. What does this say about the importance of intentional choice?

Read …

Genesis 40:23—41:1

Pharaoh’s chief cup-bearer, however, forgot all about Joseph, never giving him another thought. Two full years later…

Genesis 41:1

Two full years later, Pharaoh dreamed that he was standing on the bank of the Nile River.

Genesis 41:9-16

Finally, the king’s chief cup-bearer spoke up. “Today I have been reminded of my failure,” he told Pharaoh. “Some time ago, you were angry with the chief baker and me, and you imprisoned us in the palace of the captain of the guard. One night the chief baker and I each had a dream, and each dream had its own meaning. There was a young Hebrew man with us in the prison who was a slave of the captain of the guard. We told him our dreams, and he told us what each of our dreams meant. And everything happened just as he had predicted. I was restored to my position as cup-bearer, and the chief baker was executed and impaled on a pole.”

Pharaoh sent for Joseph at once, and he was quickly brought from the prison. After he shaved and changed his clothes, he went in and stood before Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I had a dream last night, and no one here can tell me what it means. But I have heard that when you hear about a dream you can interpret it.”

“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”

How does Joseph show his maturity in this part of the story?

Read …

Genesis 41:37–43

Joseph’s suggestions were well received by Pharaoh and his officials. So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, clearly no one else is as intelligent or wise as you are. You will be in charge of my court, and all my people will take orders from you. Only I, sitting on my throne, will have a rank higher than yours.”

Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.” Then Pharaoh removed his signet ring from his hand and placed it on Joseph’s finger. He dressed him in fine linen clothing and hung a gold chain around his neck. Then he had Joseph ride in the chariot reserved for his second-in-command. And wherever Joseph went, the command was shouted, “Kneel down!” So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of all Egypt.

Once again we see that God is a Jiu Jitsu master. What was his takedown move on the Enemy in Joseph’s life?


Choice and faith are a kingdom matter. A stronghold is the rule and reign of a lie and the Liar. And true freedom is the rule and reign of the truth and King Jesus. Once again, why is intentional choice so important and why is faith and unbelief never just neutral?

Joseph gave evidence to believing the lie through his …

  • Complaining

  • Defending

  • Manipulating

How are the following other evidence of believing lies?

  • Anger

  • Impatience

  • Bitterness

  • Addictions

  • Hopelessness

  • You fill in the ____________

Why do you need to choose the Truth over and over again? How does our BIG Conversion need to be followed by many, mini conversations?

How did you answer Sunday’s homework?

  • What lies has the Enemy spoken into your soul?

  • What evidence is there that you are believing a lie?

  • What is the Truth?

  • How will you maturely reapply the Truth in your life?

  • What evidence would there be that you are believing the Truth?


Karl House