Posted by: wwyeshua | October 8, 2014

JOSEPH IN PRISON – Genesis 39 – 40

 Joseph in Prison ws

While Joseph was in prison, the Lord was with Joseph and continued to show His kindness to him, so the commander of the prison guards began to like Joseph. And he put Joseph in charge of all the prisoners. Joseph was their leader, but he still did the same work they did. The commander of the guards trusted Joseph with everything that was in the prison. This happened because the Lord was with Joseph. The Lord helped Joseph be successful in everything he did.

Meanwhile at the palace, Pharaoh, the King of Egypt, became upset with two of his servants because the baker and wine taster did something their master didn’t like.

The baker and the butler to jail

He put them in prison in the house of the captain of the palace guard. It was the same prison where Joseph was kept. The captain put Joseph in charge of those men. So Joseph took care of them.

Some time passed while they were in prison. Then each of the two men had a dream. Both of them had dreams the same night. Each of their dreams had its own meaning.

Joseph came to them the next morning. He saw that they were sad. So he asked them, “Why do you look so sad today?”

Joseph, the Baker and the cupbarer in prison

“We both had dreams,” they answered. “But no one can tell us what they mean.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Only God knows what dreams mean. Tell me your dreams.”

So the chief wine taster told Joseph his dream.

Baker-and-Cupbearer-05He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me. There were three branches on the vine. As soon as it budded, it flowered. And bunches of ripe grapes grew on it. Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand. I took the grapes. I squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup. Then I put the cup in his hand.”

 “Here’s what your dream means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. In three days Pharaoh will let you out of prison. He’ll give your position back to you. And you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand. That’s what you used to do when you were his wine taster.

“But when everything is going well with you, remember me. Do me a favor. Speak to Pharaoh about me. Get me out of this prison. I was taken away from the land of the Hebrews by force. Even here I haven’t done anything to be put in prison for.”

The chief baker saw that Joseph had given a positive meaning to the wine taster’s dream. Baker-and-Cupbearer-06

So he said to Joseph, “I had a dream too. There were three baskets of bread on my head. All kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh were in the top basket. But the birds were eating them out of the basket that was on my head.”

“Here’s what your dream means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days. In three days Pharaoh will put you to death.

The third day was Pharaoh’s birthday. He had a big dinner prepared for all of his officials.

Pharaoh's birthday cake

He brought the chief wine taster and the chief baker out of prison. He did it in front of his officials.

He gave the chief wine taster’s position back to him. Once again the wine taster put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

cupbears cup

But Pharaoh had the baker put to death. So, everything happened exactly as Joseph had told them when he explained their dreams.

But the chief wine taster didn’t remember Joseph. In fact, he forgot all about him.

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Goodbye, until next time; when we will learn what Joseph continued to do in prison.

Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.

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