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Lesson 9
Genesis 41

Joseph had been sold into slavery by his jealous brothers, who resented Jacob's great love for Joseph (Gen. 37:3-4) and the dreams Joseph had in which God revealed that his brethren would one day bow to and serve Joseph (Gen. 37: 5-8). Due to several acts of God's providence, Joseph wound up in prison in Egypt, where he met the chief butler of Pharaoh's court and interpreted his dream. Later, when Pharaoh had a dream which no one could interpret, the chief butler remembered the young Hebrew, Joseph (Gen. 41:9-14); and he was called before Pharaoh to interpret his dream. God revealed to Joseph that there would be seven years of plenty in the land followed bv seven years of great famine (Gen. 41:28-32). Pharaoh appointed Joseph to be the ruler over all Egypt, second only to himself (Gen. 41:39-44).

There are so many lessons to be learned from this story.

But this entire story, as all Scripture, is given to praise, exalt, and reveal our Lord Jesus Christ in His redemptive work (Luke 24:27, 44-45).

During the seven years of famine, Joseph supervised the crops and filled the storehouses; and when the famine was over the Land, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold unto all who had need (Gen. 41:56).

A. JOSEPH OPENED THE STOREHOUSES BY ROYAL AUTHORITY (Verses 41, 44-45). Pharaoh gave all things (all authority and all the food) into the hands of Joseph. When people came to Pharaoh, he sent them to Joseph. By God's royal decree and design, all things pertaining to life, salvation, mercy, and heaven have been given into the hands of the Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:35-36; John 17:2-3; Col. 1:14-19; Col. 2:9-10).

B. JOSEPH WAS THE ONLY FIT PERSON TO OPEN THE STOREHOUSES (Vs. 55). Joseph prophesied the famine; no one else knew about it. Joseph planner the crops and the storehouses (Gen. 41:35). Joseph gathered the corn and stored it up (Gen. 41:49).

Our Lord Jesus is the only fit and qualified one to open the storehouse of mercy to sinners.


Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.