Learn from Joseph – Store up Grain for the Famine
Amos 8:11 NKJV
““Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord God, “That I will send a famine on the land, Not a famine of bread, Nor a thirst for water, But of hearing the words of the Lord.”
Genesis 41:31 NKJV
“So the plenty will not be known in the land because of the famine following, for it will be very severe.”
Genesis 47:13 NKJV
“Now there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine.”
What did Joseph do when he knew there would be a famine?
⁃ He stored up grain in the storehouses
Genesis 41:35-36 NKJV
“And let them gather all the food of those good years that are coming, and store up grain under the authority of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. Then that food shall be as a reserve for the land for the seven years of famine which shall be in the land of Egypt, that the land may not perish during the famine.””
Genesis 41:49 NKJV
“Joseph gathered very much grain, as the sand of the sea, until he stopped counting, for it was immeasurable.”
What can we learn from Joseph?
⁃ since we know according to God’s Word that there is a famine of the Word of God coming, we need to store up the Word of God in the storehouses.
⁃ What are the storehouses? We are: our minds & hearts are where we store up the Word of God (grain, bread)
– The grain (Word of God stored in our hearts & minds) will not only sustain us during the famine for the Word of God, but we will be able to distribute that Word to others just as Joseph did, and just as Jesus had His disciples do.
Jesus fed the people in the wilderness. He distributed the bread through His disciples.
Matthew 15:33-37 NKJV
“Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?” Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.” So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left.”