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Greetings from Not Europe
So I’m perusing the Bible the other day and come upon this gem.
The story of Joseph,… of Coat of Many Colors fame.
Quick recap; Joseph, the son of Jacob/Israel and Rachel, carries the bloodline from Adam.
He denounces his brothers to his father, gets the aforementioned coat and apart from that, everyone in the hood knows that Jacob/Israel loves Joseph the most, which is bad parenting at best.
No big surprise, his eleven dysfunctional brothers dislike him. One day they take the opportunity and sell Joseph to a passing caravan that retails him in Egypt.
I’ll skip over the dreams part, long story short, Joseph is a celebrity. He’s famous in Egypt for being well known, mainly because he is BFF with Pharaoh.
He knows there are 7 fat years of plenty coming. They will be followed by 7 lean years of famine.
Using this knowledge, Joseph suggest to Pharaoh that someone be appointed to collect 1/5th of the peoples food as a surplus during the 7 years of plenty, in order to use it in the 7 years of famine.
Good idea – done – Pharaoh appoints Joseph to do the job.
The 7 plentiful years happen and Joseph collects so much stuff that he stops counting the amounts. (The birth of creative bookkeeping)
Then the 7 years of famine start. The people cry to Pharaoh for bread. He refers them to his main homie, Joseph.
Stage 1 - Joseph opens the storehouses and sells the peoples surplus to the people.
Joseph gathered up all the money taken in for the food and deposited it at Pharaohs house.
(Did anybody see what just happened? Apparently not.)
Stage 2 - The next year the money failed, everyone was broke and the people went to Joseph and said we need bread, we have no more money and Joseph said I would take your livestock (the peoples livelihood) if you have no money. So he fed them bread in exchange for their cattle that year.
(Surely now they will notice it, right? Nope.)
Stage 3 - The following year the people show up and say we have no more money, we have no more livestock, all we have is our bodies and our land. We need food.
“No problem” says Joseph and buys all the land in exchange for food. The land becomes Pharaohs.
As for the people, he removed them to the cities.
(They still haven’t figured it out. It’s almost too late now.)
A side note, only the lands of the Priests were not affected. Plus, they get their food directly from Pharaoh.
Stage 4 – The people tell Joseph, we have no more money, we have no more livestock and we have no more land. We need food.
So Joseph says to the people, “Hey guess what guys? I own you now. So here’s some seed. Get your starving butts out there and plant.”
“Oh and one more thing,…” 1/5th (20%) is for Pharaoh, the rest you can have.
(Congratulations suckers, you have been turned into perpetual slaves.)
Yet, odd as it may seem, the people praised Joseph for saving their lives.
Joseph then made a law that stated 1/5th goes to Pharaoh,… excepting of course, the Priests.
So if you replace Pharaoh with Government, Joseph with Corporations, Priests with Infotainment Media, livestock with jobs, land with homes, while money, food and the people stay money, food and the people, then the more things change, the more they stay the same.
Genesis 41:29 to 41:57
Genesis 47:13 to 47:26 - King James Version