Joseph went and told Pharaoh, “My father and brothers, with their flocks and herds and everything they own, have come from the land of Canaan and are now in Goshen.” 2 He chose five of his brothers and presented them before Pharaoh.
3 Pharaoh asked the brothers, “What is your occupation?”
“Your servants are shepherds,” they replied to Pharaoh, “just as our fathers were.” 4 They also said to him, “We have come to live here for a while,because the famine is severe in Canaan and your servants’ flocks have no pasture. So now, please let your servants settle in Goshen.”
5 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you,6 and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock.”
7 Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed[a] Pharaoh, 8 Pharaoh asked him, “How old are you?”
9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.” 10 Then Jacob blessed[b] Pharaoh and went out from his presence.
11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.
Joseph and the Famine
13 There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine.14 Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace. 15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.”
16 “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and he gave them food in exchange for their horses,their sheep and goats, their cattle and donkeys. And he brought them through that year with food in exchange for all their livestock.
18 When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, “We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. 19 Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.”
20 So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[c]from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.”
25 “You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.”
26 So Joseph established it as a law concerning land in Egypt—still in force today—that a fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. It was only the land of the priests that did not become Pharaoh’s.
27 Now the Israelites settled in Egypt in the region of Goshen. They acquired property there and were fruitful and increased greatly in number.
28 Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven. 29 When the time drew near for Israel to die, he called for his son Joseph and said to him, “If I have found favor in your eyes,put your hand under my thigh and promise that you will show me kindnessand faithfulness. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I rest with my fathers,carry me out of Egypt and bury me where they are buried.”
“I will do as you say,” he said.
31 “Swear to me,” he said. Then Joseph swore to him, and Israel worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.[d]
Moses was born to believing parents. He took his first breath into an unfriendly world looking at a death sentence. But this beautiful child exhibited so much love and light that his mother knew he was something special to hold onto. She hid him for three months until just the right time and then gave him to God so his plans could unfold. She placed him in a basket and sent him down the Nile to the receiving hands of pharaohs daughter. There’s no coincidence here. She gives the baby to her slave who goes to find a nursing mother and no irony in the fact that he’s given right back to his mother for her to nurse him and nurture him and grow him until the right time. BUT GOD!!!
His mother even getting paid to take care of him now! God taking care of Moses’ family for him. She raised and nurtured him in Hebrew and Godly traditions. With love and at the right time, she gave him back to Pharaohs daughter where he would grow and become a man. He has learned all of the core values of being a good person, a godly person now he will learn to be a leader.
The first 10 years are poignant years of growing up when we are very, very young. You don’t think the kids are learning or listening then but they are. Kids are like little its sponges. Soaking in everything that you say and do. This is when learned behaviors happen and develop the most. This is when they learn how to love. This is when they learn what relationships are all about, who you can trust and depend on in times of trouble. That’s why it’s so important to watch EVERYTHING that we say and do when we are raising our young children. They are impressionable years and what they learn in those years they will carry and use for a lifetime.
Moses learned both traditions of two powerful nations. This was no accident, he was like a double agent for God. Only God could have the power and authority to achieve this. Those teenage years and years as a young adult under pharaoh must’ve been a struggle for Moses between doing what was godly and what the Egyptians expected from him. That’s why when he tried to help his people in verses 11 to 15 someone threw it back in his face. ‘Who put you in charge?)
When Moses came upon a Hebrew slave being inflicted with extreme punishment he took matters into his own hands and killed the Egyptian. He thought no one was looking, but someone was. In a fleshly moment he murdered and sinned. Of course pharaoh heard about it through the grapevine and was now going to kill him. Moses fled to the desert where God begins to further prepare him for his future role.
Again not only is God seeing everything, there is someone watching, even when you don’t think there is. Integrity doing the right thing when you think no one is watching. Moses ends up in Meridian and God placed him under the guidance of Jethro. He marries and gives birth to a son and soon the king of Egypt dies. It’s been a long time of being enslaved for the Hebrews and they cry out. God steps in and says I hear you, I remember the agreement that I made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob .. I have a plan.
God‘s plans will always win out in the end even if we take an earthly detour. Pharaohs daughter had no idea that the baby she was saving would be the one that God chose to save the Israelites and deliver them out of Egypt. Little did she know that a whole nation would be saved through him. God hears our cries. His plans might be full of surprises sometimes, they might take us to places we never thought we’d be, but if God takes you there he’s got a plan. He will be there with you. He is always with you, he’s not going to leave you stranded and alone to do it yourself.
As believing parents give your child/children to God. Put them in the basket and send them down the river. Show your children daily who you are trusting. Pass along core values of love… godly values. Remember the bible versus God speaks to you. We all have versus that stick with us. Pray .. speak them over yourself every day. Get those things that you hold against yourself and give them to God. He knows what’s going on. He’s protecting you, guiding you and giving you strength. Hold onto that today.
Pastor Harry had four questions for us today.
1) Who are you putting in the basket?
2) What are you passing along to others?
3) What name has God given you/what verse has he spoken over you?
4) Is there something that you hold against yourself that you need to give to God?
These chapters in Exodus are packed full with lessons. I hope you read them and that the Holy Spirit convicts your heart of what he needs you to receive.
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