January 16, 2007
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- And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac.
- And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night, and said, Jacob, Jacob. And he said, Here am I.
- And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:
- I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up again: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.
- And Jacob rose up from Beersheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him.
- And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him:
- His sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.
- And these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons: Reuben, Jacob's firstborn.
- And the sons of Reuben; Hanoch, and Phallu, and Hezron, and Carmi.
- And the sons of Simeon; Jemuel, and Jamin, and Ohad, and Jachin, and Zohar, and Shaul the son of a Canaanitish woman.
- And the sons of Levi; Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
- And the sons of Judah; Er, and Onan, and Shelah, and Pharez, and Zerah: but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. And the sons of Pharez were Hezron and Hamul.
- And the sons of Issachar; Tola, and Phuvah, and Job, and Shimron.
- And the sons of Zebulun; Sered, and Elon, and Jahleel.
- These be the sons of Leah, which she bare unto Jacob in Padanaram, with his daughter Dinah: all the souls of his sons and his daughters were thirty and three.
- And the sons of Gad; Ziphion, and Haggi, Shuni, and Ezbon, Eri, and Arodi, and Areli.
- And the sons of Asher; Jimnah, and Ishuah, and Isui, and Beriah, and Serah their sister: and the sons of Beriah; Heber, and Malchiel.
- These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter, and these she bare unto Jacob, even sixteen souls.
- The sons of Rachel Jacob's wife; Joseph, and Benjamin.
- And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On bare unto him.
- And the sons of Benjamin were Belah, and Becher, and Ashbel, Gera, and Naaman, Ehi, and Rosh, Muppim, and Huppim, and Ard.
- These are the sons of Rachel, which were born to Jacob: all the souls were fourteen.
- And the sons of Dan; Hushim.
- And the sons of Naphtali; Jahzeel, and Guni, and Jezer, and Shillem.
- These are the sons of Bilhah, which Laban gave unto Rachel his daughter, and she bare these unto Jacob: all the souls were seven.
- All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six;
- And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.
- And he sent Judah before him unto Joseph, to direct his face unto Goshen; and they came into the land of Goshen.
- And Joseph made ready his chariot, and went up to meet Israel his father, to Goshen, and presented himself unto him; and he fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while.
- And Israel said unto Joseph, Now let me die, since I have seen thy face, because thou art yet alive.
- And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and shew Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me;
- And the men are shepherds, for their trade hath been to feed cattle; and they have brought their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have.
- And it shall come to pass, when Pharaoh shall call you, and shall say, What is your occupation?
- That ye shall say, Thy servants' trade hath been about cattle from our youth even until now, both we, and also our fathers: that ye may dwell in the land of Goshen; for every shepherd is an abomination unto the Egyptians.
- Then Joseph came and told Pharaoh, and said, My father and my brethren, and their flocks, and their herds, and all that they have, are come out of the land of Canaan; and, behold, they are in the land of Goshen.
- And he took some of his brethren, even five men, and presented them unto Pharaoh.
- And Pharaoh said unto his brethren, What is your occupation? And they said unto Pharaoh, Thy servants are shepherds, both we, and also our fathers.
- They said moreover unto Pharaoh, For to sojourn in the land are we come; for thy servants have no pasture for their flocks; for the famine is sore in the land of Canaan: now therefore, we pray thee, let thy servants dwell in the land of Goshen.
- And Pharaoh spake unto Joseph, saying, Thy father and thy brethren are come unto thee:
- The land of Egypt is before thee; in the best of the land make thy father and brethren to dwell; in the land of Goshen let them dwell: and if thou knowest any men of activity among them, then make them rulers over my cattle.
- And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: and Jacob blessed Pharaoh.
- And Pharaoh said unto Jacob, How old art thou?
- And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, The days of the years of my pilgrimage are an hundred and thirty years: few and evil have the days of the years of my life been, and have not attained unto the days of the years of the life of my fathers in the days of their pilgrimage.
- And Jacob blessed Pharaoh, and went out from before Pharaoh.
- And Joseph placed his father and his brethren, and gave them a possession in the land of Egypt, in the best of the land, in the land of Rameses, as Pharaoh had commanded.
- And Joseph nourished his father, and his brethren, and all his father's household, with bread, according to their families.
- And there was no bread in all the land; for the famine was very sore, so that the land of Egypt and all the land of Canaan fainted by reason of the famine.
- And Joseph gathered up all the money that was found in the land of Egypt, and in the land of Canaan, for the corn which they bought: and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house.
- 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 the money faileth.
- And Joseph said, Give your cattle; and I will give you for your cattle, if money fail.
- And they brought their cattle unto Joseph: and Joseph gave them bread in exchange for horses, and for the flocks, and for the cattle of the herds, and for the asses: and he fed them with bread for all their cattle for that year.
- When that year was ended, they came unto him the second year, and said unto him, We will not hide it from my lord, how that our money is spent; my lord also hath our herds of cattle; there is not ought left in the sight of my lord, but our bodies, and our lands:
- Wherefore shall we die before thine eyes, both we and our land? buy us and our land for bread, and we and our land will be servants unto Pharaoh: and give us seed, that we may live, and not die, that the land be not desolate.
- And Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh; for the Egyptians sold every man his field, because the famine prevailed over them: so the land became Pharaoh's.
- And as for the people, he removed them to cities from one end of the borders of Egypt even to the other end thereof.
- Only the land of the priests bought he not; for the priests had a portion assigned them of Pharaoh, and did eat their portion which Pharaoh gave them: wherefore they sold not their lands.
- Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, here is seed for you, and ye shall sow the land.
- And it shall come to pass in the increase, that ye shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh, and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones.
- And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.
- And Joseph made it a law over the land of Egypt unto this day, that Pharaoh should have the fifth part; except the land of the priests only, which became not Pharaoh's.
- And Israel dwelt in the land of Egypt, in the country of Goshen; and they had possessions therein, and grew, and multiplied exceedingly.
- And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt seventeen years: so the whole age of Jacob was an hundred forty and seven years.
- And the time drew nigh that Israel must die: and he called his son Joseph, and said unto him, If now I have found grace in thy sight, put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh, and deal kindly and truly with me; bury me not, I pray thee, in Egypt:
- But I will lie with my fathers, and thou shalt carry me out of Egypt, and bury me in their buryingplace. And he said, I will do as thou hast said.
- And he said, Swear unto me. And he sware unto him. And Israel bowed himself upon the bed's head.
Thought for the day:
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In the beginning of this passage we find Jacob seeking direction from the Lord. He has just received word that Joseph is yet alive, and that his entire family has been invited to move to Egypt for sustenance during the famine. In
verse 1 of chapter 46, Jacob takes his family to the town of Beersheba, and offers sacrifices there. I believe that these sacrifices both showed his thankfulness for God's protection of Joseph and his brothers, and also demonstrated his petition for God's wisdom. It is interesting to me that this took place at Beersheba. This was an area which was often visited by the Patriarchs
26:33), but was also considered in future times to be the southern end of the Promised Land (
Judges 20:1). Thus, it appears that Jacob went as far south as he could go without leaving the land that God had given to him, and then spent some time with the Lord making sure that it was indeed His will for him to continue on to Egypt. This shows us something about Jacob. Even though times were hard in Canaan, and the promise of better days, prosperity, and reunion with Joseph were to be found in Egypt, yet he still would not go without God's permission. How often have we looked over the fence to "greener pastures", seen an opportunity to escape our current position, and gone; assuming that the Lord must be in it because it has such great potential and He has not "shut the door"? Jacob is looking at a better life, and the door is open, but he won't move without God's authority.
We also see in this passage of Scripture that God does not always function according to our timetables. The Lord reassures Jacob that he is to go to Egypt, and promises to make a great nation of him there. He also promises
"and I will also surely bring thee up again" (
There is no doubt in my mind that Jacob never dreamed that it would be a few hundred years before that prophecy was fulfilled (
Gal. 3:17). Perhaps over the course of the last years of Jacob's life he wondered why his family had not been able to return to Canaan. I'm sure that over the next centuries many of Israel's offspring wondered if God was ever going to fulfill His promise (
Ex 2:23). Yet in Exodus 12 it finally happened. The lesson is this: God ALWAYS keeps His promises. In
II Peter 3:3-4 the scoffers ask, "Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation." They fail to realize that the answer is,
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning his promise... "(
II Peter 3:8-9).
Every promise that God has given to us in His Word will eventually come to pass. We only need to patiently wait, and trust Him.