By: Ely Lagajino
…God Says, “I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.” Acts2:17 (NKJV)
Joseph developed an inward beauty of character. He listened to his father’s instructions and loved to obey God. Traits of gentleness, faithfulness, loyalty, and truthfulness distinguished him in Egypt (PP p.210).
One night Joseph dreamed that he and his brothers were binding straws of grains. Joseph’s bundle of grain suddenly stood straight, and his brothers’ bundles bowed low before it. He told his brothers about this dream, and their jealousy of him being their father’s favorite son turned into hatred.
Joseph had another dream. This time the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed before him. Joseph again told his dream to his brothers and to his father.
Now his brothers hated him more than ever. But his father gave much thought to what he said. He knew it was God’s way of telling Joseph that he would be a great person someday (Genesis 37:9-11).
Long time ago, through a vision, God called Abraham as the keeper of the law and the progenitor of the coming Savior as He promised him all the land in Canaan.
In another vision, God told Abraham not to expect immediate possession of the Promised Land. Furthermore, his descendants would experience suffering before finally settling in Canaan (PP p.126). He showed Abraham that they should be strangers in a new land. Their partial stay in that land gave Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s family opportunity to teach the Canaanites to accept and worship the true God, within four hundred years (Genesis 15:16).
In a similar way, God revealed to Israel’s family through Joseph’s dreams that there would be a period when they must leave the Promised Land for a while. The absence of the Israelites would give the Canaanites enough time to recognize and worship God and join the chosen nation.