Summary: Martin Luthor King Holiday sermen/Restoration and Forgivenss
One the eve of the Holiday that we have distinguished for Dr. King, we cannot help but see the parallels with him being a dreamer along with Joseph. The first question that I will ask is what is more significant the dream or the dreamer? My reply is both are significant and dependent upon one another. The dreamer is important because the dream is inspired through him. And if it is a dream of purpose he will impart the significance of the dream to the people. Proverbs 29-18 lets us know that if there is no vision the people will soon perish. The dreams of Joseph and Dr. King both were dreams with purpose and deliverance for their people. Joseph’s dream was a dream of deliverance and pointed us to Gods redemptive power. Dr. King’s dream was one of love and equality and acceptance for all, along with deliverance for an oppressed people. All dreams of deliverance originate with God, meaning they are God inspired. When a dream is God inspired the dream will on without the dreamer. When we look at Joseph, we see that God chose him from among his many brethren to be the dreamer. One could get the impression that Joseph’s dream had made him somewhat prideful if one reads Genesis 37- 5-7. And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers: And they hated him yet more. In essence he was not prideful, instead rather he just interpreted dream as he received it. Dr. King was pasturing a small church in Alabama when the civil rights cause fell into his lap. He never chased the limelight, but rather his dream and destiny put the limelight upon him. Dr. King’s call could be compared to Gods call on Moses life on Sinai. Moses and Dr. King were given the tremendous task of telling Pharaoh let my people go. Moses told Pharaoh, Dr. Ling told Jim Crow. Both groups had made racial superiority a false God within their minds. Joseph was hated by his brethren for no other reason than having divine favor on his life.
Therefore looking at Joseph’s life is that we see he attained Gods favor; he also had the favor of his father. Joseph took all that Joseph said to heart and realized that God had plan for his son. At times we may only know in part but we realize that there is a purpose. You may only know part of the dream now, but in your spirit you know God has a purpose. Jacob Joseph’ father was so enamored by his next to youngest son that in verse 37-3-4 that he created a coat of many colors. This coat of many colors was significant and his brothers knew it. The coat of many colors distinguished Joseph as his father’s heir, even though he was not the eldest son; God’s favor had put the heir ship upon him.
Ah but the significance of the dream is that once the dreamer has moved on to his master and his creators glory, the dream lives on. Joseph’s dream was not fully fulfilled until Christ came as redeemer for his people. Like Joseph Christ was rejected by his own, and sent away as an outcast so to speak. In St. John 10- 22-30, we see Jesus being rejected by the very people he came to redeem and be Messiah too. In verse 24 they asked of Jesus, do not keep us in suspense, Are you the messiah? Jesus replied that those of whom God has placed in his care will never be taken from his grip, and that they recognize who he is without asking and that he and the father are represented as one. Jesus told the people standing there that they believe not because you are not of my sheep fold.