"And when money failed in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came unto Joseph, and said, Give us bread: for why should we die in thy presence? for money faileth.
And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail."
This chapter is talking about the great famine in the land that Pharaoh's dream had warned of. Joseph had received the interpretation that it would last seven years. I figure this chapter is at least in year four, maybe five.
These verses really jumped out at me. The money system failed due to the famine. It cemented my impressions I've had on food storage and preparedness. I have never thought it wise to store up gold or silver as many people proclaim. You cannot eat it. What was tradable? Other food items - namely their animals. The people could have eaten their animals to survive, but what they wanted more than anything was grain. That is what was life sustaining for them. Joseph had stored up all grains during times of plenty to preserve life. This is what people wanted and needed. That is what can be bartered and traded for. This is how the Lord provides for his people for the day of want. There is so much to ponder on and learn from in this chapter on the subject of preparedness.