March 3, 2020

Scripture Reading: Genesis 37:17-24

So Joseph went after his brothers, and found them at Dothan. They saw him from a distance, and before he came near to them, they conspired to kill him. They said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer. Come now, let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits; then we shall say that a wild animal has devoured him, and we shall see what will become of his dreams.” But when Reuben heard it, he delivered him out of their hands, saying, “Let us not take his life.” Reuben said to them, “Shed no blood; throw him into this pit here in the wilderness, but lay no hand on him” – that he might rescue him out of their hand and restore him to his father. So when Joseph came to his brothers, they stripped him of his robe, the long robe with sleeves that he wore; and they took him and threw him into a pit. The pit was empty; there was no water in it.

  • Most of us have had the experience of having a dream or vision that has been misunderstood or even shattered by those whom we expect should love us most. The experience can leave us feeling injured, insecure, exposed, or vulnerable, as if our “coat of long sleeves” has been taken away from us. Traditionally, the text was translated “a coat of many colors.” This translation makes me think of the rainbow, which is a symbol of God’s covenant (promise) never to forsake us. It is a reminder of our true identity as a child of God, and unlike a coat, no one can take it away from you. Think about the dream God has for you. This might be a stretch, but trust that you know what that dream is. If you feel like you might be a bit trapped or in a pit, unable to realize your dream right now, how is God working to free you to go after it?

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