Genesis, chapters 43-46

Genesis 45:17,18,20~

So Phar′aoh said to Joseph:[…]”Take your father and your households and come here to me. I will give you the good things of the land of Egypt, and you will eat the richest part of the land.[…] Do not worry about your belongings, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.”

Israel’s household went from being on the verge of dying of starvation to living in the most abundant environment available at the time.

This reminds me of the spiritual abundance God’s people enjoy nowadays.

We live in a world that is spiritually deprived.

Although religion is everywhere, most people wonder where God is and they are not sure he listens to them or how to draw close to him.

Some go so far as to try to experience spirituality through fleshly conducts such as drugs or sex.

When some of my friends have participated witnessing in the streets, pastors from other churches have come up to them and asked them for our literature because they do not know what to teach their followers.

It is a blessing to be a part of God’s people- an organization that provides spiritual food in abundance.

This “food” comes in the form of answers to both basic and deep questions:

Who is God?

What is the purpose of life?

Why is there so much suffering?

What happens when we die?

Should I get a divorce?

When will the “end” come?

Does God forgive all sins?

This spiritual abundance is reminiscent of other Bible prophecies:

‘Look! The days are coming,’ declares the Sovereign Lord Jehovah,

‘When I will send a famine into the land,

Not a famine for bread or a thirst for water,

But for hearing the words of Jehovah.’

(Amos 8:11)

Jacob comes to Egypt and meets with his son Joseph.

Jacob comes to Egypt and meets with his son Joseph.

Genesis, chapters 40-42

~Genesis 41:16

At this Joseph answered Phar′aoh: “I need not be considered! God will speak concerning Phar′aoh’s welfare.”

By the time the prisoner, Joseph, was brought before Pharaoh to interpret the meaning of his dreams, he had undergone a series of tragedies:

His mother died when he was a child (Gen. 35:16-19); growing up, his ten brothers bullied him (Gen. 37:4,5,11); they sold him as a slave when he was 17 and his father took him for dead (Gen. 37:28,33); his master’s wife falsely accused him of trying to rape her after he refused her sexual advances, which caused him to be thrown into prison (Gen. 39:12,17-20).

There, he accurately interpreted the dreams of two of Pharaoh’s servants, but he was left in prison for three more years (Gen. 40:9-14, 20-23).

Joseph was finally brought before Pharaoh at the age of 30 and received prophetic insight into the meaning of Pharaoh’s dreams (seven years of prosperity followed by seven years of famine) (Gen. 41:25-32).

Of course, now we’ve all heard of him and how he forgave his brothers and saved his family, but at the time Joseph stated the words I cited at the beginning, “I need not be considered! God will speak concerning Phar′aoh’s welfare,” he had every reason on earth to be bitter and resentful.

Joseph’s faith is what sustained him through all his trials and even when finally given the chance to state his case and glorify himself, he still channeled all praise and glory to God.

This is definitely one of the greatest examples humanity has to offer of how faith and virtue lead to true success.