3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours.
4 And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him.
5 And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.
6 And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:
7 For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.
8 And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me.
10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?
11 And his brethren envied him; but his father observed the saying.
Jacob favored Rachel more than Leah and he also favored the children that Rachel gave him, which included Joseph and Benjamin. Verse 3 tells us that he did not hide this fact in giving Joseph a “coat of many colors.” This is actually not a coat but a tunic that must have gone from his neck to his ankles with long sleeves. This tunic was a princely gard that placed Joseph ahead of his brothers. This did not help his relationship with them at all.
To make things worse, Joseph tells his family about a dream that he has. In this dream, some bundled sheaths being harvested by his brethren are showing observance to Joe’s sheaths.
This caused them to hate him even more.
Now Joseph does not seem to be catching all of the hatred from his brothers and he ends up telling them all about another dream.
In this dream, the sun, moon, and stars all fall down to give observance to him. At this time, everyone knew that the sun represented the father, the moon represented the mother, and the stars their offspring. Now Joseph is saying that not only his brothers would fall down in observance to him, but his father and mother would as well. His brothers are livid with hatred for him at this point. Jacob tries to rein in what he must have thought was a high degree of self-importance, but he keeps these dreams in the back of his mind.
Some things to remember as we read the story of Joseph
Here we see the first time that God will speak to Joseph through Dreams. We also see a change in how God deals with humanity and how He mainly deals in our time. Up until this point, God spoke directly with the Patriarchs but not with Joseph.
In his story we see the divine providence of God working behind the scenes while using His people to fulfill His Will.
We see the first steps in the separation and sanctification of God’s people.
Now of course, as we see Joseph’s life progress, we must remember that we have the benefit of hindsight, but not Joseph. He is living and dealing with what comes as we read his story. While his story is a picture of Jesus in many ways, we should remember that he is like us in that he has the same fallen nature and that he is just trying to live with purpose in an undesirable situation.
We should also try to imagine those quiet times in between the written episodes of Joe’s life. Those times when he may have prayed himself to sleep in a dreary situation.
The resolve that we see in Joseph to trust in the lord when you have nothing else can be a great help in our walk.