The Cupbearer and the Baker have a
Bible Study Lesson - Genesis
in this Christian
study lesson from
is asked to interpret the dreams of the cupbearer
and the baker.
He boldly does so and both
dreams come true. Who gets the credit? God.
Was there risk involved with
the interpretation? Absolutely, but
took the risk because he was faithful to
the baker and the cupbearer
Then it came about
after these things, the cupbearer and the baker
for the king of Egypt offended their lord, the
king of Egypt.
Pharaoh was furious with
his two officials, the chief cupbearer and the
So he put them in
confinement in the house of the captain of the
bodyguard, in the jail, the same place where
Joseph was imprisoned.
The captain of the
bodyguard put Joseph in charge of them, and he
took care of them; and they were in confinement
for some time.
Then the cupbearer and the
baker for the king of Egypt, who were confined
in jail, both had a dream the same night, each
man with his own dream and each dream with its
When Joseph came to them
in the morning and observed them, behold, they
He asked Pharaohs
officials who were with him in confinement in
his masters house, Why are your
faces so sad today?
Then they said to him,
We have had a dream and there is no one to
interpret it. Then Joseph said to them,
Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell
it to me, please.
So the chief cupbearer
told his dream to Joseph, and said to him,
In my dream, behold, there was a vine in
front of me; and on the vine were three
And as it was budding, its
blossoms came out, and its clusters produced
Now Pharaohs cup was
in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed
them into Pharaohs cup, and I put the cup
into Pharaohs hand.
Then Joseph said to him,
This is the interpretation of it: the
three branches are three days; within three more
days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore
you to your office; and you will put
Pharaohs cup into his hand according to
your former custom when you were his cupbearer.
Only keep me in mind when
it goes well with you, and please do me a
kindness by mentioning me to Pharaoh and get me
out of this house.
For I was in fact
kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and even
here I have done nothing that they should have
put me into the dungeon.
When the chief baker saw
that he had interpreted favorably, he said to
Joseph, I also saw in my dream, and
behold, there were three baskets of white bread
on my head;
and in the top basket
there were some of all sorts of baked food for
Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of
the basket on my head.
Then Joseph answered and
said, This is its interpretation: the
three baskets are three days; within three more
days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and
will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat
your flesh off you.
Thus it came about on the
third day, which was Pharaohs birthday,
that he made a feast for all his servants; and
he lifted up the head of the chief cupbearer and
the head of the chief baker among his servants.
He restored the chief
cupbearer to his office, and he put the cup into
Pharaohs hand; but he hanged the chief
baker, just as Joseph had interpreted to them.
Yet the chief cupbearer
did not remember Joseph, but forgot him. -
How soon we
Joseph interpreted each of
the men's dreams but did not hesitate to give the
credit to God.
If Joseph had predicted these
things on his own and they came true, it would have
been a mere coincidence. But, with God involved,
Joseph could interpret with the confidence that
what he saw in the dreams was absolute.
The Easy Way
- The Hard Way
Something just came to mind
when I read this passage again.
Interpreting the cupholder's
dream was easy for Joseph because he knew the
cupholder would be restored to his high position in
the king's court.
However, it was a bold move
for Joseph to tell the baker the meaning of
What if the baker were not
executed and instead the king put him back into a
position of power?
There is a good chance that
Joseph would have lost his head in that
It took a deep
faith for Joseph to
make the decision to interpret the baker's dream
just the way God explained it to him.
How about us?
Would we be willing to share
and do what God told us to do even if it meant a
possibility of losing our lives?
Could we go into harm's way
others about Christ?
Quest of the
Many people in the world
today are doing just that. There are Christians in
certain parts of the world such as China, Africa
and Afghanistan who risk their lives daily to share
the faith of Jesus Christ.
Now, back to us. Sometimes
we're afraid even to mention Christ to a friend who
needs His message
of salvation and
there is not a remote chance of our being hurt or
abused by telling them.
All we have to risk is a
Let's pray that God will make
us bolder in our commitment to share the word of
Christ to those who need it.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if
some stranger (or even a friend or family
member) came up to us in heaven and said; "It was
that day you shared Jesus Christ with me that I
made a decision to have my life
Love in Christ
If you would like more
information about how to receive the love and
life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please
take a moment to go
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Verses from Genesis about Joseph
interpreting dreams from the cupbearer and the
baker are from New American Standard Bible
& New King James Version - Lessons from Life
Application Study Bible: NIV - Passage above
credited to Lockman