Faults Remembered
Genesis 41:9-13
Then spoke the chief butler to Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:…

I. WE ARE ALL CHARGEABLE WITH FAULTS (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 3:12; Psalm 19:12; Psalm 143:2; James 3:2; 1 John 1:8; Romans 3:23). Yet "did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgot him." It was forgetfulness most inexcusable; it was ingratitude most unkind I But what are our faults? We have offended, not the king of Egypt, but the King of kings, the King of heaven, the Greatest and Best of all beings. We have forgotten, not the son of Jacob, but the Son of God, the Lord of life and glory.


1. The evidence of this. Men have convictions of sin, but they stifle them.

2. The causes of this.

(1)  Ignorance of the true nature and malignity of sin.

(2)  Partiality to self, strengthened by the deceitfulness of the heart.

(3)  The hurry of business.

(4)  Elevation in worldly circumstances.

III. Various circumstances are adapted to REMIND US OF OUR FAULTS.

1. Providential occurrences. Some of these regard ourselves, the affliction of our persons, or our immediate connections. Other providential occurrences regard the condition of those about us: they strike our observation. We witness sometimes She difficulties in which others are involved; we think of what occasioned such difficulties, and are reminded of similar causes in ourselves, which might have produced similar effects.

2. The ministry of God's Word.

IV. When we are reminded of our faults we should be ready to confess them (1 John 1:8, 9). What, then, have we to confess to God? What are the faults which "this day" we remember? We must go to Him with all our faults, with all our follies, and with all the iniquity of our sin.

V. Confession of faults should always be attended with REAL AMENDMENT.

(T. Kidd.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:

WEB: Then the chief cupbearer spoke to Pharaoh, saying, "I remember my faults today.

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