Famine in Egypt

Genesis 41:53 --
"The seven years of abundance in Egypt came to an end, and the seven years of famine began, just as Joseph had said. There was famine in all the other lands, but in the whole land of Egypt there was food."

Why did God do this to people? Ephesians 1:11 says, "God does everything in accordance with the purpose of his will." God wanted to create his chosen nation; He chose to do this by bringing them to Egypt to break down their pride.

Joseph sold the grain; he didn't give it away. The process of selling the grain turned the economic system of Egypt upside down. Ultimately there was no private ownership of land. It became a feudal system that lasted another thousand years.

Parallels between Joseph and Jesus: (We have more details about the life of Joseph than about the life of any other Bible character except Jesus.)

Meanwhile, back at the sheepfold: Jacob didn't recognize what God was doing through all of this, although Hebrew slavery was foretold by God to Abraham, Genesis 15:13.
String of events: The concept of grace is woven throughout this story.