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Breezin’ Through the Bible, 3b-Joseph contd.

October 7, 2013

Joseph From Slave to Governor

The Pharaoh had a recurring dream and sent for Joseph in prison. Seven fat cows emerged from the Nile and were devoured by seven skinny cows. Joseph interpreted the dream, giving full credit to God and saying there would be seven years of ample harvest, but seven years of drought and famine would follow. Pharaoh was pleased with Joseph, putting him in charge of collection and distribution of grain. The Lord was with Joseph and gave him success in whatever he did. A mature Joseph appreciated his connection with the God of his forefathers and was grateful.

It happened as Joseph had predicted. In the years of famine, Joseph’s father Jacob and his eleven brothers did not have food. Jacob kept Benjamin at home, but he sent the ten brothers to Egypt to buy grain. Twenty years had passed and the brothers did not recognize their brother Joseph. Joseph knew them and accused them of being spies. He allowed them to buy grain, telling them not to return to Egypt without their brother Benjamin.

Soon Jacob’s family were starving again. Jacob reluctantly permitted Benjamin to to with his brothers to Egypt, fearing he would never see Benjamin again. Joseph sold them grain, but he had a servant put his silver cup in Benjamin’s bag. The brothers denied stealing the cup, but Joseph said Benjamin would have to stay in Egypt as his slave. His brother Judah cried out, “Don’t take Benjamin. That would kill our father, for we did wrong many years ago by selling our brother Joseph to traders and our father has never forgotten him or forgiven us. To take Benjamin, his youngest son, would be wrong. Take me.”

Then Joseph said, “I am your brother Joseph. God sent me to save lives. I forgive you.” Joseph sent for his father and the families of his brothers. Again Jacob hear the voice of God telling him not to be afraid for He would be with Jacob in Egypt. Jacob lived in Egypt for 17 years, and then died at age 147. Upon his deathbed Jacob asked to be taken to the grave of his ancestors when the family returned to the promised land. 

Joseph provided for his brothers and his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim. He died at the age of 110 years, requesting to be taken to the land of Canaan as God had promised. The descendants of Jacob continued to live in Egypt for 430 years. Had God forgotten them, or would God make them into a great nation?

 

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