Scripture Read: Genesis 46-47
Title: Joseph Reunites with His Family
(H) Highlight verse: "Then He said, 'I am God, the God of your father. Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for there I will make you a great nation. I myself will go with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes.'"." Gen. 46:3,4
(E) Explain: Interestingly and ironically Egypt is the final destination for Jacob and his sons. Egypt is where Israel finds salvation but it is also place where the people will be held in captivity as slaves. At the onset one may think that this journey to Egypt was a mistake because of the impending slavery. Egypt represents the pagan world at the time. Why would Jacob (AKA Israel) want to leave the Promised Land and go to a Pagan country? Remember, Egypt has never been a place where Jacob and his family have had good experiences.
Nevertheless, the Lord meets with Jacob in a vision at night and He assures him that he should go. God tells him not to be afraid to go, because this journey is part of God’s greater plan to make him a great nation. Then He tells Jacob that He will be with him on this journey. The stay would be temporary. The journey would initially be the Salvation of Israel. The famine was getting worse and it would continue so if Jacob does not go to Egypt chances are he and his family would die. Death was not an option and not part of God’s plan. God had a plan and yes this plan did include eventually slavery, a mass exodus (God’s glory), a lot of death, years of wandering in the wilderness, the giving of the Law and all this would force Israel into have complete dependence and obedience to God.
Eventually Jacob, his family, their livestock, their goods and all they acquired in the land of Canaan left for Egypt with the Lord’s blessings.
(A) Application: This story has so much for us to apply. Joseph’s life is a picture of what the Christian life can look like. In this account I see three things that can be brought to our attention.
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