Thanks for the info! So one could take it as a history lesson and being that history tends to repeat it self a prediction of things to come. Was Joseph part of the Egyptian slaves?[/QUOT
Jacob, whose name becomes Israel has 12 sons who are the patriarchs of the 12 tribes of Israel. One of those sons is Joseph. He was Israel's favorite son and he did not hide it. Israel gave Joseph a very ornate robe as a sign of his love . This made his brothers jealous.
The brothers devised a plan to get rid of Joseph. Long story short, they threw him in a pit until some traders came along and they sold him as a slave to the traders. They returned his fancy robe to their father and told him Joseph had been killed by wild animals. Israel was very sad to say the least.
Joseph in Egypt- Genesis 39 and 40
Joseph was sold into slavery in Egypt. He was the slave of an important Egyptian official. The official's wife was constantly trying to get Joseph to sleep with her, but Joseph refused. To get even with him for rejecting her, she accused Joseph of trying to rape her. Joseph was thrown in prison for several years under this false accusation. In prison, Joseph met Pharaoh's baker and cup bearer who had been locked up while Pharaoh was in a bad mood. They each had troubling dreams which Joseph interpreted as meaning the cup bearer would be restored to his position and the baker would be executed. Everything happened as Joseph said.
Pharaohs dream- Genesis 41
Years later, Pharaoh had a dream that no one in Egypt could interpret. He dreamed 7 fat cows came out of the Nile River. 7 skinny cows came out shortly after and swallowed up the 7 fat cows. He then dreamed of 7 full heads of grain followed by 7 dry sun scorched heads of grain that swallowed up the full heads of grain. The cup bearer remembered the accurate dream interpretations by Joseph. He told Pharaoh about him and Joseph was brought before Pharaoh at once. Joseph told Pharaoh that if he was to interpret the dream, the interpretation would have to come from GOD as he could not do it in his own power.
Pharaoh told his dream to Joseph who was given the interpretation from GOD. He told Pharaoh the dream meant there would be 7 years of abundance followed by 7 years of famine. Pharaoh was so pleased that Joseph had interpreted the dream, he put him in charge of all of Egypt with the priority of being the head prepper to start storing food for the coming disaster. Joseph devised a prepper plan to allocate some portion of each harvest to be stored for the coming crisis. By the end of the 7 years of abundance, Egypt was well stocked with grain that would keep well for the 7 years to come.
Joseph was also in charge of distributing the grain when the famine began. Israel sent his sons to Egypt to buy grain because the famine reached into the land of Israel as well. When his brothers came to Joseph, they did not recognize him. When they finally figured out that it was Joseph whom they had sold into slavery, they were terribly afraid. He forgave them after having a little fun with them and moved his entire family to Egypt where the Israelites stayed for 400 years.
During the famine, Joseph was able to buy land very cheap from those who had not prepared for the famine. They were eager to sell their property to Joseph for grain that will keep them alive.
Thank you. Im an atheist so i don't have one, plus having looked at a bible i have no clue what they are talking about. I do enjoy learning though! That's why i turned to you guys, a breakdown for the laymen if you will. Even though i don't believe in the god part of the bible i do believe it has historical significance. It is interesting to see how many preppers are in it from so long ago. Also interesting to see how our society has shifted from everyone prepping to now those of us that do are thought of as weirdos. As an atheist and even taking the religious parts out, the bible still has alot to teach us.You can read about Joseph's seven-year prep for seven years of famine in Genesis 41.
Good idea. I go there for specific verse's too when studying.RedBeard, You can get a Bible for free at most thrift stores, especially Salvation Army. But if you just want to read a specific passage, you can go to an online source like biblehub.com and look up just that passage.