About Jesus Steve Sweetman
Goes To Egypt
(ch. 46:1 - 34)
1, out of thanksgiving, Israel
offers a sacrifice to God at Beersheba.
3 to 5 we see that God speaks to Jacob in a night vision here at
being said, we need to note exactly what the text says here, for it's a
bit different than what was stated in the Abrahamic Covenant.
God told Jacob that He would "make them into a great nation
the word "there". It
would be in Egypt
would begin the process of being a great nation.
But even beyond the futuristic view of the word
"there", the phrase simply means, that
there is some prophetic significance here.
one hundred and thirty years old when he left for Egypt
as you will see in chapter 47:9.
4 we note that
also says that "Joseph's own hands will close your eyes."
I believe that is in reference to the fact that Joseph would
burry his father at some future dates. The
idea of closing one's eyes at death suggests that a person has finally
found his peace. You often
hear at funerals, "he looks so peaceful."
comment on verses 5 through 27. These
verses list the twelve sons of Jacob and their sons.
28 and 29 we note that Jacob sent
29 we see Joseph and Jacob meet for the first time in a couple of
decades. They hugged and
cried for a long time. We
can't imagine what kind of reunion this was.
Jacob finally sees the son he loved the most, the one he thought
30 Jacob says that he is now ready to die since he finally saw Joseph.
Remember, Jacob had been in a great depression all of these
years. He was expecting to
go to his grave in great sorrow and bereavement, but now all that was
gone. He could now die in
31 to the end of this chapter Joseph gives instruction to what they
should say to the Pharaoh when they meet with him.
The Pharaoh will ask what they do for an occupation.
They are to answer that they are shepherds, and that's what they
have been from one generation to another.
The Pharaoh will accept this, even though the Egyptians view
shepherding as being detestable. Egyptians
were obviously more of a high class group of people.
The Pharaoh would gladly accept Jacob and his family because they
are family to Joseph, otherwise that would not be the case.