The number one problem—as extremely harassing humanity in this world—is simply, poor communication. Most Pastors may agree—this is as true as descriptive of what causes marital break-ups and juvenile delinquency. Why do spouses fail to effectively listen to each other? And why do parents fail to effectively listen to their children? It seems inability to listen is commonly considered as necessary—being one way of avoiding conflicts in human relations?
Joseph, out of desiring to communicate with his siblings—shared his dream—only to invite acerbic persecution (Genesis 37:5-8). Joseph was one of the twelve sons of Israel—desiring not to be treated badly. Yet Joseph’s brothers considered it sensible—even slave-trading him to strangers?
Stories, similar to that of Joseph, exist in the Christian Bible—not just for purposes of ornamentation. But for Christians to take stock, in considering how they stand, as Christ’s followers. Time is too short for humanity, in this world. What one does in those short days of survival, is what counts. As long as God is not in picture, toiling on this planet projects nothing but vanity.
God’s revelations are not predictably limited to those considered as honourable individuals. This is just as in Joseph’s case, God did not follow consideration of who came first, in the hierarchy of birth. In human ways of looking at things, Joseph’s dreams ought to have settled on Ruben, rather than Joseph. As the eldest of the twelve sons, Ruben could be considered as carrying the right to be honoured ahead of everyone else.