Archive for July 15th, 2011

Genesis 40

Genesis 40 has Joseph interpreting dreams.  It seems that the cupbearer and baker had “committed an offense” against the king and were thrown into jail – the very jail that Joseph is in charge of.  So “the captain of the guard appointed Joseph to be with them”.  God has a plan once again – not immediately obvious to the current situation – but definitely part of his plan for Joseph’s future.

Joseph comes in one morning and sees that his prison mates are troubled.  “Why are your faces downcast today”?  I find it interesting that in a place where being downcast was probably the norm, Joseph was that in tune with the people around him to notice a change.  There really was nothing there to make it anything but a troubling situation – but an alert focus on others brings the question to the surface.  “We have had dreams, and there is no one to interpret them” is their reply.  They both have a dream but don’t know what it means.

So Joseph asks the cupbearer to share his.  There was no real reason for Joseph to get involved in this at all.  He was in charge of keeping the prisoners in jail – not being their counselor.  He listens and the cupbearers dream is about “a vine….three branches….ripe grapes”.  Joseph interprets the dream as “three branches are three days….lift up your head and restore you to your office”.  A good outcome is ahead.  Joseph’s one request when he finishes this positive interpretation is that the cupbearer will remember him and mention it to Pharaoh.

The baker shares his dream about “three cake baskets….birds eating out of it”.  Joseph’s interpretation here is not as good for the baker: “three baskets are three days….Pharaoh will lift up your head – from you! – and hang you on a tree”.  Not a great outcome and exactly what happens.  Both dreams occur as interpreted.  The only issue was “the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him”.  Things were looking positive until the cupbearer drops the ball here – and Joseph is still in jail.

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