33 “Therefore, Pharoah should look for a man both discreet and wise to put in charge of the land of Egypt.
34 Pharoah should do this, and he should appoint supervisors over the land to receive a twenty percent (1/5) tax on the produce of the land of Egypt during the seven years of abundance.
35 They should gather all the food produced during these good years coming up and set aside grain under the supervision of Pharoah to be used for food in the cities, and they should store it.
36 This will be the land’s food supply for the seven years of famine that will come over the land of Egypt, so that the land will not perish as a result of the famine. (Genesis 41:33-36)
Not only was the famine in Egypt, but it was in Canaan, the neighboring lands, and all across the earth!
53 The seven years of abundance in the land of Egypt ended:
54 and the seven years of famine began to come, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all lands, but throughout Egypt there was food.
55 When the whole land of Egypt started feeling the famine, the people cried to Pharoah for food, and Pharoah said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph, and do what he tells you to do.”
56 The famine was over all the earth, but then Joseph opened all the storehouses and sold food to the Egyptians, since the famine was severe in the land of Egypt.
57 Moreover all countries came to Egypt to Joseph to buy grain, because the famine was severe throughout the earth. (Genesis 42:53-57)
If you took 1/5 of your paycheck and set it aside for seven years, would that be enough to sustain you for an additional seven years if you lost your job and had no income? Probably not. So how was Egypt able to do this and have enough food, not only for them, but for the whole world? The way I see it, it would be one of three options (three shall be the number of the counting, and the number of the counting shall be… three)…
- The words “world” and “earth” actually mean Egypt
- The people ate fruit bats, and orangutans, and breakfast cereals, and live carp
- It was a supernatural occurrence, a miracle of Yahweh
I opt for #3. Yahweh had to have multiplied the grain exponentially in order to feed all the earth. I have never really thought about that before! And it’s not far-fetched because He multiplied the loaves and fish in Matthew 13:13-21!