Friday, October 16, 2015


Joel 2:28  And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions:
As a young man Joseph had dreams. In his innocence he shared them with his family. The dreams had his family bowing to him. His brothers hated him for this and because he was the favorite of his father.
Gen 37:8  And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

Their jealousy eventually led them to throw Joseph in a pit and then to sell him to Midianite traders. He was sold to a wealthy man in Egypt who made him steward of all he owned  He was favored in Egypt until his master's wife accused him wrongfully. Joseph was sent to prison where he met the kings butler and baker who had dreams. Joseph interpreted their dreams. One was killed the butler was let go. Joseph asked the butler to remember him to the king. After two years the Pharaoh king had recurring dreams. Dreams that recur may be from God. The butler spoke to the king of a Hebrew in prison who told him the meaning of his dream. Joseph was called to interpret the kings dreams, because the kings wise men could not do so. They would be killed if they gave the wrong interpretation. Israel the nation would have some who were false prophets and false dream interpreters.
Jer 23:32  Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.

Be careful to not put dreams above God's word.

Amos 8:11  Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 
Joseph interpreted the king's dreams and warned him of seven years of good harvest followed by seven years of famine. Because of the excellent spirit in Joseph, the king placed him second in command to do what was required to store grain for the coming draught. The famine brought Joseph's family to Egypt in search of grain. They did not recognize Joseph, but in the end Joseph forgave his brothers who all had bowed to him as the leader in charge in Egypt. Joseph was a dreamer of dreams and an interpreter of dreams. Evil people meant him harm but Joseph kept going in the grace and favor of the LORD until he became the savior of those who would have perished from famine. Good triumphed in the end. Keep going for God will bring good to his servants.
Gen 45:7  And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance.
Gen 45:8  So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.

Joseph was a type of Jesus who was rejected by his own and yet became their savior. It was the plan of God. Think about Joseph and learn from his life. Receive Jesus as your Lord and savior and your life and the evil in it will not keep you from the goodness of God  towards you forever. We were created to be with God. Jesus forgives our sins to make this possible.

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