At the Whim of a Pharoah

At the Whim of a Pharoah

Some time later, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their master, the king of Egypt. 2 Pharaoh was angry with his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, 3 and put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the same prison where Joseph was confined. 4 The captain of the guard assigned them to Joseph, and he attended them. Genesis 40:1-4

Apparently it was not easy serving Pharoah and his staff. What did the cupbearer – the most trusted member of his administration – and the baker do to offend? No one knows, but into the prison they went.

Fortunately for them, they had company. Joseph was commanded to serve and attend them, something he had plenty of practice doing for Potiphar.

It’s tough to imagine living and breathing at the whim of one man – a dictator. One word and he could send you to prison – or worse. He could also elevate you to a higher position with the right words.

We enjoy freedoms in the West that many in the world only dream about. As flawed as our governments are, they provide a reasonable quality of justice. Yes, there are cases to be made that there might be two justice systems, one for the elite, and one for everyone else. I wouldn’t argue that case. But do know that people are risking their lives trying to our shores despite the way it’s portrayed in the media and in Hollywood. They recognize we have basic freedoms that are lacking where they come from.

Pray for this great land. Pray for its legislators, judges, and President. Pray that they would seek his will and guidance in the decisions they make.

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