Genesis 37:19-20, 24 They said to each other, “Here comes that dreamer. Let’s kill him and throw his body into one of the wells. We can tell our father that a wild animal killed him. Then we will see what will become of his dreams.”
So when Joseph came to his brothers, they pulled off his robe with long sleeves. Then they threw him into the well. It was empty. There was no water in it. (ICB Version)
Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children. This was because Jacob and Rachel had Joseph when Jacob was old. Jacob made Joseph a coat of many colors. His brothers were jealous of him. The coat of many colors reminded them that Joseph was their dad's favorite child.
Joseph had a dream that his brothers would one day bow to him. He told the dream to his brothers. This made them hate Joseph even more. Then one day, while they were tending their father's flocks, they saw Joseph in the distance. They wanted to kill him. Their oldest brother, Reuben, said no. He said to put him in a pit. Judah said to sell him to the Ishmaelites as they passed by. The Ishmaelites took Joseph to Egypt.
Joseph became a slave in Egypt. The Lord helped him explain Pharaoh's dream. A seven-year famine would come to Egypt. Joseph earned Pharaoh's trust. So Pharaoh put Joseph in charge. Joseph stored food to prepare for the famine. He saved Egypt.
God helped Joseph explain dreams. Pharaoh's dream came true. And so did Joseph's. His brothers went to Egypt to buy grain during the seven-year famine. Joseph was in charge of selling food. His brothers didn't recognize him and bowed to him. Then Joseph told them who he was. They were afraid. But Joseph forgave them.
Have you ever told someone what you dream of being when you grow up? Maybe your dream made them so jealous they stopped talking to you. It may have even felt like they hated you for it. But God loves you. Don't let other people scare you into giving up the dreams God places in your heart.