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]
We ended the story yesterday with Joseph giving direction to his brothers as to what to say when they came before Pharaoh. He only took five brothers in there today, we aren’t sure why. Maybe he picked the ones that he thought would remember what he told them, but clearly they didn’t. lol But sure enough Pharaoh granted them the land in Goshen because it was the best spot… that’s where the water was. Joseph’s faithfulness turned into their favor. He was blessed with organization skills.
Pastor Harry gave us three application questions this morning that have to do with his chapter.
1) How am I blessed?
2) How can I serve our house here in South Jersey?
3) Am I a person of integrity?
We see that Joseph has the skills to organize, grow and maintain food during this time of famine. He’s not selfish and he always made sure that he was fair and honest when dealing with the people when they came to get food. Growing and taking care of everyone in Egypt and the people around him. Serving the house and people around him.
The third Saturday of every month we have a ‘heart for the house’. People come to the buildings and help do things. Kids included! You don’t have to be a licensed professional you just have to have a heart for the house. There’s lots of stuff to do. Painting, mopping, dusting, gardening, changing light bulbs, organizing warehouse stuff for the ministries we help serve … the list goes on . If you do have a skill maybe we can put it to use that morning as well. You should come out it’s a time of fellowship and there’s always food😊 or donuts 🤪 !
Joseph was known to be a man of integrity that’s why Israel comes to him at the end of his life. He was 130 years old when he came to Egypt and lived another 17 years. He knew the time was nearing when he would die so of course he was going to ask Joseph to make sure to take him back where his ancestors were buried and bury him there. He knew Joseph would not break that promise.
Doing what is right when no one is looking. Pastor Harry gave us these five ways on how can we grow our integrity.
1) Be honest with yourself.
Of all the lies we tell, the ones we tell ourselves are the most deadly. What is the why behind the what.
2) Seek wise counsel!
Have a circle of friends that will be honest and tell you the truth. People that have your back and will make you accountable.
3) Decide to honor God.
Doing the right thing is not always the easy thing to do. Focus on doing the Godly thing not the worldly thing.
4) Be appropriately transparent.
Sharing your life and being intimate with others. Allow them to see your heart in everything you do and be willing to admit your shortcomings. Be the person God wants you to be.
5) Put yourself first when it comes to spiritual growth.
If your cup is empty how are you going to fill someone else’s? Practice self-care. We can’t take care of others if we don’t take care of ourselves.
Spend a little God time each and every day strengthening and working on your personal growth.
All of these things will help build our character and when we come upon a crisis or situation we can react like Joseph… Like Jesus.
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