Day 42…Genesis 46:

November 20, 2010 at 10:50 PM Leave a comment

Genesis 46: Jacob & family travel to Egypt

v.1-4, After finally believing Joseph was definitely alive and in Egypt Jacob (Israel) sets out for Egypt with all his possessions. He stopped for the night in Beersheba and offered a sacrifice to God. During the night he had a dream/vision…

God said, “I am the God of your father. Don’t be afraid of going down to Egypt. I’m going to make you a great nation there. I’ll go with you down to Egypt; I’ll also bring you back here. And when you die, Joseph will be with you; with his own hand he’ll close your eyes.” – MSG

v.5-7, Jacob left Beersheba to go to Egypt with all his possessions, family and livestock–the things they acquired will living in Canaan. They travelled in the wagons Pharaoh gave them.

v.8-27, these verse state Jacob’s descendants who went to Egypt with him. The total number of descendants that went with Jacob to Egypt, not counting his sons’ wives was 66 and Joseph had two sons born in Egypt. So altogether there were 70** members of Jacob’s family in the land of Egypt. **this number probably included Joseph’s grandsons from Ephraim & Manasseh**

v.28-30, as they were getting close to Goshen Jacob sent Judah ahead to get Joseph and get directions to this region. When the finally arrived Joseph  had already left by way of his own chariot to meet them. He embraced his father and cried holding him for a very long time. Then Jacob said to Joseph he was now ready to DIE since he had seen his son’s face and knows he is alive!

v.31-34, Joseph then told his whole family that he is going to tell Pharaoh they are all here in Egypt to live for good and that they are shepherds and they have brought their own flock along with everything they own. Then Joseph warned his family that when Pharaoh asks what kind of work they do to tell him they have always kept livestock for as long as they can remember–as their parents have and their parents’ parents–long time. Then Pharaoh will let them stay in Goshen because the Egyptians hate shepherds. Joseph’s advice was both a warning about the Egyptians attitude towards strangers and a way of not upsetting the customs of the Egyptians. So he told his family to de-emphasize that they were sheepherders but that they were cattle ranchers and they were not an ambitious group that wished to rise above their occupation.

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO ME? God again reminds Jacob that he is going to make him a great nation and it happens to be exactly where he is uprooting his family to–Egypt. God continues to make his promise or oath a reality in Jacob’s life. God shows great care for Jacob and his family every step of the way from Abraham, to Issac and now Jacob.

WHAT AM I GOING TO DO ABOUT IT? This lets me know that God will continue to keep his promises to me and he cares for not just me, but my whole family–De-Ann and Faith and my family I grew up with. I know this is true because he has proved himself so many times. And I need to say thank you over and over again.

Thank you God for constantly providing for us as a family and thank you for selling our home. I am so glad I am your child.

Entry filed under: Journey Thru the Bible.

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