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A Coat and a Turban

I had a dream that I was sitting at the small group of adult sunday school people in the plain dining area of the church I attend. The detail and depth they try to extract from scriptures is better than nearly all churches I have attended. I saw the simple table with the light coming in the windows.   I told myself in the dream that this is where I was happy. My brother has mocked those who believe in Jesus to my face, and I had this in mind at that moment but these people according to scriptures are my true brothers and sisters. At that time in my dream a strange thing took place. I saw separate from this scene, a small boy- except that he was like a doll who was animated- it was like I  looking at a small boy as one might show it to another small child. He had on a turban and a coat of many colors.  Remarkably, I realized it was not just Joseph, but represented ultimately Jesus. Joseph recieved his coat as a young. But this was a child.  At first the adult in me drew back and thought, "What is this child representation? Like a children's movie?" Then I looked at the face of the boy and saw how perfect he was and innocent and young and little. It was Jesus as a small boy. I was drawn in because there still is the child in me that I could not help it. I entered into that world.  I looked at his innocent eyes and little body and his carefully made clean little coat of many colors, and his little turban so perfectly made for him. Then I heard a voice which said, "As he was given a coat of many colors, so too He will give one to many peoples"  Next I saw my Bible as if it was open at sunday school and it was open to Ezekiel.       And then I awoke, but I could not tell what chapter of Ezekiel it was opened too.  
 I wondered what to think about it. I decided to go and re-read what happened to Joseph and what was said about his coat, though I already had an inkling.  It says:

"Now Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons, because he had been born to him in his old age; and he made an ornate robe for him. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him."

 It was then that he had a dream and his brothers hated him for that too. It was the dream of their sheafs bowing down to his sheaf. They angrily asked him, "Do you intend to reign over us? Will you actually rule us?"   
 Now my friend I am going to tell you something. Joseph was a kind of Jesus. The parallels are manifold.  True Israel are those who love Jesus. It says "Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was born to him in his old age"   Was not Jesus born to the nation of Israel in their old age? 400 years after the last of the old testament was put to pen? 1000 years after David? 2000 years after Abraham? Will not believers (true Israel is all who believe- Romans 9:6-8) rule and reign with Him over those still in the world according to Revelation 20:4?  The parallels are exact!   It was after Joseph was given the coat that they hated him and could not speak a kind word to him. The unrighteous and the Pharisees hated Jesus. They still do. Joseph did indeed rule over them in the days to come afterward and Jesus will indeed rule over the whole world in the days to come. Joseph's hateful brothers plotted to kill him and the same with Jesus- for really, the same reasons. They threw Joseph in the cistern and stripped him of his ornate robe and they also stripped Jesus of his robe, even gambling for it.

Now pay attention carefully, my friend-  The voice said 'He will give one to many peoples'.  Jesus did not say he came "to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to turn  a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law-- a man's enemies will be members of his own household".
(Matthew 10:34-36)
He adds shortly after,

"Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it."
(Matthew 10:38-39)
Have you also been given a coat of many colors? Read on and consider.  Tamar was the daughter of King David. In 2 Samuel 13:24 it says,

"She was wearing an ornate robe, for this was the kind of garment the virgin daughters of the King wore".

Are you a 'virgin son or daughter of the King'?  As you may recall, my Bible in the dream was opened to Ezekiel but I could not recall where.  Looking through it quickly did not help me find it. So I sat and read completely through the book of Ezekiel carefully.  I discovered this passage in chapter 16 which says of His people:

"I spread the corner of my garment over you and covered your naked body. I gave you my solemn oath and entered into covenant with you, declares the sovereign Lord, you became mine. I bathed you with water and washed the blood from you and put ointments on you.  I clothed you with an embroidered dress and put sandals of fine leather on you. I dressed you in fine linen and covered you with costly garments."  In verse 13 it says, "So you were adorned with gold and silver; your clothes were of fine linen and costly fabric and embroidered cloth."  
So I assert, my friend, that what the voice in the dream said was true. We have all been given a coat of many colors. And now I realize why this was given to me after I was thinking of my brother who mocked to my face those who believe in Jesus, just as Joseph was mocked to his face by his brothers.  Because I, like all true believers have a coat of many colors, and the world and even your own relations will hate you for it. Jesus clearly said:

"If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you:  'A servant is not greater than its master.' If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who has sent me."  
John 15:18-21

But even if someone attacks and kills you for His sake, remember,
whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.

"None of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So whether we live or we die, we belong to the Lord". (Romans 14:10)   

Or suppose they insult you. It says in Matthew 10:25

"If the master of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of His household!"

And in Romans 15:3 it says:

"The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me"

 And as for the child-like nature of the image of the little boy?   Jesus said "Unless you come to me as small children you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven."

I was shown this as to a small child, and it was that purity that affected me most.
  Dark and terrible times are coming to us and Paul had some things to say about it.  (reasons for tribulation) He wrote in 2 Corinthians 1:9-10  that his persecutions which were so severe they despaired of life "happened so that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead."  This goes along with Hebrews 10:36-38 which says we need to persevere by living by faith. Again not in ourselves but God.  He said of sufferings "We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance: perseverance, character; and character, hope."
(Romans 5:3-4)

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