The Bible talks about a boy named Joseph who worked for his father, Jacob (Israel), as a shepherd. At the age of 17, Joseph had a dream that he was gathering wheat with his siblings. His bundle of wheat stood up, and his brothers’ bundles bowed down to it. He decided to share this dream with his brothers.
Since his brothers were already jealous of Joseph for being daddy’s favorite, they were enraged by Joseph’s audacity. Joseph flaunted a special coat his father made for him and shared dreams of power and importance. And Joseph didn’t stop there. He had another dream that the sun, moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to him. Joseph shared this dream with his father. Jacob, too, was offended by his son’s pompous claims. (Genesis 37:2-11)
“Here comes that dreamer.” It didn’t take long for jealousy to take hold and take action. Joseph’s brothers kidnapped him. They originally plotted to murder him, but one of the brothers, Reuben, advised against it. After throwing Joseph into a well, the brothers spotted a group of traders and sold Joseph as a slave. They kept the special coat their father made for Joseph, dipped it in goat’s blood, and convinced their father that Joseph had been killed by a wild animal. Little did they know that they actually helped Joseph get closer to his big dream. (Genesis 37:18-36)
Joseph landed a job with a VIP. An officer to Egypt’s king put Joseph in charge of his household. Unfortunately, the officer’s wife wanted Joseph to be more than eye candy. She relentlessly tried to get Joseph to sleep with her, but he had enough moral fortitude to refuse. One day, she grabbed his coat in an attempt to physically force him against his will. He ran, and she falsely accused him of attacking her. (Genesis 39:1-18)
Joseph ends up in prison. While in prison, “the dreamer” interprets other people’s dreams. This God-given ability eventually becomes his get-out-of-jail-free card, and the king of Egypt promotes Joseph to be in charge of the entire country. The land of Egypt experienced seven years of abundance and seven years of famine, but because Joseph had special favor from God and special favor from the king, the people of that country survived. (Genesis 40-41)
The surrounding lands were not so fortunate. Joseph’s family lived in the surrounding lands. Desperate to survive, Joseph’s brothers visited Egypt to buy food. Guess who was in charge of selling food? That would be Joseph. And Joseph’s brothers came to “worship his bundle of wheat.”
Joseph had a choice. He could choose to get revenge. In a position of great power, he could have his brothers killed. He could choose a more merciful route and refuse to sell starving people food. Or, he could forgive, make amends and keep his family from starving. He chose the latter. (Genesis 43-45)
Is someone or some group of people trying to “sell you into slavery?” Are your dreams too big and too audacious for common people to understand? You may be shown favor. You may wind up in high places only to end up in prison for a while. But in the end, you may be in a position of power and authority over the people who doubted you and the people who envied you. How will you respond?
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