Tuesday, December 27, 2011


Genesis 41:1 - 44:17

“ The Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this,  there can be no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace and by your command shall all my people be sustained; only by the throne shall I outrank you.”
(41: 39-40, Artscroll TANAKH).
Having given Pharaoh the interpretation of his dreams, this accolade and display of trust was accorded Joseph. No doubt the confidence with which he had described the best method for dealing with the forthcoming famine was that of one who is speaking for God. This was a great distinction that Pharaoh and his ministers had perceived in Joseph; nothing seemed to be guesswork. The same distinction is always apparent between revelation and speculation. Revelation speaks with authority; speculation speaks with a lisp and behaves indifferently.
It is no doubt, if the reader of Scripture is discerning, that Joseph had learned to recognize the providence of God as a most important factor in his life. Egypt’s indebtedness to Joseph was two-fold. (1) he enabled the large population to be sustained during the seven-year period of famine because of his policy during the seven-year period of plenty, (2) he extended the influence of the kingdom to those nations who sought relief, both financially and legally. It was the singular mark of Joseph that, through his reliance upon the providence of God, the people were not only kept alive during the plenty years but also when the poverty years ascended.
For our spiritual edification, this last factor seems chiefly the more important. In Joseph we see illustrated that in order to receive the blessings of God, unconditional submission to God’s commandments and revelations is required to be a positive delegate in the spiritual realm. Even though one would expect the nation to be beholden to Joseph as a wise and prudent leader, in those matters which they found themselves incompetent, Joseph provided ample evidence that he had earned their trust. However, one would also hope that the people might have come to a knowledge of the same God Who sustained them through Joseph. There seems to be no recorded response in the spiritual area during this time but one might assume that the better part of wisdom then would be to submit to the authority which guided Joseph.
We today have the same opportunity to submit  to that same authority through the atonement of Yeshua. He alone can solve the issues not only those we meet during our present distress but also in our future condition, whether years of plenty or poverty. He takes responsibility for all the changes we make in obedience to Him and He assumes all the consequences of those changes. His help will be relief from not only the present condition of poverty but will put us into the best possible situation which brings Him glory and our exaltation.

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