For some reason, the things that Israel already had in his possession were not thought to be sufficient to sustain life during the famine. The best fruits of the land, balm, honey, spices, myrrh, nuts, and almonds were to be offered unto the one who was able to supply the food that would sustain life – corn.
“And the famine was sore in the land. And it came to pass, when they had eaten up the corn which they had brought out of Egypt, their father said unto them, Go again, buy us a little food.” (Genesis 43:1-2)
“And their father Israel said unto them, If it must be so now, do this; take of the best fruits in the land in your vessels, and carry down the man a present, a little balm, and a little honey, spices, and myrrh, nuts, and almonds:” (Genesis 43:11)
All these presents which were offered were not accepted by Joseph, who is a clear picture, or type, of Christ. He supplied physical food, which was a type, or picture, of Spiritual food. Jesus Christ is the Bread of Life!!
“And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.” (John 6:35)
“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6)
Isaiah also makes reference to Spiritual Food; telling those who have “no money,” to come and buy “without money and without price”:
“Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.” (Isaiah 55:1-2)
And in Genesis, we see that Joseph sent the presents and the money back with the food; supplying, yet accepting no payment. This is none other than the Grace of God.
Eternal life cannot be bought with money, but is given unto us in Sovereign Grace in Christ alone.
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)
“Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9)
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4)