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Purchasing Egypt and Remembering the Promise

Genesis 47-48

April 24, 2024


The main two parts of this page are Joseph’s purchase of Egypt for Pharaoh, and the beginning of Jacob’s final words - starting with remembering God’s promise to him at Luz.

I am a little confused as to how to feel about Joseph’s shrewd purchase of Egypt. Is he a Christ-type here, saving the lives of all who come to him in faith through the purchase of their land, livestock and very selves? Or is he a man who accidentally provides a future Pharaoh the captial and means to enslave his descendants? I don’t know. What do you think?

What keeps coming back around in the stories of Genesis is the orignal promise of God. So the most important part of this page is certainly the rememberance of God’s promise to Jacob at Luz, because this promise is what informs all the upcoming history of the Israelite people, and then Christianity itself! God’s faithfulness to himself is imperative to our salvation.

This is God’s promise that he gave Jacob at Luz:

“And he dreamed, and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven. And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it! And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac. The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring. Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth, and you shall spread abroad to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south, and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land. For I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.”

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