I AM JOSEPH.
Joseph revealed himself to his brothers. It was a moment of shock and awe, as his brothers, who sold him previously to slave traders, knelt down before him. Shame blanketed the young men, as they remembered the dream Joseph told them when he was younger that his brothers, like bundles of bended sheaves will soon bow down before him. Now that dream unfurled before their very eyes. Then weeping followed, as Joseph forgave his brothers and said, “God sent me here ahead of you to preserve your lives.” Then he pressed on even more saying, “Yes, it was God who sent me here, not you! “He added, “He has made me a counselor to Pharaoh–manager of his entire household and ruler over all Egypt.”
From slave to ruler, Joseph is now in a position to master plan the land of Egypt. He prepares the nation to buffer its stock of food and grain for the onslaught of the severe seven years of famine God forewarned Pharaoh in a dream, which Joseph had earlier interpreted. He then chose the land of Goshen in Egypt as the land where his family will dwell as they evacuate from Canaan to escape the famine.
Pharaoh immediately approved of the land chosen by Joseph, instructing him to give his family the best. “Settle your father and your brothers in the best part of the land. Let them live in Goshen,” Pharaoh said.
Many years later as the Israelites prospered and grew in number in the land of Goshen, they were shackled with slavery as a new Pharaoh rose to power. He neither knew Joseph or the Pharaoh who made Joseph ruler. The slavery oppressed the Israelites that they cried out to God for deliverance out of Egypt. When the cruel Pharaoh refused to let them go, the ten plagues were unleashed by God against them until the death of all the firstborn of the Egyptians. But the land of Goshen, where the Israelite community lived in Egypt at that time was spared and protected by God from all the plagues.
It is with this sense of history, meaning and destiny that we named Goshen Land’s quarterly as Joseph. We envision it as a tablet to record stories of triumph, life lessons, good news, family and the best part of the land that is Goshen Land. This is Joseph’s first issue and we hope that it will be relevant to those who will scan its pages.
Joseph is a quarterly digital magazine publication of Goshen Land Capital Inc.