Joseph the dreamer
When you saw the title of this post you probably thought about Joseph in the Old Testament. Dreams played an important part in his life. When he was young he had dreams that were a source of antagonism between him and his family. Genesis 37:5-11
When he was in prison because he had been falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife he interpreted the dreams of two other prisoners. Genesis 40:1-23
He interpreted Pharaoh’s dreams and was made governor of Egypt. Genesis 41:14-26
But the Joseph in the New Testament also had dreams. When he learned that Mary was pregnant and was planning to divorce her God sent him a dream.
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:18-21)
After the visit by the Wise Men, God sent a dream to warn him of Herod’s plan to kill Jesus.
Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.”
And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” (Matthew 2:13-15)
God sent another dream to tell him when the danger was over.
But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt,saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child’s life are dead.” (Matthew 2:19,20)
Three times an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream to tell him what he should do. When you consider how little the Bible tells us of his life, dreams make up a larger part of his story than they do of the Old Testament Joseph.