Joseph Tells The Meaning Of The Prisoners’ Dreams
Review Activities for this Lesson
While Joseph was in prison, both the king’s personal servant and his
chief cook made the king angry. So he had them thrown into the same
prison with Joseph.
One night each of the two men had a dream. The next morning, when
Joseph went to see the men, he could tell they were upset, and he
asked, “Why are you so worried today?” “We each had a dream last
night,” they answered, “and there is no one to tell us what they
mean.” Joseph replied, “God knows the meaning of dreams. Now tell me
what you dreamed.”
The king’s personal servant told Joseph, “In my dream I saw a vine
with three branches. As soon as it budded, it blossomed, and its
grapes became ripe. I held the king’s cup and squeezed the grapes
into it, then I gave the cup to the king.”
Joseph said “This is the meaning of your dream. The three branches
stand for three days, and in three days the king will pardon you. He
will make you his personal servant again, and you will serve him his
wine, just as you used to do. But when these good things happen,
please don’t forget to tell the king about me, so I can get out of
this place. I was kidnapped from the land of the Hebrews, and here
in Egypt I haven’t done anything to deserve being thrown in jail.”
When the chief cook saw that Joseph had given a good meaning to the
dream, he told Joseph, “I also had a dream. In it I was carrying
three breadbaskets stacked on top of my head. The top basket was
full of all kinds of baked things for the king, but birds were
eating them.” Joseph said: “This is the meaning of your dream. The
three baskets are three days, and in three days the king will have
Three days later, while the king was celebrating his birthday with a
dinner, he sent for his personal servant and the chief cook. He put
the personal servant back in his old job and had the cook put to
Everything happened just as Joseph had said it would, but the king’s
personal servant completely forgot about Joseph.
Answer the following questions about today’s story:
1. Why do you think Potiphar made Joseph the servant of the king’s
personal servant and his chief cook?
2. Who did Joseph say would help him interpret the dreams of the
king’s personal servant and his chief cook?
3. What did the king’s personal servant dream?
4. What did Joseph say the servant’s dream meant?
5. What did the chief cook dream?
6. What did Joseph say the chief cook’s dream meant?
7. What happened on the king’s birthday?
POINTS TO CONSIDER AND DISCUSS:
Why did God keep helping Joseph?
How was Joseph able to interpret dreams?
Instead of causing trouble, how did Joseph spend his time in prison?
When things are going badly, what can you do besides complain or get mad?
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