Gen. 41:50-51- Now before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore to him. 51 Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household." NASU
In prison he reveals the meaning of dreams to a butler and a baker. When the baker has a dream Joseph will interpret it. He will die exactly the way Joseph interpreted his dream.
Joseph will interpret a dream for the butler and when it happens exactly the way Joseph said the butler doesn’t help Joseph like he said he would immediately. He will use this knowledge later to help Joseph to be freed from prison and to make himself look good in the eyes of the Pharaoh.
When no one is able to interpret the dream the butler remembers Joseph can interpret dreams. He is brought in and he reveals the dreams and their interpretation. The meaning of his dream is Egypt is about to experience seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.
God has given Joseph the ability to reveal and interpret the dream of the Pharaoh, and because of this the Pharaoh places him second in command over all Egypt at this time.
Joseph says, "God has made him forget…" So what about you, can you say I have had my share of troubles?
Have people lied about you?
Have you been sexually harassed or physically abused?
Have you been in prison for a crime you didn't commit?
Have you been cheated by family members?
Have people been jealous of you or your accomplishments?
If you are able to answer "yes" to any of these questions then let me ask you one more question.
If you are having trouble forgetting your past hurts ask God to help you. He helped Joseph and He will help you.
We can see when Joseph had his first child this was changing him. Children have a way of changing us all. You may be like me and too old to have children, but there are other ways you can have a Manasseh moment.
You have to find the one that works for you and let those past hurts go.
Think on These:
It is far better to forgive and forget than to hate and remember.
We are like beast when we kill, men when we judge others and God when we forgive.
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.