The Reading for today Genesis 37 – 38
The focus on today’s reading will be verse 20 of chapter 37,
“Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” Genesis 37:20 (KJV)
Joseph was what some would call a dreamer. The son of Rachel and Jacob, he was the first son of Rachel of only two sons; the youngest being Benjamin. His elder brothers of Leah; elder sister of Rachel; despised him, and couldn’t stand his dreaming.
The dreams he revealed to them had to do with the family; all the brothers and even his parents one day bowing down to him. He was dreaming that one day he was going to be a ruler. This just didn’t set well with them, and besides daddy seemed to favor Joseph above them all.
Something we should be able to learn from the early years of Joseph is that there are multiple problems in a family such as this. The man Jacob had married two wives, then when the youngest sees that she cannot bear children, she gives him her “handmaid” as wife, and has children through her; a surrogate mother of sorts.
The focus verse here was that Joseph’s brethren were set on seeing that those dreams just didn’t come to pass. They were probably counting on the supposed fact that he would die in captivity. The will of God will not be thwarted by any freewill, or actions of sinful men.
If you ever get to a point in your life where you think you have gone too far to come back to God, there is too much sin in your life for God to forgive and cleanse, or there has been too much working against you to make things right with God; you are best to think again. God’s will and plan is being fulfilled as you think.
Here is how the Psalmist spoke of Joseph,
“He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: Until the time that his word came: the word of the LORD tried him.” Psalm 105:17-19 (KJV)
TOMORROW’S READING Genesis 39 – 41
Be thankful for the sovereign will of God today.