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Joseph's Second Dream

Joseph's Second Dream

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Published by Craig Peters
The Spirit reveals things of great encouragement through the prophetic dreams given to the patriarch Joseph.
The Spirit reveals things of great encouragement through the prophetic dreams given to the patriarch Joseph.

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Yoseph’s Second Dream
by Craig Peters
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers,and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me. 10 And he told it to his father,and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him, and said to him, What is thisdream that you have dreamed? Shall I, and your mother, and your brothersindeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth? 11 And hisbrothers envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind.
 Bereshit/Genesis 37:9-11
a
In the Kingdom of 
hwhy
, there is nothing that goes unseen or unrewarded. While
hwhy
 will most assuredly punish all iniquity,
1
He also delights in blessing and rewardingauthentic, loving acts of righteousness.
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Yoseph’s desire to walk uprightly wouldeventually be greatly rewarded, but this would not occur apart from considerable loss andsuffering. The account of the patriarch Yoseph’s very real and extended sufferings, of theevents that brought about his exaltation in Egypt and his reconciliation with his brothers, of that overwhelming time of restoration to his mourning father—it all has to be one of the most moving true-life stories in the entirety of Scripture. This present work endeavors to share the amazing fulfillment of the Word of 
hwhy
to Yoseph, the Wordwhich was given to him through two very special dreams.
Yoseph’s First Dream
We begin this section by reading and pondering the account of Yoseph’s first dream. Thename of Yoseph means “
hwhy
adds/increases” and it has the same root word as the wordtranslated “more” in this text:
5 And Yoseph (
Powy) 
dreamed a dream, and told it to his brothers,and they hated him yet the more (
powy) 
 
3
. 6 And he said to them, Hear nowthis dream, which I have dreamed! 7 Behold, we were binding sheavesin the fields, and behold, my sheaf rose up, and stood upright.
4
And behold, your sheaves came round about and bowed down to my sheaf. 8 And hisbrothers said to him, Will you indeed be a king over us? Will youindeed rule over us? And they hated him yet the more (
powy) 
 
5
 
 for his dreams and for his words.
Genesis 37:5-8
1
Exodus 20:7, Deuteronomy 7:9-10, Psalm 58:10-11, 62:11-12
2
Psalm 11:7, 58:10-11, 62:11-12, 146:8
3
This word for “more” has the same Hebrew root word as the name of Yoseph (
Powy).
 
4
upright = yashar =
rSy
. Because Yoseph walked uprightly, even in the midst of immense trials and persecution, hewas eventually exalted above his brothers.
5
This word for “more” has the same Hebrew root word as the name of Yoseph (
Powy).
 
 
 2
Those who speak the Word of 
hwhy
will be hated, but as Elohim did with the brothers of Yoseph, the sovereignty of the Most High will oversee the affects of the resulting persecution. And while it has already been indicated in a footnote, it is of greatimportance to note the sheaf of Yoseph arose and stood upright. This word for upright is
 yashar 
(
rSy
). The Spirit revealing that because Yoseph walked in uprightness, even inthe midst of immense trials and persecution, he was eventually, though not immediately,exalted to
stand 
as a sovereign ruler in the courts of Egypt and was, thus, exalted abovehis brothers. Both Yoseph and Daniel are examples of how a throne is established byrighteousness;
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both men walked in uprightness before being exalted by Elohim to ruleover others.
7
 When the famine later compelled Ya’acob to send the ten brothers of Yoseph to buy foodin Egypt,
8
and when those ten bowed before him,
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his first dream had still not beencompletely fulfilled as it required all of his brothers to bow before him.
10
As difficult asit may have been for Yoseph to contain himself, he had to follow the Word of 
hwhy
. Sohe orchestrated the retrieval of Benyamin. In the process, Yoseph worked to bring his brothers to repentance. Even as he had been betrayed with twenty pieces of silver,Yoseph used
silver 
(in various forms) to call to account those brothers who had betrayedhim.
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When Benjamin finally came to Egypt,
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all eleven sheaves bowed beforeYoseph. His first dream had been fulfilled and Yoseph could then reveal himself to his brothers. What a moving occasion this was as they had all come “full circle.” Yosephwas alive! He had been promoted to rule over Egypt! His first dream had been fulfilled!The Word of 
hwhy
had come to pass! Yoseph had risen and stood upright, and
hwhy
usedthis faithful man to preserve alive the seed of Ya’acob, the descendants of Abraham.
13
 
Yoseph’s Second Dream
We begin this section by once more reading and pondering the account of Yoseph’ssecond dream:
9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers,and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me. 10 And he told it to his father,and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him, and said to him, What is thisdream that you have dreamed? Shall I, and your mother, and your brothersindeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth? 11 And hisbrothers envied him; but his father kept the saying in mind.
 Bereshit/Genesis 37:9-11
6
Proverbs 16:12, 25:5, 29:14, Isaiah 16:5
7
Psalm 75:6-7, Daniel 4:17, 24-25, 32
8
Genesis 42:1-3
9
Genesis 42:6
10
Genesis 37:5-8
11
Genesis 42:25-35 (money = silver), 43:11-15, 17-22, 44:1-31
12
(and it did take some convincing! Genesis 43:1-10)
13
Genesis 45:4-13, 50:19-21
 
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For some years now, the Spirit has continued to confirm that, since his mother, Rachel,was already dead when he received this vision,
14
Yoseph’s second dream can only be areference to his greatness and reward in the First Resurrection. This being the case, theabove Scripture becomes one of the strongest texts in the Torah and Prophets that provethe reality of the resurrection from the dead. After recently hearing a brief explanation of this dream’s actual meaning, a dear sister quietly wondered if “the mother” herementioned could have been referring to another wife of Ya'acob/Jacob. And at least oneother has adamantly protested “the mother” referred to by Ya’acob was Leah. Becausethat view falls so short of what
hwhy
intended to convey, for the sake of all believers, itseems beneficial to further explain why this second dream must refer to Yoseph’s rewardand greatness in the Resurrection.
1. The Splendor of the Sun, Moon, and Stars
The language and concepts used as Yoseph describes his second dream are usedelsewhere to describe post-resurrection events:• The use of the sun, moon and stars, to describe Ya'acob, Rachel, and the eleven brothers. Sha’ul, the emissary, would later write of how a mortal body sown in corruption(buried in the earth
15
) would later be raised to incorruption in the resurrection, and hethere indicated that it will shine with the splendor of a heavenly body (one like the sun,another like the moon, and still others like the stars):
36 You simple one, that which you sow is not made alive,unless it dies: 37 And that which you sow, you sow not that bodythat shall be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat, or of some other grain:
16 
 38 But Elohim gives it a body as it has pleased Him, and to every seed itsown body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men,another flesh of beasts, another of fish, and another of birds. 40 There arealso celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the splendor of the celestialis one, and of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one splendor of the sun, and another splendor of the moon, and another splendor of the stars: for one star differs from another star in splendor. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It issown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonor;it is raised in splendor: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body.There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Corinthians 15:36-44Still referring to the resurrection, recall how Yochanan (John) wrote of having seen theresurrected Messiah and His face was “like the Sun shining in its strength:”
14
Genesis 35:16-19
15
John 12:24
16
The use of grain conveys an earthly setting, as do the sheaves of grain in Yoseph’s first dream.

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