Two Dreams in the Prison
January 29 - Nº 29 Genesis 40
Joseph had been in prison for quite a while when he was joined by two of Pharaoh’s former employees. The cupbearer had been a high-ranking official in the royal court. His chief duty was to personally bring the right wine to the royal table. Due to the constant fear of plots to poison the leader of the nation, the person in this position had to be one of Pharaoh’s most trusted employees. The cupbearer was often involved in many policy decisions made in the royal court. The baker’s position was just as sensitive, but he was more behind the scenes and less involved in making decisions. Obviously these two trusted men had done something to upset Pharaoh. They were kicked out of the court and thrown into prison. Joseph was put in charge of them. One night, both the cupbearer and the baker had puzzling dreams. They knew the dreams were significant, but they became depressed, because they couldn’t figure out what they meant. Joseph noticed their gloominess and asked what was wrong. When they told Joseph, he encouraged them to share their dreams with him. He would ask God to help him understand them. “After all,” he said, “God is the only One who really knows.” The cupbearer started, “In my dream, there were three branches on a vine. It soon budded and produced grapes. I squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and gave it to him.” God gave Joseph insight and he replied, “The three branches are three days. In that time, Pharaoh will give you back your job as cupbearer.” Then he added, “When he does, please ask Pharaoh to set me free. The accusations against me are all false.” He knew the cupbearer would be very influential again and could help him get released. This interpretation excited the baker and he eagerly shared his dream. “I had three baskets on my head. In the top one were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh. But the birds kept swooping in and eating them right out of the basket on my head.” This time Joseph’s interpretation was not very encouraging. “The three baskets are also three days,” he said. “But in three days, Pharaoh will cut your head off and hang your body outside for the birds to eat.” The interpretations God gave Joseph were right. Three days later, Pharaoh had a big birthday celebration and invited all his officials—including the cupbearer and the baker. In front of everyone, he gave the cupbearer back his old position, and he immediately served Pharaoh his wine. But, the baker was put to death just as Joseph had said. Unfortunately, the cupbearer forgot all about Joseph’s request to be set free. Joseph had been forcibly kidnapped by his brothers, spitefully accused by Potiphar’s wife, falsely imprisoned by Potiphar, and now he was forgotten by the cupbearer. Yet he never doubted that God was with him.
When things all around you are dark, are you still able to see God? Does your life light up the darkness for others? Light does its most important work in dark places!