Just thought I'd slip this one in to finish up the life of Joseph.
We can learn so much from his life, he went from swaggering child to be sold into slavery and learned a life of service in prison to becoming a servant and master of a nation.
Powerful though he was, it only came about because YHWH sent him to egypt beforehand in preparation for the time of rebuke he had decided for Pharoah, Psalm 105:12-20. He was to be a deliverer for the Israelite, it was incidental that Egypt benefited also.
Joseph died at the age of 110 and it looks like he is one of the first to die although he has second to youngest of the brothers.
It must have confused the brothers when Joseph told them that "God would surely come to their aid and take them out of this land to the land he promised on oath to Abraham". All was well in the land it was a strange thing to say, they had no intention or need to move. Then he went the way of all the prophets before him. I wonder if any of them took his words to heart?
In a couple of weeks time (reading-wise not chronologically) we will see that the Israelite's prosperity bred fear in the Egyptians.
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