February 21, 2019

JOSEPH’S DREAM AND THE PLOT

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.” And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”  So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?”   And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind. (Genesis 37: 5-11)

Joseph was greatly loved by his father and this made his brothers to hate him. Now God revealed to him in his dream that he would make him great among his brethren. Unfortunately he related this dream to his brethren which caused more bitterness because the dream made him to become more loved not only by his father but by God. Joseph was a chosen vessel to carry out an assignment ordained by God. No one knew the form or shape of this assignment but the same dream twice is an assurance that the assignment is already settled and will surely come to pass. The father kept it to himself but his brothers envied him and started to plan evil against him .

One day as the brothers were feeding the flock in Shechem, the father sent Joseph to go and check on them and bring back report. As soon as they saw him, they planned to kill him, The bible says “ 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!” But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.”  And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.  So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.   Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.  And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt.   So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood?   Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt (Genesis 37:21-28).

We can see how God saved Joseph from being killed by his brothers. The LORD ministered to Reuben who suggested  putting him in the pit instead of killing him, and then to Judah who proposed selling him to the Ishmaelites. So he was sold  for 20 shekels of silver, and they took him to Egypt. God rules in the affairs of men. The plan of God to take Joseph to that great height that He showed him in the dream can not be achieved in the land of Canaan among his brethren. As usual, separation has to take place, and taking Joseph to Egypt was ordained by God. His plan was not yet known either to Joseph or the brothers that sold him. When unexpected things happen to us, we are limited in our reasoning. Most of the time, we don’t know how to handle it. I believe this is why the Bible says, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5. Personally with some experiences from the Bible and the ones I have witnessed, I have come to the conclusion that God keeps His promises no matter the happenings around that time. So I don’t allow the unfortunate incidents discourage me, but I continue to pray and remind God that “He said so, so, and so”, and I am holding Him to His word. “God is not a man that He would lie nor the son of man that He would repent. Has He said it Will He not make it good” (Numbers 23:19). So Joseph has been sent to Egypt and God is up to something. When he gets to Egypt we will be able to know about the plan of God concerning Joseph and the entire family of Jacob.

My prayer is that nobody will abort the plan of God concerning you and your family. You will fulfill your destiny in Jesus name, Amen. Just continue to trust in the LORD who is the ALL SUFFICIENT God, He is the ONE that holds the pillar of our lives. He is in perfect control of all situations. It is well with you!

 

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