What Was Joseph’s Colored Coat?
Joseph was given a coat of many colors by his father (Genesis 37:3). This was one reason why his eleven brothers grew to hate him. This is especially true when Joseph dreamed that the Sun, Moon and the eleven stars were doing obeisance to him. His father rightly interpreted the dream. The Sun in the dream represented his father Jacob, the Moon was Rachel (now dead, but looked on as an heir), and the eleven stars [the eleven zodiacal signs] represented Josephs brothers [Joseph was reckoned, obviously, the twelfth star of the Zodiac that then existed].
Realizing what the dream meant, Jacob said: "Shall I and your mother and your brethren indeed come to bow ourselves down to you to the earth?" (Genesis 37:10). And they all did. Several years later they bowed before Joseph (not knowing who he was) when he sat on the throne of Egypt. The coat of many colors was a symbol of this prophesied sovereignty, and his brothers knew it. His coat was no doubt made up of twelve colors (each color representing one of the tribes of Israel) and here was Joseph wearing all twelve of them. This showed that the supreme power was to be his, and this happened when he became second in command of Egypt, the mightiest nation on earth at that time.
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