Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. So he said to them, “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf. (Genesis 37:5-7)
We have all had dreams that left us wondering whether or not they were from God. Sometimes they can be so abstract that we can’t be certain one way or the other. In Joseph’s case, the dreams given to him were not typical and left no doubt that Heaven was validating his position in the family. They were so profound, in fact, that he couldn’t keep silent about them and this is what ultimately led to the betrayal he suffered at the hands of his own kin.
The sheaves in the dream that bowed to Joseph’s sheaf hinted that they would bow before him because of their need for grain. This is what we know indeed occurred many years later. That his sheaf “stood upright” indicated that he would rule over them for a long time. Some Biblical historians believe that Joseph served as viceroy in Egypt for 80 years.
Ultimately this story points us to the Messiah who, though rejected and despised by His own, will rule and reign forever. As the angel foretold when he informed Mary of her impending pregnancy: “And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end” (Luke 1:33). Furthermore, Paul reminded us that there will come a day when all will bow before Him.
“Wherefore also God highly exalted him, and gave unto him the name which is above every name; that in the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, of things in heaven and things on earth and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Yeshua is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
In today’s world, many arrogantly defy God’s authority and His righteous standards. They mock the notion that mankind should conform to His ways and respect His rule. But one day, a time unprecedented in human history will descend upon the earth and will force all men to decide who they are going to serve. Those who bow the knee before the King in humility will receive mercy and a pardon; those who refuse to do this will bow their knee in defeat. Therefore, in order that others may avoid the consequences of rebellion, let us who have determined to serve Him, today, do all we can to lead others to Him. Regardless of the path men take, He shall reign over us all. May it be that many more will choose to serve Him of their own volition.
Blessings and Shalom,