Scripture: Genesis 37:5-8 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 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.” 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.
Devotional: In today’s passage we see yet another opportunity for Joseph’s brothers to despise him: they were jealous of God’s favor. Even though they scoffed at Joseph’s dream, there had to be some tiny pondering in their hearts if this was God speaking, as He often spoke through dreams in this time.
Certainly Jacob must have shared with his sons his own encounters with God through dreams (Genesis 28:10-16, 31:10-13). Through them, God revealed His promises and favor. Already struggling with feeling less than when it came to favor from their father, having God show this favor to Joseph must have added insult to injury. And more hatred and bitterness resulted. So they took things into their own hands.
More on that tomorrow.
- Do you ever feel like someone has a hotline with God that you’re missing? Or do you envy someone’s blessed life? Ask God to remove any envy that may be planted in your heart.