When Joseph came to them in the morning and looked at them, [he saw that] they were sad and depressed. So he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in confinement with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so down-hearted today?” And they said to him, “We have [each] dreamed [distinct] dreams and there is no one to interpret them.” So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Please tell me [your dreams].” Genesis 40:6- 8 (AMP)
Dreams comes from God. It is a channel of communication He so graciously uses to communicate His will to the human race He created in His own image. Visions reveal God’s nature, while dreams often give us direction or reveal some part of God’s plan. As we have established in the previous devotion, there are three offices established in the Old Covenant of Law. These include prophet, priest, and king.
In the New Covenant, the covenant of Grace, these offices are realised in Christ Jesus. From the moment you believed in Jesus Christ that He died for your sins and resurrected for your justification you become a new creation whereby your true life is hidden away in God in Christ (Colossians 3:3 AMP). Paul so eloquently puts it like this in Galatians 2:20 (TPT)
“My old identity has been co-crucified with Messiah and no longer lives; for the nails of his cross crucified me with him. And now the essence of this new life is no longer mine, for the Anointed One lives His life through me—we live in union as one! My new life is empowered by the faith of the Son of God who loves me so much that he gave himself for me, and dispenses His life into mine!
Therefore, as born-again believer in Christ Jesus, you possess all these three offices because they are realised or manifest in Christ. So, it behoves us to understand them and walk in them.
So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Colossians 3:1-2 (AMP)
The first office is the office of the Priest. The priest petitions and intercedes on behalf of God’s people. An excellent example would be Aaron, the priest, who made an atonement for the Israelites when they faced the wrath of God in Numbers 16: 45-48 (AMP)
The Lord spoke to Moses saying, “Get away from among this congregation, so that I may consume them immediately.” Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces [in silence before the Lord]. Moses said to Aaron, “Take a censer and put fire in it from the altar and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the Lord; the plague has begun!” So Aaron took the burning censer as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and behold, the plague had [already] begun among the people; and he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. He stood between the dead and the living, so that the plague was brought to an end. Numbers 16: 45-48 (AMP)
The second office is the Prophets. The Prophets receive from God His word, this can be through dreams and visions as it is written in Numbers 12:6 (AMP)
And He said, “Hear now My words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord will make Myself known to him in a vision. And I will speak to him in a dream.
The third office is the office of the King. A Prophet receives from God which is abstract and parabolic, it has a hidden meaning to it. Interpreting such communication through revelation in order to gain an understanding of what God has communicated through the office of the prophet, is what the King does. The King further speaks out and declares the revelation he has uncovered after searching out by the grace of God.
God conceals the revelation of his word in the hiding place of his glory. But the honor of kings is revealed by how they thoroughly search out the deeper meaning of all that God says. Proverbs 25:2 (TPT)
Interpretations of dreams belong to God, but we have to first operate in our office as Kings to search out the meaning as to what God is telling us through the dream or vision. There is no doubt about it that He will guide us in the process. This denotes that we must be in relationship with God which requires an investment of the Kings’ time with God searching out a matter. This will be catalysed by a Passion for God in wanting to know Him better, understanding His heart and ways.
From his first dream, which he saw his brothers bow down to him, Joseph interpreted it. He further dreamt again, but this time the meaning was not as direct in comparison to his first dream, yet he still interpreted the sun and moon to mean his parents. There is no doubt Joseph progressively perfected walking in his office as a prophet and a king from the age of seventeen years.
He received dreams from God and with an open heart he sought out its true meaning and declared it out (we need wisdom as to who we are declaring it to). It is from here we deduce that God will keep communicating to you if you treasure his word so much so as to search out and declare it.
For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Matthew 13:12 (NKJV)
This is not a slave mind-set. Slaves have no rights and no access to the King. Understanding revelation is all about being a son or a daughter. It is about kingship. It is about approachability and access to the throne.
As you begin to search things out about dreams, God will begin to unfold mysteries for you. He will give you insights to share with others, insights about your city or your family. He will give you things to pray about to block the way of the demonic entrance. What is God’s purpose in using dream language? He wants to not only spur us on to search for His message but also put us in intimate touch with the Messenger—Himself. That is His purpose—and His invitation.
God has an awesome plan for your life and He wants to use dream language to speak to you. He wants to place the spirit of revelation upon your life and use you to bless and build up other believers. God wants to reveal Himself, His purposes, and His ways. Our goal as believers is to live in Christ and to release the fragrance of His presence wherever we go. I don’t want to live an ordinary life and I am sure you don’t either. I want to live a extraordinaty life to such an incredible degree that will cause people to say, “Behold! There is a dreamer.”
Joseph is now a grown up and imprisoned yet he is now a master at interpreting dreams, an honourable king. His abounding eloquence in interpreting God’s message is revealed when he compassionately offers to interpret the two prisoners dream. However, it is not just his Kingly office that is perfected, for the first time we see a snapshot of his priestly office in motion. Joseph genuinely cared for other people. It’s recorded in Genesis 40:6 (AMP)
When Joseph came to them in the morning and looked at them, [he saw that] they were sad and depressed. So, he asked Pharaoh’s officials who were in confinement with him in his master’s house, “Why do you look so down-hearted today?”
The choice of words in this verse are very interesting, “when” denotes time in other words it means …the moment Joseph came to them in the morning, he looked at them. Pause here and consider this for a moment with me. Remember Joseph in prison was promoted to manage and be charge of all the prisoners. No doubt he had a lot of responsibility, however in the morning his priority was the welfare of people. He scheduled out time to physically check on the prisoners, and when he came to the cup bearer and the baker, he was concerned because from their countenance he could tell something was wrong.
The verse goes on to quote Joseph inquiring of their welfare… “Why do you look so down-hearted today?” The word “today” in the context of this question denotes that in other days they did not look down hearted but “today” they were down hearted. This shows Joseph dedication to serving others on a daily basis despite his personal issues with his brothers betrayal and false accusations leading to imprisonment. It shows that he has not only mastered his Kingly role but also his Priestly role.
• The fact that you cannot interpret a dream that you have dream should invoke sadness just like the baker and butler and hunger to pursue and uncover the hidden meaning of it.
• The Old Testament identified the three basic offices: prophet, priest, and king. In Christ we are all three. We are each priests who petition and prophets who receive. Receiving and understanding dream language in turn moves us into the realm of kings whose glory is to search out a matter.
• It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings is to search things out. (Proverbs 25:2 ESV)