A Natural, Immediate ReactionMy initial reaction and assessment toward Joseph's dreams were similar to that of his family. I thought Joseph was just a naive, arrogant boy, but recently I attended an in-depth study of this particular section of the Bible and came across these points:
"In his first dream Joseph saw sheaves in the field bowing down to his sheaf; this dream reveals that, at the most Joseph was just a sheaf and that, at the worst, his brothers were also sheaves; Joseph was a sheaf, and his brothers were sheaves.
The only difference between him and them was that God had chosen him to reign, but this does not mean that he was better than they were; God's people are all sheaves of life in Christ."
I felt exposed while reading these. I felt like my view had been pickled in the worldly concepts of "fairness" and "politics." That is why to some extent I actually sympathized with his brothers' jealousy and vengeance. Terrible, isn't it? This is what the world all about: justifying evil for good but none of it is God. I need to be saved from such view and attitude by seeing God's view.