Joseph is Living The Dream!
Joseph grows up as the favourite among 12 sons. This no doubt has some influence on the way he handles himself amongst his brothers.
Genesis 37:2-4 NLT
“This is the account of Jacob and his family. When Joseph was seventeen years old, he often tended his father’s flocks. He worked for his half brothers, the sons of his father’s wives Bilhah and Zilpah. But Joseph reported to his father some of the bad things his brothers were doing. Jacob loved Joseph more than any of his other children because Joseph had been born to him in his old age. So one day Jacob had a special gift made for Joseph—a beautiful robe. But his brothers hated Joseph because their father loved him more than the rest of them. They couldn’t say a kind word to him.”
The brothers are from different mothers. So this could be what created some of the tension? It’s good to always be reminded that our origin (where we came from) has a huge influence on our journey (where we are going)!
Joseph seems to have confidence even at a young age. He has no problem parading before his brothers and is not shy about what he thinks about things.
So, one day Joseph has a dream. And in this dream he becomes somewhat superior to his brothers. They, of coarse don’t seem to appreciate this and Joseph doesn’t seem to be aware that his public declaration of his future is not going down well. If Joseph is aware then he is not showing the appropriate humility or wisdom required to help him live this dream.
Another dream reveals Joseph now far superior to his entire family. Even his father questions the interpretation.
This leads to Joseph being mistreated by his brothers and sold as a slave to far off land. He is eventually trafficked into Egypt and goes through a series of life tests that ends him prison, falsely accused!
Genesis 40:15 NLT
For I was kidnapped from my homeland, the land of the Hebrews, and now I’m here in prison, but I did nothing to deserve it.”
Being ignored and forgotten, Joseph learns that life is bigger than the small rooms that confine you. Joseph has not lost his confidence but has developed some humility and respect and is now content with where he is.
Genesis 41:16 NLT
“It is beyond my power to do this,” Joseph replied. “But God can tell you what it means and set you at ease.”
Years later Joseph is released and now standing in an office so large (2nd in command) that he could never have imagined.
Genesis 41:38 NLT
So Pharaoh asked his officials, “Can we find anyone else like this man so obviously filled with the spirit of God?”
I guess you could now say that Joseph is Living The Dream!