Joseph is someone in the bible known as a dreamer. He is 17 years old when we first read about him in the bible. He lives with his Father & his 11 brothers and works for the family business. The bible tells us that he is the favourite son of his Father Jacob and receives love and special treatment. It causes his brothers to hate him for this. One day Joseph gets a dream from God. Below we read about this and the response his brothers have toward Joseph.
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.
One night Joseph had a dream, and when he told his brothers about it, they hated him more than ever. “Listen to this dream,” he said. “We were out in the field, tying up bundles of grain. Suddenly my bundle stood up, and your bundles all gathered around and bowed low before mine!” His brothers responded, “So you think you will be our king, do you? Do you actually think you will reign over us?” And they hated him all the more because of his dreams and the way he talked about them. Soon Joseph had another dream, and again he told his brothers about it. “Listen, I have had another dream,” he said. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!”
This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?” But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.
1. Have you ever had a dream from God or heard God speak to you?
2. How does God speak to you?
3. Have you told someone a dream or something you were believing for - only for them to misunderstand you or think it's dumb?
4. Why do you think it’s important to have a dream for your life?
- How does this apply to my life?
- What am I going to do this week?