During the famine, Joseph sold grain to the nations all around. Pharaoh had a lot of money. God told Moses that He would strip Egypt of their wealth, see Exodus 3:22. But, the Hebrews would not be able to carry all that gold.
The famine was so severe that the Egyptians sold their livestock to Pharaoh, see Genesis 47:16, 17. A plague wiped out all the livestock in Egypt, see Exodus 9:6, 7. Pharaoh had to replace it all. He bought it from other countries. The boils were on men and animals. The term livestock was not used here. The hailstorm killed the newly purchased livestock that was left outside. It also ruined the flax and barley, see Exodus 9:31.
During that time, wealth was measured by the size of your flocks. Pharaoh also owned the land, see Genesis 47:20, 23, 24. He collected one-fifth of every crop. Losing his livestock took his wealth; the hail and locust took his source of income.
The plague of darkness took his hope.
Genesis 10:23, “During all that time the people could not see each other, and no one moved. But there was light as usual where the people of Israel lived.” New Living Translation
God blesses the wealth of His servants. We have to save a portion of our income to receive that blessing. He multiplies our savings.
God blesses the income of His servants. When we give the first 10%, or tithe, back to God, he multiplies the balance to cover our needs. We have to be good stewards of the funds he provides.
God always gives us hope. When we have Jesus; we always have light.
John 8:12, “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’ ” New Living Translation
Dear Father God,
Thank You for bringing Your light into my life. I trust You with my savings and with my income. Help me be the best steward of all You have entrusted to me.
In Jesus Name,
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