Genesis Lesson 27 Day 4
Jacob and his family relocate to Egypt.
God’s wisdom: Jacob’s family was relatively small in number, so they were vulnerable to being assimilated into the people and culture of Canaan.
9a) Jacob is afraid leave Canaan and to go to Egypt.
Canaan was the land God promised to Abram and his descendants (Genesis 15:18). When Abraham went to Egypt during a famine, it was due to his unbelief. Pharaoh took Sarai into into his harem for awhile (Genesis 12:15).
Yahweh appeared to Isaac and forbade him to go to Egypt (Genesis 26:2).
Jacob left Paddan Aram to escape Laban as an angel of the Lord said in a dream (Genesis 31:13), but he didn’t go directly to his native land as the angel instructed. Instead, Jacob made several eventful and lengthy sojourns before he and his family returned to his father Isaac at Mamre (Genesis 35:27) like he was supposed to.
During their trip, Rachel went into labor, gave birth to Benjamin and died.
Jacob continued to live in the land of Canaan, where his father had lived (Genesis 37:1).
Based on the words God spoke to Jacob, Jacob didn’t want to die and be buried in Egypt. He also didn’t want to hinder fulfillment of the covenant God made with Abraham, Isaac and him.
b) Elohim reassures Jacob.
Jacob wisely stopped at Beersheba to offer sacrifices to the Elohim of his father Isaac (Genesis 46:1).
Elohim spoke to him in a night vision [dream] and said, “Don’t be afraid to go to Egypt, because I will make you a great nation there. I will make sure you come back again. Joseph will close your eyes when you die” (Genesis 46:3-4 NOG).
c) God knew and answered Jacob’s concerns.
Jacob was correct to be concerned about going to Egypt. It didn’t sound like God’s will, so Elohim reassured him this was not a permanent move.
He also promised, “I will go down to Egypt with you.”
- Exodus 1:12 But the more [the Egyptians] oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, so that [the Egyptians] were vexed and alarmed because of the Israelites. AMP
- Exodus 1:17 But the midwives feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt commanded, but let the male babies live. AMP
Elohim himself assured Jacob that Joseph was alive and would take care of him until the day he died.
- Genesis 50:1 (The verse doesn’t say Joseph closed his eyes, but Joseph was there.) Then Joseph fell upon his father’s face and wept over him and kissed him.
His family would grow into a great nation there just as the covenant promised.
- Jacob’s family was relatively small in number, so they were vulnerable to being assimilated into the people and culture of Canaan if they stayed there.
- Exodus 1:7 But the descendants of Israel were fruitful and increased abundantly; they multiplied and grew exceedingly strong, and the land was full of them.
- Exodus 1:12 ..the more [the Egyptians] oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded
- Exodus 12:37 …about 600,000 men on foot, besides women and children.
10) Sixty six males plus Jacob went to Egypt. Genesis 47:26
The total number of males in the clan was seventy when you include Joseph and his two sons (Genesis 47:27).1
In Acts 7:14, Stephen said that there were 75 who went into Egypt. This is because Stephen quoted from the Septuagint version of the Old Testament, which says 75. The number in the Septuagint is not wrong, just arrived at in a different way, specifically adding five more sons (or grandsons) of Joseph born in Egypt.
Jacob and his family’s names are recorded so the lineage of the nation of Israel and ultimately the lineage of the Messiah could be traced.
Scribes carefully recorded the lineage of the tribes of Israel. It later became important to document the fulfillment of prophetic words about the Messiah, to assign duties written in the law given to Moses, encampment by tribes in the wilderness, assignments of property in the promised land, etc.
For example, the Messiah came from the tribe of Judah (Luke 3:23-38).
11a) Where he leads, I will follow.
We left behind extended family, sold or donated all our furniture, and anything else we couldn’t fit into two cars.
b) God led us to move through dreams and from “knowing in our knowers.”
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