Reading in Genesis 47, Joseph’s brothers and his father came to live in Egypt because the famine was so severe. Jacob was 130 years old and explained to Pharaoh that he had lived a difficult life. They were allowed to settle in the land called Goshen; the most fertile area of Egypt. There, they could raise their livestock.
The famine persisted and the people paid Joseph for the grain he had stored up before the famine. After they ran out of money, Joseph accepted their livestock as payment for their food. When their money and livestock was gone, Joseph accepted their land as payment.
As manager, Joseph made Pharaoh extremely wealthy. Since he planned for the famine and stored up food, the people had to sell their land and a fifth of the produce in the future in order to purchase the food they needed to survive. Pharaoh became…
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