Joseph's Dreams

[Joseph shared his dreams with his brothers]: "My sheaf arose and stood upright. And behold, your sheaves gathered around it and bowed down to my sheaf. . .. Behold, the sun, the moon, and eleven stars were bowing down to me."
GENESIS 37:7, 9
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Joseph's Dreams
Moses has related the two dreams of Joseph with which the Holy Spirit plays a prelude to the illustrious history about Joseph's future dominion in Egypt, or, as Scripture explains it elsewhere, concerning the man sent ahead of Israel that it might be preserved in a time of famine (cf. Psalm 105:17). From this we should learn to know God's providence and solicitude for us, inasmuch as He indicates and foretells a long time before what the future will be and He regulates and controls it by His goodness in such a way that it may have a tolerable outcome. This is how Joseph himself will interpret it below [Genesis 45:7; 50:20]. Therefore it is certain that God exercises faithful and diligent care for us before we even think about our successes. To be sure, the folly of men is also reproved by such examples. . .. These brothers, for example, are insanely intent on their brother's destruction when he was about to be their own salvation and that of the whole land of Canaan, and if he had been destroyed, they themselves would have been compelled to die of hunger. But God in a wonderful manner turns all the evils they are meditating into good even contrary to their deliberations and before they had formed them.
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