While Joseph was in prison, Pharaoh’s cupbearer and baker made him angry and he threw them in prison. One night in prison both servants had a dream. In the morning Joseph was able to tell them the meaning of their dreams, In 3 days the cupbearer would be forgiven and go back to his job but the baker would be killed. Joseph asked the cupbearer that when he got his job back to help him get out of jail; since he didn’t deserve to be there. Three days later everything happened as Joseph had said, but the cupbearer was so excited to have his job back he forgot about Joseph! Now we might be tempted to be angry at the cupbearer, but this was really God’s plan. God wanted him to remember later when the time was right, and he did. Two years later Pharaoh had 2 dreams that no one in the palace could explain. It was at this point the cupbearer remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him.
When Joseph was brought before Pharaoh he easily explained that the 2 dreams had the same meaning. They meant that Egypt would have 7 good years of harvest, followed by 7 terrible years of drought. And Joseph explained that God sent 2 dreams so they would know God was definitely going to do it and very soon. Joseph then told Pharaoh what he should do to prepare for the drought.
After Joseph was able to interpret the dream, Pharaoh put him in charge of all of Egypt! Now we see God’s plan. Joseph had been a slave and managed his master’s household, then he managed the prison so he had experience organizing. And if the cupbearer had remembered Joseph right away, Pharaoh might have freed him and he would have left Egypt for home and not been there 2 years later to save all of Egypt (and, as we will find out later, his whole family too!!).
We need to remember this next time things don’t seem to be going the “right” way. God sees His plan and it is not always easy to see from our perspective, but it will all be for the best in the end!!!
Have your children think about and draw one of their dreams. As they draw remind them that God used dreams in an important way in Joseph’s life, not only his own dreams, but those of Pharaoh and the cupbearer.