Friday, August 06, 2010

Bible Study: As It Was In The Beginning - Genesis - Chapter 40


Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the book of Genesis. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.

Stacey


Take a few minutes to savor Genesis Chapter 40. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations…



40:1 – Joseph met the baker and cupbearer when he was 28 years old.

40:2-8 – Do you think it was an accident that these men ended up in Joseph’s care? Was it coincidence that they all had dreams?

40:6-7 – Joseph in genuinely concerned about people.

40:8-15 – Joseph saw and seized an opportunity to get out of his prison. How can we do the same? (Ask for help)

40:8 – Joseph was still confident that God would work through him. Why? See 39:21. He knew that God was with him even in prison.

40:14-15 – “God often works through people, but we may have to solicit their help.” (Explore the Bible, Spring 2008, Genesis 28-50)

40:20-23 – “I will trust God’s heart even when I can’t trace His hand.” (Explore the Bible Quicksource Leader, Spring 2008, Genesis 28-50)

40:21-22 – see Luke 23:39-43.

How could the cupbearer forget? He received a wonderful gift. He witnessed (or at least heard about) a horrific execution! Was he just waiting for an opportunity to approach Pharaoh? He was probably afraid.

40:23 – Joseph was probably disappointed that the chief cupbearer forgot him. But I’m sure he still trusted God. When we are disappointed and feel forgotten, we should pray that God will deliver us, review the good things that God has done and is doing for us, review God’s promises to us, and serve others.



What attributes of God have you observed in your study today? How will this change your relationship with Him?

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