March 2, 2019

JOSEPH  AS THE SECOND IN COMMAND IN EGYPT

God is sovereign over all the earth. The wisdom given to Joseph was outstanding and it made it possible for Joseph to store food throughout the cities of Egypt. For seven years, Joseph built store houses to preserve food in time of plenty. Let us read the account of this in Genesis 41. It reads “Now in the seven plentiful years the ground brought forth abundantly. So he gathered up all the food of the seven years which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities; he laid up in every city the food of the fields which surrounded them. Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable. (Genesis 41:47-49). As Joseph had predicted from the interpretation of the dream given by God, the earth brought forth food in abundance for seven years, and God used Joseph to know what to do to preserve food during this period because the seven years of famine that followed affected the whole world. News reached all over the world that there was food to buy in Egypt. God brought Joseph to a position of honor and dignity that the whole world came to know and respect. This situation was used by God to bring Joseph in contact with his family.  

Genesis 42 reads “When Jacob saw that there was grain in Egypt, Jacob said to his sons, “Why do you look at one another?”  And he said, “Indeed I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down to that place and buy for us there, that we may live and not die.”  So Joseph’s ten brothers went down to buy grain in Egypt.   But Jacob did not send Joseph’s brother Benjamin with his brothers, for he said, “Lest some calamity befall him.”   And the sons of Israel went to buy grain among those who journeyed, for the famine was in the land of Canaan.  Now Joseph was governor over the land; and it was he who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph’s brothers came and bowed down before him with their faces to the earth.   Joseph saw his brothers and recognized them, but he acted as a stranger to them and spoke roughly to them. Then he said to them, “Where do you come from?” And they said, “From the land of Canaan to buy food.” (Genesis 42:1-7).

Joseph recognized his brothers and remembered his dream. What an awesome God that we have. What the brothers did not want to see happen was happening right before his eyes. To prevent his dream from coming through, they planned to kill him but God prevented that from happening, but they agreed to sell him as a slave to the Ishmaelites. Now can we see the journey of Joseph through the 13 years of suffering and smiling until he reached the position that God ordained for him. Life is surely not a bed of roses, but if we can persevere and trust God in all our endeavors, we will land safely in our own land of Canaan. Joseph weathered the storm of his life, he behaved himself wisely, he did not allow the pain of separating him from the father he loved cast a shadow of doubt on who his God is. Even when he was cast into the prison because of the offense he did not commit, he did not complain or grumble against God. He patiently surrendered himself into the hand of the Almighty, the ONE who sees and says “vengeance is mine”. God then fought the battle Himself and rewarded his uprightness in a big way. Apart from becoming Governor in Egypt, the LORD blessed him with two sons, Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: “For God has made me forget all my toil and all my father’s house.” And the name of the second he called Ephraim: “For God has caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction.” (Genesis 41:51-52).. The LORD poured so much blessings upon him that made him to forget 13 years of separation from his beloved father, and all the sufferings associated with it.

This is a good example of Trusting the LORD in all our circumstances whether good or bad, because God uses all of them to bring glory to His name. Therefore brothers and sisters, what is very important in this life is to be upright and live a life that is pleasing unto the LORD, and also to remember that whatever God had promised will come to pass. Revelations 22:12-13 says, “And behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to every one according to his work. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last.” May the name of the LORD be praised in our lives and may we be blessed beyond measure in all our endeavors in Jesus Name, Amen. It is well with you all!

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