PROPS: An ear of corn
KEY SCRIPTURE: Genesis 41
Corn is one of the most amazing crops we have. Corn can be used to make all sorts of useful
products: ethanol fuel, shaving cream, paper products, rugs, paint, glue, aspirin, toothpaste,
cleaning products, and of course…all kinds of food.
Corn served another purpose back in the book of Genesis: It saved an entire nation!
You see, the ruler of Egypt, Pharaoh, had a dream. Two dreams, in fact. In one dream, he saw
seven skinny cows devour seven fat cows. He then saw seven shrunken, shriveled ears of corn
devour seven fat, delicious ears of corn. These dreams troubled Pharaoh, and he did not know
what they meant!
When Pharaoh’s butler heard about the dream, he told him about a prisoner he had met when
Pharaoh had thrown the butler in jail. The prisoner’s name was Joseph, and he was from the land
of Canaan. Joseph had interpreted a dream for the butler, and the butler believed he could also
interpret the Pharaoh’s dream.
Joseph was brought before Pharaoh, and sure enough, Joseph interpreted the dream. There
would be seven years of good harvests, followed by seven years of severe famine. Pharaoh was
so impressed with Joseph that he made him his second-in-command and put Joseph in charge of
storing food for the famine. By the time the famine struck, Joseph had stored enough food to get
the entire nation of Egypt through the famine!
But Egypt is not the nation I was talking about at the beginning of the story! You see, Joseph
was the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham, whom God had promised to make a
mighty nation. Joseph was one of 11 sons of Jacob, and in case you’re wondering how he came to
be in jail in Egypt, I’ll tell you: His brothers had sold him into slavery!
Joseph was the favorite son. His father loved him more than all the rest and made no secret of his
favoritism. Not only that, but Joseph also had several dreams that one day his brothers would bow
down before him. You can almost understand why his brothers hated him so much, can’t you?
But then, one day, Joseph’s brothers did bow down before Joseph. The famine hurt them too,
and their father sent them to beg for food. Joseph could have refused. He could have put them in
prison or worse without even giving them a trial. He was, after all, the second most powerful man
in Egypt! But Joseph knew that God had allowed everything to happen so that Joseph could save
his family—a family that would become the nation of Israel.
It’s not always easy to love your siblings, especially when they do you wrong. But God put them in
your life for a reason, the same way he put Joseph in his brothers’ lives. Be thankful for the siblings
you have. Love them, and always be willing to forgive them. A lot of friends and people will come
and go in your life, but your brothers and sisters will always be your brothers and sisters. And you
never know—you just may need them one day!
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