Genesis 47 Soap Bible Study
Scripture: Genesis 47
11 So Joseph assigned the best land of Egypt—the region of Rameses—to his father and his brothers, and he settled them there, just as Pharaoh had commanded. 12 And Joseph provided food for his father and his brothers in amounts appropriate to the number of their dependents, including the smallest children.
20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh. All the Egyptians sold him their fields because the famine was so severe, and soon all the land belonged to Pharaoh. 21 As for the people, he made them all slaves, from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 The only land he did not buy was the land belonging to the priests. They received an allotment of food directly from Pharaoh, so they didn’t need to sell their land.
29 As the time of his death drew near, Jacob called for his son Joseph and said to him, “Please do me this favor. Put your hand under my thigh and swear that you will treat me with unfailing love by honoring this last request: Do not bury me in Egypt. 30 When I die, please take my body out of Egypt and bury me with my ancestors.”
So Joseph promised, “I will do as you ask.”
Joseph’s obedience was rewarded…again. The blessings didn’t stop with him, but they spread to his family as well.
After saving up a lot of food, the government of Pharaoh became all the more influential as the people sold their livestock and land to him as well, via Joseph.
Joseph keeps up his pace of obedience by following through on his father’s request.
The blessings that come from God can spread to our family as well, if they are meant to be shared. In each case, one must define if a blessing was meant for deep meaning to an individual person, or if the blessing/gift is meant for others as well.
Wise planning can position one for influence.
Obedience doesn’t stop at any point in life. One receives a charge, carries it out, and then receives another from God…each one, greater in responsibility.
God – Let the blessings you have given to me be shared in love. Whether the blessing came from wisdom or any other source, let me not be afraid of accepting greater influence and responsibility.