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Dreams make the Difference

Intro
What’s the craziest dream you can remember having?
—> Clint Eastwood in my closet in “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly” clothes
I’m pretty sure though I’ve never had a dream that made my entire family hate me.
Genesis 37:1–11 ESV
1 Jacob lived in the land of his father’s sojournings, in the land of Canaan. 2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father. 3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him. 5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. 9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
Let’s look at these characters
Jacob/Israel —> the father, the trickster, the deceiver, the ladder guy, the one who wrestled with a heavenly being and was blessed.
Joseph —> the 2nd youngest (Benjamin doesn’t figure in yet), the favorite, the dreamer, His name means “to add” —>
The Brothers —> the ones Jacob loved less, the shepherds, the ordinary, the dream killers, 12 tribes of Israel.
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Genesis 37:2 ESV
2 These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.
At first it is clearly jacob and joseph together. Joseph is favored.
Joseph’s character is displayed. He shows wisdom and respect for his father by giving a report that although is bad on his brothers and hurts their relationship. It is what is right.
Genesis 37:3–4 ESV
3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his sons, because he was the son of his old age. And he made him a robe of many colors. 4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
Genesis 37:4 ESV
4 But when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers, they hated him and could not speak peacefully to him.
Jacob gives Joseph this coat. Jacob or Israel, should know better than anyone the pitfalls of showing favoritism towards their children.
This act drives a deeper wedge between Joseph and his brothers
Genesis 37:5–8 ESV
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Hear this dream that I have dreamed: 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 His brothers said to him, “Are you indeed to reign over us? Or are you indeed to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.
Gen 37:
Joseph’s first dream . They never ask for clarification or seek another answer. They take it at face value because of the previous events that have happened.
Genesis 37:9–11 ESV
9 Then he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” 11 And his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
Gen 37:
Joseph’s 2nd dream goes beyond the brothers into the entire family. At this point Joseph becomes separated from even his father.
His brothers have moved to the point of anger. Joseph is no longer an annoyance but a problem.
Genesis: An Introduction and Commentary Joseph Alienates His Family (37:1–11)

The two attitudes in this verse are those that always divide people in their reactions to news from God. The brothers’ scepticism was emotional and hasty; the father’s open mind was the product of some humility. Israel had learnt by now, as his sons had not, to allow for God’s hand in affairs, and for his right of choice among men.

People give us good gifts. God gives us the best gifts. God gave Joseph the gift of purpose before he even realized it. Others will get in the way of the purpose both intentionally and unintentionally, but we have to stay out of our own way.
sometimes God doesn’t reveal its his purpose until we need him the most.
Ephesians 2:10 ESV
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
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Jeremiah 1:5 ESV
5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
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