So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for every Egyptian sold his field because the famine was severe upon them. So the land became Pharaoh’s. And as for the people, he relocated them [temporarily] to cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other. Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they lived on the amount which Pharaoh gave them, so they did not sell their land. Genesis 47: 20-22(AMP)
Today we are going to study about the Priest. From previous devotions, we have already discussed and established that this story of Joseph is a gracious shadow of the life of Christ Jesus, our Lord, while He was on earth, His death, resurrection and ascension to the Father in heaven and His glory then as the king of kings. Meanwhile Pharaoh represents God the Father.
The devotion today is reflective ofwhat goes on Heaven today. Through the finished work of Christ, God our father is glorified in heaven and on earth as more people believe in Christ Jesus and surrender their lives to Him. A person completely surrendering their lives completely is a form of worship which glorifies the Lord.
Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship.Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. (Romans 12:1-2)
This just like what Joseph did hebought all the lands in Egypt from the people because the drought was severe and they needed the food to survive in the drought. Joseph did not only get the people’s land, he acquired all their possessions and the people themselves. This is an act of total surrender, the people surrendered everything to Joseph in order to get food but Joseph did not just feed them, he went further to give them seed to plant in the lands they sold to Pharaoh and upon harvest time they were to give a fifth of the harvest to Pharaoh.
This represent the fact that they were recognizing Pharaoh as their source of food. We already understand that Pharaoh is a shadow of God the Father and paying tithe to Him is a form of worship that acknowledges Him as the source of everything. In today’s time we do that by paying tithe a tenth of our earnings to Him to the church.
Meanwhile there is a special group of people, the priest; they never had to give up their land or any of their possession. The priest are the representatives of the people to God. They serve God on behalf of the people. Unlike the rest of the people, the priest already had a relationship with Pharaoh infact the bible records that the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they lived on the amount which Pharaoh gave them, so they did not sell their land.
This is means that despite the fact that there was severe drought, the priest were never affected by it. Everyone in the ancient world was affected by the drought everyone except Pharaoh, Joseph and a special group of people called the priest. This is beautiful picture reflecting our world today. The world wide drought in the ancient world of Joseph represents the current situation in our world. There is a lack of widespread revelation of the word of God which is representative of water or dew. A lack of water leads to drought which the world is experiencing. It reminds me of the situation in Israel when Eli was the High Priest and Samuel was a young boy serving the Lord under his supervision. The bible records:
The word of the Lord was rare and precious in those days; visions [that is, new revelations of divine truth] were not widespread. 1 Samuel 3:1(AMP)
Despite the drought in the world today, the church of Jesus Christ is not affected just like the priest in Pharaoh’s day. Remember, pharaoh is representative of God the Father and Joseph is representing the Lord Jesus Christ and we, the church are represented by the priest because the resurrected Christ has made us a kingdom of priest to God.
To Him who [always] loves us and who [has once for all] freed us [or washed us] from our sins by His own blood (His sacrificial death)—and formed us into a kingdom [as His subjects], priests to His God and Father—to Him be the glory and the power and the majesty and the dominion forever and ever. Amen. Revelation 1:6(AMP)
Being a king and a priest today means we get to rule and dominate the world today just like Joseph did. At the same time we have the privilege of ministering up spiritual sacrifices as well as proclaiming God our Father’s praises. We can also learn the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they lived on the amount which Pharaoh gave them, so they did not sell their land.
God provides for His people whom He made a kingdom of priest, we need not worry about the drought going on in the world we are covered by His shed blood, we provided for and immensely cared for by our Father. In fact King David says in Psalm 23:1 …The LORD is Shepherd, I shall not want. The Passion Translation says I always have more than enough. Our LORD He is El Shaddai, we are always provided for.
The Lord Jesus Christ puts it in this perspective: Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith? (Matthew 6:26-30)