Anyone who has read their way through Genesis, has been caught up in the adventure of Joseph.
Whether you are a Believer or not, you should read the incredible experiences surrounding the man named Joseph. I’d suggest starting in chapter 37 and read right through to chapter 50. What a great read!
All this being said, today I wanted to spend some time talking about Chapter 43. So far, we have seen Joseph thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, put into prison, etc. Yet, through the entire adventure God has been teaching him and positioning him for this great moment!
Not to give away all the details, but a huge famine has hit the Middle-East. Due to God’s work in Joseph, he is now a big-wig in the Egyptian Empire. Furthermore, he has stored massive amounts of food for Egypt when times were good, before the famine hit the land.
Joseph’s brothers (not knowing that Joseph is still alive since they sold him into slavery) have come to Egypt to buy food. Low and behold, they unknowingly kneel before Joseph, begging for his mercy (to buy food).
“Now Joseph was the governor of the land, the one who sold grain to all its people. So when Joseph’s brothers arrived, they bowed down to him with their faces to the ground. As soon as Joseph saw his brothers, he recognized them, but he pretended to be a stranger and spoke harshly to them. “Where do you come from?” he asked. “From the land of Canaan,” they replied, “to buy food.” Although Joseph recognized his brothers, they did not recognize him.” (Genesis 43:6-8)
This is where I’d like to comment for a moment. Many have read this story and understood that Joseph’s brothers were in need of food, but it’s important to notice that they were not in need of money. They did not come to ask for hand-out, they came “to buy food“.
As I read this story, I can’t help but to consider our current situation in the Western world. I see that Western society is increasingly more and more depended on buying products and/or services rather than maintaining our own economic welfare and more importantly, our reserves.
I understand that this is not the major lesson from Joseph’s story, but I am left pondering “what good is money, if there’s nothing to buy?” Or, “what good is money, if the surrounding countries won’t sell us their products and/or services?” Someday, we might turn to China to buy some commodity. Yet, they deny us due to their own increasing need for that commodity. What happens then?
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.