July 28, 2020
The Money Failed
Genesis 47:14-16 (KJB) And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house. 15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth. 16 And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
Yes, all of you are likely familiar with Joseph. He was left to die by his jealous condescending brothers. However, God had a different plan for his life. In these verses above, many years later, we find Joseph alive and manning the storehouse of corn for none other than the pharaoh.
It is essential to note amid this famine, the currency failed. What does this mean? The people had no payment means to purchase food in these hard times, as whatever financial means they might have previously used was worth nothing. In other words, the bottom fell out of the “ancient stock market,” so to speak.
Who did God choose to place in a position of importance in these hard financial times, well, Jospeph, of course! Joseph was serving the will of God in these times, and when the money failed, he accepted cattle, then crops for people to be able to purchase corn to fill their bellies. As the verses proceed in this chapter, Joseph makes it possible for these hungry people to trade other things besides money to receive this stockpiled corn siloed in the land of Egypt.
It ends up that Joseph even served his brothers with corn in their time of need. God had placed Joseph in the right place and at the right time to help others when earthly means failed in providing for needs.
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