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Tuesday, January 30 2018
The Baker's Prophecy
"When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head"
The etymology of words, in many languages, is often based on an something that the word was used to describe i.e. an adjective or pronoun. For example, the English-language word "butcher" originated from a French word, that had originated from a Greek word, pronounced bock (from which another English word, buck, also originated) which referred to a male goat. Why? Because the males were killed for food (while the females were kept for milk), hence the word for a male goat came to mean to kill an animal for food.
The English-language word "butler" also had a usage-based etymology. It originated from a Latin word, pronounced botellus, meaning a bottle (the English word bottle also originated from botellus, as obviously seen in the similarity of the spelling) because the earliest "butlers" were "cupbearers" of wine that was stored in bottles (which in ancient times were often flasks made of leather - hence their connection to a "butcher" as well). The original Hebrew word of the Scriptures, pronounced mash-keh, usually translated as "butler," means to cause to drink.
The English word "baker" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon (the Anglos were a tribe of the Saxons; Saxony is in Germany) word which meant to dry by heat, a term used as much for making bread as making bricks. "Baker" is used to translate the Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced aw-faw, which meant to bake.
After the Israelite patriarch Joseph was sold away into Egyptian slavery by his jealous brothers (see Joseph's Coat Of Many Colours), his situation got drastically worse when he was put in prison because of a false accusation of sexual harassment made by his master's lustful wife (see Potiphar's Wife). But with the help of the LORD (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation), Joseph's contact with two other prisoners, a baker and a butler, would be the means for him to be brought to the attention of the Pharaoh - and for him to rise to become the Pharaoh's Prime Minister.
"40:1 And it came to pass after these things, that the butler of the king of Egypt and his baker had offended their lord the king of Egypt. 40:2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. 40:3 And he put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound. 40:4 And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them: and they continued a season in ward.
The dreams that the baker and butler were given to have, by the LORD, were interpreted by Joseph, as enabled of him by the LORD i.e. "Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God?"
"40:6 And Joseph came in unto them in the morning, and looked upon them, and, behold, they were sad. 40:7 And he asked Pharaoh's officers that were with him in the ward of his lord's house, saying, Wherefore look ye so sadly to day?
The dreams would have two very different outcomes. The butler was exonerated and restored to his position in the palace.
"40:9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: 40:11 And Pharaoh's cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
The baker, on the other hand, was executed. Keeping in mind that it was the LORD who provided the truthful prophecies, it's obvious that the butler was innocent of the charges, while the baker was guilty.
"40:16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was good, he said unto Joseph, I also was in my dream, and, behold, I had three white baskets on my head: 40:17 And in the uppermost basket there was of all manner of bakemeats for Pharaoh; and the birds did eat them out of the basket upon my head.
The dreams were fulfilled exactly the LORD provided. Although he failed to mention Joseph to the Pharaoh at that time, Joseph's contact with the Pharaoh's butler would, two years later, not only result in also-innocent Joseph's being freed from prison, but would bring about his rise to become the ruler of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh himself (see the Fact Finder question below).
"40:20 And it came to pass the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, that he made a feast unto all his servants: and he lifted up the head of the chief butler and of the chief baker among his servants. 40:21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand: 40:22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Fact Finder: How and when was Joseph released from prison - and appointed the Prime Minister of Egypt?
This Day In History
This Day In History, January 30
1018: The Peace of Bautzen was signed between Holy Roman Emperor Henry II (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation) and the Piast ruler of Poland Boleslaw I Chrobry. It temporarily ended a series of wars between Germany and Poland (the Second World War of 1939-1945 was triggered by the German invasion of Poland in September of 1939; see also Russia Or Europe - Who Has Been The Invader? and The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).
1606: English Roman-Catholics Everard Digby, Thomas Winter, John Grant and Thomas Bates were executed for their part in the "Gunpowder Plot" to blow up the British Houses of Parliament and King James I (after whom the King James Bible was named). The goal of the treasonists was to return Britain under the rule of the Papacy.
1648: The Eighty Years War between the Netherlands and Spain came to an end with the signing of the Treaty of Munster and Osnabruck.
1649: King Charles I (the son and successor of King James I, after whom the King James Bible was named) of England was beheaded for treason, primarily due to his involvement with Roman Catholicism.
1800: The official U.S. population: 5,308,483 people, of which 1,002,037 were black people held as slaves.
1820: The first known sighting of Antarctica (by Europeans) occurred when William Smith, a sealer, and Edward Bransfield of the Royal Navy sailed through what is now called Bransfield Strait and saw the Antarctic Peninsula to the south.
1835: Andrew Jackson survived the first-ever known assassination attempt on a U.S. President (4 were assassinated: Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy; 11 others survived gunshot wounds or other assassination attempts).
1902: Britain and Japan signed a treaty providing for the independence of China and Korea.
1911: The Canadian Naval Service became the Royal Canadian Navy. By the time of the Second World War, Canada had the fifth-largest navy in the world, extending through the "Cold War" era of the 1950s and 1960s when Canada had 3 aircraft carriers.
1933: Newly-elected Adolf Hitler was sworn in as Chancellor (Prime Minister) of Germany by German President Paul von Hindenburg (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Why Does Satan Love Liars?). After Germany's "9-11" a month later, (the burning of the Reichstag, the German Parliament Building, by a "terrorist" - a mentally-retarded man from the Netherlands, Marinus van der Lubbe, who many historians believe was either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was executed in 1934, but posthumously pardoned in 2008; see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator), Hitler later assumed both offices for himself as "der Fuhrer" ("the leader") in order to "protect" his people (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1937: 13 anti-Communists were sentenced to death for participating in a plot, allegedly led by Leon Trotsky, to overthrow the Soviet regime and assassinate its leaders.
1943: During the Second World War (1939-1945), the British Air Force carried out the first daylight bombing raid on Berlin.
1948: Mohandas Gandhi, 79, was assassinated at a prayer meeting by Pandit Nathuram Godse, a Hindu fanatic who objected to Gandhi's tolerance for Muslims.
1964: A coup overthrew the government of South Vietnam. It was the second military takeover of the government in 3 months.
1965: The funeral of Sir Winston Churchill was held in London, one of the largest in British history. His defiance of Adolf Hitler during the darkest days of the Second World War was exemplified in his famous speech after the "Miracle of Dunkirk" (which it was): "We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender."
1968: The Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam; see also Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?) "Tet Offensive" began - nearly 70,000 North Vietnamese troops launched a surprise attack against South Vietnam.
1973: G. Gordon Liddy and James McCord (Whitehouse associates of Richard Nixon) were convicted of burglary, wire-tapping and attempted bugging of the Democratic headquarters at the Watergate building in Washington (see also The Impeachment Of The President).
1991: The Hudson's Bay Company announced that it was getting out of the fur business, the trade on which the company was founded in 1670 (see also Who Invented Fur Coats?).