G is for Grain

Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable. (Genesis 41:49)

Symatric Flower coloredJoseph was Jacob’s favorite son. He knew it. And so did his brothers. They sold him into slavery and told their father he was dead. Talk about a dysfunctional family.

A wealthy man named Potiphar bought Joseph, found him trustworthy, and made him lord over his entire estate. Potiphar’s wife also found Joseph worthy of benefits of which Joseph wanted no part. His rejection angered the woman. She lied to Potiphar. Potiphar had Joseph thrown into prison.

The guard found Joseph reliable and put him in charge of all the other prisoners.

Eventually, Pharaoh had a disturbing dream and said whoever could interpret the dream would become second in charge of Egypt. God granted Joseph understanding, not only for Pharaoh’s and Joseph’s sake, but for the sake of all the people in Egypt and the surrounding areas. God had given Pharaoh a warning in his dream about seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.

Since Joseph interpreted the dream, Pharaoh put him in charge of the storehouses. As the above verse says, Joseph gathered more grain than could be measured. With it, he not only saved the Egyptians from starvation, he saved his own family—the ones you sold him into slavery and caused him so much heartache. What they had meant for evil, God blessed them with as well as Joseph.

There are many parallels between Joseph and Jesus. But the main one is God had a plan to save His people. Through Joseph, those who came to him for grain, God saved from starvation and being wiped off the face of the earth. Through Jesus, those who humble themselves and accept Jesus as the Son of God, God saves from eternal destruction.

How about you? What reminds you of Jesus that begins with the letter G?

See you in a twinkling,

Brenda K. Hendricks

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