Thursday, February 9, 2012

Joseph is Put in Charge of Storing Crops for Egypt

    Today's Reading:
  • Genesis 41:17 - 42:17
  • Proverbs 4:1 - 6
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Genesis 41:17 - 42:17
The story of Joseph is continued.  The Pharaoh of Egypt told Joseph of his dreams and Joseph told the Pharaoh there will be seven years of overabundance followed by seven years of famine so severe that everyone will forget the previous years had been so good.  Joseph told the Pharaoh to collect 1/5 of all crops during the next seven years and store them.

The Pharaoh put Joseph in charge of this matter.  Not only did he put him in charge of this task, he gave him such high status that Joseph himself was second only to the Pharaoh.  We are told that the entire kingdom bowed before Joseph himself.  The will and grace of God is truly outstanding, isn't it?  Joseph was bleakly sold into slavery, betrayed by his brothers and put into prison for a crime he refused to commit.  But then Joseph is positioned to rule all of Egypt.

The story of Joseph is such an astounding story because it proves that just because we don't see God's will when bad things happen, that doesn't mean it doesn't happen for a reason, and we are never forgotten in God's eyes.  Not only are we not forgotten, but we are exalted by the Lord for keeping our faith in Him during our times of tribulation.

Joseph's brothers then come to Egypt to buy grain.  Immediately upon arriving in Egypt his brothers all bow down before him, just as Joseph said would happen in his dream years before.  The reading ends with Joseph talking of imprisoning all the brothers except one until they return with their youngest brother Benjamin.

Proverbs 4:1 - 6
These verses from Proverbs teach us to listen to our Father; His wisdom, learning and correction is there to keep us safe so that we will live.  Thank you Lord for allowing me the great gift of being your daughter, for passing along your wisdom to me, for keeping me safe.  Amen.

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