Genesis 40:16–19 (ESV)
Joseph Interprets Two Prisoner’s Dreams (2nd Dream)
16 When the chief baker saw that the interpretation was favorable, he said to Joseph, “I also had a dream: there were three cake baskets on my head, 17 and
in the uppermost basket there were all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, but the birds were eating it out of the basket on my head.” 18 And Joseph answered and said, “This is its interpretation:
the three baskets are three days. 19 In three days Pharaoh will lift up your head—from you!—and hang you on a tree. And the birds will eat the flesh from you.”
I would imagine that the baker (prisoner) was excited to hear his buddy’s dream, so I think he was excited to ask about his own. Well, it was not so good. The other dream
brought life, but the baker’s dream brings death. The Lutheran Study Bible states a difference in that: “In the cupbearer’s dream, he had control over the grapes. But the baker, in his dream, was unable to get the food to Pharaoh. In
his eagerness for a favorable outcome, the baker did not notice this disturbing difference.”
I pray: O Lord, help me to trust in you and your ways. Help me to walk in your ways. Help me to remember that I am not saved by how well that I walk in your ways, but through believing in the faith you gave me.
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The Lutheran Study Bible
(p. 78). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.