Go to Joseph: Years of Abundance

2. YEARS OF ABUNDANCE 46-52 a. The seven years of plenty. Just as God had said, the land of Egypt experienced seven years of abundance. It is normal to have years where the crops do well and years where the crops fail. There are a lot of different factors for this. But the seven years of abundance are superabundant. Joseph takes all of the extra food and stores it in all the cities of Egypt. The amount that Joseph collects is said to be like the sand of the sea. At first, he was measuring how much they were taking in. But the amount of grain was in such excess that he stopped measuring it. God had truly blessed the land and had created enough for what lay ahead. b. Joseph is fruitful and multiplies. Joseph is married to Asenath the daughter of the priest of On and before the famine hits, they have two sons. The firstborn is name Manasseh because God had made Joseph forget all his hardship and his father’s house. What Joseph is saying is that all that he has received by the hand of God outweighs the mistreatment of his brothers and whatever gains he would have received from being in his father’s house. God has blessed Joseph far beyond what he could have hoped for. His second son is Ephraim because, as Joseph says, God had made him fruitful in the land of his affliction. Egypt was not his home and is the place where he experienced many trials, slavery, and false imprisonment. But it is in this same land where he experienced these trials that God has made him fruitful. God will often do this for his obedient children. In the same place, they face their greatest trials they will experience their greatest triumphs.

Go to Joseph Conclusion

CONCLUSION We know that Joseph’s life is a signpost that points to Jesus. These words of Pharaoh will be echoed many years later by a woman in the city of Cana. There was a wedding and all the wine had run out. The mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” That is when Mary turns to the servants and says, “Do whatever he tells you.” Go to Jesus. What he says to you, do. No better words could have been spoken at that moment. You see, it was right for Pharaoh to point to Joseph because he had spent the time planning for the famine. God had made him wise and discerning and God had given Joseph the answer. If this is true for Joseph, then when it comes to Jesus, this command takes on such a greater meaning. Joseph had the Spirit of God in him but was told what the future would bring. He only knew what God told him and could only succeed as far as he obeyed God. Jesus, on the other hand, “is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities – all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” Jesus wrote the future and he makes things come to pass by his own power. Joseph was only a tool in the hands of the master. Jesus is that master. We are told that Jesus made peace by the blood of his cross. And we, who once were alienated and hostile in mind, doing evil deeds, he has now reconciled in his body of flesh by his death, in order to present us holy and blameless and above reproach before him, if indeed we continue in the faith, stable and steadfast, not shifting from the hope of the gospel that we heard, which has been proclaimed in all creation to every creature under heaven. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your savior, then the Bible has one command for you today. Go to Jesus. What he says to you, do. He said repent, turn from your sins. Do that. He said believe in him. Do that. Don’t wait. Go to him today. If you know Jesus then the Bible has this command for you. Go to Jesus. What he says to you, do. Read the commands of Jesus and follow through. Don’t be just hearers of God’s words but do them. “For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” (James 1:22-25).