Genesis Bible Study (God's Grace To Overcome)

REWIND: Genesis 47-48, The Rich Provision of God


A sweet reunion finally occurs. Jacob and all his family have moved down to Egypt. Genesis 46:29 records this sweet reunion between Joseph and his father who he has not seen for more than 22 years. Jacob and the eleven sons settle in the land of Goshen. Genesis 47 records the severity of the famine. The famine is so severe that the Egyptians no longer have money to buy grain from Joseph (47:15). So the Egyptians ask Joseph what they are to do since they have no money to buy food any longer. Joseph accepts the Egyptians’ livestock in trade for grain. But that lasts about a year and the famine continues to be severe (47:18). So the Egyptians come to Joseph and say that they need grain again but they don’t have anything to trade because all that they have left are their bodies and their land. So the Egyptians offer to sell their land to Egypt in exchange for grain. So all the land of Egypt becomes owned by Pharaoh. Further, Joseph gives the Egyptians seed to sow in the land they just bought. Twenty percent of the harvest will belong to Pharaoh and the rest will belong to the Egyptians to live on. The Egyptians are grateful and happy with the administration of Joseph over the land of Egypt..

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