JOSEPH SON OF JACOB
AND DR. BEN CARSON
The Bible Story - Part 5
Dr. Ben Carson received a lot of unfavorable publicity early in his campaign to become President of the United States because of his stated belief that the Biblical story of Joseph son of Jacob was true, that there was indeed a 7-year famine in Egypt in the days of Joseph, and that one or several pyramids was connected in some way with the storage of grain supervised by Joseph.
Genesis 41:28"This is the thing that I (Joseph) have spoken unto Pharaoh: What God is about to do he sheweth unto Pharaoh."
29 "Behold, there come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt;"
30 "And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty shall be forgotten in the land of Egypt; and the famine shall consume the land."
31 "And the plenty shall not be known in the land by reason of that famine following; for it shall be very grievous,"
32 "And for that the dream was doubled unto Pharaoh twice; it is because the thing is established by God, and God will shortly bring it to pass."
33 "Now therefore let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt."
34 "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."
35 "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."
36 "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."
37 "And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants."
38 "And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?"
39 "And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art: 40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all the people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou."
41 "And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt."
42 "And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;--"
43 "And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt."
44 "And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I am Pharaoh, and without thee shall no man lift up his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt."
45 "And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnath-paaneah; and he gave him Asenath the daughter of Potipharah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt."
46 "And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt."
47 "And in the seven plenteous years the earth brought forth by handfuls."
48 "And he gathered up all the food of the seven years, which were in the land of Egypt, and laid up the food in the cities: the food of the field, which was round about every city, laid he up in the same."
49 "And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number."
50 "And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him."
51 "And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manassah: For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house."
52 "And the name of the second called he Ephriam: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."
53 "And the seven years of plenteousness, that was in the land of Egypt, was ended."
54 "And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all the lands: but in the land of Egypt there was bread."
55 "And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph; what he saith to you, do."
56 "And the famine was over all the face of the earth: and Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians; and the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt."
57 "And all countries came into Egypt to Joseph for to buy corn; because that the famine was so sore in all lands."
AGAIN, There's a certain correspondence here between this part of the "Joseph" story and what has happened in 2015 in Dr. Ben Carson's run for President. The Democrats under 7 YEARS of a Democratic Obama Presidency are calling them seven very GOOD YEARS in which the country has gotten FAT and prosperous -- while the Republicans are calling these seven years a disaster that can only be remedied by electing a Republican President, one contender for this position being Dr. Ben Carson, the successful neurosurgeon, who has definite ideas about what it would take to make this country great again, both economically and politically.
But, partly because he is a Christian, and proposes solutions to some of the problems this country faces based on what he reads in the Bible, not what the LGBT coalition, and others now firmly in power in Washington has been promoting during these seven "lean years" (lean for the country but fat for them) they are scoffing at Dr. Carson's ability to actually be president of their (LGBT) country. Here Carson is spoofed as some sort of "saint" because of his Biblical beliefs, such as a FLAT TAX partially modeled after the 10% TITHE used by Hebrews in the Bible. In Joseph's case this tax was 20%.
Starting during the presidency of Bill Clinton, and continued during the Barak Obama presidency, a much more secular world-view became popular throughout the United States, and EVOLUTION is taught to all public school children along with a pro-Socialist political agenda which is shared by most American school teachers from grade school through university. The following cartoon spoofs the Biblical story of Creation, as altered in Christian belief that it was Jesus Christ who was actually God's agent used to create the physical world. It is hard to reconcile this belief with the existence of the DINOSAURS, so the cartoonist has here pictured Jesus Christ as a DINOSAUR. Carson is pictured as being part of this "idiocy".
To read Dr. Robert Holt's essay or sermon showing that the Bible describes Jesus Christ as a MAMMAL not a REPTILE, --Click this Line!
MAD Magazine, always ready to make great FUN of anyone and anything, but especially ready to take on any POLITICAL target, has jumped on the idea that Dr. Ben Carson, the renowned Brain Surgeon perhaps has practically NO BRAIN AT ALL himself. This is laughable of course when applied to a man with so many honorary degrees, but LAUGHS is what these people peddle, and how they earn their money. If, in the process, they deprive this country of a superior president, and keep us all on a downward spiral ethically and economically -- WHAT'S IT TO THEM?
To Continue with the REST OF THE STORY
(According to the Bible) -- Read on below ---
Genesis 42:1 "Now when Jacob saw that there was corn in Egypt, Jacob said unto his sons, Why do ye look one upon the other?"
2 "And he said, Behold, I have heard that there is corn in Egypt: get you down thither, and buy for us from thence: that we may live, and not die."
3 "And Joseph's ten brothers went down to buy corn in Egypt."
4 "But Benjamin, Joseph's brother, Jacob sent not with his brethren; for he said, Lest peradventure mischief befall him."
5 "And the sons of Israel came to buy corn among those that came: for the famine was in the land of Canaan."
6 "And Joseph was the governor over the land, and he it was that sold to all the people of the land: and Joseph's brethren came, and bowed down themselves before him with their faces to the earth."
7 "And Joseph saw his brethren, and he knew them, but made himself strange unto them, and spake roughly unto them; and he said unto them, Whence come ye? And they said, From the land of Canaan to buy food."
8 "And Joseph knew his brethren, but they knew not him."
9 "And Joseph remembered the dreams which he dreamed of them, and said unto them, Ye are spies; to see the nakedness of the land ye are come."
10 "And they said unto him, Nay, my lord, but to buy food are thy servants come."
11"We are one man's sons; we are true men, thy servants are no spies."
12 "And he said unto them, Nay, but to see the nakedness of the land ye are come."
13 "And they said, Thy servants are twelve brethren, the sons of one man in the land of Canaan; and, behold, the younger is this day with our father, and one is not."
14 "And Joseph said unto them, That is it that I spake unto you, saying, Ye are spies:--"
15 "Hereby ye shall be proved: By the life of Pharaoh ye shall not go forth hence, except your youngest brother come hither."
16 "Send one of you, and let him fetch your brother, and ye shall be kept in prison, that your words may be proved, whether there be any truth in you: or else by the life of Pharaoh surely you are spies.'
17 "And he put them all together into ward three days."
18 "And Joseph said unto them the third day, this do, and live; for I fear God;--"
19 "If ye be true men, let one of your brethren be bound in the house of your prison: go ye, carry corn for the famine of your houses:---"
20 "But bring your youngest brother unto me; so shall your words be verified, and ye shall not die. And they did so."
There's a certain correspondence here between this part of the "Joseph" story and what has happened in 2015 in Dr. Ben Carson's run for President. Because Dr. Ben Carson was named by his mother BENJAMIN, the same name as that of the other son of Jacob who the TEN BROTHERS had left home when they went to buy grain ("corn") -- and who now Joseph was demanding that they bring with them when they returned -- otherwise they would receive no more grain, and be executed as SPIES!
To Continue on with the part of the Bible Story of Joseph that relates a trick that Joseph played on his brothers to see if they had learned to care for BENJAMIN more than they did for Joseph when they had sold him into slavery in Egypt -- Click this Line. (For Page 6)