Today, we would be considering the dreams of the chief butler and the chief baker of Egypt in the days of Joseph. They had both offended Pharaoh and were thrown into prison, this was the same prison where Joseph was bound; and was given responsibility for them. We would now look into the dreams of these two men and how they played out.
Please don’t be offended by the image above, that it’s too childish, I even made it extra-large for that matter. You see, except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 18:3); so this should help in the conversion process.
After having their respective dreams, the two officers were sad because they didn’t understand them and this made Joseph concerned; so he asked them to tell him so that he could interpret them.
The Chief Butler
The chief butler was the first person to come forward with his own dream, and the following ensued as we would see in Genesis 40:9-13:
“And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; 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: 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. And Joseph said unto him, This is the interpretation of it: The three branches are three days: 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.”
So we can see how figurative the dream was, he saw a vine with three branches, it blossomed and bore ripe grapes, and then Pharaoh’s cup was in his hand, he took the grape, pressed them into the cup and gave the cup to Pharaoh. That dream was as simple as the dream where I was a player in FIFA 2012, controlling the pad and myself at the same time; only that in my own I did a lot of ojoro (cheating). If I shot the ball and it didn’t enter the net, I would manipulate it by either rewinding and fast-forwarding myself, or giving myself super powers, like in “Shaolin Soccer”. Jokes apart, anybody who has that kind of dream today would probably just let it go like nothing happened, I would probably be like, “Me? Tree, grape, cup, grape inside cup, what has that got to do with me for Christ’s sake?” Yet, out of that little dream, came an interpretation of glory.
The Chief Baker
I don’t want to spoil the fun by analyzing this one, but the chief baker must have really felt like, “Butler! Pharaoh! Restoration? Let me quickly say my own dream, maybe my own would even be promotion” Genesis 40:16-19 tells us that,
“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: 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. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 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.”
I said it! He must have thought his own was a promotion, with three white baskets filled with all manner of bake meats just for Pharaoh on his head. Yet, out of that simple dream, came an interpretation of doom. Who would have even thought that kind of thing concerning this dream?
Well, the dreams have been dreamt, the interpretations given, now, let us see the outcome. Genesis 40:20-22 tells us that,
“…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. And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand: But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.”
Just like that? Nawa o!
This scenario above has really baffled me, imagine how simple dreams could mean so much as to determine life and death. To mitigate the outcome of that second dream, I believe that the chief baker could have prayed and cancelled it. This is because the whole decision was in Pharaoh’s hands and the heart of Pharaoh was in God’s hand. Also, it was Pharaoh’s birthday, the mood wasn’t the one for issuing out death sentences, except that the dream just had to be fulfilled.
May the grace of our Lord, Jesus Christ, really continue to rest and abide with us now and forevermore, because this is a really serious matter. We really need God’s grace especially when we can’t remember our dreams or don’t understand them. That is why we need to always prayerfully attend to our dreams, even if we just remembered it three days later.
Right now, I just remembered that I didn’t prayerfully attend to my dreams this morning; I’ve got to go now and do the needful.
Cheers and God bless you infinitely!!!
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