King of Dreams

Barbara Norton
Old Testament
23 November 2013
King of Dreams
The use of dreams in Genesis is most obvious through the movie Joseph the dreamer. Dreams play an important role in determining the course of Joseph’s life, and are used to reveal the mind of God to the people. The first dreams he encounters wolfs trying to go after a baby sheep, as Joseph is running through the field trying to protect the baby sheep in his arms. Then his father appears to help fight the wolves. While their explanation is fairly evident as showing that Joseph will become a ruler over his family, it is not obvious and one must interpret it to understand. As fits with the common thought that dreams were prophetic and works God, this dream was included in the text to show that Joseph was going to be a great man. This introduces they story of Joseph, since the movie continues to explain exactly how he does become great. It also affects the rest of the movie, as Joseph’s brothers become quite jealous, as the scripture says, “And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he has said.” (37:9)Thus, the course of Joseph’s life is directly impacted by these God-sent dreams.
Dreams play another important role in Joseph’s life when he is standing on sheaves and his brothers bowing down to his sheaf, and the sun, moon and seven stars bowing down on him. These are also symbolic dreams that require interpretation. Joseph shows that dreams are directly from God when he says, “Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams.”(40:8) This shows that only Joseph’s connection to God, allows him to understand the meaning of dreams. God is also working through these dreams to provide a way for Joseph to be removed from prison, for when the cupbearer is restored to his position, he remembers Joseph’s abilities and tells Pharaoh about him.
The dreams that impact Joseph’s life the most, however, are the dreams of Pharaoh. Pharaoh dreams of seven fat cows being eaten by seven...