July 17 – Genesis 46:1-27
July 17 – Genesis 46:1-27
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Heavenly Father, I know You had to be rejoicing with Jacob and Joseph that they were to reunite. You knew it was coming and had set it all up, but I’m sure You were so thrilled when the moment was at hand. I see the Love You had for Jacob in how You were so gentle with him and reassuring him. So many people see You as a harsh and judging God, but here is a wonderful example of how kind and loving You are. Even when You end up punishing in the Old Testament, it is because You are trying to protect them. You set guidelines and rules for us to be safe, not so You can punish. The more I study Your word and the history of the Israelites, the more I see of the unconditional love You gave them and how many times You didn’t punish them when they truly deserved to be punished. How many times You don’t punish me when I truly deserve it. Help me to see Your love and kindness in the scriptures and feel the love You have for Your children. Thank You for loving me, especially when I am so unlovable.
In Jesus’ name.
What a family reunion! Can you imagine the excitement that Jacob felt as he traveled this distance to see a son he had not seen in decades, a son he believed to be dead?
Read the reassurance God had given Jacob. “Do not be afraid to go to Egypt. I will be with you.”
This is probably in reference to Genesis 26:2 when God spoke to Isaac, The LORD appeared to Isaac and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live.” Jacob did not want to be disobedient, and God offered great reassurance to Jacob.
I love that God assured Jacob “… and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes.” Death would come and Jacob would be surrounded by his family. What a sweet promise from God.
Are you trusting in God to deliver on His promises?
46 So Israel took his journey with all that he had and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices to the God of his father Isaac. 2 And God spoke to Israel in visions of the night and said, “Jacob, Jacob.” And he said, “Here I am.” 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. 4 I myself will go down with you to Egypt, and I will also bring you up again, and Joseph's hand shall close your eyes.”
5 Then Jacob set out from Beersheba. The sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6 They also took their livestock and their goods, which they had gained in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob and all his offspring with him, 7 his sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters. All his offspring he brought with him into Egypt.
8 Now these are the names of the descendants of Israel, who came into Egypt, Jacob and his sons. Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, 9 and the sons of Reuben: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi. 10 The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman. 11 The sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. 12 The sons of Judah: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah (but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan); and the sons of Perez were Hezron and Hamul. 13 The sons of Issachar: Tola, Puvah, Yob, and Shimron. 14 The sons of Zebulun: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel. 15 These are the sons of Leah, whom she bore to Jacob in Paddan-aram, together with his daughter Dinah; altogether his sons and his daughters numbered thirty-three.
16 The sons of Gad: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli. 17 The sons of Asher: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, with Serah their sister. And the sons of Beriah: Heber and Malchiel. 18 These are the sons of Zilpah, whom Laban gave to Leah his daughter; and these she bore to Jacob—sixteen persons.
19 The sons of Rachel, Jacob's wife: Joseph and Benjamin. 20 And to Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, whom Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera the priest of On, bore to him. 21 And the sons of Benjamin: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard. 22 These are the sons of Rachel, who were born to Jacob—fourteen persons in all.
23 The son of Dan: Hushim. 24 The sons of Naphtali: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem. 25 These are the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to Rachel his daughter, and these she bore to Jacob—seven persons in all.
26 All the persons belonging to Jacob who came into Egypt, who were his own descendants, not including Jacob's sons' wives, were sixty-six persons in all. 27 And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy.