When people will admire your family

Genesis Bible Background

01.20.2017 – Old Testament: Gen 47.5–6

To read the Bible in a year, read Genesis 46–48 on January 20, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

Joseph did not live for himself, but served others, which brought him to the presence of Pharaoh, and there Joseph continued to show his wise way of living, even while not trying to impress anyone with himself. Seeing the godly, wise, and selfless person he was, it does not surprise us to read of Pharaoh’s reaction to the arrival of Joseph’s family,

Then Pharaoh spoke to Joseph, saying, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. The land of Egypt is before you. Have your father and brothers dwell in the best of the land; let them dwell in the land of Goshen. And if you know any competent men among them, then make them chief herdsmen over my livestock” (Genesis 47.5–6). 

Pharaoh was impressed with Joseph, and so Pharaoh naturally assumed that he would be impressed with Joseph’s family.

The key is not to impress people about you, but to be impressed about them. That is what Joseph did, serving Pharaoh and the Egyptians, and for that Joseph and his family received wonderful blessings.


  • When you are with other people, do you question what they think of you, or do you think of ways to serve them?
  • Are you inward or outward looking?

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