JOSEPH’S RELEASE FROM PRISON
Leslie M. John
“And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers” (Genesis 40:2)
The king of Egypt got furious with two of his officers, over the offences caused by the chief of the butler and the chief of the bakers. Consequently, these two men were put in to the prison, where Joseph was bound.
The providence of God works in a manner that we can not perceive His final actions and the favorable results for us until they are revealed or we see the fruit of His work in us. This was the starting point from where Joseph’s way for release from the prison starts. In a surrounding where Joseph would have felt a great deal of desperation for being thrown in to prison on false charges, how comforting would it have been that two of very close workers of Pharaoh were sent into prison and were lodged in the same place where Joseph was bound.
These two former workers, one of them was chief of the butlers, and another chief of the bakers, who were charged on offending Pharaoh, were there with Joseph.
Who can stop God doing miracles in the lives of his children? When God does work in our lives he works it to be for his glory and for our good. These two former workers of Pharaoh dreamed a dream each and they could not interpret the dreams. But then, God interpreted for them their dreams through His loved one, Joseph. This is marvelous! Their dreams came true.
The chief of butlers saw in his dream that there was a vine before him. In the vine were three branches and it appeared as if it budded and her blossoms short forth and the clusters brought forth ripe grapes. Then he saw Pharaoh’s cup was in his hand. The chief of bakers saw in his dream three white baskets on his head. On the top-most basket there were food materials for Pharaoh but birds ate them out from the basket.
Joseph said to the chief of butlers that in three days Pharaoh will restore him to his original place and that he will deliver Pharaoh’s cup into his hand. Joseph made a plea to him that when he is restored he might remember Joseph before Pharaoh.
Joseph said to the chief of bakers that in three days Pharaoh will hang him on a tree and bird shall eat his flesh.
The interpretations of Joseph came true and the chief of butlers was restored to his original place and he served Pharaoh, but he forgot Joseph until next two years. The chief of bakers was hanged to death.
“And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass”. (Genesis 41:32)
After two years Pharaoh dreamed a dream and the chief of butlers remembered Joseph before Pharaoh and Joseph was released from prison. There was delay in the case of Joseph, who was released from prison only after two years after the chief of butlers was released, but then it all worked out good for Joseph because it was the right time for him to be elevated to the highest position next only to Pharaoh in Egypt.
If chief of butlers remembered Joseph before Pharaoh immediately after his release, then Pharaoh would have perhaps released Joseph who would have gone back to the land of Hebrews. But God’s plan was greater than any one could ever think of. Joseph was to be the ruler during famine to save his family members.
“Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his raiment, and came in unto Pharaoh”. (Genesis 41:14)