CHAPTER 46 &
EGYPT STUDY ON JACOB
EGYPT STORY WITH JACOB
Glad you’re back to share another
story at Daily Bread. Today we join Israel as he takes his entire family to
Egypt to live, where he has just learned that Joseph is still alive and
rules over Egypt for Pharaoh. Israel stopped on the way in Beersheba, the
place where he grew up, where he received his blessing from his father
Isaac, and where God had spoken to both Abraham and Isaac before. He
offered sacrifices to God there and God spoke to him in a vision of the
God said to Israel, I am God, the God
of your father. Don’t be afraid to go down into Egypt, I will make you a
great nation there. I will go with you and I will bring you back again and
Joseph will put his hand on your eyes.
If you remember from the end of our
last story, Israel wants to see Joseph before he dies. When God said that
Joseph will put his hand on your eyes, He was assuring Israel that he would
see Joseph again before he died. (Joseph would be the one to close Israel’s
eyes when he dies.)
JACOB IN EGYPT LESSON WITH JACOB IN EGYPT EXPLANATION AND JACOB IN EGYPT
So Israel left Beersheba and his sons
took him and their children and their wives in wagons that Pharaoh had sent
to bring them. All the people who came from Israel who were in Egypt were
70 souls. Israel sent Judah ahead of them to get directions to Goshen,
where Joseph said they would live and he met them there.
When Joseph saw Israel, you can
imagine it was quite a reunion. Joseph embraced Israel and cried for a long
time. Israel said, Now let me die, since I have seen your face, because you
are still alive.
Now Joseph knew that the Egyptians
didn’t like shepherds. He told his brothers that he would go and tell the
Pharaoh that all his fathers family had arrived in Egypt, that they’re
shepherds and that they’ve brought all their herds and flocks and everything
that they own with them. He told them that when the Pharaoh asks them what
their occupation is, they should say, Your servants trade has been about
cattle from our childhood until now, both us, and our fathers.
JACOB IN EGYPT INFORMATION WITH JACOB IN EGYPT MEANING AND
JACOB IN EGYPT DISCUSSION
Pharaoh didn’t seem to mind that they
were shepherds. In fact, when they told him their occupation and that they
didn’t have any pasture for their flocks because the famine was so bad in
Canaan, Pharaoh told Joseph to let them live in the best of the land, in the
land of Goshen, and if any of them were good enough, to make them rulers
over his own cattle.
Joseph gave them the land of Goshen,
which is in the land of Rameses, the best of the land, as Pharaoh ordered.
He made sure they were all comfortable and fed, even though the famine was
starting to affect Egypt.
How will Joseph manage things now? He has just brought his entire
family down to Egypt and settled them into the best of the land, but the
food that he had the Egyptians store during the seven years of plenty is
running out now. You’ll have to come back and see next time, in your
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