Blessed to be a Blessing! Gen. 47
Well, 2019 is behind us. And I trust you ended last year with a sense of God’s blessing.
Sure, each of us have had some trying days in this last year. Health challenges, disappointments with family and friends, and unmet expectations.
Yet if you are in Christ, then God has infinitely blessed you in His Son.
The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:3 exclaims to the church family at Ephesus, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.”
In other words, child of God, in Christ, we have been blessed beyond measure! Nothing lacks.
We have the love of God shed abroad in our hearts, the peace that passes understanding, the forgiveness of all our sins, and we have been born again to a living hope!
Why? To bask in our bountiful blessings? Yes. But it can’t stop there. Christian, God has blessed you to make you a blessing.
The last sentence we heard read earlier from Psalm 67 make it so clear, “God blesses us, that all the ends of the earth may fear Him.”
And that’s the big picture in Genesis 47 to which we turn our attention.
What epic story Joseph’s life has been!
For he was hated by his jealous brothers, sold for silver into slavery, framed by Potiphar’s wife, and thrown into prison.
And then through an amazing series of interpreting dreams, at the age of 30, he’s made ruler over all the land of Egypt (45:8).
Pharaoh puts him in charge of a rescue operation for the coming 7-year famine. That’s why the sons of Jacob show up from Canaan to buy grain.
On their second visit they are stunned when that prime minister reveals his identity- he’s their brother whom they thought was long dead!
So, at Joseph’s prompting, his brothers go to get their father Jacob and all their relatives and bring them back to Egypt.
Once there, Joseph gives them the best of the land- the northern Delta region called Goshen. And that brings us to chapter 47.
Follow now as we read the opening 4 verses: Then Joseph went in and told Pharaoh, and said, “My father and my brothers and their flocks and their herds and all that they have, have come out of the land of Canaan; and behold, they are in the land of Goshen.” 2 He took five men from among his brothers and presented them to Pharaoh. 3 Then Pharaoh said to his brothers, “What is your occupation?” So they said to Pharaoh, “Your servants are shepherds, both we and our fathers.” 4 They said to Pharaoh, “We have come to sojourn in the land, for there is no pasture for your servants’ flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now, therefore, please let your servants live in the land of Goshen.”
As we reflect on this paragraph, it helps to ask, “Why did God put it in his Word?
In other words, what’s the purpose for which God has given this to His people? That’s for God’s people Israel when they would return to the Promised Land 430 years later. And that’s for us awaiting the Promised Land of heaven some 4,000 years after that!
The verses we just read teach us this: 1. God’s people must be what He has called them to be. 1-6 We must maximize the present!
As Jacob and his family, 66 in total settle in Egypt, a milestone in God’s program has been reached.
God’s people have been taken out of Canaan where they had begun intermarrying with pagans. And with surplus grain in Egypt, they are spared from dying in the famine.
But if Joseph is so powerful over all Egypt, why does he think it is necessary to meet with the Pharaoh and tell him his relatives and flocks from Canaan have now settled in Goshen?
First, in so doing, Joseph shows respect. He honors the one whom God has put in authority over him.
And we need to do the same. For the Apostle Peter instructs believers to “Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king.” I Peter 2:17
Second reason Joseph tells Egypt’s ruler such detail: this is a different Pharaoh than the one who ruled at the beginning of the famine. For this now is Senusret III, 5th king of the 12th dynasty who ruled from C. 1878-1839 BC.
Third reason for the one-on-one with this Egyptian ruler: Joseph knows his brothers, he knows their occupation as shepherds, and he wants them to stick with that.
And the best way to keep that profession would be to stay in Goshen away from the fast lane in Egypt.
You see, God is working through Joseph in this arrangement so His people don’t get absorbed in the pagan culture of Egypt.
Just imagine if Joseph finagled so that his brothers received top positions in the upper echelon of Egypt. They would have gained wealth and prosperity, and that would have spelled their downfall. It would have been disastrous.
For had they become enmeshed in the affairs of Egyptian life and culture, they would easily have forgotten their land and their God.
By God’s providential design, His people’s isolation as shepherds in Goshen is what He used to maintain their national cohesion. For their language and identity as the children of Israel were preserved during the 4 centuries in which they remained there.
Friends, God wants His people to be a distinct people, a holy nation set apart from the rest.
He calls us as His children to be exclusively devoted to Him and not to the world and its ways.
Listen to Paul’s admonition to the Corinthian Christians that were becoming far too tight with unbelievers.
II Cor. 6:14–16 Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? 15 Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? 16 Or what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For we are the temple of the living God; just as God said, “I WILL DWELL IN THEM AND WALK AMONG THEM; AND I WILL BE THEIR GOD, AND THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE.
The point is clear: God’s children aren’t to mix it up with those who aren’t His children.
Sure, we are to be friends for the sake of gospel witness. But God warns us against intimate friendships with the unsaved.
For God has called us to be all His, a people for His own possession set apart unto Him.
But church, that’s not going to happen if we spend hours each week being entertained by the world. Yes, being amused by the latest movies, video clips, and social media is not going to help you be the man or woman God has called you to be.
Instead, God calls us to be satisfied in Him and what He has called us each day.
So it is, to remain as simple shepherds in Goshen, was not second best. It was being what God had designed them to be.
Joseph makes a wise move (v. 2) in choosing 5 of his brothers whom he then has stand before Pharaoh.
Just as Jacob expected in coaching them for this important meeting (46:34), the Pharaoh asks the brothers, “what is your occupation?”
And they answer honestly, they are simple shepherds. And as they did, they know how they would be viewed. For Joseph had just told them (46:34): “every shepherd is loathsome (an abomination) to the Egyptians.”
Well, they make sure Pharaoh doesn’t think they are there to stay and tell him they are sojourners. In other words, “we aren’t looking for a permanent resident card!”
Now do those 5 brothers have any idea how long they and their descendants will stay in Egypt?
Had God given them or their forefathers any hint?
The answer is in Genesis 15:13 where we remember God telling their great grandfather Abraham: “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years.”
That’s a long time, yet it was still temporary, and the brothers know it.
Those five further explain that due to severe famine up in Canaan, there is no grass for them to raise their flocks and cattle.
For all these reasons, they make their big request of this Egyptian king (v. 4): “please let us live in the land of Goshen!”
Will Pharaoh get angry and send these immigrants back to Canaan? Or will he send them to a work camp in the desert?
Now it’s important to note how this ruler answers.
Picking up the narrative in the 5th verse we read: “Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Your father and your brothers have come to you. 6 “The land of Egypt is at your disposal; settle your father and your brothers in the best of the land, let them live in the land of Goshen; and if you know any capable men among them, then put them in charge of my livestock.”
Why does Pharaoh respond to Joseph and not to the brothers who have just asked him the question?
Because this Egyptian ruler has great respect for Joseph. What he does for the brothers is because of what Joseph has done for him and his kingdom.
For Joseph had shown wisdom and skill in administrating Egypt during their time of national crisis. And he is rewarded for that.
King Solomon wrote a proverb that depicts Joseph standing before Pharaoh. Prov. 22:29 Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will stand before kings; he will not stand before obscure men.
Joseph is told by this Pharaoh to settle his father in Goshen which was conducive to shepherding.
And on top of that, they are given responsibility over Pharaoh’s own livestock!
What an unexpected benefit! They are not only given the best of the land, they are also given a royal privilege! They are made stewards of the king’s cattle!
That extra honor suggests Joseph’s brothers may have been compensated now and then with a tasty Egyptian steak!
What’s absolutely clear, they got way more than they deserved or dreamed possible.
That’s what our God loves to do- amaze us with His goodness. For He, our God, is able “…to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us.” Eph. 3:20
Well, knowing that, we should pray big and believe God to do great things for His glory this year.
And when He does that all glory goes not to us but to the Lord!
Remember, child of God, be what He has called you to be. Maximize the present for His glory and watch Him bless. That segues us to:
2. Be a blessing to all 7-27 Minister to people
God uses both Joseph’s and Jacob’s lives to be a remarkable blessing.
First, watch how Jacob is a blessing to Pharaoh. Verse 7 tells us: “Then Joseph brought his father Jacob and presented him to Pharaoh; and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.”
I love this scene. Joseph is in his prime, he’s the vizier in charge of all Egypt. Yet he’s not embarrassed to bring his father, an old Jewish shepherd, before Pharaoh.
This affirms Joseph’s godly character. His life models what Moses would later write as the 5th commandment: “Honor your father and your mother.” Ex. 20:12
Children (and that includes all you who still have living parents), honor God by honoring your parents. Care for them, continue to learn from them, and pray that God will make them a blessing even in their later years.
In 1672 John Tillotson received the highest honor in the Church of England and was named the Dean of Canterbury. After Tillotson was awarded that esteemed title, a unimpressive man from the country shows up to his door. He then asks his servant if he can speak to John Tillotson.
The servant, offended that anyone would speak in such a familiar way to his master, was about to tell him to leave. Yet the dean noticed who was at his door and ran downstairs. He then gave the old man a huge hug and exclaimed, “He is my beloved father!”
Yes, God is honored when children show such unashamed honor to their parents!
Now, what are we to make of old Jacob then blessing Pharaoh?
The word “bless” here (barak) can mean to simply greet. Yet it can also mean to speak words that invoke divine favor. And that fits best here.
That’s the way the word is used of that beautiful blessing Aaron bestows on Israel: “The LORD bless you, and keep you…. Numbers 6:24
That’s a prayer for God’s best. And that’s what we should see Jacob is giving Pharaoh in that blessing.
Sure, Pharaoh has control of an entire empire in his hand. He’s got palaces, chariots, horses, cattle and land. But he doesn’t have what Jacob knows he needs most: God!
Think about it. As a child of God, old Jacob has more to offer in his blessing than this great monarch can offer him.
Martin Luther, in thinking about Jacob’s blessing suggests that Joseph may have converted Pharaoh and many Egyptians to the living God.
While that’s wishful speculation, Jacob is used by God to bless that great ruler. In fact, we see in verse 10 that before he goes out from Pharaoh’s court, he blesses him again.
That shows us Jacob was not intimated by this powerful man and spoke out for God.
One Sunday, frontier pastor Peter Cartwright was about to preach when his deacons told him that President Andrew Jackson had unexpectedly showed up. They asked him to be careful what he said.
Well, Cartwright stood up to preach and began, “I understand that Andrew Jackson is with us today, and I have been asked to be guarded in my remarks. Andrew Jackson will go to hell as quickly as any other man if he does not repent!”
The congregation was shocked, wondering how the President would react. At the close of the service, President Jackson shook Cartwright’s hand and said, “Sir, if I had a regiment of men like you, I could whip the world.”
Cartwright may have been blunt, but he spoke the truth. All men, including the president, are sinners in great need of a Savior!
So it is, Jacob didn’t bow before that Pharaoh but more importantly, he blessed him.
Then in the 8th verse. “Pharaoh said to Jacob, “How many years have you lived?”
Jacob may have thought, “O no, do I look that old?” By the way, Egyptians were preoccupied with death. And the pharaohs, who claimed to be
eternal, tried to immortalize their bodies. Thus, the pyramids.
People in ancient Egypt had a short lifespan. Historical records indicate that they life expectancy for Egyptian women was only 30 years old and 34 years old for men.
Observe how Jacob answers; verse 9: “So Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of my sojourning are one hundred and thirty; few and unpleasant have been the years of my life, nor have they attained the years that my fathers lived during the days of their sojourning.”
This is Jacob, true to form. He’s realistic, yes, but he’s pessimistic. He sees his life as being short and sour.
We hear a sigh of regret and more than a hint of complaint from Jacob’s testimony.
He says the 130 years of his life to this point are few. He’s right, and when he dies at 147 the candle of his life will have burnt out faster than Abraham and Isaac who lived respectively to be 175 and 180 (Gen 25:7; 35:28).
Some think they will live shorter than they do. Many of us think we will live longer than we do.
Moses would later give the yardstick for longevity, “As for the days of our life, they contain seventy years, or if due to strength, eighty years, Yet their pride is but labor and sorrow; for soon it is gone and we fly away.” Ps. 90:10
Yes, friends, it’s a short journey from the cradle to the grave. It won’t be long, and we will be gone.
That’s why our prayer to God in 2020 should be what Moses follows with: “So teach us to number our days, that we may present to You a heart of wisdom.” Ps. 90:12
Jacob also tells Pharaoh his years have been unpleasant.
His assessment was similar to (18th C.) Lord Dundas of Scotland when wished a happy new year. His response: “It will [definitely] be a happier year than the past, for I [didn’t have] one happy moment in all the twelve months that have gone.”
Think about Jacob’s sore past- very unpleasant!
He deceived his father and was hated by his brother Esau. He spent 20 years serving his evil uncle Laban. He was tricked into marrying Leah, and his home was filled with feuding.
The sad list goes on. Jacob’s daughter was defiled, his sons massacred the men of Shechem, his favorite son was taken from him and presumed to be dead and his dear wife Rachel died young giving birth to Benjamin.
Yet much of Jacob’s suffering was deserved. Seeds he planted were later reaped.
Now here’s what’s missing in Jacob’s words to Pharaoh: the faithfulness of God, the forgiveness of God, and faith in God who brought him through those rough years!
Beloved measure your life not just by your years, and your griefs. Measure them by the goodness of God shown to you through thick and thin.
Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Now watch how Joseph is a blessing to his family. Verse 11: So Joseph settled his father and his brothers and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had ordered. 12 Joseph provided his father and his brothers and all his father’s household with food, according to their little ones.
It’s significant, that in the midst of this international famine, we are first told Joseph ensures provision for his entire family including small children. All of them had enough to eat.
He’s not only keeping his word to them, he’s showing his heart of concern for them. For they are family!
Church, in God’s eyes, a man’s providing for his family is top priority. That’s why the Apostle Paul warns, “But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.” I Tim. 5:8
Husbands, fathers, you honor the Lord when you work hard & provide for the needs of your family. And church family, there’s a spiritual dimension linked with this. We are to have tender hearts to help all others in need. But the priority must always be to care for those in God’s family.
Galatians 6:10 instructs us as believers, “So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
Now watch how bad that famine gets and what Joseph does: v.13 Now there was no food in all the land, because the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine. 14 Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh’s house.
Now you need to note as we walk through this some key elements since many accuse Joseph of taking advantage of the Egyptians.
At this point all the private reserves of food have been exhausted. It’s an international crisis.
The Egyptians have given money in exchange for the grain Joseph sells them.
May I remind you of how this very thing is commended by God? In Proverbs 11:26 we are told, “He who withholds grain, the people will curse him, but blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.”
Joseph sold the people grain, and Joseph is to be considered blessed!
Now, keep in mind what Joseph does with the money. He doesn’t pocket any of it. He doesn’t use it to buy more chariots or clothes for himself. He gives it all to Pharaoh.
That tells us Joseph is not personally gaining from selling the people grain.
Well, things get worse. Verse 15: When the money was all spent in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, “Give us food, for why should we die in your presence? For our money is gone.” 16 Then Joseph said, “Give up your livestock, and I will give you food for your livestock, since your money is gone.” 17 So they brought their livestock to Joseph, and Joseph gave them food in exchange for the horses and the flocks and the herds and the donkeys; and he fed them with food in exchange for all their livestock that year.
The severity of the famine bankrupted Egypt and Canaan.
People have no more silver to buy grain. So, they demand Joseph to give them food lest they die.
So Joseph gives them opportunity to get bread by establishing the barter system. “In exchange for your animals I will give you grain.”
That helps them. They receive grain and Joseph takes the liability off their hands. Because if you can’t feed your animals, they are going to die.
The 7 years of the awful famine continued and threatened to kill the nation. We find out, v. 18: When that year was ended, they came to him the next year and said to him, “We will not hide from my lord that our money is all spent, and the cattle are my lord’s. There is nothing left for my lord except our bodies and our lands. 19 “Why should we die before your eyes, both we and our land? Buy us and our land for food, and we and our land will be slaves to Pharaoh. So give us seed, that we may live and not die, and that the land may not be desolate.” 20 So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh’s.
Wow! All the people’s money is gone. Their cattle are gone. So, what do they do? They sell all their property for more grain.
Now, all fixed and liquid assets are in the hand of Pharaoh. All they have left is their hands to work.
So, they volunteer to serve Pharaoh. In return they get more food and also seed for planting. That’s a hint that they are approaching the end of the famine and hope for rain so they can plant crops.
It’s important to note that Joseph as prime minister buys all the land not for himself but for Pharaoh. And verse 20 emphasizes that the land from the proceeds became Pharaoh’s (not Joseph’s).
There is no evidence whatsoever that Joseph is exploiting the tragic situation for his own benefit.
Instead, what Joseph does indicates he is fulfilling the wishes of the Pharaoh, he’s submitting to that authority, which is honoring to God.
Watch how Joseph further shows wisdom in the famine. This becomes clearer as we follow the text.
V. 21: As for the people, he removed them to the cities from one end of Egypt’s border to the other.
Why is Joseph doing this? He’s relocating people to the large cities where food can be more efficiently distributed to them.
There’s an important exemption: V. 22: Only the land of the priests he did not buy, for the priests had an allotment from Pharaoh, and they lived off the allotment which Pharaoh gave them. Therefore, they did not sell their land.
Now we hear Joseph speak to the people of Egypt. V. 23: Then Joseph said to the people, “Behold, I have today bought you and your land for Pharaoh; now, here is seed for you, and you may sow the land. 24 “At the harvest you shall give a fifth to Pharaoh, and four-fifths shall be your own for seed of the field and for your food and for those of your households and as food for your little ones.”
Do you see what Joseph has accomplished? It is a shrewd administrative feat.
He has given the people food and seed to sow the land. And they can repay what he gave them by paying a 20% harvest tax to Pharaoh.
In other words, the Egyptians become tenant farmers on state owned land. They work the land and get to keep 80% of the proceeds.
Well if you are thinking, this doesn’t sound fair, here are two responses.
First, a 20% royal tax was extremely gracious. The ancient near eastern standard tax was 33%. And in one 5th Century B.C. Jewish military colony of Elephantine, the people were taxed at 60 percent!
And friends, if you add up the federal, state, property and sales taxes you pay every year, most of us would be very glad if it was only 20%!
Second, when we find the word slavery in the Bible, as we see here in our text (v. 19), we must not see it through the same glasses as we see the exploitation that took place in recent centuries in our world and land.
O.T. slavery was to mean a job for life with a benevolent employer. Lev. 25:44-45 states the following: ‘As for your male and female slaves whom you may have—you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you. 45 ‘Then, too, it is out of the sons of the sojourners who live as aliens
among you that you may gain acquisition, and out of their families who are with you, whom they will have produced in your land; they also may become your possession.
Thirdly, we must ask, how did those Egyptians view Joseph’s actions? Verse 25: So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh’s slaves.”
They see Joseph not as a tyrant but as their savior. He had given them food and work in the crisis, and they willingly choose to serve as slaves to Pharaoh.
They are grateful for what Joseph has done in saving them. And they wouldn’t think of marching with banners saying, “Joseph is our oppressor and we are oppressed.” No, they tell him, “You have saved our lives!”
I know our text may not sit well with many in light of political agendas and our American tradition- that we are born with the inalienable right to freedom. Friends, that’s not in the Bible.
The freedom Christ came to bring is freedom from sin. And that comes through His giving Himself for sinners on the cross and you running to Him for mercy.
Here’s the message God wants us to get right about Joseph’s ruling in Egypt. God made Joseph a blessing and a Savior to the Egyptian nation in their time of crisis.
In affirmation of that, in verse 26 we find that: Joseph made it a statute concerning the land of Egypt valid to this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth; only the land of the priests did not become Pharaoh’s.
In other words, that 20% state harvest tax served the nation well and continued even in the time of Moses. I find it fascinating, that the personal income tax rate for 2020 in modern Egypt is 22.5%.
Well, the statement that follows in our text that may strike us as unfair. Verse 27: “Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous.
The Egyptians sold their land, Israel gains land. The Egyptians are struggling, and the Jews are prospering. And they are multiplying quickly.
To what do we account this? To Joseph? To God? Yes and Yes.
God used Joseph to prosper His people. Why? Because He chose them, He set His love on them, and through them will magnify the greatness of His grace.
Beloved, God has called you, like Joseph, to be His conduit of blessing.
How? Christ tells us in Mat. 5:16- “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
How do you let your light shine? By living a Spirit-filled life and by being a courageous witness for the gospel. For the gospel we live out and unashamedly speak forth is the power of God for salvation to all! Romans 1:16
Be what God has called you to be. Be a blessing to all. And
3. Be ready for your end 28-31 (Maintain biblical priorities)
The final verses direct our attention back to Jacob. Verse 28: Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years; so the length of Jacob’s life was one hundred and forty-seven years.
This tells us Jacob lived 17 more years in Egypt. That would have been the last and best chapter of his life.
There’s a fascinating parallel here. Jacob had spent 17 years taking care of Joseph, and now Joseph will care of Jacob his final 17 years.
Jacob knows his final lap around the track has come. He’s slowing down. So, verse 29, When the time for Israel to die drew near, he called his son Joseph and said to him, “Please, if I have found favor in your sight, place now your hand under my thigh and deal with me in kindness and faithfulness. Please do not bury me in Egypt, 30 but when I lie down with my fathers, you shall carry me out of Egypt and bury me in their burial place.” And he said, “I will do as you have said.” 31 He said, “Swear to me.” So he swore to him. Then Israel bowed in worship at the head of the bed.
As Jacob prepares to leave this world through death, what’s he concerned about? Where they would bury his bones.
Why? Because that’s a tangible expression of his faith in God’s promise!
What promise? The Abrahamic covenant, that God promised His people a land. AND He promised to make them a blessing to the world!
He makes Joseph promise he would take his bones back to the cave at Machpelah. It’s not just that Abraham, Isaac, and his wife Rachel were buried there.
That spot symbolized God giving physical land to His people and that God would make good on that and every promise.
Joseph gives his word, and Jacob responds in worship. He bows his head and worships God!
Friend, what if your end in this world would be this year? How could you be ready?
I submit to you, you will be ready for your end by following Jacob’s example here. By placing all your faith in God. For salvation from sin, and death and hell. And that only comes by crying out to God for mercy and trusting Christ.
And if you’ve put your faith in God, He calls you to practice your faith.
Walk by actively trusting God each day. That comes from saturating your life and submitting to His Word daily.
As you walk by faith, worship God.
Church, worship God by bowing your heart before Him and making much of Him with your every thought, and word, and deed!
Blessed to be a Blessing! Genesis 47 Hope In Christ Bible Church 1-5-20
Intro. Ephesians 1:3
1. Be what He has called you to be 1-6 Maximize the present!
I Peter 2:17; II Cor. 6:14–16; Gen. 15:13; Prov. 22:29; Eph. 3:20
2. Be a blessing to all 7-27 Minister to people!
Ex. 20:12; Num. 6:24; Gen 25:7; 35:28; Ps. 90:10,12; I Tim. 5:8; Gal 6:10; Prov. 11:26; Lev. 25:44-45; Mat. 5:16
3. Be ready for your end 28-31 Maintain biblical priorities!
Being a blessed doer of God’s Word: