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Joseph - Dreams, Dungeons, Diadems (7 of 15)
Series: The Greatest Men of the Bible
Clarence E. Macartney
Springtime on the Plain of Dothan, in the Vale of Esdraelon. To the south the mountains of Samaria, to the north the mountains of Gilboa. Standing on one of the lower ranges of the bordering mountains, we see black dots against the green grass of the plain. These are the black tents of the sons of Jacob who are feeding their flocks on the Plain of Dothan. And yonder are white dots. These are flocks of sheep against the green of the plain, like lingering snow on a March day. But away yonder, coming from the south with greetings from his father for his brethren, is Joseph, his coat of many colors brushing the dews from the lips of the spring flowers as he walks across the plain.
Love can see afar off and so can hate. The father of the prodigal saw the returning son when he was ''yet a great way off,'' and Joseph's brethren saw him ''afar off.'' When they saw him they said one to another with hatred in their voice and envy in their eyes, ''Behold, this dreamer cometh!''
The world loves a dreamer. That is one reason for the popularity of Joseph, and why, in the vote of the congregation, he takes seventh place among the great men of the Bible. The world's greatest story centers about the world's greatest dreamer. Forever this will be the story for young men and young women, for it has in it all the elements of life's great story-ambition, dreams, hope, love, sorrow, envy, hate, temptation, lust, vengeance, suffering, sorrow, sin, and conquest. The popularity of Joseph shows how, after all, the great things of life do not change. The things of the heart and of the soul are the same from age to age. The world loves Joseph, too, because he was a great sufferer. Sorrow and suffering and hardship are deepest graven on the history of men. They have a deeper appeal than pleasure and ease and plenty. Joseph was the great dreamer; but because of his ...
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