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Persevering Grace. TO God the only wise,
Our Saviour and our King, Let all the saints below the skies
Their humble praises bring.
'Tis his almighty love,
His counsel, and his care, Preserves us safe from sin and death,
And ev'ry hurtful snare.
He will present our souls
Unblemish'd and complete, Before the glory of his face,
With joys divinely great. Then all the chosen seed
Shall meet around the throne, Shall bless the conduct of his grace.
And make his wonders known,
To our Redeemer God
Wisdom and pow'r belongs Immortal crowns of majesty,
And ererlasting songs.
JOSEPH MADE GOVERNOR OF EGYPT. Gen. 41. 40. Thou shalt be over mij
house, and according to thy word shall all my people be ruled > only in the throne will
I be greater than tkou. SOLOMON
was a wise man, His words are words of truth, “ Seest thou a man diligent in his business? He shall stand before kings: he shall not stand before mean men." Joseph was a map diligeot in business, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. He was kind, be was humble, he was prudent, he was faitbful to them whom he served, both to Potiphar and the keeper of the prison; he was kind and faithful to the Butler and the Baker, he was faithful to the king of Egypt. He gave a natural and simple explanation of Pharaoh's dreams. All who hard his interpretation must have been convinced of its truth. After having interpreted Pharoah's dreams, he add, a few words of advice and counsel to the king. Let us therefore,
1. Hear the ADVICE which JOSEPH gave to PHARAOH.
"" Now, therefore, let Pharaoh look out a man discreet and wise, and set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh do this, and let him appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteons years. Aud let them gather all the food of those good years that come, and lay up corn under the hand of Pharaoli, and let them keep food in those cities. And that food shall be for store to the land against the seven years of famine, which shall be in the land of Egypt; that the land perish net through the famine."
This advice was good, It was just such sounsel as Pharaoh's wise men ought to have given him. They were not wise enough to explain the dream; how then could they be expected to have prudence enough to improve it. No doubt they approved, and every one was wondering who the king would appoint as corn factor general, each one wishing that he might be chosen for the new office. He advised Pharaoh to appoint officers who were
to make it their business to buy up all the spare corn, and there was to be a chief Officer or Governor over the whole. If Joseph had not advised this, it is very likely that it would not have been done. The fifth part of the land was to be cultivated during the years of plenty, and all the corn that was not consumed or eaten was to be laid in the king's granaries or store hou
There is no reason to think that Joseph said this to recommend himself. He had the good of the country at heart. He was a public spirited man, and a true patriot.
II. PHARAOH'S APPEAL and DETERMI. NATION. He was struck with the wisdom and humility of Joseph, and immediately formed the resolution of being guided by his counsels, he saw that the advice was good. As Joseph had recommended a wise man, Pharoab appealed to those who were present, whether there was any other person so fit for this office as himself. He determined that the very man, who (being divinely inspired) gave this advice, should carry it into execution.
“And the thing was good in the eyes of Pharaoh, and in the eyes of all his servants,
Can we find such a one as this is; a man in whom the spirit of God is? And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discregt and wise as thou art. Thou shalt be over my house, and according to thy word shall all my people be ruled, only in the throne will I be
greater than thou.”
Joseph had not mentioned the name of the true God in vain. Pharaoh was convinced that all the gods of Egypt were not able to bestow such wisdom as that whicli Joseph displayed. A few hours before Joseph was a prisoner, now he is raised to the digo nity of being the second in office and authority in all the land of Egypt: only in the throne (says Pharaoh) will I be greater than thou. Pharaoh's wise men knew that they had not the spirit of God. They thought they could manage the business very well without having the spirit of God.
III. JÓSEPH made GOVERNOR of EGYPT, " And Pharaoli said unto Joseph, see I have set thee over all the land of Egypt. And Pharaoh took off his ring froin his hand and put