Genesis Lesson 28 Day 2

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Genesis Lesson 28 Day 2

Genesis 47:13-27

Joseph’s famine management strategy.

Details of how severe and desperate the people were show Joseph’s wisdom and

3) The three stages of Joseph’s famine relief policy:

This prolonged famine was very severe throughout Egypt and Canaan. There was no food being harvested. So everyone came to Joseph for buy the food he collected and stored.

Stage one: The people bought food with money, so Pharaoh acquired all of their money.

Stage two: The people bought food with their livestock, so Pharaoh acquired all of their livestock. This was a relief to the people because they could no longer feed them.

Stage three: The people bought food with their land and their bodies. Pharaoh now owned all the land and the people became his slaves.

Joseph moved the people into the cities to make it easier to distribute food. When the famine years ended, he gave the people seed and sent them to plant crops in the land.

Joseph wasn’t only a hard worker and brilliant administrator, he was also an honest worker. He did not cheat the Pharaoh; as a loyal employee, he brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.1

Pharaoh’s house i.e. the royal treasury, “the White House,” as it was known in Egypt. 10

4a) The Egyptians’ response to Joseph and his policies

The way Joseph handled the crisis kept peace and preserved life

After all their money was gone, the people came to Joseph saying, “Give us food,” . . . “Do you want us to die right in front of you? We don’t have any more money!”

Joseph answered, “If you don’t have any more money, give me your livestock, and I’ll give you food in exchange.” So they did. (Genesis 47:16)

When they ran out of livestock, the people offered their bodies and their land, saying, “There’s nothing left to bring you except our bodies and our land. . . . Do you want us to die right in front of you?” (Genesis 47:18-19)

There’s no mention of riots, looting, or civil unrest. Just desperate, hungry people crying out for food. Joseph spoke kindly to the people and kept them alive. The people voluntarily became Pharaoh’s servants, paying him a land tax of 20% annually.

b) The outcome

Egypt survived the famine.

Pharaoh acquired all the money, all the livestock, all the land, and all the people became his servants.

Joseph’s plan of creating massive grain storage was completely successful. (I can’t imagine how he created so much storage and what he did with all that livestock.)

“Joseph made a law concerning the land in Egypt which is still in force today: One-fifth of the produce belongs to Pharaoh. Only the land of the priests didn’t belong to Pharaoh” (Genesis 47:26 NOG).

5) The Israelites’ prospered despite the famine.

They settled in the land of Goshen, acquired possessions [acquired holdings in it]11 and had many children. (Genesis 47:27)

“This was the commencement of the promise” (Genesis 46:3)11

6a) The challenges of leadership and stewardship

Unless leaders know the future, they won’t prepare the way Joseph did. We need God’s wisdom in all decisions.

But it’s always a good practice to set aside resources for challenging times.

b) Prayer for leaders

Pray they will commit their lives to God, seek his wisdom and guidance concerning things to come, and for strategies to prepare and manage resources according to God’s values.

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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 The Book of Genesis by Chuck Smith © 2012 The Word For Today
7 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
8 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
9 Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament, public domain
10 Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, Public Domain
11 Pulpit Commentary, public domain.

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