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Genesis 40

The Cupbearer and the Baker

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

After they had been in custody for some time, each of the two men—the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were being held in prison—had a dream the same night, and each dream had a meaning of its own.

When Joseph came to them the next morning, he saw that they were dejected. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in custody with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so sad today?”

“We both had dreams,” they answered, “but there is no one to interpret them.”

Then Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”

So the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. He said to him, “In my dream I saw a vine in front of me, 10 and on the vine were three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its clusters ripened into grapes.11 Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes, squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup and put the cup in his hand.”

12 “This is what it means,” Joseph said to him. “The three branches are three days. 13 Within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your position, and you will put Pharaoh’s cup in his hand, just as you used to do when you were his cupbearer. 14 But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. 15 I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews,and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon.”

16 When the chief baker saw that Joseph had given a favorable interpretation, he said to Joseph, “I too had a dream: On my head were three baskets of bread.[a] 17 In the top basket were all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.”

18 “This is what it means,” Joseph said. “The three baskets are three days.19 Within three days Pharaoh will lift off your head and impale your body on a pole. And the birds will eat away your flesh.”

20 Now the third day was Pharaoh’s birthday, and he gave a feast for all his officials. He lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and the chief baker in the presence of his officials: 21 He restored the chief cupbearer to his position, so that he once again put the cup into Pharaoh’s hand— 22 but he impaled the chief baker, just as Joseph had said to them in his interpretation.

23 The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.


Genesis 40


All throughout the Bible scripture reminds us that God’s timing is perfect and this is one of those chapters. Joseph is still in prison yet we still see him doing well. God is with him. The chief Butler and Baker are placed into prison because they did something to piss off Pharaoh. God placed them in the care of Joseph knowing that these two men had access to Pharaohs personal life. We see that are in prison for ‘some time’. It could have been weeks or it could’ve been months. But in Gods timing they dreamt and Joseph responded. He had been serving them and showing concern for them and when they seem troubled he knew something was off. For the first time we see Joseph not as the dreamer but as the dream interpreter. Joseph in such a close commune with God he’s connected to the heart and mind of God. He is confident that God will give him interpretation. This is a significant character development in Joseph.
God has spoken many times to people in the Bible through dreams. Abimelech, Jacob, Laban, Solomon, Daniel, Joseph and quite a few more. God will speak to you in this way but not every dream is from God sometimes we dream because our minds are busy.
“A dream comes when there are many cares, and many words mark the speech of a fool.
Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore fear God.”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭5:3, 7‬ ‭
False prophets use dreams as well, but we need to be open to all different ways God speaks. Always know that God speaks through the Bible.
So Joseph interprets their dreams… the butler goes first. In this dream he saw himself serving Pharaoh again… Restored back to his position. And Joseph confirmed that in three days he would be freed and again go back to work. In verse 14 Joseph asks him, “but when you are free remember me. Be kind to me and tell the king about me so I can get out of this prison.” Yet we see the very last verse 23 the officer who served the wine did not remember Joseph. He forgot all about him.
The baker decides he wants his dream interpreted and does not get as good a revelation. Joseph tells him in three days you’re going to be beheaded. Not only that your body is going to be hung on a pole and the birds will eat your flesh. 😳
At that point I wouldn’t be too anxious to get out of prison, in fact I’d probably be looking for a corner to hide in.
Joseph had to wait two more years before the butler would tell Pharaoh about him. God prepares us while we are waiting. He is with us in the steps of life and in the pitstops of life. Remain faithful. I know you want your situation to change, be patient sometimes God says not yet. The season will change when it’s the right time because God‘s timing is perfect.
I read a powerful statement from Austin Gentry, “God prepares us personally for what he has prepared for us purposefully.” 🙌
God knows exactly what he’s doing.
What are you waiting for?
Healing? A job? A spouse? Your situation to change… Opened doors?
The Lord will not forsake you or abandon you.
He’s got us.
Be patient and faithful.
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️
May be an image of text that says 'But when all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness; mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison. The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him. Genesis 40:14, 23'