From Eden to Egypt- Day 47

>Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the person who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.
Genesis: Translation and Commentary– Genesis 42:6 (NIV)

Did you remember that Joseph had a dream? Yeah.  I am talking about the dream that he shared with his brothers.  That’s the one.  In verse 4, it says that they hated him and couldn’t find a good thing to say about him.  then, in verse 5, it escalates a notch and it says that they “hated him even more.”  Yet, when you get to verse 8, it ends with these words: So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words
Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (1992 Canadian Cast)Their hate went so far as to hate the dreamer, his dreams, and his words.  These were his blood, his family, and his brothers.  Yet, they hated him.  Imagine the unsettled hostility at the dinner table.  Think about how their seething hatred towards him must have kept growing as he talked among them.  They truly hated Joseph.

Fast forward some years and enter into Genesis 42A famine strikes the land of Canaan.  No Burt Lancaster cannot come into the land of Canaan with his dividing rod and find water buried beneath the earth.  Jacob directs his sons to do something to preserve their family, seeking grain in Egypt.  So, when this band of brothers arrive, minus their “dead” brother and Jacob’s other favored son Benjamin, the find the man who has charge over all of the grain in the land.  They come to that man and bow their heads.

What Dreams May Come
Joseph’s dream came true.  He may not have been ready for it, but it came true.  He may not have thought that his day would involve an interaction with those who had told his father that he was dead, but it came upon him in an instant.  Joseph’s dream came true as he stood over his brothers who bowed and prostrated themselves with their faces to the ground before him.

 

He Restores My Soul: A Forty-Day Journey Toward Personal RenewalTake note that others may despise and hate you all that they want to, but you don’t have to buy into it.  You don’t have to do the same.  You can uphold the Golden Rule, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.  Set yourself apart from the fray and the ruckus of low level thinking and behavior.  Be a model of patience and obedience for others.  Surely, as we see with Joseph, your day will come.  Hopefully, you will be able to say like Joseph: So it was not you who sent me here, but God. He has made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house and ruler over all the land of Egypt.

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