Scripture Reading: Genesis 46:28-47:16

“Then Joseph brought in Jacob his father and stood him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.” (Genesis 47:7)

Joseph knew that moving his family to Egypt had to be handled carefully. Shepherds were detestable to the Egyptians (46:34). Joseph wanted his family to settle in Goshen, one of the best regions in the land of Egypt. Since this was his family, Joseph knew that it was best for Pharaoh to approve this. So, he carried out a carefully worked out plan. He prepared his brothers to meet Pharaoh (46:33,34). He then went to Pharaoh and announced that his father and brothers had arrived in Goshen (47:1). Joseph presented a delegation of his brothers to Pharaoh (47:2,3) at which time his brothers made a formal request for settlement (47:4). Finally, Joseph presented his father to Pharaoh (47:7).

When Joseph introduced his father to Pharaoh, Jacob blessed Pharaoh twice. In the blessing, Jacob gave testimony to the name and character of God. The blessings given to Pharaoh gave a powerful witness of Jacob’s faith in the one, true God.

Notice the contrast between these two men. One was an aged wandering shepherd. The other was a powerful and wealthy monarch. Jacob was not the least bit intimidated in Pharaoh’s present. Though he was a wandering shepherd, he was God’s man. Jacob was greater in God’s eyes than Pharaoh was. Jacob was God’s elect son; Pharaoh was not.

Jacob had a blessing to give and Pharaoh received it without protest. The outlook Jacob demonstrated before Pharaoh is that which all Christians should have. We do not have to be dazzled by all the world offers us — power, wealth, influence. We have more to offer the world than the world has to offer us — the gospel, the Kingdom of God, the hope of eternal life, a life with God, salvation and glory. Jacob didn’t cower down before Pharaoh. He drew himself to full height and pronounced a blessing on him.

What determines our worth? It is not what we may accomplish in the world; rather it is what we receive from God. We belong to Him and He says of us — “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light” (I Peter 2:9). Our worth is determined by our identity. We belong to God; we are His possession.

Lord God, thank You for choosing me to be Your possession. Thank You for sending Your Son into this world to redeem me. It is hard to imagine that You love me and consider me precious in Your sight. But You do love me with Your incomprehensible love and You have said that I am precious to you.


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