Dreams-Genesis 37:5-11

Genesis 37:5-11 “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. 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.”
Genesi 37:5-11 I suoi fratelli vedevano che il loro padre lo amava più di tutti gli altri fratelli; perciò lo odiavano e non potevano parlargli amichevolmente. Giuseppe fece un sogno e lo raccontò ai suoi fratelli; allora questi lo odiarono più che mai. 6 Egli disse loro: «Ascoltate, vi prego, il sogno che ho fatto. 7 Noi stavamo legando dei covoni in mezzo ai campi, ed ecco che il mio covone si alzò e restò diritto; i vostri covoni si radunarono intorno al mio covone e gli s’inchinarono davanti». Allora i suoi fratelli gli dissero: «Regnerai forse tu su di noi o ci dominerai?» E lo odiarono ancor di più a causa dei suoi sogni e delle sue parole. Egli fece ancora un altro sogno e lo raccontò ai suoi fratelli, dicendo: «Ho fatto un altro sogno! Il sole, la luna e undici stelle si inchinavano davanti a me». 10 Egli lo raccontò a suo padre e ai suoi fratelli; suo padre lo sgridò e gli disse: «Che significa questo sogno che hai fatto? Dovremo dunque io, tua madre e i tuoi fratelli venire a inchinarci fino a terra davanti a te?» 11 I suoi fratelli erano invidiosi di lui, ma suo padre serbava dentro di sé queste parole.”
     Two things happen as the story of Joseph unfolds: his family relationships and a preview of his life. In terms of his family, it is stated three times in these verses that his brothers hated him. It is easy to recognize when others don’t like us and Joseph knew of his brothers’ hatred toward him. In an effort to relate to his brothers, he tells them his two dreams. It did not help to mend the discord. Then he tells his father who rebukes him. There is no question that the brothers’ hatred stemmed from their jealousy of him (v. 11). Unchecked jealousy is a dangerous disease that will gain in intensity. Their previous bad behavior and Joseph’s report shows us a little about their lack of spiritual depth. We can see why Joseph’s sharing of his dream was not received well by his brothers but Israel, who could have helped the fractured family, chided Joseph until he remembered that God had also given him dreams.
     The second thing about this narrative is the prophetic message about Joseph’s life. The agricultural metaphor can be interpreted in the way that his brothers literally experience it one day. The astronomical dream was symbolic of Joseph’s future rulership over the house of Israel. During his life, these dreams will help to comfort and encourage him as he faces many years of abandonment, disgrace and deception before they will become a reality.
     In our lifetime, we probably won’t face the challenges that befall Joseph but we can all identify with family tensions that are not easily resolved. We must also learn to trust God to fulfill our dreams no matter how impossible they may seem. 
Pray with me: Lord I see how jealousy even among believers can destroy relationships. Whether we have a dream or not, You have a blessed life planned for each one of us.

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