Joseph was rejected by his brothers, just as Jesus was rejected by His Jews brothers. Then, Joseph married a Gentile wife and became the blessings to provide grains for bread for the Egyptians (gentiles); just as Jesus after being rejected by His own Jews brothers then became the bridegroom to us the gentiles and became the bread of life for 2000 over years. The first time Jesus appeared to His Jews brothers, they did not recognize Him. The first time Joseph appeared to his brothers, they did not recognize him either. But the second time Joseph appeared to his brothers, he revealed himself as the brother whom they once rejected but he welcomed them and even asked them to draw near to him. The second time when Jesus appears to Israel nations (after the Rapture), He will reveal Himself as the Messiah whom they once rejected and He will also welcome them and they will call Him “LORD” and draw near to Him.
God gave Joseph the wisdom of explaining the future event through Pharaoh’s dream. This is the interpretation of the dream:
Gen 41:29 The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt.
Gen 41:30 But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten in Egypt. Famine will destroy the land.
God also gave Joseph the wisdom of the solution. The wisdom that was so impressive that he himself was finally asked to execute the solution for the benefits of Egyptians. Who else will be the best to perform the task, if not Joseph himself, because he had demonstrated so obviously filled with the spirit of God before Pharaoh’s own eyes.
Gen 41:41 Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I hereby put you in charge of the entire land of Egypt.”
So, the seven years of great prosperity did happen throughout the land of Egypt, everyone was having abundant harvest, and Joseph had been collecting 20% of all the crops grown in Egypt throughout the seven good years and he gathered and stored the grain from the surrounding fields in the cities into Pharaoh’s storehouses, and guarded it. That way there would be enough to eat when the seven years of famine come to the land of Egypt. Otherwise this famine would destroy the land.
Then, the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had predicted. The famine also struck all the surrounding countries, but throughout Egypt there was plenty of food. The first year, the people cried out to Pharaoh for food, and he replied: “Go to Joseph, and do whatever he tells you.”
Joseph asked them “what do you have to buy grain?”. They gave him money. They got the grains, some of which they kept for food and some they planted in their land as seeds. But, the famine struck harder. Their harvests failed. So, the next year again they came back for food and grain, and Joseph asked them: “what do you have?”. They had no more money but personal belongings like jewelry, furniture, livestock, etc. and exchanged for grains. Again, the Famine worsened and the harvests of the year failed. So, the following year again they came back, they gave Joseph their only possession of house and right of land ownership for they did not have any more personal belongings.
Although they still occupied the house but the state owned the land. During the era, the King may rule the country, but he didn’t own people’s land. But this time, the Famine had made him not just a ruler, but also owner of all Egypt’s land. In fact, the Famine had made Pharaoh richer and more powerful. He owned plenty of food, cattle, jewelry, and all the land in Egypt. The famine turned out to be a blessing to Pharaoh because of Joseph.
The people were also happy with this arrangement, for they still have grains and food to eat even during famine. Joseph gave them life instead of death by the famine.
The Famine continued, and the following year, by this time the people did not have anything else, but themselves. They had given up all they had for food to keep them alive, and now left only their life. “Joseph pls help us, we come to an end, we have nothing left, but our own life to offer”. This is what Joseph had been waiting for. And, he gave them solution: “Give yourself to Pharaoh, from now on you are not your own, but you belong to Pharaoh, who will provide you with grains for food and to plant in the land; and for every harvest: 20% belong to Pharaoh, and 80% yours.” Is this Fair? Yes indeed very Fair. And, Now Pharaoh not only had all the Land, but he also owned all the people. The People worked for Pharaoh.
On the other hand, the people will have the peace of mind too. They need not worry of what to eat tomorrow. Because they are now not of themselves any more. Joseph will take care of them. There is no more worries nor fears over the famine, for Joseph will provide for their needs. Why, didn’t they give themselves up long ago? Because they think they still had the strength. People will not give up unless they had no more strength.
Likewise in a believer’s life, we are somehow liken the people of Egypt, we constantly withholding some part of our private life to our own strength to handle. We submit certain things to God only when we think we cannot handle it. We normally came to God only at the end of a dead end road. God is in fact, waiting for us to give up before He can take over. Why don’t we just give up everything to God now? rather than waiting for the dead end to come?
My friends, Dead end will certainly come one way or another, sooner or later because we are mere imperfect human beings with limitations. Give up everything to God, don’t hold back a thing, you cannot but He can. He can see the end from the beginning, but you cannot. He is your good shepherd, trust him with your life and He will provide for all your needs. In any life situations, be it good or bad, big or small, practice a good habit to go first to Jesus. Soak yourself in His presence. As you receive His LOVE and GRACE toward you, you’ll begin to experience His PEACE and WISDOM to supernaturally give you the ability to resolve all your situations well. This is the blessed life of total dependence and surrender to God, that He has been waiting for you to do so. Because He wants to be your God, and you shall be His people. He wants to look after you. Hallelujah.