Genesis Revealed

Lesson 9–Joseph (A Type and Shadow of Jesus As Beloved, Rejected, and Exalted Son)

 

 

Joseph and the Butcher and the Baker Review:

Prophetic Implications

In Genesis 40:4 we are told that the butler and the baker are imprisoned as well and placed under Joseph’s care and ‘he served them’. Both of these men had been leaders in their field and yet came to a place of needing ministry themselves. The chief butler or cupbearer shares first:

Gen 40:9 And the chief butler told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, In my dream, behold, a vine was before me; Gen 40:10 And in the vine were three branches: and it was as though it budded, and her blossoms shot forth; and the clusters thereof brought forth ripe grapes: Gen 40:11 And Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand: and I took the grapes, and pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup, and I gave the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.

 

 

Joseph gives him the interpretation that there is release and full restoration coming in three days. The baker is greatly encouraged by this and shares his dream but Joseph does not have good news for him. In three days, he is to be released from prison and hanged.

On the third day, Joseph’s interpretations are fulfilled and he waits eagerly in prison for his own release, having asked the butler to put in a good word for him.

 

God’s timing again.

 

Days drag by but nothing happens until two full years have gone past. These must have been Joseph’s hardest years in that prison of preparation.

There is a very interesting verse in Proverbs which shows us that God uses other people to speak into our lives:

Pro 27:19 As in water face answers to face, so the heart of man answers to man.

In other words, when you look at someone else and see things in their life, it is like looking in a mirror. God is trying to show you something in yourself.

When God divinely positioned these two men in front of Joseph, He was trying to show Joseph different areas in himself and what He intended to do in dealing with them. When Joseph interpreted these two dreams, he was not only sharing understanding with the butler and baker; he was also prophesying over himself!

Let me explain; the butler represents the part of Joseph which is connected to the fruit of the vine. Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches” and explained in John 15-5 that abiding in Him was a prerequisite of bearing much fruit.

 

 

As the butler takes hold of the grapes and presses them into the cup, it is a picture of preparing the ‘blood of grapes’ or the wine of heavenly revelation, received from the Vine, Jesus Christ. It is this heavenly revelation, the revelation of Christ, that the cup or vessel is filled with on the third day. The time in the prison of preparation is filled with the budding, blossoming and ripening of the grapes of understanding and knowledge of Christ.

There is a prophesy which Jacob speaks over Judah on his deathbed which refers to this heavenly revelation:

Gen 49:11 Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes

Ultimately this refers to Christ as Judah was in His earthly lineage. So we see that Jesus’ garments were soaked in heavenly revelation and the cup of blessing which we bless is the cup full of heavenly revelation, the blood of grapes. The life is in the blood according to the Word and it is the Spirit-quickened Word which is to be dispensed to bring life.

It is time for us to all soak our garments (representing our callings and giftings) in the blood of grapes. Then we become cups or vessels brimful of heavenly revelation, dispensing Life wherever we go.

Joseph prophesied through his interpretation that on the third day, the cup-bearer would be lifted up and restored to the place appointed him; where he would dispense wine into the cup of Pharaoh. Joseph was finally released from prison when he was thirty years old (Genesis 41:36), which is the third ten-year period of his life or the third day.

 

 

Jesus was also released from the tomb on the third day in resurrection power as the Son of God:

Rom 1:4 And declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.

 

 

The sons of God are lifted up from the prison/tomb of preparation on the Third Day as cupbearers to the King. They are vessels brimful with the wine of heavenly revelation.

However, there is also the baker to consider. This is the content of the baker’s dream:

Gen 40:16 … behold, I had three white baskets on my head: 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. And Joseph answered and said, This is the interpretation thereof: The three baskets are three days: 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.

The Message Bible translates the word ‘bakemeats’ as ‘assorted pastries’. The Hebrew actually consists of three words which carry the connotation of business, labor and pursuits or products made by man and presented as food.

The baker is one who takes the flour of the Word and adds sugar and fillings and forms fancy shapes to produce assorted pastries which will appeal to the taste-buds. In other words, his own hands are very involved in the process. The baker represents the effort of the flesh to produce something pleasing to God. The fact that the three baskets were white brings to mind the instance where Jesus called the Pharisees ‘whitewashed tombs’. They had the appearance of purity on the outside but within, there was the stench of religion and death.

Although the pastries were intended for the king, the birds of the air were feasting on them. Our religious fleshly efforts are actually food for the demonic realm. This is why Joseph had to remain in prison two years longer. The baker in him needed to be put to death. He had to stop depending upon the saccharine-filled pastries of earthly soulish revelation and allow every pharisaical tendency in him to be lifted up to the surface and taken to the cross – just as the baker was lifted up and hanged on the tree.

The baskets were upon the baker’s head. This demonstrates that these assorted pastries were held up by religious mindsets and this is why the interpretation said that the baker’s head had to be removed (Gen 40:19).

Joseph felt he was innocent as his plea to the butler shows. His mindset was pharisaical and self-righteous. He was unaware of the baker who was alive and well on the inside of him, leaning on the arm of flesh and human influence!

This is why God brings certain people across our paths during our time of testing and trying. We need to look into the mirror of other people’s faces in order for God to show us the planks resident in our own hearts. If we are still looking to man to elevate us to our appointed position or to open a door for us to fulfill the ministry God has for us, then there is a baker that must be hanged on this Third Day.

This is the day when God is releasing His sons to rule  (Rom. 8:19) as never before but unless we are free from the inclination to shape assorted pastries that appeal to the taste-buds of our hearers, we can never be used to rule in righteousness and justice. This is because we will be influenced by the need for others approval of what we serve up – in essence, we will be snared by the fear of man.

 

 

 

Joseph spent two long years in that prison, serving faithfully and finally on his third day, he was lifted up and given the opportunity to serve the wine of heavenly revelation to Pharaoh. This was accomplished when he interpreted Pharaoh’s dream. If he had any vestige of the baker within him, he would have been unable to tell Pharaoh about the years of famine as this would certainly not have been a palatable pastry for the monarch.

The shaping and the sifting you are undergoing, and the rising to the surface of the baker within at this present time, is in order to complete the final preparation before release. Don’t turn away from the mirror in denial; you will just prolong the process. The fleshly ways must be dealt with as they mar the image of Christ within you which the world needs to see. We are called to be wine-stewards serving the intoxicating heavenly revelation of Christ in the earth. The world and the church are sick of earthly fleshly inspiration which does not bring forth life.

Pharoah’s Dream:

“Then Pharaoh woke up; it had been a dream. In the morning his mind was troubled…”  – Genesis 41:7 – 8 (NKJV)

Pharaoh’s dream, as recorded in Genesis 41:17-32. He saw seven good cows and seven lean cows, seven good ears of corn and seven bad ears of corn near the Nile River. This is a literal dream which is rare.

 

The interpretation is clear: a lack of rain was coming that would lead to a famine. Grain was planted on a yearly cycle, thus seven stalks is a seven-year cycle. Joseph understood this to be a famine with a seven-year cycle. The symbolism troubled Pharaoh and caused him to search out a man capable of the interpretation. Had it been just a simple dream, Pharaoh’s own wise men could have revealed the meaning (and Joseph would had stayed in prison). But this was God’s plan for Joseph’s deliverance. And this is propehtic as well.

Pharaoh gave Joseph a new name when he instituted him as his second-in-command. It was Zaphnath-paaneah, which means ‘one who discovers hidden things’. We are called to be a revealer of the hidden things, the mysteries of God, which we have been shown in the secret place.

 

 

It was said of Joseph:

Psa 105:21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his elders wisdom.

There is coming a release of the wisdom of God as never before as the sons of God emerge to a place of rule. Christ Jesus is made unto us wisdom from God.

1 Corinthians 1:30  (NKJV) But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—

Let us allow those grapes to be pressed and the wisdom of God, the revelation of Christ to fill us within.

The life of Joseph is proof.

 

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We will continue with lesson 9 next week.

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