Daily Dose, Nov. 26

  He said to them, “Listen to this dream that I dreamed.” (Genesis 37:6)   Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son and he didn’t make any bones about it. “Now Israel (meaning Jacob) loved Joseph more than any of his other children…” is both plain and wrong. Favoritism in the family is guaranteed to get you burned, which makes Jacob and Joe living proof. Joseph was the recipient of an expensive coat that made his brothers hate him. Joseph was a tattler, which made his brothers hate him even more. Joseph was a dreamer, and he spooned in a tablespoon full of arrogance into the interpretation of his dream, which was the straw that broke the camel’s back. His brothers tossed him into a deep, dry well and left him for dead. They would have thrown him in the well dead as a doornail if Reuben had not objected. The arrogant dreamer ended up in the hands of the Ishmaelites, and his brothers pocketed a handsome silver profit. The lessons to be learned from this story are legion, so take your pick. How not to be a daddy, how not to win friends and influence people, and how not to manage your anger are there -- just to name a few. But keep reading and you’ll learn that it is not possible to handcuff God, and blood is thicker than water. -- Y’all come, Dr. Don