The Money Faileth

January 15, 2009

Blessings Folk!!

Today’s reading in the “So That’s Why” Bible consists of pp. 81-86 - Exodus 1-3.

Let me follow-up on our time together yesterday.

You’ll remember that the Egyptians sold themselves into slavery because “the money faileth.”

Pharaoh, through Joseph, was able to procure all the money, livestock, housing, etc. in the land.

Pharaoh owned everything.

It was all exchanged for food.

As stated yesterday, I believe that we as a nation have been headed in a similar direction…the pace is accelerating.

We do not have “real” money - it is fiat.
We really don’t “have” possessions. Don’t believe it? Try not paying the extortion demanded related to a regulatory fee, tax, etc. and see what happens to what you “own.”
We have sold ourselves into slavery.

I believe it to be for the same reason - as the Egyptians, we worship other gods.

The Egyptians considered Pharaoh to be a god. Therefore, God “gave them over” to Pharaoh.

We do the same thing.

Money was exchanged for food.
Livestock was exchanged for food.
The land was exchanged for food.
Personal freedom was exchanged for food.
They “willingly” turned themselves over to Pharaoh - the state.

We do the same.

Even true believers too readily turn to the plans and power of man rather than to God.

We trust in in man more than we do God.

Allow me to bring out one more thing that was done - did not mention this yesterday.

Gen 47:20-21
20 And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.
21 And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.


When the people sold all their land and themselves note what occurred.

Joseph “removed them to cities”.
A state-mandated relocation of the populace occurred.

Be not surprised if we see such.

Remember the last statement…

Gen 47:27
27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.


Even in the midst of this type of social calamity arising from the famine (I believe the beginning of God’s judgment upon reach an apex 400+ years later with Moses and the 10 plaques), those of Israel who dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen prospered and were protected.

They had possessions.
They grew.
They multiplied exceedingly.

We are in the world (Egypt), but are not of the world.

1 John 2:15-17
15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.
17 And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.


May we grow exceedingly in the grace of the Lord.

Trust in the Lord.
Trust not in the world.
Fear the Lord.
Fear not the things of the world.

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