Sunday, July 31, 2011

Joseph Was A Prepper-Bible Lessons for the Survivalist

I read an article last night where the author listed ten reasons why preppers were good for society. It listed Coat of Many Colors Bible Joseph as an example of a prepper who saved up supplies for 7 years. Then seven years of famine came and he saved the country.

This is all well and good, but not the whole story. The story starts in Genesis Chapter 37.

Lessons I learned from the Joseph in Egypt story:

Joseph was a smart guy and had a lot of dreams. He told his brothers the dreams, which they didn't like one bit because the interpretations sucked. So, his brothers sold him into slavery and faked his death. He did a good job for his masters down in Egypt and his master gained material wealth under his oversight. Even so, eventually Joe gets into trouble with the master's wife, and is thrown in prison. Again, he works hard, gets promoted, everyone prospers. One thing leads to another, and he is in charge of Pharaoh's household. Pharaoh has a bad dream, Joe tells him that  it means there's  SHTF coming. Pharaoh makes Joe take over.

Lesson one, don't tell everything you know, work for yourself, if possible.

Joe does, and for seven years he installs a 20% tax. Tons of food is stored up under Pharaoh's guard. The bible says Joe advised the Pharaoh "appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years". Knowing that the EOTWAWKI is coming, they prep.

Then Chapter 41, verse 54 says"and the seven years of plenteousness were ended, and the seven years of dearth began to come, but in Egypt there was bread"  so
Joe opens the storehouses, and sold unto the Egyptians and all the countries came to buy corn.

Now I did shorten those verses somewhat, but notice Joe the prepper is selling back the corn, not giving it away.
Eventually his family, treacherous brothers and all make their way to Egypt to buy corn, not knowing their brother is in charge. He's disguised. He plays hardball with them, but we know they all make amends and migrate to Egypt from Cannan to live out the famine, and they get special treatment.

After the famine is over everything belongs to Pharaoh because our prepper didn't just hand out food for free, he bought their lands, cattle and even their bodies, "as as for the people he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof."
Doesn't sound like such a benevolent prepper now, does he.

Lesson: if you want to remain independent, don't rely on the government. Prep now, for yourself.

Once Joe dies, there comes a Pharaoh who doesn't remember him and isn't about to maintain the elite status of these immigrant people. Check out Exodus Chapter 1 verse 7 and start reading how these Israelites became enslaved. It took them 400 years, a bunch of plagues, and 40 years of wandering under religious mismanagement, in the desert until they finally got back home. And then, they had to fight like hell, wipe out whole nations, make treaties and compromise to get their homes back.

Now some folks say god didn't let them get to the promised land immediately because they would have been to weak or scared to fight (remember his family had traveled that desert before, when hearing there was bread in Egypt. In fact they'd made several journeys through there). 

Lesson: be strong, get strong, stay strong, and be willing to fight.

When they got back to Canaan, they found many other peoples who had stayed put during the famine.

We can take away a lot of information from this bible story.

Comments encouraged and welcomed.


  1. I recently read somewhere that wheat just happens to store well for guess what.... 7 years.

  2. Weren't they finding wheat and rice in the pyramids even in modern times?

  3. Now that u mention it yes, when planted it still grew, but not sure if it would be edible after 3k years. Hey who knows.....

  4. Many's the man who has come to grief through another man's wife.

  5. Women don't fare much better messing around with another gal's man!