Then spoke the chief butler to Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:…
There are some truths in this verse which I wish you to understand and remember. I shall name and illustrate five of these.
I. THE POWER OF INGRATITUDE. Joseph's request to the butler, and the butler's reply. How easily he might have kept his promise I Have you been ungrateful to any one — parents, teachers, Jesus? If so, repent at once.
II. THE POWER OF MEMORY. As the bridge spans the river, so the butler's memory went back over two years. He saw Joseph in prison and his broken promise. How kind God has been in giving us such a wonderful faculty! Use it well in connection with pure objects, good books, and godly persons. You will then have always excellent and instructive companions.
III. THE POWER OF A SINGLE EVENT. What caused the butler to remember Joseph? The king's dream. How suggestive often are little things! A book, a portrait, a stone, a shoe.
IV. THE POWER OF CONSCIENCE. The butler began to think about his faults.
V. THE POWER OF INTERCESSION. The butler interceded with the king for Joseph. This led to Joseph's freedom and exaltation. Do not forget this. Act upon it. The good which you may secure for others in this way.
Parallel VersesKJV: Then spake the chief butler unto Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day: