The Pharaoh's chief baker made him angry, so Pharaoh put him in
prison. Joseph (Jacob's son) was put in charge of him. The baker had
a dream that he told to Joseph because he heard the butler tell
Joseph about a dream that he had the same night, and Joseph told the
butler good things about his dream. The baker dreamt that he had 3
white baskets on his head. In the top basket were baked foods, and
birds ate them out of the basket. Joseph told the baker exactly what
the dream meant and it really happened next. The 3 baskets were 3
days, and in 3 days, the Pharaoh would hang the baker on a tree and
the birds would eat the flesh off of him.
The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
A pleasant day to all of you. We've been following the story in the
book of Genesis about Joseph, Israel's son, who 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
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
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 story, the Pharaoh himself had a dream that needs
interpretation. Who do you think will fit the bill for that job? Come
back and see next time in your Daily Bread.
The First Book of Moses Called Genesis
We hope today's Daily Bread finds you in good health and spirits and
ready for another story from the book of Genesis. In our last story,
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
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
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
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? We should remember that truth when
dealing with others who we come upon as we sojourn along our
Christian walk path. Look for the beginning of that story next time,
in Daily Bread.
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