Godly Disrupting

Genesis 37:2–11, Luke 2:13–19, Luke 2:41–51

Joseph’s dreams were a problem. That the figures in the dreams were readily identified by the participants tells us that the s were easy to understand, Joseph explained the s for them, or also gave Joseph’s brothers and father the ability to understand them.

Even assuming Joseph was indeed a spoiled brat, scripture does not say he explained his dreams. In f, if we cheat and look ahead, the dreams all need to be interpreted. While Joseph is indeed the interpreter later, he does not seem to be now. That is open to discussion, of course.

The real matter of inte is that Israel “kept the matter in mind.” While Israel could (and possibly should) have chided his son, regardless, he kept all these dreams in mind. Parents have a tendency to keep some of the strangest (or surprising) words and ions of their children in mind, or what people say about them.

Take Mary, for another example. There was no question her son, Jesus, was the target of much inte. She d ful and amazing things about her son. Her son said some inteing things to her. Regardless of how unsettling they might have been, she kept them in her .

What is it about these parents that kept these particular events so strongly in their memories? Perhaps it was the whisper of the Holy Spirit saying, “watch this.” Perhaps it is that part of us–the —that resonates with the ment of .

1) We read scripture, often passing over seemingly inconsequential things. Do you think that there have been opportunities to “resonate” with ’s ment that you have missed or ignored?

2) If were to have a memento book of you, what things do you think would “keep in his ?” What do you want to “keep in his ?”

3) Often things that are the most unsettling, can be the most transformative. Is there something unsettling in your that you need to allow to transform you?

Pastor Ian

By Pastor Ian

Ian is an ordained Elder in The Church of the Nazarene, and is currently serving as the Online Campus Pastor at Generations Community Church in Marysville, WA, USA.