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Thoughts and Happenings

LENT 2018 - Tuesday, February 20

Posted by Pat Hughes on

Genesis 37:9. He had another dream, and told it to his brothers, saying, “Look, I have had another dream; the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”

This verse is part of the narrative about Joseph where he has two prophetic dreams that describe his future elevation in Egypt. Joseph had two similar dreams; having duplicate messages could be taken as a confirmation from God of things to come. At this time, people believed dreams were a channel of divine communication. Joseph becomes the interpreter of dreams, but he believed the interpretations belonged to God who knows and controls the events of the future. Joseph’s story is a beautiful description of overcoming adversity and using your God-given talents to help all people. In the finale of the story, Joseph testifies to God’s providence that turned a harmful act into a great achievement for the goodness of numerous people. Goodness can come from evil. God can work in and through an individual despite all obstacles. Dreams can be fulfilled with God’s help.

—Pat Hughes

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