“Moreover he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. (Psa 105:16 KJV)”
Since I am not doing a study on Joseph, I will move on from here and speak no more about him. However, I want to do one thing in this article, I want to tell you, not about Jacob, but about the Grand Weaver- the Lord Almighty Himself. I want to tell you a “God-story”, and I want you to pay rapt attention.
It was more than 100 years ago in a moment of rare show of love and covenant relationship, when the Lord Almighty told Abraham of what shall be in the coming days. He told him this: “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” (Gen 15:13-16 ESV)
You see God, eh, His word is alive. No, I’m not sure you understood what I meant. I mean His word works. No, I don’t mean that His principles when used brings results; I mean that His word is a living being that can work, move around, and do business. When God made this profession to Abraham, things were set in motion to bring it to pass. You see, heaven and earth were created by the word of God, and that word can move the forces of nature to favour you.
The word had gone forth. Abraham’s descendants were to be slaves in a foreign land for 400 years. How was that going to happen? How would God bring it through?
We move to the Strategy Unit in heaven, where the Holy Spirit Himself spearheads that critical faculty in Heaven. The word of the Lord had gone forth, and the Spirit of God must make it come true. They had utilized the envy and hatred in the heart of Joseph’s brothers to ‘influence’ Joseph’s entry into Egypt. The angels who oversaw the assignment had reported that it had been done. Then the next stage of the word was triggered- Bringing Israel into Egypt. How was that going to happen?
Their business with Jacob was over for now. Heaven left him mourning for his own son and did not say much to assure him of his safety. Jacob was busy with his life- going out, coming in, praying, offering sacrifices to God, and doing the much he could do, but the Strategy Room had shifted focus to Joseph for now. They kept on ‘working’ Joseph’s journey to the throne- for by the design of heaven, if Israel will come to Egypt, Joseph must be on the throne. Hence, the Grand Weaver moved Joseph from Potiphar’s house to prison- not to an ordinary prison, but where he could meet the right men in life. They caused the man who could have remembered Joseph to forget him for now – for the time was not yet come.
Then one day, the whole thing burst! Pharoah had a dream which no one could interpret. Then Joseph was remembered and was brought from prison to appear before Pharoah. After his interpretation of the dream, Joseph was made the second greatest ruler in all of Egypt. At each stage of the process, the angels always reported back to the Strategy Room where the Grand Weaver sat at his craft shaping world events. When Joseph was sold to Potiphar, they reported. When he was put in prison, they reported. When he was remembered and brought before Pharoah, they reported; and at each step of the way, the Grand Weaver said, “That’s’ good!” When he was finally made a ruler over Egypt, the stage was fully set for a showdown. Then the Grand Weaver moved in his art.
“Moreover, he called for a famine upon the land: he brake the whole staff of bread. (Psa 105:16 KJV)” Seven years of abundance, followed by seven years of lack. The Lord himself called for a famine upon the land and brake their staff of bread. He had commanded nations not to harm his prophets nor do them harm; yet by his own hands, he called for a famine on their land and brake their staff of bread (source of income). In Egypt, there was plenty of food, whereas in the promised land, Jacob and his family were already exhausting all that they had. The famine in the land became so severe that they had to make plans to come to Egypt for food.
God was working, but Papa Jacob did not know it. When his children returned and told him of how the ‘ruler’ in Egypt accused them of being spies, and even seized Simeon, insisting that they must return with Benjamin before Simeon would be released, this is what Jacob said, “Me have ye bereaved of my children: Joseph is not, and Simeon is not, and ye will take Benjamin away: all these things are against me.” (Gen 42:36 KJV) Sometimes, we make it look like these men just looked at life and were declaring positively that all will be well. No; they were also humans too, and just like you, they did not see the pattern being crafted by the Grand Weaver. They could not understand his strange strategies. That was why Jacob said, “all these things are against me.”
But nothing could be farther from the truth. For God was with him, bringing His purposes to pass. Whatever that was left of Jacob died as he was releasing Benjamin. He was not sure whether he would come back or not. He released his lastborn son who was the only son remaining from his beloved wife to follow the other sons to Egypt to see the ‘ruler’. If he were to listen carefully, we would have heard Jacob say, “If I perish, I perish!” In fact, he said words to that effect, for he said to his sons, “Take also your brother, and arise, go again unto the man: And God Almighty give you mercy before the man, that he may send away your other brother, and Benjamin. If I be bereaved of my children, I am bereaved.” (Gen 43:13-14 KJV)
Little did he knew that that act of surrender was to become the beginning of a new day; and as Benjamin journeyed down to Egypt with his brothers, in the Heavens, we could hear the Grand Weaver say, “The hour is come. It is time for the unveiling. All we have hidden for years shall now be made known.”
AND SO? Do you feel that all things are working against you? Are there sometimes when you look around you and you feel that there is no pattern to your life? That all seems to be moving in a funny way? Remember that there is a God in heaven who plans for His children.
Now, this is not to say that everything that happened in your life was “according to plan”. Some things could have been caused by your sin, carelessness, or laziness, some could have been caused by the evil machinations of wicked men and spirits. However, the Grand Weaver is so great because whatever rope that is thrown at Him, he knows how to weave with it and bring a beautiful pattern out of it all. That is why we have hope, that no matter how many years we have lived in error, if we will repent and surrender to God, He knows how to weave beauty out of the dunghill.