Genesis 47: Our Spiritual Health Deserves Our Attention
In Genesis chapter 47, it doesn’t seem like a lot of important stuff is really happening. After all, the entire nation is still under a very oppressive famine, and all of the people are beginning to trade in their property in order to get food.
Gen 47:19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
It is obvious that people were worried about their lives more than anything else. They realized that all the possessions in the world wouldn’t help them if they died.
In a way, this is a good illustration of our spiritual lives.
I first encountered this idea Matthew Henry’s commentary, and I thought that I would expand on that thought a little bit.
First, so I can give credit where credit is due, here is what Henry wrote:
“Silver and gold would not feed them: they must have corn. All that a man hath will he give for his life.”
When I read this, I thought about everything we should give in the name of our eternal lives. For example, when you look at the life of Jesus, He gave up a lot to follow the will of His Father.
He gave up all of the comfort he had in heaven to come to earth and take on the form of a human. If that wasn’t enough, He was rejected by many, many people and ultimately had to die a humiliating and painful death to pay the price for sins that He never committed.
He gave everything He had for the purposes of God.
Similarly, we should be willing to sacrifice whatever is around us for the purposes of God. It is much easier for me to say that as a hypothetical concept, but it could easily be a reality for any one of us.
God can call us to do whatever He needs us to do whenever He wants us to do it.
Therefore, to kind of synthesize everything I have been saying, people want to try to do what they can to preserve their lives. In a spiritual sense, we need to be willing to give all we have. In particular, we should be willing to give everything we have for God.
Rom 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.