“Then Joseph brought in his father Jacob and set him before Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How old are you?” And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.” So Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh” (Gen 47:7-10)
I read that the ancient Egyptians were always looking for ways to live long. They wanted to know the secret of a long life, even eternal life. They became experts in the skill of mummification. Their ideal, according to the prediction of their gods, was 110 years. If a man could live that long, he was declared a saint in the land and was worshipped by all. But very few lived long. This is because of sicknesses, accidents, drowning in the River Nile, the danger of crocodiles and snakes, famine and war.
When Joseph brought his old father Jacob before Pharaoh, one thing that impressed him was the age of the Patriarch. Try to imagine the scene: here was Pharaoh on his throne; the richest and most powerful man on earth at that time. Then there was Jacob standing before him, homeless and hungry, with a needy family waiting behind, hoping that good will come out of this ‘interview’. What a contrast…The sons of Jacob bowed before Pharaoh, even before Joseph. But Jacob does not bow to Pharaoh. He stands before him to bless him! Twice! The lesser is blessed by the better! Jacob is the better among the two! He may not have royal fancy clothes, food or a home on earth. But Jehovah God is with him. And that is all that matters. Selah! He stands before the pagan king of Egypt as the Servant and Prophet of Jehovah! Four hundred years later, Moses will do the same.
Joseph brought his father in and ‘set him before Pharaoh’. In Hebrew, the word ‘set’ means to stand firm, to raise up, to abide, to be established, to be ordained and be employed. Jacob was standing for Jehovah, as His messenger, ambassador, servant and minister. It is true that Jacob deceived many in his life. But now, Jacob stands before the world to give glory to the God who saved and redeemed him. This is a wonderful royal privilege and his best moment to shine for God. This is the picture of a true servant of God!
You may think that this old man Jacob has nothing to offer to Pharaoh. Please watch the interview…Pharaoh is interested in the age of Jacob. When he hears that he is 130 years old, he is totally amazed. This old Jew has proved wrong the mighty gods of Egypt Pharaoh represents and worships. Jacob, leaning on his staff and worshiping His God has disappointed the predictions of the idols (Heb 11:21). Pharaoh wants to know the secret of his old age. Now Jacob has a wonderful opportunity to give glory to God who has kept him alive, in spite of so many trials. Jacob even boasts about his father and grandfather, Isaac and Abraham, who both lived longer than him. Impressed, Pharaoh wants a prayer that the God of this old man may bless him too with such a long fruitful life. Jacob prays and blesses him. Then Pharaoh approves the request of Joseph, allowing his family to live in Goshen, the most prosperous area of Egypt. This is surely the favor of God. Do you see what I see?
Dear Child of God, this is my prayer for you this early morning:
May God satisfy you with long, happy, blessed and fruitful life for His glory!
May God show you His salvation, deliverance and strength!
May you continue to be active in witnessing to the power and faithfulness of your God until your last breath!
May your long and successful life put your enemies to shame!
May you continue to do exploits for God to the end!
May your hope in God who never disappoints be strong in you to the end!
May the power of the Holy Ghost enable you to witness for the Lord Jesus Christ until the end!
May the favor of God be upon you and your family!
To God be all the glory!
In Jesus name