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March 20, 2017: Genesis 47
Jacob and Jospeh's brothers have an audience with Pharaoh, where they discuss being shepherds by occupation. Pharaoh gives Jacob's family the land of Goshen to live in and pasture their flocks, as well as charges them with the care of his own livestock. Then, Jacob blesses the king of Egypt.
The famine continues, and eventually the people of Egypt have to sell their livestock, their land and themselves to the Pharaoh in order to continue to buy grain throughout the famine. In the end, the people survive, and the Pharaoh has more centralized control over the people of Egypt, as well as what amounts to an income tax of 20%.
Question to consider:
* Do you think it was a good thing, or a bad thing that the Egyptian people had to end up selling so much so that they could eat and survive? Why didn’t Joseph just give them grain for free?