Genesis 47

Genesis 47 has Joseph coming before Pharaoh to let him know his brothers and father had arrived from Canaan.  As Joseph had told them, Pharaoh asked what their occupation was and why they were there – and they answered honestly.  Pharaoh then invited them to live in Goshen on the best of the land in his kingdom.  “Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you. Settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land. Let them settle in the land of Goshen, and if you know any able men among them, put them in charge of my livestock”.  Pretty good outcome considering they had sold Joseph off as a slave some 20 years earlier.

Then Joseph brings his father Jacob in to meet Pharaoh.  He too answers the questions of Pharaoh and then “Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out”.  Jacob describes his life as being few and evil – he had a hard life.  And now he will die outside the Promised Land as he finishes up his final seventeen years in Goshen.  Jacob dies at 147 years of age.  Here’s a summary of his life:

  1. He struggled with his brother even before he was born in his mother’s womb.
  2. His family was a mess – mom and dad weren’t on the same page at all about the boys
  3. He stole his father’s blessing from his brother
  4. He spent years serving his uncle getting cheated all along that time
  5. He planned to marry Rachel and ended up with four wives
  6. He finally fled from his uncle and had to develop a truce to allow him peace
  7. His only daughter was raped
  8. He lived in fear of attack when his sons killed the people who had raped their sister
  9. He lost the wife he truly loved at an early age
  10. His oldest son violated one of his women
  11. His favorite son was lost through deceit and jealousy of his other sons for decades
  12. He was on the verge of losing everything due to the famine happening in the world

Not an easy life indeed for Jacob.

Joseph continues to be wise in his administration of things for Pharaoh.  The famine continues:

–       “Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, in exchange for the grain that they bought. And Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house

–       they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses, the flocks, the herds, and the donkeys

–       Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for all the Egyptians sold their fields, because the famine was severe on them. The land became Pharaoh’s

–       I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land….at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own

He collects all the money, livestock, and land over the years in exchange for food.  Now Pharaoh owns everything, and the people are slaves that will farm for him.  They get 80% of their efforts and have to give a fifth of their production to the Pharaoh, but that is how Joseph will create an ongoing and sustainable flow of food into the kingdom.  A brilliant plan through great leadership and strategy.

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