Genesis 46 : Jacob’s family goes to Goshen in Egypt

July 16, 2023 ·

Jacob sets out for Egypt, and God affirms that this journey is indeed the right course of action, assuring Jacob that his descendants will eventually return to Canaan. Accompanied by a total of 70 individuals, excluding their wives, Jacob’s family ventures into Egypt.

Upon their arrival, Jacob reunites with Joseph, and their emotional reunion moves him to tears. Joseph instructs his family to inform Pharaoh that they are shepherds and seek permission to settle in the land of Goshen.

Key verse:
3. 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 into a great nation.

My thoughts:
God, with foreknowledge of His people eventually becoming despised slaves in Egypt, still urged Jacob to proceed to that land. God recognized the necessity of forging a genuine national identity, culminating in a remarkable deliverance from Egypt in the future. God perceived the larger, overarching plan.

In our own lives, it is easy to become entangled in the immediacy of our circumstances, often struggling to comprehend why God allows things that seem unhelpful. Despite our limited understanding, we must place our trust in the knowledge that God’s actions are ultimately right and aligned with long-term purposes that extend beyond our immediate perception.

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