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God still gives us promises, and these promises are still geared to meet every specific individual need. In 1924, Dr. Leila McConnell, having just received a degree from Asbury College, felt God’s call to start a work for God in Eastern Kentucky. Fearing the reputation of “Bloody Breathitt” County, and having no means of support, she sought long and hard, praying for answers. Finally, her promise came, sure and true from God’s Word, “The mountain shall be yours” (Joshua 17:18). With that promise, she founded Mt. Carmel High School, followed six years later by the founding of Kentucky Mountain Bible College. God provided all she needed for her work, and has continued to bless the work there after sixty years have passed. This is not an isolated case of one special individual receiving a promise from God simply because He wants to do a special work. God’s promises are there for EACH individual without partiality, to fit every need we have, great or small.
THE DREAMER WAS A FAVORITE SON (Vv. 3-7)
The Bible tells us that Joseph was loved more than all his children because he was the son of his old age. When Joseph's brethren saw that he was loved more than they were, they hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him. The coat of many colors reminded the brothers that Joseph enjoyed a favored position. This signified a position of favor, princely standing, and birthright. It was a dramatic way of saying he was the son to receive the birthright. This favorite son dreamed and explained his dreams causing more hatred to develop.
PRACTICAL APPLICATION: I am not sure if Israel was wise in showing the partiality that he had towards Joseph or not. Even with him doing so, that did not justify the brothers having the hatred that they did for Joseph. I know that as parents that we should show the same love to each of our children. There may be a human tendency to give preferential treatment to one child over the other. This can be readily detected by the other siblings. There also can be a tendency for showing partiality in a class room. Most of us have heard the expression: “She or he is the teacher’s pet.”
Source: From W. Alderman’s Sermon: The Dreamer
In his autobiography, Mahatma Gandhi wrote that during his student days he read the Gospels seriously and considered converting to Christianity. He believed that in the teachings of Jesus he could find the solution to the caste system that was dividing the people of India. So one Sunday he decided to attend services at a nearby church and talk to the minister about becoming a Christian. When he entered the sanctuary, however, the usher refused to give him a seat and suggested that he go worship with his own people. Gandhi left the church and never returned. “If Christians have c...