Genesis 47:1 “…Joseph went and told Pharaoh…”
Introduction of his family to Pharaoh. Wonder what all was going through Joseph’s mind. His actions seem to show that he understood that his family was not to assimilate in Egypt, but stay separate.
4 “…We have come to dwell in the land…the famine is severe in the land of Canaan…”
Not come and stay or move to Egypt, but dwell in the land since the famine is great in Canaan. Gives the impression that once there is no longer a famine, they will return to Canaan.
6 “…make them chief herdsmen over my livestock”
Pharaoh had good fortune because of Joseph. Couldn’t hurt to have more like him if they are available.
10 “…Jacob blessed Pharaoh…”
Wonder what influence Jacob had on Pharaoh.
14 “…Joseph gathered up all the money…”
Greatly increased the riches of Egypt due to the famine. All of Egypt and Canaan were now under Egypt’s influence, and no telling how far stretched it was. But it didn’t really matter how great Egypt got. When God was finished with them, He broke them. Kingdoms rise and fall only at His will.
22 “…priests had rations allotted to them by Pharaoh…”
Egypt’s priests were supported by the Pharaoh already.
26 “…Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt…”
Seems like a socialist takeover, but it provided for the people to maintain themselves, not be completely dependent on the government. The people and their government could have coexisted properly under the arrangement.
30 “…carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place…”
Part of the plan to return to Canaan. Joseph would have a similar request of his descendants. The idea has been to one day return to the land of promise.
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Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.