Genesis chapter 47 Star Chart: Let's use the same star chart as the previous chapter: Clockwise from when "Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years" (47:9) in 1661 B.C." till Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years" (47:28) when he died in in 1644 B.C. makes 17° years.
But there is another scale where each 60° unit represents one year. Notice: "Joseph (Orion) gathered up all the (solar gold and lunar silver) MONEY that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the (solar golden) CORN which they bought: and Joseph (Orion) brought the (solar gold and lunar silver) MONEY into Pharaoh's (red radius) house" (47:14) in 1661 B.C. so that "when MONEY failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us (solar golden) BREAD: for why should we die in thy presence? for the (solar golden and lunar silver) MONEY faileth. And Joseph (Orion) said, Give your (Taurus) CATTLE ... and (Aries) FLOCKS," (47:15-17) till Joseph "fed them with (solar golden) BREAD for all their (Taurus) CATTLE for that year" (47:17) is 60° bringing us to 1660 B.C. till "When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him ... buy US (Gemini) and our LAND (60°)(lunar title deed in their hand) for BREAD, and WE and our LAND will be (Gemini) servants unto Pharaoh (Cepheus) ... Then Joseph said unto the (Gemini) PEOPLE, Behold, I have bought YOU this day and your LAND for Pharaoh: lo, here is (lunar crescent) seed for you, and ye shall sow the land" (47:18-23) is 60° more bringing us to 1659 B.C. and "it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall (yellow radius line pour out of Crater) give the FIFTH PART unto Pharaoh (red 60°), and FOUR PARTS shall be your own, for (lunar) seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones" (47:24). Notice that "A FIFTH PART" is defined as what they give each year to Pharaoh. Therefore each 60° unit represents one year. Five of these bring to an end the famine in 1656 B.C. Therefore "FOUR PARTS" must be 240° -- "your own" (yellow 60°). And what is left -- blue 60° -- must be "the land of the (Cetus) priests (which) bought he not; for the (Cetus) priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands" (47:22) -- A SIXTH PART.
Notice the pyramid's shining cap-stone -- Joseph, a beacon of hope and a savior -- a type of Christ our Lord. “The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone" (Psalm 118:22). His brothers rejected him after he had done his job well without compromise. Potiphar rejected him after he had done his job well without compromise. The butler rejected him after he had done his job well without compromise. Then he became the "cap-stone" of the "Egyptian governmental pyramid". And once again, he did his job well without compromise.
Joseph was our shining "example" of how to deal with heathen idolaters. His example was "written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come" (1 Cor. 10:11). On the one hand, we find scriptures telling us, "Don't strengthen the hands of evildoers" (Jer. 23:14) especially since they consider shepherds an abomination (Gen. 46:34). But on the other hand, our Lord said, "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy" (Matt. 5:7) and "love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?" (5:44-46). Even though Joseph was dealing with idolatrous, heathen Egyptians, he still gave them 80% of each harvest. He did not take any more. This is significant, and is an "example" for us.
Joseph Was Rejected By His Brothers
And Then Became the Capstone
47:1 Then Joseph (Orion) came and told (Cepheus) Pharaoh, and said, My father(Auriga) and my brethren (Gemini), and their (Aries) flocks, and their (Taurus) herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen (red radius delta region).
2 And he took some of his brethren, even five men (Castor, Pollux, Auriga, Perseus and Orion), and presented them unto (Cepheus) Pharaoh.
3 And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are (Gemini) shepherds, both we, and also our (Gemini) fathers.
4 They said morever unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no (Green Milky Way) pasture for their (Aries) flocks; for the (black) famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy (Gemini) servants dwell in the land of Goshen (red radius delta region).
5 And Pharaoh spake unto (Orion) Joseph, saying, Thy (Auriga) father and thy (Gemini) brethren are come unto thee:
6 The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any (Perseus and Orion) men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my (Taurus) cattle.
7 And Joseph (Orion) brought in Jacob (Auriga) his father, and set him before (Cepheus) Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
8 And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
9 And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my (Gemini) fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
evil] Alluding to the flight from home, the hardships of the service in Haran, the loss of Joseph, the death of Rachel, the violence of Simeon and Levi (chap. 34). from Esau, from whose face he was obliged to flee lest he should kill him, Genesis 27:41; and in Laban's house, where he served for a wife fourteen years, and endured great hardships, Genesis 31:41; and at Shechem, where his daughter was ravished, Genesis 34:2, and his sons made that slaughter of the Shechemites, Genesis 34:25, which he feared would cause his name to stink, Genesis 34:30; and at Ephrath, where he buried his beloved Rachel, Genesis 35:16; and at Hebron, where his sons brought him such an account as if they believed his beloved son Joseph was destroyed by a wild beast, Genesis 37:32,
they have not attained] Jacob’s life of 130 years at this juncture seemed short in comparison with the 175 years of Abraham (Genesis 25:7) and the 180 years of Isaac (Genesis 35:28).
10 And Jacob (Orion) blessed Pharaoh (Cepheus), and went out from before Pharaoh.
11 And Joseph (Orion) placed his father (Auriga) and his (Gemini) brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh (Cepheus) had commanded.
12 And Joseph (Orion) nourished his father (Auriga), and his (Gemini) brethren, and all his father's household, with (solar golden) bread, according to their families.
13 And there was no (solar golden) bread in all the land; for the (black zodiac) famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
14 And Joseph (Orion) gathered up all the (solar golden and lunar silver) money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the (solar golden) corn which they bought: and Joseph (Orion) brought the money into Pharaoh's (red radius) house.
15 And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the (Gemini) Egyptians came unto Joseph (Orion), and said, Give us (solar golden) bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for the money faileth.
16 And Joseph (Orion) said, Give your (Taurus) cattle; and I will give you for your (Taurus) cattle, if money fail.
17 And they brought their (Taurus) cattle unto Joseph (Orion): and Joseph gave them (solar golden) bread in exchange for (Taurus, Pegasus, Centaur, Sagittarius) horses, and for the (Aries) flocks, and for the (Taurus) cattle of the herds, and for the (Aries) asses: and he fed them with (solar golden) bread for all their (Taurus) cattle for that year.
18 When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our (Taurus) herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our (red radius) lands:
19 Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us (Gemini) and our (red radius) land for (solar golden) bread, and we and our land will be (Gemini) servants unto Pharaoh (Cepheus): and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
20 And Joseph (Orion) bought all the (red, yellow and blue radius) land of Egypt for Pharaoh (Cepheus); for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.
21 And as for the (Gemini) people, he removed them to (lunar) cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
22 Only the land of the priests (Cetus) (blue 60°) bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
23 Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
24 And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh (red 60°), and four parts shall be your own (yellow 240°), for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.
26 And Joseph (Orion) made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part (red 60°), except the land of the priests only (blue 60°), which became not Pharaoh's.
27 And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
28 And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
29 And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph (Orion), and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy (Orion) hand under my thigh (lunar testes), and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
Testify = Testes
30 But I will lie with my (Gemini) fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
31 And he said, Swear unto me. And he (Orion) sware unto him. And Israel (Auriga) bowed himself upon the (red radius) bed's head.
The LXX following a different vocalization of the same Hebrew consonants, and reading hammatteh instead of hammittah, gives the rendering followed in Hebrews 11:21, “and worshipped leaning upon the top of his staff,” The staff would be his own staff, not as some have suggested, Joseph’s staff of office. This reading is found also in the Vetus Itala and in Syr. Pesh. But the reading of the Hebrew text, “upon the bed’s head,” is probably the original one. The obscurity of the words led to the reading of the LXX.