Joseph Put in Charge of The Store Houses

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Heritage

Joseph and his wife had two sons before the famine began (v. 50). Their names were Manasseh and Ephraim (vv. 51-52). During the seven years of good harvest Joseph worked hard, storing up the grain throughout Egypt. Then, as Joseph had predicted, the seven prosperous (fat) years were followed by seven years of famine (lean) years, causing people from many lands to have no food (53-54). There was not enough food in other countries but in Egypt there was plenty. When the famine began the people in Egypt asked the king for food and he said, “Go to Joseph and do what he tells you to do” v. 55).

The famine became bad everywhere in Egypt, so Joseph opened the storehouses and sold the grain to the Egyptian people (v. 56). The famine was not only in Egypt but in all the other countries too and the word spread quickly not only in Egypt but to these other countries as well that there was food in these store-houses (v. 57). Then Joseph opened the store-houses and sold grain to these other people as well as the Egyptians. Everyone looked up to Joseph, and he had great power.

Application

Just as Joseph did not forget the great heritage that he had I should not forget the great heritage that I have of living in the United States and how our fore fathers brought the gospel to us. We must be determined to pass on these values to our children.    

Genesis 41:50-57 (English Standard Version)

Before the year of famine came, two sons were born to Joseph. Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, bore them to him. Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh. "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my hardship and all my father's house." The name of the second he called Ephraim, "For God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction." The seven years of plenty that occurred in the land of Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread. Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph. What he says to you, do." So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.

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