Joseph then chooses five of his brothers go go up to Pharaoh. Why five? And which five? I wish I could tell you! It is interesting to note that in the parable of Lazarus and the rich man in Luke 16, the rich man mentions his five brothers. I wonder if there is a connection somehow.
Just like Joseph had reckoned, Pharaoh's first question to these five guys is, what is your occupation? In verse 4, the brothers answer Pharaoh just as Joseph had coached them:
And they said to Pharaoh, “We have come to dwell in the land, because your servants have no pasture for their flocks, for the famine is severe in the land of Canaan. Now therefore, please let your servants dwell in the land of Goshen.”
|The Hebrews were shepherds by trade|
|Jacob blesses Pharaoh|
And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The days of the years of my pilgrimage are one hundred and thirty years; few and evil have been the days of the years of my life, and they have not attained to the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.”
As the chapter continues, the Israelites settle down in the land they had been given, Goshen, and Joseph provides all of their daily bread.
Then Joseph said to the people, “Indeed I have bought you and your land this day for Pharaoh. Look, here is seed for you, and you shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the harvest that you shall give one-fifth to Pharaoh. Four-fifths shall be your own, as seed for the field and for your food, for those of your households and as food for your little ones.”
Chapter 47 ends with this:
So Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions there and grew and multiplied exceedingly.