MAKE MAJOR LIFE ADJUSTMENTS
Genesis 46:1-47:26 May 18 2008
Genesis 46-47 contains several interesting features. First, the
patriarch is referred to as Jacob and Israel interchangeably . God
was working through the man whom his parents had named Jacob
but whom He renamed Israel as part of the renewal of the covenant
Second , Jacob’s faith was connected directly to that of his father
Isaac. God established His covenant with Abraham; He renewed
His covenant with Isaac and then with Jacob.
Third, these chapters reveal the growth of Jacob’s family in the
promised land before they moved to Egypt.
Fourth, Jacob’s family moved to Egypt in Egyptian wagons
(Genesis 46:5). Over four hundred years later they depart Egypt
Fifth, the move to Egypt included people, sheep, cattle, and “all
that they” had (Genesis 46:32).
Sixth, the theme of separation from and abhorrence by the
Egyptians emerges in these chapter.
Seventh, ironically, the same famine that brought Joseph to power
also brought his family to Egypt (Genesis 47:4).
Eighth, Joseph’s brothers entered Egypt as keepers of livestock,
Subsequently, livestock become barter for seed. Pharaoh instructed
Joseph to employ any of his family who were capable as keepers if
his livestock (Genesis 47;6).
Ninth, Joseph continued to make wise decisions that provided food
for the Egyptians and his family while at the same time enriching
Pharaoh’s bottom line.
1. Apprehension (Gen. 46:1-7)
Gen. 46:1 So Israel set out with all that was his, and when he reached
Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 46:2
And God spoke to Israel in a vision at night and said, “Jacob! Jacob!”
Here I am,” he replied. 46:3 “I am God, the God of your father,” he
said. “Do not be afraid to go down to Egypt, for I will make you into
a great nation there. 46:4 I will go down to Egypt with you, and I will
surely bring you back again. And Joseph’s own hand will close your
eyes.” 46:5 Then Jacob left Beersheba, and Israel’s sons took their
father Jacob and their children and their wives in the carts that Pharaoh
had sent to transport him. 46:6 They also took with them their
livestock and the possessions they had acquired in Canaan, and Jacob
and all his offspring went to Egypt. 46:7 He took with him to Egypt
his sons and grandsons and his daughters and granddaughters —all
Set out. Probably from the family estate at Hebron (Gen.35:27). When
he reached Beersheba, he offered sacrifices . Abraham and Isaac had
also worshiped the Lord there (Gen.21:33; 26:23-25). God spoke to
Israel , in a vision at night (Gen. 26:24. Jacob,! Jacob ! (Gen.22:11.
Here I am. (Gen. 22:1). (Gen.46:3-4) As Israel and his family were
about to leave Canaan, God reaffirmed his covenant promises.
(Gen.46:3) I am. . . The God of your father . . . do not be afraid . A
verbatim repetition of God’s statement to Isaac in (Gen.26:24). I
will make you into a great nation. The Lord reaffirmed one aspect of
his promise to Abraham (Gen.12:2). there. (Ex 1:7). I will go down
to Egypt with you. God would be with Jacob as he went south to
Egypt just as he was with him when he went north to Haran, and
would again bring him back as he had done before (Gen. 28:15;
Gen. 15:16; 48:21).
2. Joy (Gen. 46:28-30)
Gen. 46:28 Now Jacob sent Judah ahead of him to Joseph to get
directions to Goshen. When they arrived in the region of Goshen, 46:29
Joseph had his chariot made ready and went to Goshen to meet his father
Israel. As soon as Joseph appeared before him, he threw his arms around
his father and wept for a long time. 46:30 Israel said to Joseph, “Now I
am ready to die, since I have seen for myself that you are still alive.”
Seventy. (Dt 10:22). Seventy is the ideal and complete number (Gen. 5:5;
10:2) of Jacob’s descendants who would have been in Egypt if Er and
Onan had not died earlier (Gen .38:7-10). For the number 75 in (Acts7:14).
Jacob sent Judah ahead.(Gen . 43:3). Wept. (Gen.43:30).
3. Fulfillment (Gen. 47:7-12)
Gen. 47:7 Then Joseph brought his father Jacob in and presented him
before Pharaoh. After Jacob blessed Pharaoh, 47:8 Pharaoh asked him,
“How old are you?” 47:9 And Jacob said to Pharaoh, “The years of
my pilgrimage are a hundred and thirty. My years have been few and
difficult, and they do not equal the years of the pilgrimage of my fathers.”
47:10 Then Jacob blessed Pharaoh and went out from his presence.
47:11 So Joseph settled his father and his brothers in Egypt and gave
them property in the best part of the land, the district of Rameses, as
Pharaoh directed. 47:12 Joseph also provided his father and his brothers
and all his father’s household with food, according to the number of their
PilgrimageI. Jacob referred to the itinerant nature of
patriarchal life in general and of his own in particular as he hopefully
awaited the fulfillment of the promise of a land (Dt 26:5).
They do not equal the years of. . . My fathers.
Abraham lived to the age of 175 (Gen.25:7), Isaac to 180 (Gen.35:28).
Gen. 47:11 Best part of the land. (Gen. 45:10).
District of Rameses . The city of Rameses is mentioned in
(Ex 1:11; 12:37; Nu 33:3,5). The name doubtless refers to the great
Egyptian pharaoh Rameses II, who reigned centuries later (the
designation here involves an editorial updating). In addition to being
known as Goshen (Gen. 47: 27), the “district of Rameses” was called
the “region of Zoan” in (Ps 78:12,43) (Gen. 44:4).
(Gen. 47:13) The famine was severe . After the people used
up all their money to buy grain (Gen.47: 14-15), they traded their
livestock (Gen. 47:16-17), then their land (Gen. 47: 20), then
themselves (Gen.47: 21).
With Jacob’s entire family moving to and settling in Egypt, God was
advancing His redemptive purpose and fulfilling His promises to
Abraham , Isaac , and Jacob. Pharaoh’s welcome and allotment of
choice land was in fulfillment of God’s promise to make of him a
great nation (Genesis 46:3 ). Through this nation the Lord God one
day would rise up the Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ.