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:
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.
18 And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days:
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.
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.
21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand:
22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.
23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him
K.J.V. Bible Text
The chief baker saw that Joseph had given a good interpretation of the dream and told Joseph his dream as well. He had dreams that he carried three baskets of baked goods on his head—all for pharaoh—and that birds were eating them out of the baskets.
Joseph told him the dream meant that in three days time Pharaoh would lift off his head and impale his body on a pole, whereupon the birds would eat his flesh.
Sure enough, three days later, on Pharaoh’s birthday he gave a feast. At his birthday ceremony he restored the cupbearer to his former position but impaled the chief baker just as Joseph had said.
As Joseph had correctly interpreted both dreams, one would think that the cupbearer would have been delighted to report such a person to Pharaoh, but the cupbearer did not. He forgot about Joseph.
That is sometimes the way in our lives as well. We do something worthy of commendation, but those who should be rewarding us, instead ignore our contribution.
Because we all know this story so well, we know that Joseph will get out of prison eventually, but he—like we must do on many occasions when we long for something good to happen—must wait upon the Lord for his release.
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