Tag Archives: deciet

PRAYER – JOSEPH, THE BUTLER AND BAKER

The last post ended with Joseph being put in prison – the king’s prison – for something that he didn’t do. The wife of Potiphar accused him of making advances towards her when in fact she was the one that tried to get Joseph to lay with her. However, Joseph refused to accept her offer and he ran from her and she caught his cloak and used it to accuse him. Here is a link to yesterday’s post, “PRAYER –JOSEPH A TYPE OF CHRIST”, if you didn’t get to read it. You can get caught up to date.

Joseph is in the king’s prison –a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 39:20-23

20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. 21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the2014807_univ_cnt_3_xl keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

I find it interesting that it is not recorded that Joseph was able to refute anything that the wife of Potiphar said. Apparently Joseph knew it would be a lesson in futility if he were to try to refute Potiphar’s wife’s comments. So he kept quiet and just kept being Joseph. He apparently exuded success because even in prison, he was given authority and whatever he did, he succeeded in… because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.joseph_egypt

This speaks volumes to me at this particular time! Joseph had been lied about and mistreated by someone in authority… or by the wife of his master. He refused to “play the game” and was being punished for nothing! However, he kept quiet and kept doing what he always had done, just be successful in all he did because he relied on the Lord. He surely must have had some conversations with God from time to time. I can just hear him now… “Well, God, here I am again. In a spot for something that I didn’t do.” “Now what?” “What will this bring, God?” “I know something good will come out of this… but what and WHEN?” Well, maybe not quite like that…but maybe so? Who knows really!? I do believe that Joseph did have a close relationship with God. It says too many times that “the Lord was with him” for them not to have had a close relationship.

So, back to the prison. Here is Joseph and then all of a sudden the butler and the baker get thrown into the same prison… coincidence? I don’t think so… Let’s look at the scripture.

Genesis 40:1-7

It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while.

Then the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt, who were confined in the prison, had a dream, both of them, each man’s dream in one night and each man’s dream with its own interpretation. And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, “Why do you look so sad today?”

Joseph is charged with serving these two that have offended the king of Egypt. Another coincidence? No! One thing I like about this part is that Joseph took notice of them. He had served them for several days, apparently, and recognized when they looked sad. He had to have had other conversations with them and knew them somewhat to have noticed a difference this particular morning. He was concerned and curious at the same time. Here is the rest of the scripture about why they looked sad.

And they said to him, “We each have had a dream, and there is no interpreter of it.”

So Joseph said to them, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell them to me, please.”Mariano-Barbasan-Joseph-son-of-Jacob-in-jail

Now, Joseph proceeds to interpret their dreams based on what? He had to have been “connected” with God in his spirit and heart to have God’s interpretation of their dreams. The butler and the baker did have similar dreams but one was good and Joseph told him he would be out of the prison and reinstated back to the king’s butler in 3 days. The baker’s dream however, indicated that he would lose his head in 3 days (Click here to read the entire story. It is very interesting).  Now, where I believe Joseph went awry was when he asked the butler to remember him when he got out of prison in 3 days. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 40:14-15

14 But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house. 15 For indeed I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that tJoseph_in_prison_22-51hey should put me into the dungeon.”

How many times do we try to circumvent God’s plan by using or trying to use people, places or happenings to make it happen sooner? God sets life in motion and He has the perfect plan for our lives, yet we sometimes forget and try to “help” God along. Joseph was trying to do this. Well, the butler never remembered to tell the king about Joseph. So, the next two years, Joseph waited and waited. He never ceased to do the right thing though… which was just keep being successful and a positive influence in all you do. Keep trusting… and have faith.

I believe Joseph was a very good, and godly man.  He was human though and we all fall under that category. Human. We must strive to be godly if we claim to be Christ followers, though. God created us and knows we fail, yet He is always there to help us up and try again.

In the next post we will find out the opportunity that Joseph has, that is provided by God, to interpret another dream. This will set Joseph’s foot to the path of greatness. God always presents opportunities for us to achieve and to be successful. We must choose to do the right thing and trust that God will do the rest. God loves us so much. After all, He calls us His beloved.

The Song – God Will Make A Way – Don Moen

The Video – God Will Make A Way – Don Moen

PRAYER – JOSEPH A TYPE OF CHRIST

I ended yesterday’s post with Joseph arriving in Egypt into Potiphar’s house. God was with Joseph and Joseph was a very successful man in all that he did. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 39:1-6

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. scan0007Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.

Before I continue with the story of Joseph, I want to back up a bit and mention a few very interesting and important comparisons between Joseph and Jesus. Joseph is known as a “type of Christ” and here is a table that I found on a website that has the story of Joseph. The website is Agape Bible Study. It has so much great information in it. Please look at this table and see the comparisons that are drawn here.

JOSEPH SON OF JACOB AS A “TYPE” OF CHRIST
JOSPEH JESUS
Joseph’s father gave him authority over his brothers. Jesus was given all authority from God the Father.
Joseph escaped death by going into Egypt. Jesus escaped death by going into Egypt.
He was betrayed by his brothers, the sons of Jacob/Israel. Jesus was betrayed by his brothers, the sons of Israel – the Jews.
Joseph’s brothers believed he was dead, but he was found to be alive and became the savior of his family. Jesus was believed to be dead, but He was found to be alive. He was Resurrected from the dead.
Joseph was the beloved son of Jacob/Israel. Jesus is a “son” of Israel (descendant of Jacob/Israel), and He is also the beloved Son of God.
  1. Hunt © copyright 2000

 

Now there may be more comparisons but these are the only ones I will mention at this time. The rest of the story of Joseph is quite interesting, so let’s pick it back up as Joseph is becoming very successful in Potiphar’s house. Here is the next part of the scripture.

Genesis 39:7-20

And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.”

But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, nor has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

10 So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her.

11 But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, 12 that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. 13 And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, 14 that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. 15 And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.”

16 So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; 18 so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.”

19 So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. 20 Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison.

Now, how many times have you just been doing the “right” thing and all of a sudden your world comes crashing down!? You can’t for the life of you figure out what has really happened! You were simply doing the right thing! Well, the ones that lie, cheat and steal never think twice about how it affects you or the next person… they just do it because they are just betrayers! Here is one definition of betray:SONY DSC

be·tray

verb \bi-ˈtrā, bē-\
to hurt (someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative) by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong

I would say that what Joseph’s master’s wife did was this. “To hurt by doing something morally wrong”. This old saying comes to mind … “Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned”?

Meaning: A woman rejected in love can be very angry and dangerous.

Origin: This saying is based on lines from The Mourning Bride by William Congreve (1670-1729):

Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned,
Nor hell a fury like a woman scorned.

Jos_and_Potiphars_wife_1454

So Joseph was not going to give in to the temptation of his master’s wife. He relied on God and was not interested in the least. His allegiance was to God and to his master. It’s interesting that the record in scripture never once says anything about Joseph being questioned. He must not have tried to turn the table on this wicked woman. So he gets thrown into prison. However, God was with him there as well and he prospered, even in prison.  (If you remember Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. Also, how many times was Jesus misunderstood and accused of wrong doing by the “religious leaders” of the day? I find these two comparisons important, as well.)  Here is the scripture about Joseph in prison.

Genesis 39:21-232014807_univ_cnt_3_xl

21 But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. 23 The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority,[a] because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made it prosper.

I would say that God went before Joseph and prepared the way for him. Whatever he seemed to do, he prospered because the Lord was with him. Joseph knew this and apparently trusted God to see him through whatever circumstance he found himself in.

The following paragraph is from the website I mentioned earlier (Agape Bible Study). The author of this part of the Bible study, on that website, has some interesting information and I want to share it with you. Here it is:

“Joseph was hit with two life altering tragedies: first he was sold into slavery by his brothers and now he has been falsely accused and thrown into prison. Despite his tragedies, he had not lost his faith in God and God rewarded Joseph’s faith and trust by blessing him, even in the darkness of Pharaoh’s dungeon: since Yahweh was with him, and Yahweh made everything he understood successful. Potiphar, the commander of the guard and Joseph’s master, did not send Joseph to the mines or to the prison of the common criminals, instead he put him in the prison over which he had authority where the political prisoners and the more affluent men who offended the Pharaoh were kept. Joseph’s abilities were again recognized and appreciated. The chief jailor put him in charge of all the prisoners and Potiphar, Joseph’s master and commander of the guard which included the administration of the prison, personally selected Joseph to attend to Pharaoh’s cup-bearer and baker.”

The scriptures do not really show any “prayer” time – conversation with God (at least not yet) that Joseph had with God. I wonder… did Joseph ever just sit down and wonder… “how in the world did I get here?” He surely must have … from time to time. All we know is that Joseph just kept doing the next right thing and he was always successful.joseph_egypt

In the next post we will find out about the dreams of the butler and the baker. Joseph not only has dreams given from the Lord, but the Lord has also given him the ability to interpret other’s dreams. The plot thickens and gets interesting, and of course, Joseph has more lessons to learn. Trust in God and God alone!

04-relaxRemember, God loves you and wants to have a relationship with you too, like He had with Joseph. One of provision and faith and trust. God asks His children (us, you and me) to trust Him in all that we do and He will be with us, provide for us and protect us. God loves you so much. He calls you His beloved!

The Bible says you are:

…the elect of God, holy and beloved… Colossians 3:12 (KJV)

12 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering;

beloved of the Lord. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 (KJV)

13 But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth,

Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.
Deuteronomy 33:12

The Song – When I Don’t Know What To Do – Charles Billingsley

The Video   -When I Don’t Know What To Do – Charles Billingsley

00-SIGNATURE

PRAYER – JOSEPH INTO EGYPT

Yesterday’s post ended with Joseph telling his brothers and Jacob about the second dream he had. This dream was quite disturbing to his brothers and yet Jacob, after listening to the entire dream and “rebuking” Joseph… he kept these things in his mind. Here is the scripture – 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind. So, Jacob, more or less, pondered them and kept thinking about them.Joseph_and_colorful_coat_1158-18

So the story goes that the brothers went off to feed the flock of sheep to one area and then ended up in another area. They seemed to be doing things “their way” while they were away from their father Jacob. A little rebellious and selfish in their way of doing things. Here is the scripture.

Genesis 37:12-14, 18-23

12 Then his brothers went to feed their father’s flock in Shechem. 13 And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.”

So he said to him, “Here I am.”

14 Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with your brothers and well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he sent him out of the Valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. ….

18 Now when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. 19 Then they said to one another, “Look, this dreamer is coming! 20 Come therefore, let us now kill him and cast him into some pit; and we shall say, ‘Some wild beast has devoured him.’ We shall see what will become of his dreams!”

21 But Reuben heard it, and he delivered him out of their hands, and said, “Let us not kill him.” 22 And Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit which is in the wilderness, and do not lay a hand on him”—that he might deliver him out of their hands, and bring him back to his father.

23 So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him. 24 Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.

OK, what a mess Joseph has found himself in. He was just doing what his father had asked him to do, but was he a little haughty while looking fo03990_000_bible-photo-18r his brothers? He was wearing the flashy “coat of many colors” that his brothers hated. I am not absolutely certain but I believe the area he was traveling was all kinds of terrain. It has hills and valleys and rocks and craggy areas too, probably. I guess you would wear your favorite coat on this journey…? The pictures you see here are of the valley of Dothan (Bible Photos).  The distance from Hebron to Shechem was about 50 miles. Shechem sits in a lush valley pass between two small mountains: Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim. The distance from Shechem to Dothan was about 15 miles. So this was no easy journey for Joseph. It took him quite a while. We have no record of him ridingensignlp.nfo o 25a2 a camel, donkey or horse so he may very well have been on foot. It just simply doesn’t say. So if it was on foot, a 65 mile trip was quite the trip for this 17 year old. Nonetheless, he travels to Shechem to find his brothers and finds out they have moved 15 miles on further North. He continues on and they see him in the distance and conspire to kill him then.

How many times have you found yourself on a long journey (life journey) and all of a sudden someone takes you and throws you down a well… (maybe not literally but figuratively), that is, you have been lied to, lied about, or cheated on or any number of other betrayals. It is a very disturbing and hurtful thing to realize this about someone you thought was a “friend” or it can even happen with family as it did with Joseph.

These brothers of Joseph not only betrayed him but they conspired to kill him! Most of us probably have never experienced that depth of betrayal before, however, it is all relative! Betrayal is betrayal. The worst was planned but God had other plans. And God is ALWAYS IN CONTROL whether we want to admit and recognize it or not. Let’s look at the next part of the scripture.

Genesis 37:25-35

25 And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing spices, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry them down to Egypt. 26 So Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27 Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh.” And his brothers listened. 28 Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

29 Then Reuben returned to the pit, and indeed Joseph was not in the pit; and he tore his clothes. 30 And he returned to his brothers and said, “The lad is no more; and I, where shall I go?”

31 So they took Joseph’s tunic, killed a kid of the goats, and dipped the tunic in the blood. 32 Then they sent the tunic of many colors, and they brought it to their father and said, “We have found this. Do you know whether it is your son’s tunic or not?”Giovanni_Andrea_de_Ferrari_-_'Joseph's_Coat_Brought_to_Jacob',_oil_on_canvas,_c._1640,_El_Paso_Museum_of_Art

33 And he recognized it and said, “It is my son’s tunic. A wild beast has devoured him. Without doubt Joseph is torn to pieces.” 34 Then Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth on his waist, and mourned for his son many days. 35 And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, “For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.” Thus his father wept for him.

36 Now the Midianites[a] had sold him in Egypt to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard.840737_orig

Not only have the brother’s thought about murder of their own flesh and blood, but they top it off with a lie to their father! Oh what a tangled web we weave! Poor Jacob. This old man that loved this young son so much had to go through all this mourning and heartbreak all because these selfish sons hated their younger brother and wanted him dead. Jacob mourned for a long, long time and could not be consoled!

Meanwhile, young Joseph is being sold into Potiphar’s house, in Egypt. Potiphar is an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard. A very good place for him to land. The scripture says that the Lord was with Joseph and he was very successful. Let’s look at this scripture.

Genesis 39:1-6

Now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt. And Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him from the Ishmaelites who had taken him down there. The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a succe2014807_univ_cnt_2_xlssful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hand. So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority. So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in the house and in the field. Thus he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand, and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate.

Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance.Picture3

As you can see, Joseph was very successful and very handsome. This created a new problem for this young man. However, we will look at that tomorrow. We will see the long, hard journey that Joseph must go through before he comes out on the other side victorious! There are lessons to be learned over and over in life, and Joseph is learning them at every turn!

Sometimes in life, just when things look their best, life can happen and cause everything to turn upside down and look like the end of the world – at least the end of your world. Just remember, if the Lord is with you, no matter how dim and dark things seem to get, the outcome must be left up to the Lord. We must have faith and trust that God’s plan for our lives is the absolute best that it could be. God loves you and wants you to know you are His beloved!

The Song – Always – Charles Billingsley

00-SIGNATURE

PRAYER – JOSEPH AND HIS BROTHERS

As I begin to write this evening, which I totally intended to write earlier today, I am feeling very satisfied and accomplished. I have been off the last few days and have been quite busy and successful at wrapping some things up that have been hanging for a while. You know God’s timing is always perfect and the longer I live the more that becomes so very apparent to me. Things that I can seemingly never get accomplished finally fall into place and when they do, you know it is just the right time. It doesn’t have to be earth shattering, just accomplishing tasks that I have wanted to do for quite a while. Now they are done and I shall return to my regular job tomorrow to rest… lol.

So with that said, I will continue my writing that I started yesterday, actually. I have pecked around on it some today, but mostly done yesterday and this morning early. It just seemed to not come together and if you read my last couple of posts – especially the INFORMATION UPDATE one, you will know that I do not write a word without praying about it first. Before I type and all the while I am typing I talk to God as to how to say things that will be just how He wants me to say them. I sometimes have to just get out of the way and let God guide my hands because I think it should say one thing and then when I redo it … it is so much better. As you will see in my first paragraph below, there was some confusion and wassailing back and forth on a particular technicality discrepancy in the scripture. It doesn’t change the outcome of the story and so I chose to go forward with the story and worry about finding out the “truth” – that is what the original text said – on my own time and follow up at a later time with an explanation. So, without delaying another second, read on…

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

I am sitting here in a quandary. Why? Because I want to start the story of Joseph (one of Jacob’s sons) with a little history and “the incident” with his brothers, but am not certain where to start. One reason, is because there is a cloudy technicality in the scriptures that I have not been able to clear up yet. However, it really doesn’t make that much difference so I could just tell you the particular part that is tripping me up and then find out and readdress it at a later time.

You see in Genesis 37 there is the story of Joseph (the one with the coat of many colors) going out to find his brothers on his father’s request. His father is Jacob and Joseph was loved by Jacob. In fact he loved him more than the other sons … here is the scripture.

Genesis 37:1-4

Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. This is the history of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.

Remember this is a young man of 17 years old. He was probably a bit “full of himself” and a bit showy. After all, he has this beautiful coat of many colors, which was considered to be like what royalty wore. It was quite obvious that Joseph was favored by his father and that will not fare well for Joseph, we will see in a little while. Jacob loved Joseph more mainly because of two reasons, I believe. 1) he was born from his beloved Rachel and 2) he was born of Jacob’s old age, like the scripture says, and 3) I believe Jacob recognized something very special in Joseph – namely because of the dreams that Joseph would share with them (we will see what those dreams were in a little while). I believe Jacob remembered the dreams that God gave Jacob and this was a sign to him that God was speaking to Joseph’s heart and spirit as well.ISRAEL AND JOSEPH

So Jacob had this beautiful coat made for Joseph but it was an outward sign to the other sons of his favoritism and it did not go over very good with them. Now Jacob, being a man of God, surely taught his sons (family) the importance of loving each other and being kind to one another. However, that old human nature still creeps in and stirs the pot of dissension, hatred and evil. Even today, if we are not diligent about seeking the Lord in all that we do, we will fall prey to the wiles of our human nature and allow it to run rampant as these brothers did with Joseph. Let’s see what the next part of the scripture says.

Genesis 37:5-11

Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”6a00e554d79b0288330120a646f68a970c-800wi

And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”

10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

Sharing the first dream was bad enough but then the second dream really got them going. Even Jacob. If you have been following the journey of Jacob you might remember that Rachel, the mother of Joseph passed away in child birth of Joseph’s youngest brother, Benjamin. Through my studies and research, the “mother” Jacob is referring to here is the “legal mother” which would be Leah. Laban (Rachel’s father) tricked Jacob into marrying Leah (the eldest) first and then Rachel (the youngest). So, the mother mentioned by Jacob in this scripture is Leah, his legal mother since Rachel is dead now.

Notice verse 11 – 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind. Jacob is pondering in his heart all that Joseph has shared. Has there ever been a time when someone has told you something that you thought they were crazy? How about when someone told you they had a dream about God or had heard from God and have you ever thought they had really heard from God or they were just spouting off? I can say that I knew a person before that would say things that would make me wonder and ponder what they said. Never did I “rebuke” them … because that is just not what I do. But I did wonder if they really believed and had heard from God about what they were telling me or not. Maybe we need to not jump so quickly when someone shares things like that with us. Maybe we need to “ponder” them a bit and let things play out before we accuse or decide they are crazy. Experience speaking here. Even when God has given me a vision or spoken to my heart, I even doubt that sometimes. I am learning, though, that when I hear that still, small voice and feel His presence I stop and I take notice.

Later, the scripture records the trip that the brother’s took to feed their flock of sheep.Joseph_journey If you read any of The Good Shepherd series I did earlier this year, you will remember that shepherds are constantly moving their flocks to the best grazing land. Apparently the brothers had done so, and Jacob wanted a report of how they were doing. So, who else can he send but Joseph. This will not be a good trip for Joseph but it will be the beginning of a wonderful part of Joseph’s life and learning. I will end here and pick up the “rest of the story” about Joseph’s journey to find his brother’s tomorrow.god_speaks

God speaks to His children. God shares His love through many ways. Through His creation, through family and friend and I believe, He even shares love through our beloved pets. We might need to stop and take the time to listen more often and/or own our feelings and not just shrug it off as our minds playing tricks on us. If it is God and He wants to share something with you, stop and listen. He loves to have conversations with His children. He is waiting right now. Call out to Him today. He loves you so much. He calls you His beloved.

The Song – The Love Of God – Mercy Me (with Lyrics)

The Video– The Love Of God – Mercy Me (with Lyrics)

PRAYER – JOSEPH

Running a little late with this post.  However, you will really enjoy this next story line.  Joseph and the coat of many colors… Joseph was the son of Jacob and Rachel and born of Jacob’s old age.  This was a very special son and the story will keep you wondering… Prayer is vital in Joseph’s life.  Let’s see how it gets started.

Here is the scripture to get you started.  I will post the full post later today.  Thanks for being patient.

Genesis 37: 1-11ISRAEL AND JOSEPH

Now Jacob dwelt in the land where his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. This is the history of Jacob.

Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brothers. And the lad was with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives; and Joseph brought a bad report of them to his father.

Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age. Also he made him a tunic of many colors. But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him.

Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.”

And his brothers said to him, “Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Then he dreamed still another dream and told it to his brothers, and said, “Look, I have dreamed another dream. And this time, the sun, the moon, and the eleven stars bowed down to me.”

10 So he told it to his father and his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall your mother and I and your brothers indeed come to bow down to the earth before you?” 11 And his brothers envied him, but his father kept the matter in mind.

00-SIGNATURE