A third point put forward to strengthen the argument concerning Joseph’s prideful character was his decision to share his dreams with his family. There seems to be a consensus among preachers that Joseph erred greatly in sharing his dreams with his family.
The second item of evidence offered as proof of Joseph’s pride was that he wore the splendid coat gifted to him by Jacob (Gen. 37:3). Much has been written about this coat of Joseph’s, with too many commentators, preachers, and Bible scholars giving Joseph a bad grade for wearing the coat.
The first proof some commentators have offered as evidence of Joseph’s pride was the “bad report” he made concerning his brothers. But what was it that made this report bad or evil?
Too often our interpretation of a biblical text is skewed by tradition, by the authorities we listen to, by our own misunderstanding of a text, or because we did not apply ourselves to greater diligence of study. In most cases, such errors in interpretation are made quite innocently and do not necessarily create a problem with the overall message of a lesson or sermon.