So the chief cupbearer told his dream to Joseph, and said to him, “In my dream there was a grapevine in front of me; and on the vine were three branches. Then as soon as it budded, its blossoms burst open, and its clusters produced ripe grapes [in rapid succession]. Now Pharaoh’s cup was in my hand, and I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh’s cup; then I placed the cup into Pharaoh’s hand.”Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches represent three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head (present you in public) and restore you to your position; and you will [again] put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand just as [you did] when you were his cupbearer.(Genesis 40:9-13 AMP)
Knowing the heart of God predates intimacy with God. The only way you can understand anyone is by having a relationship with them. This involves intentionality in investing time in the relationship. The level in depth of the relationship means more time is invested and the person gets to grow in the knowledge of God hence he understand Him to the point that you can translate to others understand what God is communicating.
This paints a beautiful picture in my heart, graciously consider it with me, Anna is a young lady caring for Magdalene who is challenged in speech and incapable of communicating normally to others. Now because Anna spends much time caring for Magdalene, she is able to know and understand her better than others. As a matter of fact she is better suited at articulating Magdalene to others who have not invested their time and effort to know her as Anna has.
This analogy depicts God and us. Magdalene depicts God but in the opposite end, that God is so incomprehensible to us human beings that we have to intentionally spend time to get to know and understand His nature. As we keep spending more time with Him, as we behold Him, we are transformed into His image and possess His character. Anna Rountree, one of my favourite authors, eloquently describes the transformation into His image like this:-
Like a moth to a flame, one is drawn closer and closer into holiness. Any thought of darkness that hinders perfect union with Light—any wavering in obedience, any thought that is not love—becomes painful; for to that degree, the perfect oneness with the Father is disturbed. Love desires more and more of the Beloved. There is pain in separation. Darkness causes blockages, but love seeks more and more of the Light—more, ever more, until the child also is a walking flame of love in constant communion with Love Himself.Anna Rountree
This basically reveals that for Joseph to interpret any dream that God gave. He must have a deep relationship with God, knowing and understanding His heart and ways to the point he can explain to others what God was communicating to them through the dreams.
It also reveals that while God is always communicating even to unbelievers, it takes a passion for the Lord to know His heart and see His glory which in turn propels intimacy with Him. The result of which is to understand His ways which are hidden to those without a relationship with Him. Interpretation of dreams is an evidence of a relationship with the Lord and knowledge of His heart and ways, which neither the king’s butler nor baker possessed.
At this juncture, the King Pharaoh represents God the Father and the kings butler and baker represents His servants working in His Kingdom and in close proximity with the King. The bible says they offended the King, since Jesus is the image of the invisible God (see Colossians 1:15). He represents and reveals God’s nature, it behoves us to know what offends our Lord.
And if you had only known what this statement means, ‘I desire compassion [for those in distress], and not [animal] sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. Matthew 12:7 (AMP)
Again Jesus went into a synagogue; and a man was there whose hand was withered. The Pharisees were watching Jesus closely to see if He would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse Him [in the Jewish high court]. He said to the man whose hand was withered, “Get up and come forward!” He asked them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save a life or to kill?” But they kept silent. After looking around at them with anger, grieved at the hardness and arrogance of their hearts, He told the man, “Hold out your hand.” And he held it out, and his hand was [completely] restored. Mark 3:1-5 (AMP)
It is from these verses that we deduce that a lack of compassion for the distressed, hardness and arrogance of heart grieves and offends the Lord. Most people today are like the King’s butler or His baker, yes they born again, and are servants of the King of kings, working for God in His kingdom. However they have no passion for the King, they know not His heart especially His heart for world, remember for God so loved the world that gave His only Son. Jesus gave up His divinity the status of God, He humbled Himself came in the form of a man, to die the worst kind of death in human history just because He loved us.
These servants confuse their service in the Kingdom for a relationship with the King Himself. They are not familiar with the King’s heart, they don’t know His ways because they have no relationship with Him. No wonder they offend Him and end up in prison. Jesus Christ eloquently puts this in perspective in Matthew 7:21-23 (AMP)
Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day [when I judge them], ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, and driven out demons in Your name, and done many miracles in Your name?’ And then I will declare to them publicly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me [you are banished from My presence], you who act wickedly [disregarding My commands].’
The story goes on and Joseph interprets the butler’s dream. Remember, both the butler and the baker serve the King. The butler serves the King His wine. Wine in the bible represents the King’s pleasure, it is a picture of the blood of Christ Jesus shed for the forgiveness for our sins, a picture of communion, an invitation to a personal relationship with the King. In essence the butler is serving the King the revelation of His Son’s finished work at the cross. Because of this his life is spared and he is restored to work for the King as His butler.
This is a powerful picture of Jesus Christ as the only way out of condemnation and destruction into the Kingdom of God. Only through the blood of the Lamb that we saved, there is no other way but through accepting the finished work of Christ Jesus at the cross on Calvary.
• It takes a passion for the Lord to know His heart and see His glory which in turn propels the depth of intimacy with Him. The result of which is to understand His ways that are unknown or hidden to those without a relationship with Him.
• A lack of compassion for the distressed and hardness and arrogance of heart grieves and offends the Lord. Matthew 12:7 (AMP)