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Thursday, September 27 2018

A Bible Journey, 40: Joseph In Prison - The Butler And The Baker

"They dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison"

Joseph was abducted into slavery by his own brothers (see A Bible Journey, 37: Israel's Favorite Son). Nevertheless, h served his master honorably and honestly, but was further imprisoned as a result of false charges made by his employer's lustful, adulterous wife (see A Bible Journey, 39: The Lies Of Rejected Zuleikha). Even in prison, Joseph was made a servant to two other prisoners, the former butler and baker of the Pharaoh who "had offended their lord the king of Egypt."

"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." (Genesis 40:1-4 KJV)

Joseph In Prison
Some lengthy later, in the same night, the butler and the baker each had a dream that they vividly remembered the next morning.

"40:5 And they dreamed a dream both of them, each man his dream in one night, each man according to the interpretation of his dream, the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, which were bound in the prison." (Genesis 40:5 KJV)

When Joseph arrived from his own cell to attend to his "masters," he saw that they were distressed.

"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?" (Genesis 40:6-7 KJV)

Notice that Joseph was not able to know that they had dreams, but that his power to interpret them was something that he knew that the LORD had given him the ability to know (Joseph's God-given abilities with dreams were actually one of the sources of resentment toward him by his brothers i.e. Genesis 37:5-11).

"40:8 And they said unto him, We have dreamed a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.

And Joseph said unto them, Do not interpretations belong to God? tell me them, I pray you." (Genesis 40:8 KJV)

The butler was the first to describe his dream.

"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." (Genesis 40:9-11 KJV)

Joseph gave the butler the interpretation of the dream, along with a plea, from one innocent man to another, to help him get out of prison.

"40:12 And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it:

The three branches are three days: 40:13 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou wast his butler.

40:14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and shew kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house: 40:15 For indeed I was stolen away out of the land of the Hebrews: and here also have I done nothing that they should put me into the dungeon." (Genesis 40:12-15 KJV)

The baker then described his dream to Joseph.

"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." (Genesis 40:16-17 KJV)

After revealing the meaning of the dream to the baker, Joseph didn't ask for his help in getting out of prison - Joseph new that the baker was about to be executed.

"40:18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 40:19 Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thy head from off thee, and shall hang thee on a tree; and the birds shall eat thy flesh from off thee." (Genesis 40:18-19 KJV)

Exactly as Joseph prophesied, the butler was restored, while the baker was executed. "Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him" - yet.

"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.

40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him." (Genesis 40:20-23 KJV)

Fact Finder: By means of his God-given ability to interpret dreams, Joseph rose from a prisoner to the Prime Minister of the country, second only to the King. What other prophet of the LORD rose, in the same way, from a prisoner to the Prime Minister of the country, second only to the King?
See The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image


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This Day In History, September 27

1066: William I (known as William the Conqueror) and his marine (see also Send In The Marines) army sailed from the mouth of the Somme River across the English Channel to begin the Norman Conquest of England. A descendant of Viking raiders, William had been Duke of Normandy since 1035 under the name William II. By 1060 his control of Normandy was secure; he then launched the Norman conquest of England in 1066, whereby he became the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087.

William the Conqueror

1290: An earthquake in China killed 100,000 people.

1331: The Battle of Plowce between the forces of the Kingdom of Poland and the Teutonic Order.

1396: Thousands of Church of Rome "Crusaders" (see Emperor Constantine's Sun Dogs and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) who had been taken prisoner by Ottoman (i.e. Turkish; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) forces under Sultan Bayazid at the Battle of Nicopolis the day before were beheaded. Among those executed were members of the royal families of France, Germany and Burgundy.

The Ottoman Empire was one of the longest in human history. It occupied a vast area of Europe and the Middle East, including the land of Israel, for centuries. It was the fall of the Ottoman Empire to the British Empire that permitted the present-day state of "Israel" (which is actually Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) to come into existence (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

The Ottoman Empire

1529: The Siege of Vienna began when Suleiman I attacked the city (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1540: The Church of Rome's Pope Paul III gave approval to Ignatius Loyola for the founding of the Society of Jesus, known as the Jesuits (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).

1590: Pope Urban VII died 13 days after becoming Pope, making his reign the shortest papacy in history (see also The Struggle For The Papacy).

1605: The armies of Sweden were defeated by the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Battle of Kircholm.

1669: The island of Crete in The Mediterranean Sea fell to the Ottomans after a 21-year siege.

1785: The "Episcopal Church" in the U.S. was founded when Anglicans met in Philadelphia to create a denomination independent of the Church of England. The Episcopalians left (but continued the erroneous doctrines of) the Church of England, that left (but continued the erroneous doctrines of) the Church of Rome. All 3 were and are "state religions" (i.e. the Church of Rome, the Church of England, the Episcopal Church" of the United States) that deny the Biblical Truth of the Church of God - which knows and recognizes no man-made political boundaries (see also What Is The Church? and What And Where Is Babylon Today?; also A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions).

1791: Jews in France were granted French citizenship.

1821: Mexico declared independence from Spain (Texas succeeded from Mexico 15 years later, in 1836).

1822: Jean-François Champollion announced that he had deciphered the Rosetta stone.

1825: In England, the first locomotive to haul a passenger train was operated by George Stephenson.

1854: The first great disaster involving an Atlantic Ocean liner occurred when the steamship Arctic sank with 300 people aboard.

1905: The physics journal Annalen der Physik received Albert Einstein's paper "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?." The paper introduced Einstein's famous E=mc2 equation (see Einstein's Holy Spirit Formula).

Albert Einstein
1918: During the First World War (1914-1918; see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars), Canadian commandos stormed the Canal du Nord, a section of the German Hindenburg Line, capturing over 7,000 prisoners and 205 artillery guns.

1923: Martial law was declared in Germany.

1939: Warsaw, Poland capitulated to the invading German forces (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1959: A typhoon battered the Japanese island of Honshu, killing almost 5,000 people (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).

1964: The Warren Commission released the official report of its investigation of the assassination of President John Kennedy with the conclusion that Lee Harvey Oswald was the shooter and that he acted alone.

"Conspiracy theorists" continue to disagree with the findings e.g. the supposedly zigzagging "magic bullet" fallacy was actually the result of the seating - President Kennedy's VIP seat was about 6 inches higher and 8 inches to the right of Governor John Connally who was sitting on the door opening "jump seat" (look closely at the photograph below). That reality provides a perfectly straight line from the upper story window, through Mr. Kennedy's neck and into Mr. Connally's back. There was no "magic bullet."

1970: King Hussein of Jordan and Al Fatah guerrilla leader Yasser Arafat met in Cairo with 10 Arab chiefs of state and signed an agreement ending civil war in Jordan.

1996: In Afghanistan, Taliban forces seized control of Kabul and hanged former President Najibullah.

2008: Zhai Zhigang became the first Chinese astronaut to do a "spacewalk," from Shenzhou 7.




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