Genesis 47: 11, 12: Detailed provision.

“11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as Pharaoh directed. 12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their children.”NIV

This is the story of Joseph, not Jesus. Yet Jesus is there ‘’in all the Scriptures’’ (Luke 24). There are things in the Old Testament that picture Him, foreshadow Him, point to Him. We have seen this again and again in Genesis, that Joseph is a ‘type’ of Christ. This short passage speaks to me of how the Lord knows our needs, and provides for them in detail. It is the detail that strikes you repeatedly; it makes such an impression on you.You have a need; you don’t tell a soul, but you do talk to God about it. You pray. In time, just what you need arrives in your hands. You see it as a miracle. It strengths your faith. The Lord knows the needs of His family, and He knows them in detail.

‘’And Joseph provided food for his father and his brothers in amounts appropriate to the number of their dependents, including the smallest children’’ (12 New Living Translation).

‘This bespeaks, not only Joseph a good man, who took this tender care of his poor relations, but God a good God, who raised him up for this purpose, and put him into a capacity for doing it, as Esther came to the kingdom for such a time as this. What God here did for Jacob he has, in effect, promised to do for all his, that serve him and trust in him. Ps. 37:19; In the days of famine they shall be satisfied.’ Matthew Henry.