July 21 – Genesis 47:23-31

 July 21 – Genesis 47:23-31

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Heavenly Father, finding someone trustworthy in today’s world is very difficult.  It seems many people have something they want and are willing to pretend to be trustworthy to get in where they can get what they want.  I can’t control what others do or think but help me to always check my motives and do things out of care, concern, and love for others and not for what I think I can get.  Help me be humble and remember to think of how I can minister to and help those around me.  My motive should always be to glorify God, not myself.  Help me to always remember that Father.

In Jesus’ name.


The children of Israel prospered because of the plan God had carried out through Joseph. Jacob, also called Israel in these verses, called on Joseph to carry out his wishes upon his death.

He knew he could trust Joseph to be certain his father’s desires were honored.

Why do you think Jacob trusted Joseph so much?  He hadn’t spent lots of time with him since they had been separated for years.

Trust is so important in family relationships. May you find yourself trustworthy day after day.

 Genesis 47:23-31

23 Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have this day bought you and your land for Pharaoh. Now here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. 24 And at the harvests you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and as food for yourselves and your households, and as food for your little ones.” 25 And they said, “You have saved our lives; may it please my lord, we will be servants to Pharaoh.” 26 So Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt, and it stands to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; the land of the priests alone did not become Pharaoh's.


27 Thus Israel settled in the land of Egypt, in the land of Goshen. And they gained possessions in it, and were fruitful and multiplied greatly. 28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years. So the days of Jacob, the years of his life, were 147 years.

29 And when the time drew near that Israel must die, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “If now I have found favor in your sight, put your hand under my thigh and promise to deal kindly and truly with me. Do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but let me lie with my fathers. Carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burying place.” He answered, “I will do as you have said.” 31 And he said, “Swear to me”; and he swore to him. Then Israel bowed himself upon the head of his bed. 


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