Genesis 41:33-36 - Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years. And let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoh, and let them keep food in the cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish not through the famine.
And now, Admonition, brought to you by the Collierville Church of Christ.
Sometimes we have a problem with living in excess. We use and consume far more than what we actually need. That happened in Egypt. That happened when they experienced in Egypt the seven years of plenty that God promised them in the dream that Pharaoh had. Because God said through Joseph in his advice, his wisdom to Pharaoh, you set aside one-fifth of all that is brought in during the years of plenty. And so they did. And when they set aside 20% do you know how much they brought in? They brought in so much, they set aside so much, just 20% mind you that they stopped counting how much it was. They brought in enough to feed the whole country for seven years, but in the seven years prior, they consumed four times that amount. Let's be careful about what we think we need as opposed to what God has blessed us with.
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