Character Impersonation Joseph the Dreamer “The Dreamer,” that’s what they call me.
Indeed, for it is through my dreams that I was able to save my 11 brothers, my sisters, our mothers and our father from a great famine, consequently securing the Chosen People of God, the descendants of my father Israel. Joseph the Dreamer, whose dreams ensured that the Chosen People would prosper and God’s covenant to Abraham, my great grandfather would carry on. “Look at the sky and try to count the stars; you will have as many descendants as that.” Yes, my dreams played a significant part in fulfilling God’s promise to our people. And come to think that my older brothers used to mock my dreams. I just want to tell them, “I told you so.” Yet those dreams are not entirely mine. Every single one of them was a gift from God, who is always with me. “Never lose faith in God, and always obey His commands,” my father Jacob would always tell me and my brothers. Amidst all the adversities and the trials I have gone through, I have never lost my faith in Him. And this, more than anything else, has given me a prosperous life and saved my family. My father was always so affectionate towards me since I was his youngest son. He shows me affection that he does not show toward his other sons. My older brothers disliked me on account of this. Father loved me so much that he even made a long coat with stunning colors for me. Yes, this coat demonstrated how Father loved me above his other sons but it also heightened my brothers’ hatred toward me. When they saw my robe, they would frown, turn their backs, and they would not speak to me. “We are brothers, aren’t we supposed to be good to each other?” I asked myself. I was a child back then, oblivious to what was happening, and all this confused me. And then the dreams began. I was young and I could not make out the meaning of my dreams on my own, so I reported them to Father. In the first dream, we were in a field trying sheaves of wheat when all of a sudden my sheave stood in the middle and the other 11 sheaves bowed to mine. In the second dream, I was in the sky together with the moon, sun and 11 stars, and I was in the center off them all. My brothers mocked me and Father scolded me for having such ridiculous dreams. My brothers’ hatred and jealousy intensified because of this. But this did not stop me from being good to my brothers, for one of the things Father has taught me is to love my brothers. Although Father showed his love toward me more than my brothers, in truth he loved us all. But my brothers did not see this; their eyes were too clouded by their jealousy. One day Father sent them out to tend the flocks and, wanting to know if they were safe and to see what they needed, he sent me to check on them. And so I did as Father bid me, and of course, I wore my favorite coat. As I approached them they formed a circle around me. “Is this the fulfillment of my dream?” I asked myself. But they seized me instead. Their jealousy towards me led them to plot to kill me. My heart stopped for a second when one of them said, “Come, let us kill him and throw his body into one of the dry wells and tell Father he was attacked by a wild animal.”
but God will give a favorable interpretation. upon hearing this lie. But his dream was the opposite. and most of all I will not commit sin against God. they both had dreams that disturbed them. I was thankful that they changed their minds but I was wrong. The cup-bearer was restored under Pharaoh’s service and the baker was executed and impaled. and then another seven sprouted. They sold me instead to strangers who were on their way to Egypt. Plucked from my home. I will not betray my master’s trust. The Lord also blessed me with good looks and a well-built body and the master’s wife took interest in me. the Lord blessed me with many things. In fact. Potiphar. I stood in the presence of the Pharaoh. The cupbearer whose dreams I have interpreted remembered me and told Pharaoh how my interpretation of his dreams and the chief baker’s came true. instead. sent me to prison. Pharaoh sent his chief baker and cup-bearer were to prison for displeasing him. No one was able to interpret his dreams and he asked me if I could. The Lord has always been with me through the years and he made me successful. But I refused her. Potiphar saw how promising I was and made me oversee his house and everything he owned. My interpretation of his dream was that he will be freed in three days and be restored back to pharaoh. thought otherwise and discouraged my brothers from killing me. My faith in God kept the feeling of despair at bay.Reuben. upon hearing the favorable interpretation told me his dream. there were seven fat cows feeding on the grass near the Nile. what can I do? Even in prison. there were seven heads of grain. they told me their dreams and asked me what I thought they meant. “The seven fat cows and the
. my interpretation of their dreams came true. Majesty. Later. the master’s wife accused me of attempting to rape her. growing in one stem. They took my robe ripped it and threw me in the well.” I told the Pharaoh. I was summoned by the Pharaoh to interpret his dreams. and then seven thin and sickly cows came out of nowhere and devoured the healthy cows. where there is only hopelessness and despair I kept my faith in God and the Lord was always with me. I also asked him to remember me when he is restored. I was a mere servant. the eldest. The cup-bearer told his dream first. one of Pharaoh’s officers. In his first dream. I found myself in Egypt. and swallowed the healthy grains. Day after day. “These dreams were a message from God. full and ripe. a place unknown to me. My interpretation of his dream is that he will be executed by the pharaoh. she would corner me and seduce me to sleep with her. thin and scorched by the sun.” The Pharaoh then told me his dreams. “I cannot. she desired to sleep with me. Potiphar acknowledged how successful I was with matters concerning his properties and household. Pharaoh held a feast for his birthday. I was later purchased as a slave and was brought to the household of Potiphar. In his second dream. Sometime later. Indeed. One night. I told him. The chief baker. Two years have passed. Frustrated that I denied her of her lustful desire and rejected her seduction. they pulled me out. Three days later. I saw this on their faces so I asked them what was troubling them.
But they did not know that I put each of their money back under the grain. and lots of money to pay back what I hid in their packs the last time. Then I reminded them. out of my love for my brothers. One of you must go and fetch him while the rest wait here in prison. I picked out Simeon and returned him to where they were kept in prison. I had been talking to them through an interpreter.” The famine got worse and worse and they needed more supplies from Egypt. It has been a long time. I released them from prison. I ordered my servants to prepare a feast for them at once. When they saw this. Benjamin. And I tested them even further. This will prove that you are telling the truth. Indeed the Lord is always with me. they did not recognize me but I recognized them. They begged me they could buy grain from our stores. They were also affected by the famine in Canaan. and I was brought to tears but I did not show it to them. To test them I accused them of spying on Egypt so that they would reveal their intentions. fathers and their youngest brother would die of starvation. from oldest to youngest. “Never return without your brother. I saw the remorse in their eyes. I sent them off on their way. They sent out for Egypt bringing gifts for me: balms. seeing God was with me. being the youngest was given much more food than my other brothers. I removed myself from their presence and cried for the love I have for my brothers is so great. Then you must bring your youngest brother to me. they looked at each other with amazement.seven healthy heads of grain are seven years of abundance and the seven sick cows and seven unhealthy heads of grain are seven years of famine. It was a celebration to thank the Lord for keeping my family safe. Benjamin. my elder brothers came to Egypt seeking grain. And it was a great celebration. filling their bags with grain. “You will never leave unless you bring your youngest brother to me. I tested them further insisting that they were spies. They also remembered what I demanded so they brought our youngest brother. my heart was filled with joy. When I saw my brothers with Benjamin. God has indeed blessed me. The Pharaoh and his officials.” I declared. they blamed themselves for what they did to me in the past and what’s happening now is a punishment. Egypt still had plenty even though the seven years of famine ravaged the land. Reuben then scolded them for harming me and selling me off as a slave. to my surprise. I arranged the order of their seats according to their age. I could understand everything they said but they did not realize it. spices. I imprisoned them and demanded one condition for their release. perfumes.” They agreed to my terms. a celebration to thank him for reuniting us
. Seeing them safe and also hearing the news that Father was still alive was a moment of great rejoicing. Through my governance and overseeing. second only to the Pharaoh himself. chose me to oversee the country as governor. with them. On the third day. but one of you must stay.” Then I advised Pharaoh to find someone with wisdom and insight to oversee the country during the seven years of abundance. “I will allow you to buy grain and go home to your starving families. But they defended themselves insisting that they were only here to buy grain and they needed the grain badly or else their household: mothers. My love for them still prevailed. I could not bear to see them suffer. Then one day. Then I heard them blaming themselves for this mess. Despite what they did to me.
so sure that they even had to swear that if anyone of them has taken my chalice. they opened their packs one by one.” “God has made me Pharaoh’s highest official.” This was my instruction to the servant. My servant checked them.” I cried out. I was eager to see the reaction of each one once they find out that I planted the chalice inside Benjamin’s pack.” I explained to them. But only I knew this. They threw themselves to the ground before me. When I was sure that no one else was there. I scolded them harshly for stealing from me and thinking that they would not be caught. My father has already lost one son because of us. They could not believe what they were hearing. to the youngest. they all offered themselves to me as slaves. “It was God who sent me here ahead of you to save our lives from this famine. I was sent here by God to make sure that you and your descendants survive. for I still have a final test for them and it is not yet time to tell them who I really was. They love that my brothers had for Benjamin and for Father stirred my emotions. I asked them to come closer. They were baffled and speechless. whom you sold into Egypt.” I sent them back to Father and instructed them to travel here to Egypt and bring all their property for I will give them a place in Goshen where they can thrive. I could see the misery in their eyes. But I put something special in Benjamin’s pack: my silver chalice! They were about to leave early in the morning when I sent my servant to search their packs since I “lost” my silver chalice. I sent everyone out of the room except for my brothers. Reuben. They were quite sure that none of them has taken it. I will only take the one who is guilty. that person should die and the rest of them will become servants. I rule Egypt.
. I broke down in tears. “I am your brother Joseph. When I was able to speak. and this reminded me of a dream I had a long time ago. They put their packs on the ground and with confidence. I sent them home with packs full of grain.again. They went back to me to plead for their brother. “I only want the one who took the chalice to be my servant. The sons of Israel went back to their father and immediately went back to Egypt. “Take me instead of Benjamin as your slave. They had the look of despair in their faces and they even tore their clothes because they were so depressed. do not blame yourselves.” I could not hold myself any longer. Even Pharaoh was pleased when he heard the news that his most trusted governor was reunited with his long lost family. The servant knew my plan and accused them of stealing the chalice. I told them who I really was. But I disagreed. from the oldest. Our father will die of sorrow if we did not bring him back. There is still five years of famine left. Benjamin. But I insisted that I could not take them all as slaves since only one of them was guilty. “You are free to go home to your father and your families. the rest of you can go home.” I declared. second only to Pharaoh. your brother. Do not be upset about what you have done. Judah then pleaded. “I am Joseph. and again I secretly returned their money.
Not only did we survive through the famine. God took care of me because I trusted Him amidst misfortune. God made sure that we prospered in the land of Egypt. For the Lord fulfills his covenant.
. he will take care of you. too. If you put your trust in God. Amen. we also thrived.