Genesis Lesson 24 Day 5

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Genesis Lesson 24 Day 5

Genesis 40:9-23

Joseph interpreted the butler and baker’s dreams with revelation from God.

13) Their dreams


In his dream, he saw a grape vine with three branches. As soon as it budded, its blossoms shot forth, and the clusters ripened into grapes.

Pharaoh’s wine cup was in his hand, and he took the grapes and squeezed the juice into the cup and gave the cup to Pharaoh.

The short time it took for the grapes to grow and mature meant the event would happen quickly.

Joseph’s interpretation—

The three branches represented three days, not three years or three decades. In three days Pharaoh would have him released from prison and give him back his position as chief butler.


Since the butler’s interpretation was favorable, he said, ” I had a dream, too!” hoping his would also end well. But no.

In the dream he had three baskets of pastries on his head. The top basket held all kinds of baked goods for Pharaoh, but the birds came and ate them.

Joseph’s interpretation—

The three baskets mean three days. In three days, Pharaoh will take off your head and impale your body on a pole, and the birds will come and pick off your flesh!

Yikes! I’m sure he was hoping Joseph was way off on this one.

14) Joseph asked the cupbearer for a favor.

“When all goes well with you, remember me and show me kindness [have pity on me], mention me to Pharaoh and get me out of this prison.”

Joseph asked the cupbearer to help him get released from prison. Even though he rose to a successful position in prison, he was still in prison and wanted to get out. He showed wisdom in the way he asked for help. His response also revealed he wasn’t bitter about all that had happened to him.

15) The outcome of the cupbearer, baker and Joseph

Since both dreams came to pass in exactly three days per Joseph’s interpretations, it didn’t take long to find out if he heard from God or not.

The third day was Pharaoh’s birthday. He threw a feast for all of his servants. 

The cupbearer was restored to his position in Pharaoh’s palace.

Pharaoh sentenced the baker to be impaled just as Joseph said.

Joseph added “forgotten” to his list of injustices.

16) Joseph’s years of suffering in Genesis 37-40.

Joseph’s brothers

When Joseph was blessed by God-given dreams, his brothers mocked him.
His father honored him by placing him in charge of his brothers. They hated him for it and plotted to kill him. He escaped death but his brothers sold him to merchants headed for Egypt.

He remained exiled from his beloved father and brother for many years.

Potiphar’s wife

She relentlessly tried to seduce him, then accused him of humiliating her, laughing at her and mocking her. Although he again escaped death, Potiphar put him in prison for life.

Pharaoh’s butler

The butler/cupbearer forgot Joseph, leaving him behind to languish in the dungeon.

Joseph likely encouraged himself in the Lord just as David did when he was greatly distressed.

And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. 1 Samuel 30:6

17) My response to disappointment and suffering

The Lord is always asking us, “Do you trust me?” and “Do you love me?”

From an early age, songs about surrender resonated with me. Given my naturally strong-willed nature, it had to be the Holy Spirit drawing me.

Our family went through some tough times, especially when my mother was diagnosed with cancer and died seven years later. I was 18.

My dark night of the soul

The next 23 years, I was married to a “Christian” man who backslid within the first year of our marriage. I wasn’t in the best place spiritually either.

Years of anger and verbal abuse followed.

At my lowest point when I felt like I couldn’t go on, I finally opened up to someone—a pastor. My husband was a deacon at that point and more controlling and verbally abusive to his family than ever. That married pastor told me he had a crush on me (his language was more explicit) and continued to flirt with me at every opportunity.

I had a nervous breakdown.

Mercifully, that pastor and the senior pastor got fired for undisclosed reasons. And my husband left.

A month or so later, our oldest son who was away at college, attempted suicide.


When I read where saints said they thanked God for their trials and suffering even welcoming them, I thought, “How can they say that?” I felt like even God had rejected me.

I remarried a godly man who managed to stop my ex from leaving me threatening voicemails.

The years that followed weren’t easy because we became caregivers first for his mother, then five of my grandchildren, and my dad.

I’m slowly learning not to allow bitterness to sprout. God forbid it take root ever again!

Ten years ago when I started BSF, that’s where I was. Overwhelmed and broken.

Jesus said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Paul, the epitome of suffering, wrote, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1).

The lyrics to a song by Andraé Crouch called Through it All come to mind. “Through it all, I’ve learned to trust in Jesus . . . I’ve learned to depend upon His word.”

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