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Monday, February 12 2018
When An Israelite Made Slaves Of The Egyptians
"All the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth ... Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them"
When the family of Jacob entered Egypt as a starving refugee family from the land of Canaan, they nevertheless did so under the best-possible circumstances. One of their own, Joseph, had risen to become the Prime Minister of Egypt - second in authority only to the Pharaoh himself (see Joseph's Revelation). Joseph settled his kinsfolk, the Israelites, then numbering only about 70 people, in the best part of the land - in the rich, well-watered area of the Nile Delta known as "Goshen." There, the Israelites not only survived the great famine well-fed, they actually prospered from it.
"47:5 And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee: 47:6 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." (Genesis 47:5-6 KJV)
The Egyptian people themselves eventually began to severely suffer from the great famine - to which Joseph sold them government grain until the Egyptian people had nothing left.
"47:13 And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine. 47:14 And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house. 47:15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
The great famine brought about a change in the economic system of Egypt. In effect, everything was nationalized: "Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones."
"47:18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands: 47:19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
But while the Egyptians were being reduced to poverty and slavery, the Israelites prospered through the entire time of that tribulation.
"47:27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly." (Genesis 47:27 KJV)
Fact Finder: Why did the Pharaoh at the time of the Exodus fear the Israelites in his country?
This Day In History, February 12
881: Pope John VIII crowned German King Charles (known as "Charles the Fat") as king of Italy and Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1429: French forces were defeated by the English at the Battle of Herrings (or Rouvray).
1502: Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama set sail from Lisbon, Portugal on his second voyage of exploration to India.
1541: Santiago, Chile was founded by Pedro de Valdivia.
1554: Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for 13 days, was beheaded on Tower Hill at the age of 17.
1586: Augustus I died at age 60. As elector of Saxony and the leader of Protestant Germany, he reconciled his fellow Lutherans with the Roman Catholic Habsburg Holy Roman emperors (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation), thereby helping to bring the initial hostility of the Reformation in Germany to an end.
1733: English Army General and Member of Parliament James Edward Oglethorpe arrived with the first colonists at (what was later known as) Savannah, Georgia. The state was named after King George II of Great Britain.
1818: Chile became independent from Spain.
1851: Edward Hargraves discovered gold at Summerhill Creek in New South Wales, triggering the Australian gold rush.
1895: China surrendered at the Battle of Weihaiwei, ending the Sino-Japanese War.
1912: The Manchu dynasty under Pu Yi abdicated in China and a provisional republic was established under Sun Yat-sen.
1924: King Tutankhamen's sarcophagus was opened to reveal his coffin, 15 months after the tomb was first discovered in Egypt.
1935: The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashed off the coast of California, killing 2 people.
1947: The Sikhote-Alin asteroid strike in eastern Siberia. An iron-nickel asteroid with a mass estimated at 100 tons streaked through the sky as a multicolored bolide brighter than the sun itself (one witness said that it looked like a piece of the sun had broken off). The asteroid shattered while still in the air and scattered meteorites over a wide area. Investigators located 106 craters and pits, the largest recovered meteorite weighed 3,845 pounds / 1,745 kilograms (see also The Blood Moon Prophecy).
1953: The Soviet Union broke off diplomatic relations with Israel after a bomb exploded at the Soviet Legation in Tel Aviv.
1955: U.S. President Eisenhower sent the first of the U.S. Empire's "advisors" to become involved in the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the colonial French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam).
1986: The Channel Tunnel treaty between Britain and France was signed.
1994: More than 100 people walked the English Channel Tunnel in a sponsored walk for charity. They became the first humans to walk from France to Britain since the Ice Age.
1999: The U.S. Senate failed to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives (See also The Impeachment Of The President).
2004: The city of San Francisco, California began issuing "marriage" licenses to same-sex "couples."