Joseph: A Story of Redemption

Day 1 – Genesis 37

Last month I read through the story of Joseph in the Bible (Genesis 37-50). Each day I was challenged to share what I learned. Here was my insight for Genesis 37.

Joseph the King of Dreamers

In case you aren’t familiar with the story, Joseph is one of 12 brothers. He’s the youngest of them, minus one. All are step brothers to him, except his younger brother, Benjamin. Jacob is Joseph’s father, and he has 4 different wives. Of all the boys, Joseph is the favorite son from the favorite wife. This, among other things (as we’ll see), makes Joseph hated by his brothers.

Joseph: A story of redemption. A devotional by Andy Bondurant. Day one.

Joseph is not only hated because of the favoritism he receives from his father, but also how he lords himself over his family. As a young man, Joseph has a couple of dreams indicating, as one of the youngest in the family, he will rule over them all (bundles of wheat and stars bow to him).

His brothers hate these dreams (whether they believe they carry any weight or not), but his father isn’t happy about them either. Jacob responds with a good scolding for Joseph, but privately he wonders to himself…

“But while his brothers were jealous of Joseph, his father wondered what the dreams meant.”

-Genesis 37:11  


As a father, myself, I seem to find myself in this exact same place. I ask, “What do my kids dreams mean? Is this real? Is this passing? Is this from God? Does it even matter?”

There is a fine balance between making your child live in reality, and encouraging them to dream…and dream big. I have a child who wants to be an artist. How do you make money as an artist? I have a child who wants to play professional sports as an adult. How many people really make it in that world? Not many.

Jacob wasn’t perfect. In fact, he screwed the fathering thing up a ton. One thing he did well was walking the line between showing Joseph reality and allowing him to hold onto his dream. A great lesson for parents and people.

Daily Blessing: God give me the grace to dwell in that place between dream and reality.

Daily Challenge: As a parent, friend or co-worker, attempt to see both the potential and reality of the dreams of those around you. Don’t just tear down  dreams with facts, believe they are the one percent. Don’t just allow them to blindly go down a path, lovingly speak the truth.

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