~~~~~Lesson: Genesis, Chapter 40 (reading below lesson)
1) Today, Joseph first interprets dreams, which will lead to an important change in his life, the life of his family, and the life of his descendants. And it all started while he was in prison.
The simplest of actions, helping another in whatever way he could, led to an entire change in Joseph's life...though it took awhile for that change to occur.
We also have the curious doubling (two dreams) that we noted earlier. This is a literary effects used throughout the book to show how God "ties things together."
Questions: Has a small action in your life led to big changes? Did you even realize at the moment how important that small action was? What can we learn from this story to apply to our everyday life?
~Reading: Genesis: Chapter 40
(2-5) Pharaoh was angry with his two courtiers, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker, and he put them in custody in the house of the chief steward (the same jail where Joseph was confined). The chief steward assigned Joseph to them, and he became their attendant. After they had been in custody for some time, the cupbearer and the baker of the king of Egypt who were confined in the jail both had dreams on the same night, each dream with its own meaning.
(8-9) They answered him, "We have had dreams, but there is no one to interpret them for us." Joseph said to them, "Surely, interpretations come from God. Please tell the dreams to me."
Then the chief cupbearer told Joseph his dream. "In my dream," he said, "I saw a vine in front of me..."
(12-14) Joseph said to him: "This is what it means. The three branches are three days; within three days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your post. You will be handing Pharaoh his cup as you formerly used to do when you were his cupbearer. So if you will still remember, when all is well with you, that I was here with you, please do me the favor of mentioning me to Pharaoh, to get me out of this place."
[Joseph interprets baker's dream]
(20-23) And in fact, on the third day, which was Pharaoh’s birthday, when he gave a banquet to all his staff, with his courtiers around him, he lifted up the heads of the chief cupbearer and chief baker. He restored the chief cupbearer to his office, so that he again handed the cup to Pharaoh; but the chief baker he impaled- just as Joseph had told them in his interpretation. Yet the chief cupbearer gave no thought to Joseph; he had forgotten him.”
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