The return on good planning is much cheaper than the cost of being a slave to someone else’s plan.
Pray The Word and Prepare for The Word
Psalm 119: 89 Your eternal word, O LORD, stands firm in heaven. 90 Your faithfulness extends to every generation, as enduring as the earth you created. 91 Your regulations remain true to this day, for everything serves your plans. 92 If your instructions hadn't sustained me with joy, I would have died in my misery.
Lord, help me to see Your faithfulness today as I study Your eternal Word.
Read - Genesis 47-48 -
As the famine continues, people (including the new residents in Joseph’s family) sell all that they have in order to subsist. In the end, Egypt owns them. That means that the little group of 70 Israelites will now be slaves to Egypt. Why didn’t more people prepare in the way that Joseph led Egypt to do?
Jacob blesses Joseph’s two boys with an inheritance as if they are his own children. He includes them in the nation of Israel by doing this and they both become ‘half-tribes’ in the 12 Member Nation of Israel (11 full tribes plus their 2 half-tribes - Manassah and Ephraim). Why do you think he didn’t simply pass a blessing on to Joseph? It seems that Joseph’s prosperity in Egypt made it so that he did not need it or it could be that Jacob had already passed his inheritance on to the other children and was ‘making up for leaving Joseph out’ by passing on his portion to his children. There would have been no ‘slight’ intended as Jacob thought Joseph was dead.
Lord, help me to be aware of Your plan and to submit my planning so that I’m a part of Yours!
Numbers Chapter 1 shows that both Ephraim and Manasseh grew into huge nations. Read it to see…
Here we see the cost of not having a plan and even more-so not following the plan of The Lord. Israel, over time, gives away their freedom in exchange for bread. This is a picture of the cost and consequence of our ‘Marring’ by Sin. If not Mended by Christ, sin owns us.