Genesis 47:3-6,9,25-26 Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” So they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers.” They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now, therefore, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.” Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. “The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock”… So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning”… So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.” Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.
Is it not wonderful to see great blessing being poured out and to rest in the knowledge that God is almighty over everything that He has created?
Joseph’s family spoke truthfully of their occupation to Pharaoh and as Joseph expected, Pharaoh established Israel and his family well and gave them the responsibility to oversee his own flocks also.
Truth certainly paid off well and was rewarded well but is that what today’s chapter is about?
Pharaoh asked Israel an interesting question to which Israel replied with an interesting response. The question was Israel’s age and the response was not just his age or the comparison to his forefathers but the fact that Jacob (Israel) was sojourning in this life.
Sojourn is defined as a temporary stay and Israel referred to his life as just a stop-gap on his way to something more permanent. Is it not amazing how Israel who was already so old considered his entire life just a visit, a short stay?
Our attitude towards life is to live each day for what it is worth because we don’t know what tomorrow brings. Uncertainty is a certainty of every human’s life because at any moment, our lives can cease to exist.
Therefore our paradigm is the here and now and everything is defined by what we can touch, see and feel. This confines our life to our paradigm and this makes life not worth living at all specially when we know that there is so much that can go wrong.
However with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, there is life beyond the grave and there is more to life than just the everyday challenges of living.
Success to a christian therefore is a life lived glorifying God both here on earth and in heaven for eternity and our witness is in living this life of praise regardless of our circumstances.
Joseph and Israel lived their lives serving God regardless of being cheated, imprisoned, blessed, rewarded and they referred to their lives as only a temporary pit-stop on their way home back to being in God’s presence.
What is your life about, where are you headed and do you have any assurance or are you living in uncertainty? If you have new life through Jesus Christ, are you living for your eternal purpose?
In His Loving Service,
Hebrews 11:9-10 By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise; for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.