In biblical times Egyptians were willing to give up their freedom:

Sound familiar?


 

By Rebecca Logan
Staff Writer
The Alaska Standard

A recent article I read about President Obama opened with the line, “Barack Obama is looking for a church, but what religion is he?” Even though Americans seem to be asking that question frequently, a recent Gallup poll showed that 56 percent of weekly churchgoers thought Obama was doing a good job. So it would seem that denomination is not as important as perceived spirituality.

Here are some thoughts on the topic:

With Egypt facing seven years of eventual hard famine, Joseph carried out a plan:

Genesis 41: Joseph went out from Pharaoh’s presence and traveled throughout Egypt. During the seven years of abundance, the land produced plentifully. Joseph collected all the food produced in those seven years of abundance in Egypt and stored it in the cities. In each city he put the food grown in the fields surrounding it. Joseph stored up huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea; it was so much that he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure. But Joseph seemingly forgot who actually owned the grain!

Genesis 41: 56 when the famine had spread over the whole country, Joseph opened the storehouses and sold grain to the Egyptians, for the famine was severe throughout Egypt. And what could the man on the street do?

Genesis 47:20 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 and Joseph reduced the people to servitude, from one end of Egypt to the other.

Insult to injury, Joseph imposed a 20 percent flat tax. . . and the people submitted!

Genesis 47:23 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. But when the crop comes in, give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. The other four-fifths you may keep as seed for the fields and as food for yourselves and your households and your children. You have saved our lives,” they said. “May we find favor in the eyes of our lord; we will be slaves to Pharaoh.”

Does all this sound familiar?

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ken
    Jun 06, 2009 @ 23:12:00

    but you didn't read the whole story you deranged liberal,joseph and the pharaoh had been getting screwd for years by these egyptions and this was revenge it was considered the hand of god that gave these theives into the hands of joseph

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  2. JBodine
    Jun 07, 2009 @ 12:11:00

    "Joseph imposed a 20 percent flat tax. . . and the people submitted" So Sarah taxed the oil companies, live with it and submit as you imply with your post.
    BTW your links do not go to this article.

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