Scripture: Genesis 46-47. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Israel (Jacob) and his family started their travel to Egypt. In Beersheba, Israel offered sacrifices to God. God told him that he would make him into a great nation in Egypt. Israel’s sons took their father Jacob and their children and wives, 66 in all, and they also took their livestock and possessions they had acquired in Canaan. Jacob was reunited with Joseph. Joseph brought five of his brothers and his father Jacob to present in front of Pharaoh, then settled his father and brothers in Egypt and gave them property in Rameses, the best part of the land, as Pharaoh had said to do. The famine was severe in Egypt and Canaan. When the money of the people from both lands was gone, all Egypt came to Joseph and asked for food. Joseph told them he would sell them food in exchange for their livestock. The following year, the people came back to Joseph. Joseph bought the people and all their land for Pharaoh, told them to plant the ground, and when the crop came in, to give a fifth of it to Pharaoh. When it came close to time for Jacob to pass away (147 years old), Jacob asked Joseph to swear to him that he would bury his father out of Egypt and close to where his fathers were buried.
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
God told Jacob to leave his home of Canaan and to travel to a faraway land. God reassured him by promising He would be with him every step of the way. We often encounter new situations and surroundings in life, too. While we can recognize that experiencing fear is normal, we need to trust that God has the ability to take care of us, as well. Paralyzing fear is not healthy and is an act of doubting God. Joseph’s faithfulness to God affected his whole family. God showed favor upon Joseph because he always obeyed God and did what was right. We, as humans, may not always see the effects of our faith, but we can be sure that God will honor our faithfulness.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, just as you were with Jacob on his journey to Egypt, we know that You are on all of our journeys in life with us, as well. Help us not to worry when we encounter new situations and surroundings, for we know that You go before us, guiding our every step. Help us to grow closer with You each day. Help us to be faithful and to obey You always. You know what is best for us, and we trust You. Thank You for everything You do for each and every one of us. We pray for Your protection and guidance today and ask for forgiveness for our sins. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.