by Pastor Allison Johnson
Genesis 45:3-11, 15
I am troubled by this text and the Gospel this week. There are a lot of power dynamics at play.
From early on Joseph was hated by his brothers (Genesis 37:4) because he was his father’s
favorite. He was even given a fancy, special coat simply for being the favorite. Then Joseph has
two dreams, where in one Joseph’s bundles of wheat stood higher than his brother’s. In the
second dream the sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed down to him. Eleven matters because of
Joseph’s eleven brothers. The significance was not lost on the brothers or on Joseph’s father.