OYB: January 18

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Genesis 37, Genesis 38
NT: Matthew 12:22-45
Ps: Psalm 16
Pr: Proverbs 3:27-32

Today´s notable verse:

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16:8 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

My first question I had was whether Joseph should have shared these dreams with his family? And I asked this question because I wonder if sometimes we also maybe get an insight or what we believe to be a word from God - and if we should share these things with others? Or keep them between God and ourselves? I don't have an easy answer on this one... If you have some thoughts on this, please post up in the "Comments" section below. The other thing that came to mind for me here is what role do dreams play for us today? Does God still communicate to people via dreams today?

Hard to say, whether or not Joseph should have shared his dreams with his family. Most of the OT prophets were given visions, or a word, and then told to go tell someone; in most cases, the "going" involved several days' (or months', or years') travel - time spent meditating on the Word given them. Perhaps Joseph should have done the same. On the other hand, Joseph was a boy at the time, and would not have had the wisdom of a more mature adult. If God gave him these dreams at this point in his life, then it is reasonable to assume that God would extend him grace to account for such lack of wisdom. Perhaps God's plan would have worked out differently, had Joseph acted differently; regardless, God - who had fore-knowledge of the events about to transpire - used what happened to accomplish his will.

I think that we do still hear from God today. God has not changed, so why would His means of communication change? However, circumstances have changed. The Word of the OT prophets was the literal Word of God. They spoke with the authority of the literal Word of God, at the risk of death. Today, we have the complete and written Word of God, in the form of the Bible. This Word is the standard by which we are to judge any Word from God that we hear, or that others hear. I believe that God established the five-fold ministry in the New Testament - Apostles, Prophets, Preachers, Teachers, and Evangelists - and that this five-fold ministry is still at work today. However, the prophetic ministry is under the authority and constraint of the established Word of God - that is, the Bible. Why should God not still speak to His people through visions and dreams? I see nothing scripturally that indicates that certain workings or forms of communication that were in place in NT times have ceased. Food for thought - what does this mean: "...For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." (Rev. 19:10 NIV)