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Psalm 105:16-22 - Joseph - Protected from Famine

Posted on October 21, 2016 at 12:05 AM Comments comments (0)

Psalm 105:16-22

Joseph - Protected from Famine


Psalm 105:16 Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread.


Wait! God caused the famine until their food supply was completely gone? Yes, but as we shall see He had already provided the solution to their food problem. Also, God had told Abraham many years before that his descendants would be enslaved for 400 years but would come out with great riches, so God was facilitating the fulfillment of that prophesy.


Genesis 15:13-14 (KJV) And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance.


Psalm 105:17 He sent a man before them, even Joseph, who was sold for a servant: 18 Whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: 19 Until the time that his word came: the word of the Lord tried him.


You may remember the story of Joseph the Dreamer. His brothers sold him to slave traders; and due to God’s sovereignty, he ended up in Egypt. He was an excellent servant but was falsely accused and imprisoned until the Lord God orchestrated his release.


Psalm 105:20 The king sent and loosed him; even the ruler of the people, and let him go free.


Why did the king, the Pharaoh, release Joseph from prison? He heard that Joseph could interpret dreams, and the king needed his services because he had a very troubling dream. Joseph correctly interpreted the dream to mean that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine and advised the Pharaoh to prepare (Genesis 41).


Psalm 105:21 He made him lord of his house, and ruler of all his substance: 22 To bind his princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom.


Joseph became second in command, only to Pharaoh. He was like the vice president of Egypt. He was wise and commanded that grain be stored in preparation for the lean years. Joseph took this action on the basis of insight given him by the Lord.


I had a hard time with why God would move the Israelites from the land of Canaan, the land of promise, to be captives in Egypt just to have to bring them out later on. But He had a purpose. As we will see later, they came out much wealthier than when they went in!


Chew on this: Many times, the way God moves us into His place for us seems “wrong” to us. Wait patiently. Trust. Know that your Heavenly Father will always do what is best for His children. Remember the hymn “Trust and Obey.” Meditate on the last line of the chorus: “Trust and obey, for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus; but to trust and obey.”