February 26, 2019

THE PRISONERS’ DREAM

Genesis 40 gave us a run down of the happenings in the prison while Joseph was the one in charge of the facility. It reads ” It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt.  And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker.   So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined.   And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.  Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation.   And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were  sad.   So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?”  And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”  So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”  Then the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “Behold, in my dream a vine was before me,   and in the vine were three branches; it was as though it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and its clusters brought forth ripe grapes.   Then Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand; and I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.”   And Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days.   Now within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your  place, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand according to the former manner, when you were his butler.   But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.   For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon.”  When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said to Joseph, “I also was in my dream, and there were three white baskets on my head.   In the uppermost basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket on my head.”  So Joseph answered and said, “This is the interpretation of it: The three baskets are three days.   Within three days Pharaoh will lift  off your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh from you.”   Now it came to pass on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, that he made a feast for all his servants; and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants.   Then he restored the chief butler to his butlership again, and he placed the cup in Pharaoh’s hand.   But he hanged the chief baker, as Joseph had interpreted to them.   Yet the chief butler did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. (Genesis 40:1-23).

The imprisonment of Pharaoh’s Butler and Baker while Joseph was in charge was designed by God. Their dream in one night was also not coincidental either. The Bible says “All things work together for good for those that love the LORD and are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28). Joseph had been endowed with the gift of dream and its interpretation. He had been friendly with this officials that he could read their countenance that morning and could sense that something was wrong. Is this not the way God wants us to be among the non-believers? He says we are the LIGHT and the SALT of the world.  Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers and  then imprisoned by his master for a crime he did not commit. And yet he did not go about carrying an attitude that reflect somebody that had been unjustly treated, so that everybody will now be pitying him. This is a situation where he had encouraged himself in the LORD, and allowed the God of heaven to judge the matter. He was free to discharge his duties with no animosity against anybody. This was why he was able to see that these two people’s countenance was sad, and his compassion for them made him to approach them to find out  if there was anything he could do to help them.  They too were able to trust him and rendered their dream to him. God whom he trusted gave him the interpretation of the dream. The dream came from God to display his gift which shall soon make a way for him.  After the interpretation of the dream to the butler, Joseph told him not to forget him as he was imprisoned for a crime he did not commit. but the Bible says the butler forgot him. That is what a human being is. No human being can do what God alone can do. Even if he mentioned him to Pharaoh, would they have summoned his master to court to come for reopening of a case which only God was a witness. How would Joseph be freed from a case of attempted rape when there was no witness?  It is God, the Judge of the whole earth,  that could prosecute or defend the accused.

So when the time was ripe for His judgment, He moved as usual into His position to do what no man can do. We will see this in the next chapter. What a great lesson we are learning from the story of Joseph in the prison. God will always be with you wherever you are, even in the midst of your sufferings.that you did not create. Even if you created the mess, our God is a compassionate God, once you ask for mercy, He will pardon you and bring you out of the mess. God is the only one that can deliver us from all our problems. May the LORD deliver us from all evils in Jesus Name, Amen. Remain blessed.

 

 

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