While in jail Joseph was told that two inmates, the baker and the cupbearer, had dreams and they wanted to know what they meant. Joseph interpreted the dreams for the two of them.
Discuss with your children:
- Do they remember any dreams that they have had?
- Do you believe that dreams have a meaning?
- Why would people want to know what their dreams mean?
- Joseph knew how to interpret the dreams, but the baker and the cupbearer did not. Make a list of at least 10 reasons that it is good that people are different and have different strengths.
- Make a list of 5 strengths that you have.
- Joseph could interpret dreams. If you had a business interpreting dreams what would you call your business? Design a business card.
- Research dreams. Give a 5 minute talk about dreams.
- It is not easy to ask people for favors. Make a comic strip of the baker or cupbearer trying to decide whether to ask Joseph for an interpretation of his dream.
- The baker and the cupbearer did not know how to interpret their dreams. Think of something that you have not yet tried to do, or have not yet successfully been able to accomplish. Try to learn how to do this thing.
- Write a story about someone who has a dream and what it means.
- Write a poem about dreams.
- Make a radio show about dreams.
- Earlier in the Book of Genesis we are told about dreams that Joseph had. He told his family about those dreams and what they meant. Now Joseph interpreted the dreams for the baker and cupbearer. Do you think that it is easier to interpret your own dreams or someone else’s? Why?