In our last chapter, Genesis 46, little happened other than Jacob returning to Egypt to see Joseph with his own eyes. Little else happened, so let’s cross our fingers that Chapter 47 brings more excitement.
“Pharaoh said to Joseph, ‘Your father and your brothers have come to you, and the land of Egypt is before you; settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen. And if you know of any among them with special ability, put them in charge of my own livestock.’” – Genesis 47:5-6
Who cares about the rest of the people?!!? Joseph’s brothers get the BEST of the land and push those who are already there to the more famine starved lands!
“And Jacob said to Pharaoh, ‘The years of my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty.’ – Genesis 47:9
God again breaks his vow to Noah and allows a human to live past 120 years old.
“There was no food, however, in the whole region because the famine was severe; both Egypt and Canaan wasted away because of the famine. Joseph collected all the money that was to be found in Egypt and Canaan in payment for the grain they were buying, and he brought it to Pharaoh’s palace.” – Genesis 47:13-14
Where does Joseph get this money? It didn’t grow on trees and it wasn’t recovered from the ground. Joseph went out and stole the money from the people of the land.
“When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, ‘Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.’ ‘Then bring your livestock,’ said Joseph. ‘I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.’ – Genesis 47:15-16
So let me get this straight. Joseph steals money from the people of the land and when they ask for food, he demands they buy found from him using livestock as currency. That’s the very definition of an evil leader. Yet this evil leader has the full support of God.
“When that year was over, they came to him the following year and said, ‘We cannot hide from our lord the fact that since our money is gone and our livestock belongs to you, there is nothing left for our lord except our bodies and our land. Why should we perish before your eyes—we and our land as well? Buy us and our land in exchange for food, and we with our land will be in bondage to Pharaoh. Give us seed so that we may live and not die, and that the land may not become desolate.’” – Genesis 47:18-19
This story is getting quite repetitive. God allows all of this to happen. Joseph steals the food, money, and livestock from the people and now gives them food in exchange for their servitude. Disgusting.
“However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.” – Genesis 47:23
Except for the priests of course! LOL!
“But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children.” – Genesis 47:24
The Pharaoh gives seeds to the people to plant. Giving a fifth back to the Pharaoh is not a problem if Joseph and the Pharaoh give that back to the people in time of need. The way it stands, Joseph steals from the people and makes them buy their own food back!
“’You have saved our lives,’ they said. ‘May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be in bondage to Pharaoh.’” – Genesis 47:25
Excuse me while I take a few moments to vomit. How many people died as a result of God’s actions? How many people died as a result of Joseph’s stealing? The people who survived were lucky. No one saved their lives.
“Jacob lived in Egypt seventeen years, and the years of his life were a hundred and forty-seven.” – Genesis 47:28
Last I looked, 147 is greater than 120. God lies again.
This was a tough chapter to read. The people of Egypt are suffering and Joseph is the cause of that suffering. He’s not a great leader. He’s a leader who stole from the people and made them buy back those stolen products. Today we call that thievery and put those people in prison.
Coming Soon: Genesis – Chapter 48: Manasseh and Ephraim