PATRIARCH OF LOVE (2)

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JOSEPH’S DREAM

Let us look at Joseph’s dream and see how it applies to us today. Where do you stand in this dream?
Joseph’s first dream is fulfilled when his brothers, seeking grain in Egypt, bow to him as the sheaths of wheat had done. When Joseph jails them for three days, his brothers begin to repent because their harsh treatment reminds them of their past cruelty to Joseph (Genesis 42:44). Joseph insists on the presence of Benjamin for his own purposes. The old crime against Joseph is still on their consciences when accused of stealing the silver cup, they throw themselves down in guilt and penance. Joseph leads his brothers to an effective penance and conversion of heart. By re-enacting the first scene (and setting up the very same circumstances) Joseph wishes to see whether his brothers will for a second time abandon the other son of Rachel, their youngest brother, Benjamin, and return home to their father telling him that his son is lost. If they refuse to abandon Benjamin, their moral renewal and penitence will be proven. If their hearts are changed, they are forgiven. This is their judgement in which Joseph identifies himself with Benjamin to test his brothers, just as Christ identifies Himself with the least of men when He comes to judge at the Final Judgement. In each case, the judge determines his relationship to the judged by their freely chosen relationship to others. Only when they have shown their love of Benjamin in their refusal to depart without him does Joseph reveal himself as their brother, and restores their friendship.

While his brothers recover from their shock, Joseph ( Genesis 45:4) explains the divine plan behind all these incidents. Despite famine and their sins, God has been looking after the family of Jacob-Israel to ensure their survival. Salvation is bestowed on the group because of the suffering of one just man. Salvation for both criminal and victim is seen in this amazing insight into Providence.

Joseph is seen as a type of philosopher-king, the idea of Israel’s wisdom teaching. He is the type of Messiah in whom the people of God believe and hope. With Joseph, the people of God easily make the transition from the historical individual to the corporate personality. Joseph saves his brothers. He is the loving, beneficent ruler who not only cares for the physical needs of his people, feeding them in famine but also for their moral rebirth, leading them to a change of heart and reconciliation.

I can identify with this dream and place myself in some situation and find my true self at this time. My question to you, where do you stand?

Sir Godfrey Gregg

Divisional Patriarch

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Author: Sir Godfrey Gregg

Sir Godfrey Gregg is one of the Administrators and managing Director of this site