Joseph Interprets the Butler and Baker's Dreams
Main Points to Remember: God is in control
interpret: explain what it means
Prayer: Father, we thank you for guiding our lives when we have
Lesson: Genesis 40
Object Lesson: Have students draw a simple picture of one of the two
dreams. Discuss how the three branches (or baskets) stood for 3
days. Explain how symbols are images that stand for something else.
Bring in a print-out from a web browser or an internet program.
Discuss how the image of a letter stands for mail. The image of a
speaker stands for volume, etc. etc. These are symbols that bring to
mind something else. A lot of the Bible is written with symbolic
images - that is, pictures that stand for something. Joseph always
gave God the credit for explaining these images. It is God that
chooses the images and God that reveals what they mean. We must be
careful to look to His revelation and not our own imagination to
understand what God's symbols stand for.
Activity: Review the family tree. Have the students use generic
paper people (like
Bible Friends) to
illustrate the lesson. Name them and post them on a board, using
yarn or dots to connect the family lines. A great source for OT
family tree information is:
Decipher the code worksheet by Jerri Fusch
- The butler and baker understood their dreams. F
- Both the butler and the baker were saved from punishment. F
- The butler forgot about Joseph. T
- Joseph refused to interpret the dreams without payment. F
- Both dreams meant the same thing. F
Genesis 41:12 "And there was there with us a young man, an Hebrew, servant
to the captain of the guard; and we told him, and he interpreted to us our
dreams; to each man according to his dream he did interpret."
Proverbs 2:6 "For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge
(can be used with
What word is scrambled in the following: mareds
Fill in the blank: “Do not interpretations belong to _______?" Genesis 40:8b
What animals appear in this lesson: birds
Act out Joseph explaining the butler’s dream.
Draw a baker.
Sing a verse of
This is My Father's World.
How do you think the butler felt when Joseph interpreted his dream? Hopeful
How do you think the baker felt when Joseph interpreted his dream? Worried
How do you think Joseph felt as he waited longer and longer to hear from the
Should we seek reward for helping others? No - God will reward us
Should we alter the truth to make others feel better? No - the truth is the
Sometimes God’s time seems to take forever. What attitude should we have while
waiting? A patient and hopeful one
What did the baker dream? That birds ate his bread before he could take it to
What did the butler dream? That he pressed and presented wine to pharaoh
How did Joseph know what the dream meant? God revealed it to him
Why did God reveal dreams to Joseph? As proof that Joseph was approved of God
- and as a means of eventually elevating Joseph to the position he intended
What important people did Joseph meet in prison? The pharaoh’s butler and
How do you think Joseph’s years in prison affected him later? He was probably
more sympathetic to the helpless and unjustly punished.