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Monday | 19 February 2018
The visions of Joseph

Joseph was the youngest of eleven sons, and he demonstrated a competence and an initiative beyond his years. Not only this, Jacob loved Joseph more than all his brothers, and demonstrated this special affection by making a colourful tunic for him. Surely such expressions of overt favouritism were wrong, even in ancient days, and such parental bias worthy of a sibling uprising!

And if things weren’t already difficult enough for his brothers, they became even worse. One morning, after waking, Joseph shared a dream with his whole family; a dream in which his brothers (represented as sheaves) bowed down to him as a sheaf standing upright. In a second dream, he described the sun, moon and eleven stars, all bowing again to him. This dream depicted his parents bowing down, along with his siblings, provoking even Jacob to rebuke his favourite son for his words.

Although his dreams were poorly received, Joseph knew that they were from the Lord and that they revealed God’s purpose and plans for his life. Through them, Joseph was being personally invited to choose what God had chosen for him. What Joseph didn’t know was how and when these plans would be fulfilled.

During the next phase of his life, Joseph encountered three specific events that trained and established him in God’s call for his life. Even though he’d heard the call of God, Joseph was sown into a context where he had to prove God’s will through suffering. This began when his jealous brothers took matters into their own hands and overpowered Joseph. A last moment reprieve saw them commute their intention of murder to a life of servitude, by selling him as a slave into a foreign land. We could liken this action to a kind of death – being thrown into a pit, just like a seed going into the ground to die.


Further Study:
Genesis 37
Daily Proverb:
Proverbs 19

References:

Psa 105:16-19
And He called for a famine upon the land; He broke the whole staff of bread. (17) He sent a man before them, Joseph, who was sold as a slave. (18) They afflicted his feet with fetters, He himself was laid in irons; (19) Until the time that his word came to pass, The word of the LORD tested him.

Act 7:9
"The patriarchs became jealous of Joseph and sold him into Egypt. Yet God was with him."

Joh 12:24
"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit."

1Jn 2:12
I am writing to you, little children, because your sins have been forgiven you for His name's sake.

Joh 7:3-5
Therefore His brothers said to Him, "Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples also may see Your works which You are doing. (4) "For no one does anything in secret when he himself seeks to be known publicly. If You do these things, show Yourself to the world." (5) For not even His brothers were believing in Him.
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