Genesis 37:9–11 (ESV)
he dreamed another dream and told it to his brothers and said, “Behold, I have dreamed another dream. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” 10 But when he told it
to his father and to his brothers, his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow ourselves to the ground before you?” 11 And
his brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.
The first dream caused his brothers to hate him. Today’s
reading, his second dream made them jealous. The Lutheran Study Bible states: “Joseph is favored by his father but hated by his brothers. Joseph’s prophetic dreams only raise tensions in the family. We can expect that those who love virtue
will be hated and envied by the wicked. Yet we should also pursue humility and avoid arrogance. Thanks be to God, His favored Son died to redeem His people, though they hated Him. In righteous humility, He redeemed us too.
I pray: “Almighty God, in this world of division and family strife, bless us with the healing love of Your Son,
Jesus. Forgive us our jealousies and hatred. In the Savior’s name. Amen.”
Engelbrecht, E. A. (2009). The
Lutheran Study Bible (pp. 72–73). St. Louis, MO: Concordia Publishing House.