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February 1

Genesis 41, Matthew 20:17-34

Thought from Today's Old Testament Passage:

Here again we are reminded of the question whether we are to believe in dreams or not. Moses in Deuteronomy 13:3 warns us against hearkening unto the words of false prophets and of false dreamers or dreams, while in Joel 2:28, true dreams are predicted by the Lord to occur in His Church. From the beginning of time dreams have been revealed both to the godly and the ungodly. But there are dreams that come from God and such as do not come from Him. From the beginning of my Reformation I have asked God to send me neither dreams, nor visions, nor angels, but to give me the right understanding of His Word, the Holy Scriptures; for as long as I have God's Word, I know that I am walking in His way and that I shall not fall into any error or delusion. Had I followed the enthusiasts and their many dreams and visions, I would have had to change my doctrine more than thirty or forty times. Still, we must not despise the true dreams that come from God as, for example, we read of King Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2:1 ff. But we must bear in mind also the words of Joseph, namely that only God can truly interpret dreams. Pharaoh, no doubt, had many wise men; nevertheless, as Joseph teaches us, they could not rightly interpret dreams, for that lies only in God's power.

J. Theodore Mueller, trans, Luther's Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958), pp. 268-269

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