Genesis 47:6 Men of Activity

Genesis 47:6 (KJV)
The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.

We people are such hypocritical beings. The Egyptians considered shepherds an abomination but their own Pharaoh owned cattle. He may not have worked them himself but owning them made him a de facto shepherd.

On the more positive note, I am interested in Pharaoh’s interest in “men of activity.” His experience with Joseph told him that these were a people capable of production. He no doubt had his own employees over his cattle but Joseph might recommend someone able to get more increase for the same work. 

Men of activity will never be long out of work. Someone will see it. Someone will recognize the person who puts his hand to the plow. Be busy about whatever work you do, and someone will put you to even greater work.

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Genesis 44:25 A “Little” Food

Genesis 44:25 (KJV)
And our father said, Go again, and buy us a little food.

The term, little, has to be relative. Each brother carried sacks of food back with them and I think we can assume each brother had more than one animal carrying sacks. It would be impractical to endeavor upon such a journey unless a substantial amount of food could be obtained. There were seventy mouths to feed back home and they wouldn’t have wanted to make this journey very often. 

On the other hand, it could not have been a lot of food. They could have only carried so much and, with so many mouths to feed, it must surely have been a sparse meal they all received. 

So much trouble for just a little food. 

  • How necessary that little bit is
  • What lengths a man will go to get it

May we ever learn to place this much value in the things of the spirit-things of eternal worth. 

Job 23:12
Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food. 

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Genesis 41:4 Save Up the Positive

Genesis 41:4 (KJV)
And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke.

I am willing to accept that my thoughts on this passage today are not the primary lesson. Some might even think it is no lesson at all, but it occurred to me that the stronger, fatter, healthier was no match for the leaner, sicker. This was born out both in the cattle and in the ears of corn.

Health does not promise success in earthly competition. To the contrary, that which is of poorest health has the greatest motivation to succeed. Those people, who are ill favored and sickly, tend to use every means to gain what they need. They will lie, cheat, steal, use every unethical and wrong tool at their disposal so that they succeed. 

The well-trained fighter might get clobbered on the street because the guy on the street has no rules to restrict him. He’ll do anything to win. So too, the one who is ill favored and sickly will do anything to gain what they need. What have they to lose? They have no moral code to prevent them. 

Negative people often overshadow positive, helpful people because the negative ones have no boundaries by which they live. Complainers don’t mind being louder than the encouragers. Angry people behave unruly. Civil people do not. Consequently, it is very likely that the sickly, weak, negative, ill-favored will devour and destroy whatever good the well favored accomplish. 

Unless this principle is recognized and provisions are made to prevent it. 

Joseph didn’t lie or cheat during the years of plenty. He only saved up some of it for the years of trouble. If we will but “save up” the positive, the kind, the good. If we will encourage the encouragers, recognize the kind, lift up the good hearted. If we will do these things, we can build a store of good that sustains is through the storms of negativity. 

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Genesis 39:1 Bought and Sold

Genesis 39:1 (KJV)
And Joseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmeelites, which had brought him down thither.

The Ishmeelites bought Joseph for profit and I suspect they earned a profit when they sold him. 

  • There was guilt in possessing another
  • There was burden in possessing another
  • There was constant conviction in possessing another

So often we think we want something[1] only to discover when we have it, it is too much for us. 

  • The payments on a car
  • The upkeep of a house
  • The commitments of an expensive hobby toy

How often do we come into the possession of a thing only to long for someone to take it off our hands?

It’s best to be content and faithful with what God provides. 


[1]Forgive me the comparison of a man with an inanimate possession. There is so much more here than that. 

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Genesis 35:29 No Conflict in Israel

Genesis 35:29 (KJV)
And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, being old and full of days: and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.

The differences between Jacob and Esau were huge. 

  • It caused what amounted to a twenty-year severance between them. 
  • It left Jacob away for his mother’s burial. 
  • It set in motion the events resulting in Jacob’s children by four women. 

And yet they reconciled so successfully that, when their herds grew large, it was Esau who stepped out of the Promised Land, effectively acknowledging that God had given it to the children of Jacob – the Jews. 

  • Abraham had no conflict with the people there before him. 
  • Isaac had little conflict
  • Esau acknowledged it belonged to Jacob

The people of Jacob have proven that they would have little conflict with the others who live there even today, if only they would accept that God put them there and live peaceably beside them. 

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Genesis 33:4 Face The Music

Genesis 33:4 (KJV)
And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.

It had been twenty years since the brothers had seen one another. They were never particularly close and when Jacob left it was for fear Esau would kill him. His mother sent him away saying that, in a few days,[1]when Esau was no longer angry, she would send for him. As far as we know that word never came. 

Now all these years later Jacob knew he had to make reconciliation. He had to face the music with his brother or be forever out of God’s will. After a strained treaty was made with Laban, Jacob turned toward the Promised Land and wrestled with the angel of the Lord for blessings at home. He returned cautiously only to find that Esau was not angry at all. I believe his anger turned to conviction and probably repentance very shortly after Jacob left. 

Genesis 28:8
And Esau seeing that the daughters of Canaan pleased not Isaac his father; 

The lesson, it seems to me, is that the sooner we face the music the sooner we can be where God always wanted us. We only postpone the blessings of God when we postpone making things right. 


[1]Genesis 27:44 (KJV)
And tarry with him a few days, until thy brother’s fury turn away;

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Genesis 31:42 God Will Not Let Us Go Empty

Genesis 31:42 (KJV)
Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked thee yesternight.

Whatever happens in this world’s economy; whether we are cheated, mistreated or robbed, our God is with us. He will not let us go away empty. 

We do not always make wise choices. The very best and the godliest of us are capable of and do in fact make many mistakes in judgment, conduct and response. But our God is still with us. He will not let us go away empty. 

People we love and associate with will do things we wish they hadn’t. Sometimes those choices of others will effect us in negative ways. Our God is with us, nevertheless. He will not let us go away empty. 

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Genesis 30:31 Depend On God

Genesis 30:31 (KJV)
And he said, What shall I give thee? And Jacob said, Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed and keep thy flock:

Laban had already proven himself to be a difficult man. He had tricked Jacob in the matter of Rachel  and Leah. Jacob has expected to return home shortly after leaving. He had agreed to stay for seven years in exchange for Rachel and was forced to stay seven more besides. 

Now, when he wished to return home, Laban offers to pay him to stay. Jacob would have none of it. He was willing to work for his own family’s wellbeing. He was willing to trust God to provide, but he was not willing to let Laban believe he gave him anything. Perhaps more importantly, he did not want to depend upon Laban but upon God. 

No man or woman will be their best if they believe that anyone other than God and their own hard work meets their needs and provides success and prosperity. Don’t allow yourself to rest on the gifts of others. Trust God and make your way by Him. 

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Genesis 26:10 A Higher Standard

Genesis 26:10 (KJV)
And Abimelech said, What is this thou hast done unto us? one of the people might lightly have lien with thy wife, and thou shouldest have brought guiltiness upon us.

I am reminded of, Luke 16:8
And the lord commended the unjust steward, because he had done wisely: for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light. 

The king of Gerar appears to have been more moral than the people of God, certainly more moral than many today. Was there a reason they understood the weight of guiltiness? I do not know; I doubt if they were concerned that their guilt would be judged by Almighty God. What they believed to be the consequences of such guiltiness we are not told. Still this sense of burden prevented them for crossing their moral boundaries. 

The people of modern culture carry no such sense of guiltiness. And it is no wonder. Christianity today has largely abandoned the concepts of righteousness. Christianity has become a bastion of free thinking. Almost anything goes in the churches of our day. There is little sense of the righteousness and judgment of God. 

We have lost our savor. We are little good to this world if we do not hold a higher standard of righteousness, morality, temperance and fear of God than is present in the world around us.

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Genesis 25:5 Give All To God

Genesis 25:5 (KJV)
And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

There is no type in the Bible more clearly set forth than that of Isaac. 

  • Isaac is a type of promise, or the product of it
  • Ishmael is a type of the work of the flesh

So, this passage makes all sorts of spiritual sense. Abraham invested everything in the promise of God. He gave small gifts to the children born of his concubines, but he gave everything he had unto Isaac. 

I wouldn’t argue that it is okay to pay tribute to our flesh, but I know we do it. Even we who are saved live in bodies corrupted by the flesh. The best we ever do, the more Christlike we become, we still wrestle with the work of the flesh. 

  • We sin
  • We support causes of human concern rather than spiritual
  • We enjoy things that have no value outside this world

We give some tribute to the works of the flesh. 

When we reach the end of our life may it be said of us that, while we gave trinkets to the flesh, we gave all that we had unto the promise of God.

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