Joseph is the second in power over Egypt. Pharaoh has set Joseph as viceroy over Egypt and answered to no one but Pharaoh himself. God has taken Joseph out of the pit of 13 years of misery and suffering and has given him extraordinary power. Joseph is now around 40 years old. The seven years of plenty have come and gone. Joseph has executed the plan of storing up grain for the seven years of severe famine that were coming. The famine has struck the land and people are coming from other nations to buy grain from Egypt. This is where Genesis 42 picks up the narrative. We have not seen what is going on back in Canaan with Joseph’s father and brothers. But chapter 42 tells us that they are suffering from the famine.
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