SUNDAY 6th JANUARY, 2019
THEME: Man always forget
Text: Gen. 40:12-23
12. And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: 13. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler. 14. But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: 15. For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon. 16. When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head: 17. And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head. 18. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 19. Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee. 20. And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 21. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: 22. But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them. 23. Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.
As a pastor, how many times I have come across some persons who, at unexpected places, walked up to me to say ‘You were my Minister’ ‘You blessed our marriage’ or ‘You dedicated our first child’. About two months ago, a woman called to say that her first child whom I blessed during my time as their minister was getting married and needed my prayers for the marriage. I did not remember. Truly, we always forget. Even we forget some strong promises we make to people and our God. May God deliver us from the spirit of forgetfulness.
We also usually forget the deeds done to us and the benefactors. At other times people we expect should know us very well fail to remember and we take offence. It is very easy to remember the bad side of people than the good side. The truth is ‘man always forget’. No wonder an Idoma proverb says ‘imranyi le echin’ meaning ‘there is no medicine for forgetfulness’.
As we read in today’s passage that the chief cup bearer forgot Joseph who interpreted his dream for him, and even pleaded that he should plead his case with Pharaoh so that he would come out of his unjustified imprisonment. (Gen. 40:23). At the appropriate time, however, the same cup bearer remembered Joseph when Pharaoh dreamt, and it was a destiny-changing result. (Gen.41:9-16).
Be sure, brethren that God does not forget and will never forget you and His purpose for your life. Even though mothers and fathers may forget their children, as it happens in war, even though men may forget all the good you have done, even though your best friend may forget you when good is coming or at the time of sharing goodies! Let everyone forget you, God will always remember you. We have been covenanted with God through Christ. Only be committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and do not fret when it looks as if you are forgotten as a no-body. The Lord, your God and my God, will never forget you. Amen.
HYMN: EMHB 749
1: COME, let us use the grace divine,
And all, with one accord,
In a perpetual covenant join
Ourselves to Christ the Lord:
2: Give up ourselves, through Jesu’s power,
His name to glorify;
And promise, in this sacred hour,
For GOD to live and die.
3: The covenant we this moment make
Be ever kept in mind:
We will no more our God forsake,
Or cast his words behind.
4: We never will throw off His fear
Who hears our solemn vow;
And if Thou art well pleased to hear,
Come down, and meet us now.
5: To each the covenant blood apply,
Which takes our sins away;
And register our names on high,
And keep us to that day. Amen.
Isa. 49:15 “Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I, God will not forget you”
Holy Spirit, keep me in remembrance of God’s mercy and faithfulness, I plead in Jesus name. Amen.
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