Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 11, 2022

“What does straw (dreams) have in common with grain (My word)?” declares the LORD. “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 37:1-11.

“Now Jacob lived in the land where his father had sojourned, in the land of Canaan.  These are the records of the generations of Jacob.

Joseph, when seventeen years of age, was pasturing the flock with his brothers while he was still a youth, along with the sons of Bilhah and the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives.  And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to their father.  Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age;  and he made him a varicolored tunic.  His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers;  and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.

Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.  He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had;  for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect;  and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.”  Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us?  Or are you really going to rule over us?”  So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream;  and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.”  He related it to his father and to his brothers;  and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had?  Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?”  His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.”  Genesis 37:1-11.


We need to be careful in telling our dreams.  

Joseph’s brothers “hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.”

Even Israel, the father of Joseph who loved Joseph “more than all his brothers”, rebuked him and was sarcastic to him and only “kept the saying in mind”.

Moreover, dreams can be false (not come from God) and can be misinterpreted by the dreamer even if it comes from God.  

God used Joseph’s dream and fulfilled his dream, but we now have the Scriptures and should prefer using Scriptures.

“The prophet who has a dream may relate his dream, but let him who has My word speak My word in truth.  What does straw have in common with grain?” declares the LORD.  “Is not My word like fire?” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer which shatters a rock?”  Jeremiah 23:28-29. 


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