SERIES: The Gospel in Genesis (Joseph)
TEXT: Genesis 37:1-11; 23-34
MESSAGE: “God’s Dream for Joseph”
“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.” — Genesis 37:5-6
Why does God send this dream into Joseph’s life?
There are three ideas that we see in today’s text. It’s to…(1. Bring Sin To The Surface 2. Show How God Really Works 3. Offer A Better Story)
- Bring Sin To The Surface (v.2-8)
“These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. 5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.”
“Joseph’s character suggests a spoiled child who is a tattletale.” — Robert Alter
- I cannot bear to discipline or displease my child.
- I need to influence or control most things that affect my child.
- Whatever affects my child has the potential to control me.
- My desire to protect my child is stronger than my desire to see him/her grow to be the person God called them to be.
- Show How God Really Works (v. 9-11; 23-24; 28)
“Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind…23 So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the robe of many colors that he wore. 24 And they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.; 28 Then Midianite traders passed by. And they drew Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. They took Joseph to Egypt.”
“…Unless everything happened exactly the way it happened, just in that order, everybody dies, because there’s a famine going to come, and Joseph has to be put in the place where he has power.” — Keller, T. J.
- Offer A Better Story (v. 29-34)
TAKEAWAYS: What can we apply to our lives?
- Believe that God’s working even when it’s hard to see
- Avoid being too sure or too cynical about what God is doing
- Remember that God works through the least likely
“God has not called you to be awesome. He has called you to be humble, faithful, and free. Leave the awesome to him.” – Scott Sauls