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BUTLER BIBLE STUDY

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THE BUTLER

The Pharaoh's chief butler made him angry, so Pharaoh put him in prison. Joseph (Jacob's son) was put in charge of him. The butler had a dream that he told to Joseph because with God, Joseph could tell what dreams meant. The dream was that there was a vine with 3 branches. It grew clusters of grapes. The butler took the grapes, pressed them into the Pharaoh's cup, and put the cup in the Pharaoh's hand. Joseph told the butler exactly what the dream meant, and it really happened next. The 3 branches were 3 days, and after 3 days, the Pharaoh would let the butler out of prison and give him his job back. Joseph asked the butler to put in a good word about him to the Pharaoh when he got out, but the butler forgot.

THE BOOK OF GENESIS

CHAPTER 40

A pleasant day to all of you. In the story in the book of Genesis about Joseph, Israel's son, he has found himself being done wrong by others and yet found Grace in God's sight and God took care of him. Let's see if God continues to do so. The last time, his master Potiphar's wife accused him of seducing her, when in fact is was quite the opposite. Consequently, Joseph has been thrown in prison where the king's (Pharaoh's) prisoners were held.

Joseph has the Lord on his side though, and everywhere he goes, things prosper because he is blessed. The prison keeper had no worries after putting Joseph in charge of all the prisoners there.

One day the Pharaoh was offended by his butler and his baker. He was sorely angry at them and ordered that they be imprisoned where Joseph was being held in jail. There was a night when both the butler and the baker each had strange dreams. When Joseph saw them the next morning they both looked sad so he asked them what was wrong. They told him that they both had dreams, but there was nobody to interpret them. Joseph said, Don't interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.

The butler began, In my dream there was a vine with three branches. And it budded and blossomed and grew clusters of ripe grapes. And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand, so I took the grapes and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup and put the cup in his hand.

God gave Joseph the gift of interpreting dreams and he explained to the butler, The three branches are three days, and within three days Pharaoh will pardon you and give you your job back. Then you'll serve him just as you did before.

Then Joseph added, Please remember me with kindness when you are freed and mention me to Pharaoh so I can get out of here too. I was stolen out of the land of the Hebrews and I haven't done anything here either to deserve being put into prison.

When the baker heard that the interpretation of the butler's dream turned out so well, he told Joseph his dream, saying, In my dream I had three white baskets on my head and in the top basket there was all kinds of pastries for Pharaoh, and the birds ate them out of the basket.

The news wasn't so wonderful for the baker. Joseph said, The three baskets are three days, and within three days Pharaoh will cut off your head and hang you on a tree and the birds will eat your flesh off of you. The baker must have had the wrong kind of daily bread ... ;)

Three days later, it was Pharaoh's birthday and he made a feast for all his servants. He gave the butler his job back, but he hung the baker, just as Joseph had interpreted ... However, the butler forgot all about mentioning Joseph to the Pharaoh.

In the next chapter, the Pharaoh himself had a dream that needs interpretation. Who do you think will fit the bill for that job?

THE BOOK OF GENESIS

CHAPTER 41

In our last chapter, we had Joseph in the Pharaoh's prison, in charge of all the prisoners. Joseph interpreted some dreams for the Pharaoh's butler and baker who were in the jail with him. It was a happy ending for the butler but for the baker, things didn't turn out so well. Joseph asked the butler to put in a good word for him with Pharaoh when he got his old job back, but alas ... The butler forgot all about it until ...

It's been two whole years since the butler was given back his position, and Joseph is still in the prison. It came to pass that Pharaoh had two dreams, and he was troubled about what these dreams meant. He called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt and told them his dreams, but none of them could interpret them for Pharaoh.

Finally, the butler remembered Joseph. He told Pharaoh how Joseph interpreted his and the baker's dreams and how things turned out exactly as he explained, so Pharaoh had Joseph brought out of the prison to him. He told Joseph that nobody could interpret his dreams but he had heard that Joseph could. Joseph said, It isn't me who can interpret them, but God will give you an answer to ease your mind.

Pharaoh told Joseph his dreams. In my dream, I was standing on the bank of the river and seven fat cows came up out of the river and fed in the meadow. Then seven scrawny cows, such skinny cows I have never seen in Egypt, came up out of the river and ate up the first seven fat cows. But when they had eaten them, they were still as scrawny as before, so I woke up. When I fell back to sleep, I saw in my dream seven fat ears of corn sprang up on one stalk. Then seven withered, and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. The seven withered ears devoured the seven fat ears.

Joseph said, Both dreams have the same meaning. God has showed you what He's about to do. The seven fat cows are seven years and the seven fat ears are seven years. They are one and the same. The seven scrawny cows and the seven withered ears will be seven years of famine. That's what I meant when I said God has showed you what He's about to do.

There will be seven years of great plenty throughout Egypt and after that there will be seven years of famine. All the plenty will be forgotten in Egypt and the famine will be so serious that it will consume the land. Because of how terrible it will be, is the reason why you had two dreams about it. God has prepared it to happen and it will come to pass.

Pharaoh should look for a person who is cautious and wise and put him in charge over the land of Egypt. Then hire people to store up one fifth of what the land produces during the seven good years. That food will be for the seven years of famine, so that the land of Egypt can survive.

Pharaoh and all his servants believed Joseph's interpretation. Pharaoh said to Joseph, Since God has shown you all this, there isn't anyone as cautious and wise as you are. You will be in charge and by your ideas my people will be ruled. Only in the throne will I be greater than you.

Pharaoh took off his ring and put in on Joseph's hand, dressed him in royal clothes and put a gold chain around his neck. Joseph rode in the chariot behind Pharaoh's and people bowed as he passed. Pharaoh made Joseph ruler and said nobody will do anything without Joseph's permission in all the land of Egypt.

Pharaoh gave Joseph a wife named Asenath and he traveled all over Egypt. Joseph was thirty years old now. The seven years of plenty produced abundantly and Joseph gathered up so much food to store that he stopped keeping track of it because there was so much.

Joseph had two sons before the famine came. He named the firstborn Manasseh, which means Forgetting, because he said God made him forget all his labor and his father's family. He named the second Ephraim, which means, Fruitful, because he said God has made him fruitful in the land of his affliction.

The seven years of plenty ended, and when the seven years of famine began, but there was food in the land of Egypt. When people asked Pharaoh for food, he sent them to Joseph and told them to do what he said. The famine covered the whole earth and people from all other countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy corn because it was so severe.

So almost fifteen years has passed since Joseph was sold into the land of Egypt, and has become a very prominent man in the land. People from countries all over are coming to buy food from him. Now speaking of dreams, remember Joseph's dreams about his brothers bowing before him? Who do you think will show up in Egypt looking for food and end up bowing before him? Oh, my! God sure does have a way of balancing things, doesn't He?

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