In the seven years of plenty, Joseph has two sons with Asenath. Children are the blessing of the Lord. In these two, Joseph feels blessed as well as knows it. The brothers before their brother is a most instructive piece. Every eldest has felt like Reuben at some time I’m sure.
“Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth.”
God is at work.
We see here a famine that stretched across entire countries, over all the earth.
Joseph was able to effect the saving of many people, not just Jacob’s seventy-odd tribe. People from all over the earth came to Joseph to buy food.
But it is Jacob that God has promised much too, it is the descendants of Abraham that would bring blessing to all nations.
And here is Joseph the son of Jacob, not in full like Jesus but in part, bringing blessing to all nations.
It is a wonderful testament to God’s grace to us here on earth, as we walk through this life of travail and hardship.
God works good for us now, as well as in the not yet!
Joseph points us to Jesus, the ultimate Saviour whose saving is everlasting (unlike Joseph’s, which was very much limited in scope, as important as that scope was).
We can be so greatly encouraged with how God worked here, through Joseph and his brothers, bringing about a salvation from the famine for God’s people.
* Dear Lord God,
Thank You for saving us from our sin. Thank You for Jesus, whose salvation doesn’t end or have limits.
Please mark us as a faithful people who walk obediently under Your will as Joseph did.
Please grow us toward Jesus each day.