1) Joseph had been seventeen when he was sold by his brothers. (Genesis 37:2) so he had been serving Potipar and then serving while in prison for a total of thirteen years.
2) Joseph traveled about Egypt, overseeing the storing of food. He stored the grain in the cities next to the fields where it had been produced. This was wise for several reasons.
- It would be more acceptable for the people to give the fifth of their crops to Pharaoh if they saw that it was stored nearby in case they needed it. Of course, it was no longer owned by them, but at least it would be available to buy. This lessened the chance of panic or food riots during the famine ahead.
- Storing the food near the cities eliminated having to transport it elsewhere, and eliminated the possibility of the supplies becoming 'lost' while in transport.
abundance came true.
- 'seven years of abundance' (v.47)
- 'the land produced plentifully' (v.47)
- 'huge quantities of grain, like the sand of the sea....he stopped keeping records because it was beyond measure.' (v.49)
through the descendants of Abraham.