The famine continues and Joseph’s wise service to Pharaoh is impressive. Over the years, the people spend their money, livestock, lands, and then their own lives for bread; thus they are impoverished and Pharaoh is enriched. Still, Joseph lets the people live in their homes and on their lands and keep four-fifths of what they grow while continuing to deliver one-fifth to Pharaoh. Is this also illustrative of our life in this body in this world? We are bound in so many ways because of our physical life, appetites, and limitations, yet God grants us liberty while we live here. Contrast this with the life of the regenerate soul – completely free and devoted to stewardship and ambassadorship of the kingdom of heaven.