In The Beginning God Part 27

Kingwell By Kingwell, 9th Jul 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1wm_jg6a/
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As second in Command in Egypt Joseph is very prudent during the seven prosperous and many storehouses are filled with grain as a precaution against the dry spell that had been foretold.

Joseph prepares for the barren years ahead.

The next seven years are prosperous ones in the land of Egypt but Joseph knows that seven impoverished years will follow and his plan is that nothing will be thrown away as often happens when times are good and people feel that it will continue that way. “And he gathered up all the food of the seven good years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same. And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number”. Genesis 41:48-49. Meanwhile, after being made second in command in Egypt, Joseph marries Asenath, daughter of Potipherah the priest of On. He and Asenath have two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim and Joseph is content and begins to forget the hard times of his youth.
The seven years of plenty pass quickly and suddenly the people are thrust into difficult times and there are slim pickings everywhere. As the dearth continues people begin to cry out to Pharaoh for food but the king sends them to Joseph, confident that he will know what to do. “And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt. And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands”. Genesis 41: 56-57.

Joseph's brothers leave for Egypt.

It should be noted here that to the people of that time the known earth was very small and we should not take the words “all the face of the earth” to mean the earth as we know it today. The same is true of the flood “covering the whole earth”. Another interesting fact is that Joseph’s wife was an Egyptian yet for both his father and grandfather, it seems to have been very important that they marry one of their own clan or tribe, indeed both his father and grandfather had married cousins, while Abraham, his great-grandfather had actually married his half-sister. Joseph of course had no choice as he was already living in Egypt and had no way of leaving the country, it does however show that the family was branching out and taking in those of other cultures and religions. Has anyone noticed that God does not speak to Joseph as he had to his ancestors? Joseph seems to understand that God is with him and he knows intuitively what he must do. Without doubt Joseph as portrayed here has a much better understanding of God than did his forefathers.
We now return to Canaan where Joseph’s father and brothers are also experiencing the fallout from the famine. Jacob has heard that there is corn in Egypt and admonishes his sons for standing around doing nothing knowing that soon there will be no food for anyone. “I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither and buy for us from thence; that we may live and not die” Genesis 42: 2. Without further ado Joseph’s ten brothers set out for Egypt and so begins a journey that will begin a chain reaction that will ultimately result in the children of Israel spending four hundred years as slaves to the Egyptians!
TO BE CONTINUED See Part 28
See Part 1

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author avatar Retired
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Great article! Hope you always keep writing!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Jessica. Blessings.

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author avatar brendamarie
10th Jul 2015 (#)

always a good read. Thank-you for sharing your work Kingwell.

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Brendamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
10th Jul 2015 (#)

These make me think, ponder and even wonder about those times. We have come far but not much in terms of wisdom gained!

I wish our minds are receptive to receive dreams like Joseph did and also think about a secured future before we acted. We may not be able to take much hardships now lulled into a complacency that hard times are history.

Thanks Kingwell for recalling our history and sharing with us - siva

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Siva. Blessings.

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author avatar Shamarie
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for sharing, Kingwell! Good job!!!

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author avatar Kingwell
10th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Shamarie. Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
12th Jul 2015 (#)

Enjoyable read again Kingwell, and you ask us many penetrating questions along the way.

Here is what I think about this question of yours though.

"Has anyone noticed that God does not speak to Joseph?"

Actually God continually speaks to Joseph in his dreams, and even as he interprets them for others.

"It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh a favourable answer."

“Do not interpretations belong to God? "

If what he said here is true, God must have been speaking to him, even as he interpreted these dreams.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jul 2015 (#)

Thank you Spirited. You will remember how it was always said that God spake to such a person but it doesn't say that of Joseph. There is no record of Joseph having dreams after he came to Egypt. It seems to me that God doesn't have to speak to Joseph because he knows that the spirit of God is within him. When asked to interpret Pharaoh's dream, he understands that God will speak through him and that whatever he says will be correct because he knows that it's coming from God. I think that Joseph understands better that any of his ancestors did and therefore don't need the proof. That's what I meant by God not speaking to him but I suppose we could just as easily say that God spoke through him all the time, Blessings.

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author avatar spirited
13th Jul 2015 (#)

Thanks for your reply Kingwell. I see your point, but I also think that God speaking through someone is the same as God talking to them in a way.

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author avatar spirited
13th Jul 2015 (#)

Not to pre-empt what is still to come here Kingwell, Joseph even knew when he was going to die, as you said, God spoke to/through him all of the time.

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author avatar Kingwell
13th Jul 2015 (#)

I agree spirited there is little difference but Joseph seems to have a better grasp of the whole thing. Blessings.

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author avatar Carol Roach
16th Jul 2015 (#)

yes I would imagine that any shepherd's would want to go buy corn from Egypt

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author avatar Kingwell
17th Jul 2015 (#)

That's an interesting thought Carol but I guess they must have grown some crops as well, Blessings.


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