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Storehouses

During Bible History, a storehouse was a place where food, equipment or valuables were securely kept. Perhaps the most famous grain storehouses of the Scriptures were that of Egypt, which not only saved the Egyptians from a great famine, but were the reason that the Israelites entered Egypt for their four-century stay before the Exodus. The kings of Israel and Judah (see Israelite Dynasties) also had their treasure storehouses, and the Temple (see Temples) in Jerusalem had a storehouse where dedicated goods were kept. A storehouse was also used as an analogy for the blessings of God that obedient believers have access to.

Wheat Ready For Harvest Storehouses In Bible History

The storehouses of grain were managed by the Israelite patriarch Joseph (see Coat Of Many Colors) who preceded his brothers into Egypt:

"And let them gather all the food of these good years that are coming, and lay up grain under the authority of Pharaoh for food in the cities, and let them keep it. That food shall be a reserve for the land against the seven years of famine which are to befall the land of Egypt, so that the land may not perish through the famine ... The seven years of plenty that prevailed in the land of Egypt came to an end; and the seven years of famine began to come, as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread. When all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread; and Pharaoh said to all the Egyptians, "Go to Joseph; what he says to you, do." So when the famine had spread over all the land, Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe in the land of Egypt. Moreover, all the earth came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe over all the earth." (Genesis 41:35-36,53-57 RSV)

"When Jacob learned that there was grain in Egypt, he said to his sons [see Children of Jacob], "Why do you look at one another?" And he said, "Behold, I have heard that there is grain in Egypt; go down and buy grain for us there, that we may live, and not die." (Genesis 42:1-2 RSV)

"And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night, and said, "Jacob, Jacob." And he said, "Here am I." Then He said, "I am God, the God of your father; do not be afraid to go down to Egypt; for I will there make of you a great nation. I will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again; and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes." (Genesis 46:2-4 RSV)

The blessings "if you keep the Commandments of The Lord your God" (see The Ten Commandments, The Ten Commandments Now? and The Ten Commandments Before Sinai?):

"The Lord will establish you as a people holy to Himself, as He has sworn to you, if you keep the Commandments of The Lord your God, and walk in His ways. And all the peoples of the earth shall see that you are called by the Name of The Lord; and they shall be afraid of you. And The Lord will make you abound in prosperity, in the fruit of your body, and in the fruit of your cattle, and in the fruit of your ground, within the land which The Lord swore to your fathers to give you. The Lord will open to you His good treasury the heavens, to give the rain of your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands; and you shall lend to many nations, but you shall not borrow." (Deuteronomy 28:9-12 RSV)

Jerusalem looted by the Babylonians (see Why Babylon? and Temple Mount Treasures):

"At that time Merodach-baladan the son of Baladan, king of Babylon [see Ancient Empires - Babylon], sent envoys with letters and a present to Hezekiah; for he heard that Hezekiah had been sick. And Hezekiah welcomed them, and he showed them all his treasure house, the silver, the gold, the spices, the precious oil, his armory, all that was found in his storehouses; there was nothing in his house or in all his realm that Hezekiah did not show them. Then Isaiah the prophet came to King Hezekiah, and said to him, "What did these men say? And whence did they come to you?" And Hezekiah said, "They have come from a far country, from Babylon." He said, "What have they seen in your house?" And Hezekiah answered, "They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing in my storehouses that I did not show them." Then Isaiah said to Hezekiah, "Hear the word of The Lord: Behold, the days are coming, when all that is in your house, and that which your fathers have stored up till this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left, says The Lord" (2 Kings 20:12-17 RSV)

Fact Finder: Does God control the forces of nature like a storehouse?
Job 38:22-23, Psalm 33:7, Psalm 135:7


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