5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. 6 He said to them, “Listen to this dream I had: 7 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.”
8 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.
We can see here the depth of Jacob’s poor parenting, and the vileness of man. Though their father heard from God in dreams, Jacob’s children no longer see dreams as communication with God, at least here they don’t even acknowledge it as a possibility. Furthermore, due to the hate they have been fostering, they don’t even look at the proposed idea as a potential blessing. They hear the favorite thinks he may be their ruler and they are filled with jealous rage. Let’s continue to see how his father responds. This will show us the reasoning for their reaction:
9 Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”
10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Ahhh just as the boys, Jacob jumps to criticism and doesn’t mention that this may be something from God. This entire family, it seems, is focused on themselves and their power. No one is happy they have to serve anyone else, and seemingly cant fathom them having to bow down before another family member. Why not joy? Why not excitement that they may become rulers in this land!? Well… as we continue this story we are going to see why. These chosen forefathers are filled with hate, fleshly selfishness, and pride. Yet God is moving among them. This makes the coming stories all the more miraculous as we see what God is going to do with this significantly imperfect canvas.
Normally humans look at the starting point as a marker for their expectations of the final product. Though we realize there may be outliers which break the norm, we assume that if we are starting with poor materials the end product will be of less prestige than if we started with valuable materials. However, God sets Himself up with the worst starting materials so that when He brings miraculous change/growth it will be clear it was not of man’s power. God consistently works through broken and marred vessels proving all the more how powerful He is. For to carry living water in a broken clay pot is far more miraculous than in a golden vessel.
Lord Thank You for choosing us, broken vessels, to hold Your beauty. Thank You for allowing us to be a part of Your plan of redemption even though we have seemingly no worth. Help us to be reminded of how beautiful this blessing is! Amen.
Start looking at those who seem “to far gone” and imagine them as an even greater story of redemption. Don’t look at those who are adamantly opposed to God as worthless, instead watch and pray for them in anticipation waiting to see our great Refiner’s work in their life! He can redeem even the murderer, thief, the predator. God’s love reaches past our earthly walls.