Now that Joseph had his family back and settled in, it was time to be about the business of Pharaoh. Joseph used an amazing mixture of savvy and grace to administer his Pharaoh’s Kingdom. At the end of the famine, Pharaoh owned the land’s, the livestock and the people. As things tightened, the people gladly let those “things” go to save their lives and families. But in the end, while they no longer owned their stuff–they had the use and enjoyment of it, because Joseph left them in charge of their stuff for a small fee–20%. In that move, he not only won the wealth of Egypt for the Pharaoh; he also won the hearts of Egypt as well.
So often, we forget that doing what is technically right–without mercy, can be devastating. Just because you can take from others doe not mean you have to. When we treat people with grace and respect, even in their worst periods, we will receive from them a lifetime of loyalty and devotion. That combination is often exponentially greater than the trinkets and bobbles we could heartlessly tear away. In the end, we find that loyalty and devotion are so much more valuable for us, our family and the generations to come. Joseph amassed great wealth for Pharaoh…he also amassed a united and devoted kingdom–That is great governing!
God Bless You
15 When the money of the people of Egypt and Canaan was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and said, “Give us food. Why should we die before your eyes? Our money is all gone.”
16 “Then bring your livestock,” said Joseph. “I will sell you food in exchange for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock. So Joseph bought all the land in Egypt for Pharaoh. The Egyptians, one and all, sold their fields, because the famine was too severe for them. The land became Pharaoh’s, 21 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude,[c] from one end of Egypt to the other. 22 However, he did not buy the land of the priests, because they received a regular allotment from Pharaoh and had food enough from the allotment Pharaoh gave them. That is why they did not sell their land.
23 Joseph said to the people, “Now that I have bought you and your land today for Pharaoh, here is seed for you so you can plant the ground. 24 But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh.