This time he told the dream to his father as well as to his brothers, but his father scolded him. “What kind of dream is that?” he asked. “Will your mother and I and your brothers actually come and bow to the ground before you?”
The context of this verse is Joseph telling his father he had a dream of the sun, moon, and stars bowing down to him. His father is outraged that this son of his would be so superior that he would have to bow down to him. And his older brothers? And his mother as well?
Let’s park right there for a moment. Joseph was seventeen years old when he has this dream. Rachel, his mother, died when he was approximately seven years old in Genesis 35 (1). It is very probable that Leah, his aunt, became his stepmother and raised him as her own. That would mean that both his mother in heaven, and his step mother on earth will bow to him some day. Unheard of! Absurd!
Leah was the despised wife and Rachel, her sister, was her husband's true love. Leah raised Rachel's and Jacob's sons, her husband’s favorite boys. Jacob did not love the sons she bore him as much as he loved Joseph and Benjamin.
Yet, Leah honored God, forgave her sister and her husband, and loved on her stepsons! Her life was the shining example of forgiveness that Joseph witnessed on a daily basis.
In fact, it appears that Leah had passed away before Joseph became second in command over Egypt. I am sure both of his mothers were proud of the man he had become. Because of Leah, Joseph was able to save his entire family. I would say that Leah had passed on the lesson of forgiveness to her son, Joseph, and he learned it well.
That is what mother means in this verse.
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