Reading for January 16, 2018: Genesis 42 – 43
And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph’s brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth. Genesis 42:6 (KJV)
It had been many years since Joseph had shared his dreams with his family (Genesis 37). The family, especially the brothers did not like the dreams of Joseph. Their thoughts were, “We are going to bow down to you?” probably in sarcasm more than a question.
The thing is, when God gives a dream, those dreams are as good as His word, and they do come true. Joseph’s dreams were from God. Yet the brothers did not recognize it. They did not have the heart for God which Joseph had. With the exception of Rueben, the oldest son of Jacob, all the other brothers had murder in their heart.
These ten brothers come to Egypt because they had heard that the land had a store of food for distribution to all around who needed it. So they went to purchase grain from Egypt. It had long been in their minds that Joseph was most likely dead.
Joseph recognized his brothers. They had no idea they were bowing before the one whom they had despised. The one whom they had mocked. The one they wanted dead.
There is a phrase which is often used when something is said or done which does not happen as the one who did it had thought. It is called “Eating crow”. They were eating crow and did not know it.
Though Joseph had had the dreams he most likely had no idea how they were going to be brought about. He probably realized they were God’s word to him, that these things would happen just as God had revealed, but had no idea of the human trafficking that he would be the victim of and then, end up as a slave in Egypt.
What can we learn from the story of Joseph as Christians today?
When God has given a dream that is in accord with His word – which He will not do otherwise – then we can know that it will come to pass. We must be faithful to do what He has called us to do. We need to keep on living life for God, His Son, and in the power of His Spirit. Make wise decisions concerning God, loving Him, and growing in Spirit and His word.
Knowing and loving Jesus is a dream come true. People dream to truly know God and when He is revealed to them through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ their dream comes true.
God’s dreams do come true because they are His word. God’s dreams are always in accord with His word; never against His word. When His dreams come true awesome and glorious things happen.
Reading for January 17, 2018: Genesis44 – 45