“Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So, he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed, your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” (Genesis 37:5-7, NKJV).
God created each of us for a purpose. Most of the time, the revelation of our created purpose comes through dreams, desires, or thoughts about things we would like to achieve. I believe this is what happened to Joseph. Maybe it’s happened to you.
Joseph came from a family full of dysfunction. To begin with, his father, Jacob, once known as “the deceiver,” that is, until he wrestled with an angel and was renamed Israel (see Genesis 32:22-32). Over the course of Joseph’s life – he, being one of the younger siblings, watched his father’s interactions with his eleven older brothers, born of one of four different mothers.
Reuben, the oldest, later defiled Jacob’s bed by sleeping with one of his father’s concubines. Judah, whose wife had died and who, after the death of two of his sons, looking for comfort, spent the night with a prostitute. Later, when his widowed daughter-in-law was found to be pregnant, it was also revealed that she was the woman dressed as a prostitute to capture Judah’s attention. In their culture, when a man died, his widow was given to the next available brother to bear a child in his name. Judah resisted doing so, leaving her defenseless. (see Genesis 38).
Because of the type of behavior his sons displayed, Jacob decided Joseph should succeed him as the head of their tribe, making him a nice coat of many colors. The result: Joseph’s brothers hated him. He held his brothers to a standard of accountability and they had no use for him. So, Joseph had a dream, but instead of using wisdom with whom he shared that dream, he shared it with his brothers.
God has given each of us a dream. The valley between the mountains of dream and destiny is paved with decision. Perhaps he should only have shared it with his father; someone who had his heart.
When God gives you a dream, walk humbly before God and your fellow man. Joseph, an everyday, ordinary 17-year-old, did not possess the ability to wisely present his dream. He was perceived as arrogant, adding fuel to an already explosive family situation. It was this explosive environment which brought Joseph to the place that his brothers would seriously consider killing him.
“Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!” (Genesis 37:18-20, NKJV). More next week!
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Rob Granger is Senior Pastor of Faith Harbor Church, a non-denominational church that meets at 10 a.m. Sundays in the Escondido Columbus Hall, 515 W. Valley Parkway. His wife, Becky, serves as Co-Pastor. Videos of Pastor Rob’s sermons can be seen on YouTube by typing faith harbor church escondido ca in the YouTube search box. Visit fhcescondido.com for information about Faith Harbor Church.
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