Genesis 46:1-34

In Genesis 46, Jacob-Israel begins his journey to Egypt, bringing everything he has.  But before going to Egypt, he stops at Beersheba to offer sacrifices to God and to seek God’s will concerning the future.  This is more evidence of Jacob’s faith in God.
Although leaving a famine was a reasonable decision, he refused to go further until he had confirmation that this move was in God’s Will.
Remember in Genesis 26:2, God had forbid Isaac- Jacob’s father- to go to Egypt.  Jacob may have been considering this as he made his way to Beersheba to seek God’s direction.  We too, should be so faithful to seek God’s direction for our lives, even when the direction seems obvious and good before we ask.

God loves Jacob and speaks to him in a vision: “I am God, the God of your father,” he said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into a great nation there.  I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your eyes.”

God’s always keeps His promises and 430 years later, when the nation of Israel left Egypt, they had grown to more than 600,000 men plus women and children.  We see the death of Jacob at the end of Chapter 49 and in Genesis 50:1 we read “Joseph threw himself on his father and wept over him and kissed him.” – further fulfillment of God’s promises made to Jacob in Beersheba.

Jacob carefully recorded the 66 members of his family with him, plus his son’s wives.  Judah went ahead to get directions.  Such careful record keeping was used by the Israelites much later in the dividing of the land and keeping each family’s inheritance clear for the years of Jubilee.  The listing of Jacob’s family reminds us of God’s listing of names in the Book of Life.  If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord of your life and your Savior from sin, then your name is recorded in the Lamb’s book of life.  Praise God!!

Joseph came out to meet his father.  He threw his arms around Jacob and wept for a long time.  I cannot imagine the emotions flowing through father and son as God gave them back to each other after so much time, suffering and sadness.  I wonder if this is a little like how Jesus feels when a lost ‘sheep’ finds Him and receives Him as Lord and Savior.  Praise God!!

Joseph gets the family settled in Goshen and we end this beautiful, precious chapter of  family reunion.               —- Mary Mauderer


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