When the seven years of plenty came to an end in the land of Egypt, the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said [they would]; the famine was in all the [surrounding] lands, but in the land of Egypt there was bread (food). So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharaoh for food; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; do whatever he says to you.” When the famine was spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold [surplus grain] to the Egyptians; and the famine grew [extremely] severe in the land of Egypt. And [the people of] all countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the [known] earth. Genesis 41: 52-57 (AMP)
The only way to live during the seven years of famine in the world during Joseph’s time was through Joseph for he had surplus which he sold to all who to him. This is a beautiful reflection of Christ Jesus as the only way to life, and He freely gives to those humble themselves by coming to Him. Just as the people from all countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, so it is in the current world we are living in. The people of the world are coming to the church to Christ Jesus to receive eternal life. The church in this case is represented by Egypt. Joseph though a Jew lived in Egypt which is a gentile nation. The Church is the bride of Christ and the Church is a gentile bride and not a Jew.
Are you so glad to be part of the body of Christ which is the church. Joseph sold grain to all people from different countries, he brought Egypt immense wealth during the years of famine. The same is occurring in our world today. The church through Jesus Christ is getting so much wealth from people all across the world as they share the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Another important lesson can be drawn from today’s devotion which is to discover our gifts, to develop our gifts so that it gains quality and duplicate it. Then to put it under our power and dominate the area of our gifting. This principle is found in Genesis 1:28.
God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate)
Joseph simply followed this principle, he discovered his gifts in interpretation dreams and managing resources, he intentionally developed the quality of his gifts, duplicated them by offering them and this eventually brought him before Pharaoh. Even after his promotion to be second in command after Pharaoh, he still followed this principle that by now was familiar to him. Under his leadership, Joseph ensured that food was planted in plenty, and during harvest part of it was stored, he dominated the ancient world during the seven years of famine.
My dear beloved, if you want to reign in life like Joseph, follow his example be grounded on the principles from the word of God. Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subjugate it [putting it under your power]; and rule over (dominate).