Genesis 37:5-11: Timing is everything.

“5 Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him all the more. He said to them, ‘Listen to this dream I had: we were binding sheaves of corn out in the field when suddenly my sheaf rose and stood upright, while your sheaves gathered round mine and bowed down to it.’ His brothers said to him, ‘Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?’ And they hated him all the more because of his dream and what he had said. Then he had another dream, and he told it to his brothers. ‘Listen,’ he said, ‘I had another dream, and this time the sun and moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.’ 10 When he told his father as well as his brothers, his father rebuked him and said, ‘What is this dream you had? Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow down to the ground before you?’ 11 His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the matter in mind.” NIV

‘Joseph had a great deal of trouble before him, and therefore God gave him betimes this prospect of his advancement, to support and comfort him under the long and grievous troubles with which he was to be exercised. Thus Christ had a joy set before him, and so have Christians.’ Matthew Henry.

It has been said that if a word of knowledge gives you information about a person or a situation you could not naturally have learned, the word of wisdom shows you what to do with it. Knowing how much his brothers hated him, I’m not sure it was wise for Joseph to talk freely with them about this revelation. It is said that ‘timing is everything.’ If that is the case, I wonder if this was the right time?

‘Joseph was more of a prophet than a politician, else he would have kept this to himself, when he could not but know that his brethren did already hate him and that this would but the more exasperate them.’ Matthew Henry. It may have been just naïveté on the young man’s part.

Still, Jacob knew enough about young Joseph to not dismiss his words (see Luke 2:51). Maybe in later years, when all was fulfilled, he called it well to mind.