Genesis 37:9-11 NIV
Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. “Listen,” he said, “I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, “What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.
Joseph has another dream. He tells his brothers (like he did the first time) and then his father also. The dream is strange. The sun (his father), the moon (his mother/father’s wives), and eleven stars (same number as his brothers) all bow before him. They are quick to catch the implied meaning and dad calls him out for these illusions of grandeur. His brothers hate him even more and become jealous. Dad “kept the matter in mind”, so something must have stood out to him that this want just some dream or some claim of wanting power…
Joseph is given a prophetic vision of the future in a dream, which his family didn’t know, and he is rebuked for sharing the dream. I can understand balking at the implied meaning. But they all missed God’s plan in there. I wonder where I’ve had someone share a dream from God and I’ve responded as Israel instead of as Joseph. Joseph didn’t latch on and tell everyone to start bowing before him, he was just sharing what he had seen, and he was probably confused or disturbed by it.
I think I can take away from this a caution to take things to God for direction and interpretation rather than reacting according to myself and my own thoughts. It didn’t do Joseph’s family any favors. I wonder how that could have played out if his brothers and dad didn’t react that way…