BEHOLD THE DREAMER COMETH!
One of my favorite characters in all of the Bible is
the man named Joseph. In many ways Joseph was the
most Christ-like man in all of the Old Testament. I
was surprised to notice a number of years ago that 14
entire chapters of the book of Genesis are devoted to
the life of this man Joseph. That is remarkable when
you remember that the opening two chapter of Genesis
have to do with the creation of the universe. Genesis
begins by saying "in the beginning God created the
heavens and the earth." Then it tells us about all
of the creation of the universe. Then it comes to the
stars and in marvelous economy of language the
Scriptures says "he made the stars also." Think about
the innumerable stars and yet scripture just puts it
in five simple words.
In 1920 Astronomers estimated there were 300 billion
stars in our universe. I gave you a statement last
Sunday night from an astronomer named sir James Jeans,
who estimated that there are more stars in our
universe than all of the grains of sand on all of the
seashores on the earth. Yet the Holy Spirit, God in
His Bible, takes all of these stars, these billions
and billions of stars and says in five words—"He made
the stars also."
When we come to the life of this young man named
Joseph the Bible gives us ¼ of the first book about
the life of this man Joseph. Why do you think this
is? I think I know the reason why. I think the
reason we find that creation is in just a few words
and yet the life of Joseph is in so many chapters is
because God is far more interested in shaping saints
than He is in shaping stars. God is more interested
in the Bible and the message of regeneration than He
is in the subject of generation. So when we read the
life of Joseph we see what God can do in the life of a
The brothers of Joseph make a statement about him in
verse 19 which I think in many ways summarizes the
life of Joseph. When they saw their brother coming
they said, "behold this dreamer cometh". It was not
intended at all as a compliment. It was a complaint.
It was an accusation rather than an accolade. God has
a way sometimes of taking complaints and turning them
into compliments. It was said of the Lord Jesus
Christ that this man receiveth sinners and eats with
them. What was intended as a criticism has become one
of the great truths about our Lord Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ indeed is a friend of sinners. So it was
said about Joseph, behold the dreamer cometh. In many
ways this wraps up the story of the life of Joseph
I want to talk about the dreamer and I hope it will be
an encouragement to you. I want to do it in several
acts. In chapter 37 I want to call this act—
I. SPECIAL Dreams.
In the early years, the young man Joseph we find out
he was a young man who some very special dreams.
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