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    Scripture: Genesis chapter 40

    Observation: Pharaoh's butler and baker land in the same prison as Joseph, and Joseph is put in charge of them. He notices their distress one morning, and finds out they've both had odd dreams that no one can interpret. Joseph acknowledges that interpretation of dreams belongs only to God, and asks the men to tell him of their dreams. The butler tells of a dream where 3 branches of a vine fill with grapes in front of his eyes, and he squeezes the juice from them into Pharaoh's cup and brings the drink to him. Joseph tells him the meaning of the dream: in 3 days he will return to Pharaoh's service. Joseph asks the butler to remember him when this takes place, because his imprisonment is unjust. Upon hearing such a favorable interpretation, the baker tells his dream. He has 3 baskets on top of his head filled with baked good for Pharaoh, but the top basket is being eaten by birds. This interpretation is not very pleasant: in 3 days the baker will be beheaded. On the third day, which was Pharaoh's birthday, all happens just as Joseph had told both men, but sadly the butler forgot Joseph and didn't tell anyone about his plight.

    Application: First lesson, we see how Joseph gives God the credit for interpreting the dreams. He doesn't assume he is gifted; he recognizes God's work in his life, even in his dire condition. Second lesson, it's easy to ask for help when we need it, and just as easy to forget those that show kindness. The butler was asked one favor once he was released from prison, but he quickly forgot about the man who'd revealed the meaning of his dream. I must remember to give God the glory in all things, and to be thankful.

    Prayer: Father, You are great in all the earth. I am nothing; You are everything. That You would even take notice of me shows Your great love and mercy. Without You I can accomplish nothing. Be with me always, and may I speak words of praise to You at all times. Thank You for Jesus, for the greatest sacrifice of love, for salvation. I am grateful to You for all You are and all You do. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

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