Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Genesis 45 "The Why of Joseph's Sojourn in Egypt"

We have see what appears to be a story of a very mean event in the Bible when brothers conspired to sell their younger brother simply because they did not like him. Joseph has been in Egypt for 13 years now and all the time his father thought him to be dead. A famine has come on all the land but thanks to God's warning in Pharaoh's dream and Joseph's interpretation food has been stored in Egypt and Joseph is ruler under Pharaoh. He is in a position to save his family from the famine. The following two verses, I think, are the key to understanding why that sometimes, bad things can happen for good.

Genesis 45:7-8 "And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughtout all the land of Egypt."

So the Pharaoh ordered Joseph to send along wagons with his brothers to bring down his family. The land of Goshen is to be their home. Gifts were exchanged and finally Israel (Jacob) arrived in Egypt to a happy reunion with the son he thought was dead.

v28 "And Israel said, It is enough; Joseph my son is yet alive: I will go and see him before I die.

Proverbs 27:23 "Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds."

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