I’d love to tell you that you didn’t receive daily devotions this week due to a technical issue is but the truth is that I scheduled them for October instead of September in error!
So here’s a few to catch up on and they will resume tomorrow
This week we’re going to delve a bit deeper into the life and times of Joseph. He’s an amazing character in the Bible and if you’d like to study deeper into his life I’d recommend a great book by RT Kendall called God meant it for Good. Joseph’s life can be followed in Genesis 37-50 and this week we’ll pick out some key parts of his story.
Genesis 37 (NIV)
37 Jacob lived in the land where his father had stayed, the land of Canaan.
2 This is the account of Jacob’s family line.
Joseph, a young man of seventeen, was tending the flocks with his brothers, the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives, and he brought their father a bad report about them.
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. 4 When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him.
5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 We were binding sheaves of grain out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered around mine and bowed down to it.”
8 His brothers said to him, “Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said.
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph is a dreamer. I rarely dream but when I do they tend to be epic adventures. When recounted dreams often make no sense at all
The reality is that God does speak to individuals through dreams. This dream that Joseph has is a prophetic picture of his future purpose, but to his brothers and his father it seems to make no sense at all. In fact it seems presumptuous, divisive and arrogant.
The result of these dreams and, perhaps more accurately, their interpretation angers the brothers. But Jacob keeps these matters in mind.
Jacob can’t see that in a culture of hierarchy and age, how the older brothers and indeed he and josephs mother would come to bow before Joseph, but he keeps it in mind.
I’m sure that when Joseph had his dream he wasn’t 100% certain how it would come to pass. I’d guess he couldn’t have begun to think that the journey he’d go on from here would be as up and down as it were to be.
As we follow Joseph this week, I’d encourage you to be asking God to speak to you. It might be through a dream, through someone else, through a picture, a word of knowledge, a prophesy, through his word. Start the week with an expectation that God wants to speak and when he does be willing to listen
I pray as we look at Joseph this week that you would speak to me. I ask that you’d give me ears to listen and protect my heart when I’m tempted to reflect the brothers who rubbished Joseph’s dream.