GENESIS 40:1-3 "And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound."

40:5-8 "And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison. And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and behold, they were sad. And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly today? And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it. And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you."


In chapter 39 we learned that Joseph was thrown in prison for a crime he had not committed. But God was in the prison. He is everywhere. When you're on the mountain, God is there but He's also there when you are in the valley.

The prison keepers entrusted all the prisoners to Joseph. Meanwhile, Pharoah's butler and baker were put in prison for some offense they had committed. One night they both had a dream and were worried about what the dreams could mean. Dreams were taken very seriously in Bible times. It was believed dreams had a futuristic prediction. Joseph persuaded them to tell him their dream.

The butler dreamed of a vine with three branches bearing blossoms and grapes. He held Pharoah's cup and squeezed the grape juice into it. Joseph told him his dream meant that in just three days his job as Pharoah's cupbearer would be restored to him. Joseph then explained that he had been stolen from his country and had done nothing wrong and asked him to speak to Pharoah in his behalf when he was released.

When the butler saw that the baker was given a good interpretation, he told Joseph his dream. In his dream, there were three baskets on his head. He carried baked goods for Pharoah in the top basket; the birds came and ate them. Joseph said the three baskets were also three days and at the end of these three days Pharoah would cut off his head, hang his body on a tree and the birds would eat his flesh.

Both interpretations came true but the butler forgot all about Joseph. Let us learn an important lesson from this chapter. If God puts someone in your life to help you, remember those people when it comes your time to be of help to them!



Do you think dreams still have meaning today? If so, what are your dreams telling you?


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