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  • Writer's pictureIsrael Ekundayo




*Scripture Treasure.*

Genesis 46:34 *That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.*

*Insight and Highlight.*

We must not allow people to die before we know they lived.

*Scripture Commentaries.*

Joseph's exploits in Egypt and his subsequent promotion teach us further as follows.

First, Egypt was a nation of profiling. A practice based on a belief that certain characteristics of persons or groups engage or have the propensity to engage in detestable, illegal, or abominable activities.

How detestable or abominable shepherding was to the Egyptians could only be defined by the Egyptian standard itself, but the obvious reason that could be deduced to their hatred might be Egyptian sacredness to livestock Some of their gods were in the form of cattle, bulls, which were symbols of strength and fertility, Other reason may be associated with a sense of wretchedness for the occupation and those who trade in it. Egyptian profiling of people who rear livestock made them to make all Egyptians look down on all Hebrew, believing unfairly that all people or things with this particular characteristic are the same and must be detested. This is stereotyping, which means whether or not a Hebrew is a shepherd, every Hebrew is detestable because they have a propensity to be a shepherd because of their Hebrew extraction.

This saga of Joseph tells us that the most detestable became the most prominent, and though Pharaoh knew the affiliation of Joseph to his brothers, there was nothing the king could do!

The law of profiling and stereotyping was suspended, and the Hebrew so abhorred were settled in the most exclusive Goshen.

Pharaoh granted to Jacob Goshen, a place of comfort and plenty and was inhabited by them, Gen 45:10).

Second, it teaches us that our society will continue to lose invaluable people. It is when they die that people will know they truly lived.

How many destinies would have been delayed or destroyed if God had not preserved Joseph *' save much people alive.*, Gen 50:20.

The world may not know how many people it has lost. The world may not know how many they had refused to listen to or engage in order to achieve real change because of illegal profiling and stereotyping.

This Egyptian attitude would later reflect when a new Pharaoh came into power resenting the Hebrew as a whole group of people based on one or more of them as shepherds whom he did not like, Exd 1:8.

Pharaoh's Egypt refused to engage in profiling, stereotyping, or prejudice.

He saved Egypt by bringing a Hebrew in.

Joseph and the prosperity of Egypt in the seven years of plenty must have reflected in the minds of Pharaoh and Egypt that though Joseph was dead, the people knew he truly lived.

We must never wait till brains die before we know they lived.

We must know they live now, and when they are dead, their legacy will continue as if they were alive!

*Remorse corner.*

Are you prejudice? A preconceived idea or notion will not encourage encouragement that brings real change.

*Call to Word action.*

The new monarch in Exd 1 plunged Egypt into a nation of oppression rather than a life-saver in the time of Pharaoh-Joseph administration.


Lord, help us to appreciate God-given human resources available to us now. Do not let us appreciate what we have until we lose them, in Jesus name.

Good morning all, and have a blessed day today.

God bless you.

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