And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brothers: and they hated him yet the more.…
1. Good souls whom men hate for their goodness, God chooseth to reveal His mind more graciously to them.
2. God hath by dreams, in time past, revealed His future providences about His Church unto men.
3. Young years, addicted to godliness, are made capable of great and sweet discoveries from God (ver. 5).
4. It is duty to declare God's will revealed concerning His purposes to His Church, though it please not men (ver. 6).
5. Dark, but certain, have been the revelations of God in times past, concerning His providence to His Church (ver. 7, 9).
6. God in bringing about the salvation of His Church, makes parents and brethren stoop to His instruments. Superiors to inferiors.
7. God maketh persons in themselves adverse to His providences, yet to be interpreters of His revelations (ver. 8).
8. The Lord hath usually foretold the salvation and advancement of His Church, but not the way; Joseph dreams not of prisons.
9. Carnal relations are apt to hate and envy their very brother, when God sets him up above them.
10. The way and means of comfort which man despiseth, God useth yet to do them good who hate it. So here.
11. Gracious souls that wait for the Church's delivery may yet have regret against the means discovered (ver. 10).
12. Grace in those souls checks their regret, and makes them observe, and keep God's discoveries to them (ver. 11).
(G. Hughes, B. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.