Book of Mormon Notes– How deep can you dig?

2011, February 17

“Lessons from Joseph in Egypt: Slavery of a People” by grego

Lessons from Joseph in Egypt: Slavery of a People

grego
(c)2011

In Genesis 47 we read that Joseph of Egypt bought out the Egyptians for pharaoh becauae they lacked food—Joseph traded food for their money, then for their cattle, then for their land and 20% of their crops.

Joseph clearly saved them, they knew it too and were glad to be servants instead of dying. That standing 20% of crops to pharaoh? Well, really, it’s s much less than most people owe and have to pay back to banks (that usually never had the money to lend in the first place), just for their house.

I don’t doubt that for a permanent shack and a chicken in the pot, socialism/ communism/ whatever you want to call the variation that the powers that be will try to institute in the USA will make a good case that many people will gladly accept. What will the banks accept? What will companies like Monsanto accept? Is this what they are driving at?

Lessons for me from this Biblical story:
–get revelation.
–prepare and save.
–don’t rely on money for survival. Money will fail.
–store food.
–ration.
–preparing puts you in a freer, more powerful position (at least if pharaoh has your back, haha—ok, really, it will).
–(if all else fails) become a priest (they were exempt from losing their land and 20% tax).
–when you see the signs and know the prophecies and the future, do something about it!

By the way:
It is very likely that without doing what Joseph had done, his family never would have been able to live/ survive in Egypt. Jacob feared to go to Egypt, notwithstanding almost certain death for his entire family if he didn’t:
Genesis 46:3 And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
Perhaps this was at least part of the reason:
Genesis 46:34 That ye shall say, Thy servants’ trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; *for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians*.

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